Posts Tagged ‘service’

Worship as a Lifestyle


The simple subtlety of this type on effect will get people’s attention at the start of your worship service. Right before singing, it will reinforce the point that worship is a lifestyle that extends way past the music we’ve come to identify as “worship.’ Every aspect of the service and life itself is our worship to God.

Easter Service Review (Canyon Ridge)


While every Sunday is important, it’s safe to say that Easter is a church’s most anticipated service of the year. I was unable to be at my home church for Easter, but had the privilege of attending my sister’s church, where she serves on staff. Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV passed out peeps candy to its members weeks prior to have them invite their peeps to an Easter service. Seven services were arranged to accommodate an expected 12,000 people. The totals came in at 13,371 demonstrating good foresight and planning.

CRCC is a mega-church in Vegas, so production standards are high for everything from music to video to stage design, graphics, lighting and atmospheric effects. That said, nothing was done over the top. That type of performance is reserved for the Strip.

Outside the auditorium there were baptisms going on as well as BBQs and Easter egg hunts. Inside people were in place ready to worship and were interacting physically and audibly with a unique and fun pre-service video (Roman Video’s “Steve the Screen Easter Edition”

A full stage of musicians, singers and choir set the tone early. Creativity in music selections was evident from the beginning when “The Wonderful Cross” went straight into the middle of Matt Maher’s “Christ is Risen (Come Awake).” This medley approach was repeated for two other resurrection themed songs: “Let is Rise” and “God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion).”

After some special announcements the band was striped to essential players for a special number. Big Daddy Weave’s song “Redeemed” was weaved together with a video featuring real redemption stories from several church members. This blending of pre-recorded and live action, in and out, was powerful. On the triple wide screen in the middle scrolled polaroid-like images of all those who were filmed for the video. At the end a few came out to say one more line about how God has redeemed them and then the band finished with “thank God redeemed.” This was perhaps the most effective element of the whole service and served to set up what was to come.

Kevin Odor delivered an impactful message on “Hope You Can Trust.” This is the first message of a series on trust. A funny moment occurred as we watched a short “Trust Fall Fail” video that was adapted with the series graphics on either end. At the end of the message, those who had accepted Christ were encouraged to text “today” to a number and those interested in a “Getting Started Class” could text “next” to another number.

CRCC practices open communion every Sunday. Kevin Odor transitioned into this time seamlessly. While the trays of bread and juice were being passed a beautiful instrument piano piece was played live as images and verses of Scripture were displayed on the screens. A singer quietly made his way on to the stage by the piano to perform “Be Still” by the popular Grammy nominated band The Fray. A cover song from main stream artists is not uncommon at CRCC.

At this point, one could sense the service coming to a close. However, before dismissing the dynamics would change again to send everyone out fired up for the Lord. While the offering was being collected the full band started playing. A spoken word piece over the band’s underscore tied together the service. The worship leader and choir on their cue began singing the chorus and bridge of Chris Tomlin’s “Our God is Greater.” It was not only those on stage who were animated. Electricity filled the air as we were dismissed.

I’m glad that I was able to attend this excellent Easter service at a great church. If you would like to check out this service or any others, check out the media page at


The Power of Social Media

(This post is not about any company, it’s about the power of social media.)

The other day we had a slight run in with a company, who shall remain nameless. It had bought out another company with which we were under contract when we lived in Texas. When we signed the contract, we knew a move could be imminent, so we asked if there was a cost involve when moving before the end of the contract. Their answer was no. We thought nothing of it. Fast-forward to the present. We moved…an expensive move with no one else covering expenses. My wife gets on the phone with the new company to make sure there are still no added costs.

There are.

My wife explains that before we signed we specifically asked that question and were promised no expenses. It’s not much help. They tell her we’d have to commit to other contract and pay either $99 or $199 to not extend, or just pay the remainder of monthly payments…right! It should be free, or we should be grandfathered in. It’s not much to you, but it IS to us right now. She went on and on with them, until in frustration the rep said he’d get it to zero and then they hung up.

Next day the tech comes, sets up (he was really great, I mean it), then it comes to contract time. He looks at his notes, sees that they had spoken on the phone with a rep, who shall remain nameless as well. He does not have zero, and he has a new contract. My wife specifically told them we did not want to renew with another contract.

Back on the phone she goes…and on hold…and reconnected, etc. They decide to listen to the recording of the call to see if she was promised zero and no contract by the new rep. They come back calling her a liar. Can we listen to the recording, ‘cuz she knows what was said and is not lying! Not without an attorney. We don’t want an attorney. We’d like decent treatment.

No dice. We pay $99 extra dollars. Case closed. Or is it?

After spending probably an hour or more on the phone with this company, we got no where. I decide to turn to the POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA.

I have a three prong attack planned, if needed to easily fight for my $99. All I needed was one tweet, less than 140 characters.

Within 10 min. the social media team of this company is being courteous AND helpful. Within a few exchanges, few in characters, large in significance, our issue is promptly resolved.

The company saved themselves a lot of bad press because the social media team realizes the dynamic power of word of mouth to the masses. My wife told the guy on the phone that we would pay and tell everyone we know not to do business with this company. It didn’t phase them. She failed to mention that we’re pretty tech savvy and can tell many people we DON’T know the same.

I’m not into boycotts or anything. But I found out that I don’t like anyone calling my wife a liar. I also  confirmed something I already knew to be true, and found out just how powerful social media can be to give both good or bad press to the world of cyberspace.

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