Sunday Recap – June 17, 2012

On June 20, 2012 by Eddie

This Sunday at North Point was one of the most fun days we’ve had in a while. A few years ago, the Service Programming team came up with the idea of doing an entire “Summer Series” that stretches from June to August. It’s a different season for us, with a lot of guest speakers, so we wanted a way to make the entire thing feel cohesive and fun.

Last year, we stumbled upon the idea of doing pre-service music each week as a sort of “Summer Soundtrack.” I say we stumbled upon it because we started it late in the summer, and didn’t coin the phrase until the last week (Freebird). This year we got a jump start on it and planned out eight week’s worth of fun music to start the service, and it’s been a blast so far.

Sunday the theme was “Road Trip” songs, and Reid graciously did some radio-style setup segments to introduce each song. This helped a ton, because it gave context for each song. It’s easy to forget with pre-service music that people are walking in constantly, and chances are the people who are in the room when you play the last song didn’t get to hear the setup at the top, so the repeated intros helped a bunch.

The preservice tunes were:

Drive My Car – the Beatles

Life Is A Highway – Rascal Flatts version

Sweet Home Alabama – Skynyrd

Why do these songs? For us, it’s not because they are “relevant,” or “current,” or “secular,” it’s simply because they tap a common emotion for people in the room. For our crowd, these songs just make people smile, whether you’re walking in for the first time or the hundredth time. It puts everybody on a common starting point.

When we do a song like “Sweet Home” there’s the added benefit that people start clapping/singing along. Whenever that happens, the worship set always feels better because people have already bought in. They’ve already sung, already clapped along, they have no reason to hold back when the worship tunes roll around. It made a huge difference in the room, as it always does when we start with the right opening song, and it made for a great day.

What about you? What are you doing? What else can make summer services feel like “SUMMER!” and not just “summer”?

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