Break every chain

So this last Sunday was an interesting one…
I usually spend 2-3 hours on a Wednesday morning preparing for Sunday’s worship. You know, praying, worshipping, and flicking through my music file…

I must say sometimes selecting songs seems un-spiritual. Sometimes i feel i need to hear God speak almost audibly before I pick one out.

But most times I’ll just be paging through my file and a song will jump out at me. Like as if it’s saying, you need to sing me. Yes, me.

So by lunch time last week Wednesday I pretty much had our Sunday setlist down. I had a rough idea of where I planned our worship to go, trusting that I’d been hearing God through prayer and stuff…

I woke up Sunday morning to re-read through the setlist, read through the book of Ephesians again (more about that later) and pray.

God said, “You need to sing Break Every Chain.”
I was like, really? Ok sure.

Instead of spending Sunday morning before Church doing our sound-check and working through our setlist, I quickly taught the song to the band, me being the ONLY one who has EVER heard it.

The team were on it like no man’s business. We had it taped in 30min, and it not only sounded great, but there was an expectation in all of us that God was going to move powerfully that day. And He did.

I love it when God springs surprises on me.

I love it when He stretches me and the team.

I love it that when we think we have it all figured, God comes in and messes things up.

Isn’t that what leading worship in faith is all about? Reminding ourselves that we can’t and should not do what we do in our own wisdom and strength?

I love it.

Here are the chords to the song. Really simple but profoundly powerful.

Break Every Chain
Words & music by Will Reagan and United Pursuit Band [we do the Jesus Culture version]
Time: 4/4 | BPM: 68

Intro: F#m – D – A – E

F#m    D                       A   E
There is power in the name of Jesus
F#m    D                       A   E
There is power in the name of Jesus
F#m    D                       A   E
There is power in the name of Jesus
To break every chain
Break every chain
A – E
Break every chain

F#m   D          A – E
All sufficient sacrifice
F#m     D        A         E
So freely given such a price
F#m        D                 A           E
Bought our redemption, Heaven’s gates
F#m – D – A – E
Swing wide

There’s an army rising up…

Top 10 songs of 2011

Here’s a list of the Top 10 songs we sung at Solid Ground for 2011:

  1. The One who saves – Ben Fielding
  2. Where would we be – Jason Ingram, Matt Redman
  3. Here I am to worship – Tim Hughes
  4. Let God arise – Ed Cash, Chris Tomlin
  5. First and the last – Joel Houston, Reuben Morgan
  6. The highest and the greatest – Nick Herbert, Tim Hughes
  7. My reward – Jason Ingram, Kristian Stanfill
  8. Let our hearts awake – Brad Klynsmith
  9. Hosanna – Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown
  10. Forever reign – Jason Ingran, Reuben Morgan
[These stats taken from Planning Center Online]
What songs do you think should have been included?