Worship Set List: Co-Leading with Emilie at New Covenant Church

I have not done one of these worship set list posts for a while. I have taken about three months or so off from leading worship anywhere. My family and I have enjoyed being a part of New Covenant Church in Murrieta, California. Getting involved in a new home church as a volunteer is a process. In our case, my daughter Emilie has already signed on to be a High School youth leader as well as serve on the worship team. We love our new church, and when our worship pastor, Aaron Crane, scheduled his vacation this past weekend, I was happy to be his sub.

Leading as a substitute in your home church is far different than when we go out and lead as itinerate worship leaders.In one you are helping your family while in the other you are serving as a guest. Working with our worship pastor, who is thankfully organized, schooled us in his process. The goal in this case as a sub is to be as consistent to his normal vibe, flow, and approach. When I lead as a guest, it makes sense to bring more of my own unique style since that is the expectation and where I am most comfortable. But, when you are subbing for your church’s regular leader it is best to keep it as uniform as possible.

The set list was tweaked by Aaron and I to highlight the theme, employ mutually known songs, and incorporate Emilie as the female co-lead. Yes, it is amazing to be able to lead with my daughter. This Sunday was especially so because she co-led with me, where for years she started as a backing vocalist then leader on say one song. We shared the service 50/50 as leads and to me this is ideal in a church setting where both genders can be led in their voice.

Both services seemed to be executed well from the platform. Our pastor, Gary Martin, did his last of 12 messages from the series “Friendship With God” which taught us about the Holy Spirit and so much more. Both of us were excited to be part of what God did on Sunday. And, I am grateful Aaron got some needed time off.

Here is the set list:

  • No Chains On Me
  • Where The Spirit of The Lord Is
  • Hosanna
  • Forever Reign
  • A Mighty Fortress (offering)

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How was your worship weekend and how did you meet God in it?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

10 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your view of guest worship leading at home & away. When I’ve led worship for other churches or conferences, I usually ask what God has been doing in their services, but I also know that they expect me to be me. I recently was on vacation & had a ministry friend (who considers our church her 2nd home) lead for two Sundays in my stead. She & I followed the same approach, where she asked for our repertoire & formulated her set list from songs our congregation already knows. She leads with her flair/style, but it’s familiar in content so our congregation responds well. But it was good to be back in the saddle this past Sunday! Our service was glorious, and I was truly blessed to see how quickly the people engaged with God. We introduced a new song (For the Honor, Elevation Worship) that went well and helped folks connect with the Lord during communion, which was a great lead in to our Pastor’s message.
    Oh, very, very cool that you led with your daughter!

    1. It is always the best to lead and serve with family members! 🙂

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your view of guest worship leading at home & away. When I’ve led worship for other churches or conferences, I usually ask what God has been doing in their services, but I also know that they expect me to be me. I recently was on vacation & had a ministry friend (who considers our church her 2nd home) lead for two Sundays in my stead. She & I followed the same approach, where she asked for our repertoire & formulated her set list from songs our congregation already knows. She leads with her flair/style, but it’s familiar in content so our congregation responds well. But it was good to be back in the saddle this past Sunday! Our service was glorious, and I was truly blessed to see how quickly the people engaged with God. We introduced a new song (For the Honor, Elevation Worship) that went well and helped folks connect with the Lord during communion, which was a great lead in to our Pastor’s message.
    Oh, very, very cool that you led with your daughter!

    1. It is always the best to lead and serve with family members! 🙂

  3. I enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your view of guest worship leading at home & away. When I’ve led worship for other churches or conferences, I usually ask what God has been doing in their services, but I also know that they expect me to be me. I recently was on vacation & had a ministry friend (who considers our church her 2nd home) lead for two Sundays in my stead. She & I followed the same approach, where she asked for our repertoire & formulated her set list from songs our congregation already knows. She leads with her flair/style, but it’s familiar in content so our congregation responds well. But it was good to be back in the saddle this past Sunday! Our service was glorious, and I was truly blessed to see how quickly the people engaged with God. We introduced a new song (For the Honor, Elevation Worship) that went well and helped folks connect with the Lord during communion, which was a great lead in to our Pastor’s message.
    Oh, very, very cool that you led with your daughter!

    1. It is always the best to lead and serve with family members! 🙂

  4. I enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your view of guest worship leading at home & away. When I’ve led worship for other churches or conferences, I usually ask what God has been doing in their services, but I also know that they expect me to be me. I recently was on vacation & had a ministry friend (who considers our church her 2nd home) lead for two Sundays in my stead. She & I followed the same approach, where she asked for our repertoire & formulated her set list from songs our congregation already knows. She leads with her flair/style, but it’s familiar in content so our congregation responds well. But it was good to be back in the saddle this past Sunday! Our service was glorious, and I was truly blessed to see how quickly the people engaged with God. We introduced a new song (For the Honor, Elevation Worship) that went well and helped folks connect with the Lord during communion, which was a great lead in to our Pastor’s message.
    Oh, very, very cool that you led with your daughter!

    1. It is always the best to lead and serve with family members! 🙂

  5. I enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your view of guest worship leading at home & away. When I’ve led worship for other churches or conferences, I usually ask what God has been doing in their services, but I also know that they expect me to be me. I recently was on vacation & had a ministry friend (who considers our church her 2nd home) lead for two Sundays in my stead. She & I followed the same approach, where she asked for our repertoire & formulated her set list from songs our congregation already knows. She leads with her flair/style, but it’s familiar in content so our congregation responds well. But it was good to be back in the saddle this past Sunday! Our service was glorious, and I was truly blessed to see how quickly the people engaged with God. We introduced a new song (For the Honor, Elevation Worship) that went well and helped folks connect with the Lord during communion, which was a great lead in to our Pastor’s message.
    Oh, very, very cool that you led with your daughter!

    1. It is always the best to lead and serve with family members! 🙂

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