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Metro Gnome Chronicles 12.20.09
December 20, 2009

We had our Christmas Candlelight service today at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, Texas.

Here’s what the set list looked like:

Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans Siberian Orchestra (Our version)

Joyful, Joyful – Casting Crown

Glory to God – Fee/Beeching

O Come All Ye Faithful – Public Domain

Prayer Offertory (Instrumental to “O Come O Come Emmanual”

Hallelujah – Darlene Zschech

O Holy Night – Public Domain

Special Music – Larry Trahan

Message: Barry Roberts

Silent Night

Altar: At Your Feet – Casting Crowns

Walkout: Sarajevo 12/24

What did you sing in your church service?  If you have a blog that you write, leave the link in a comment.  If you participate in the Sunday Setlist blog carnival at I’ll find yours.

Merry Christmas!



Metro Gnome Chronicles 9.27.09
September 27, 2009

Greeting to everyone out there.  I appreciate you stopping by to see what music we did and, more importantly, what God did today at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, Texas.

You can also see what other worship leaders did at

Here’s the list:

Let the Praises Ring – Lincoln Brewster

Father Spirit Jesus – Casting Crowns

Bless His Name – Jeremy Riddle

Mighty to Save – Morgan

Hear Us From Heaven – Jared Anderson

Message – Jason Harris


Revelation Song – Kari Jobe

I really lack the words to describe how today’s service went.  Lots of people came down at the end of the service.  Some joined the church, one received Christ for the first time. Just an amazing day in our Lord.  I think it started last night with a gentleman in is late 60’s accepting Christ and getting baptized.  He’s sat in our church forever!  No one knew that he wasn’t saved.  Don’t be lulled to sleep in your churches out there people! Christ is alive and doing some awesome things!

Keep the Son in your eyes,


The Downbeat 8.2.2009
August 2, 2009

We’re back!!

The main team is back in the saddle again.  We each enjoyed our month off, but it felt so good to be worshipping The Creator with an instrument again this morning.  Kudos go out to the C team for covering for us in our stead.

We had  a marvelous time in the name of our Lord today.  People are thirsty for His presence and power to transform our lives and it is always a beautiful thing to watch Him work.

Here’s the set list from today:

Walk in:

You Reign – MercyMe


Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Bless His Name – Jeremy Riddle

This is a new one that we introduced today.  It was received well by the congregation and it’s easy to worship with as well.


Sweetly Broken – Jeremy Riddle

We did our own version of this one with a twist of Journey’s “Faithfully” at the end.  It was the first time we tried to do the Journey thing live.  It ended up pretty well.  Go here to hear our version of it:

Hallelujah – Ben Cantalon

Message:  Dr. Barry Roberts “Change is not a 4 letter word”


Amazed – Lincoln Brewster

There you have it.  We’re expecting God to do some great things in the coming months.  Stay tuned in to what going on.  Leave a comment.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren Goodman – Lead vocals

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/ music director

Jason Stringfield – drums

Metro Gnome – He’s on methadone!!

Danna Hafner – Keys/bgvls

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Johnie Adams – Acoustic

Terry Garner – Acoustic

Brad Hafner – Electric

Shakeology + P90X = Magic
May 1, 2009


Hello everyone,

I’m now 3 weeks into Shakeology combined with P90X and I’ve gotten down to 195 lbs.  I feel great!  My wife says I am looking better and she is feeling better with Shakeology first thing in the morning too.  Make sure you check out the video above about all the nutrition that is in this monster of a great tasting shake.  

Most of you know that I’m a coach for beachbody.  Please, please, send me an email if you would like to try Shakeology.  You really need to try it at least for a month.  Greenberry is very good and we just ordered the chocolate.  So in a few days we will be able to give you a critique of that flavor as well.  The chocolate has 2 more grams of protein per serving so that will be an added benefit to that flavor.  

Lots of you are concerned about the monetary costs of Shakeology.  It comes to about $4.00 per day.  Most of us do that at Starbucks without batting an eyelash! This is much better for you and in my opinion tastes better.  But what about the health costs?  Are you getting all your nutrition you need everyday without fail?  I was not.  Now I do!

Do you have problems with high cholesterol?  Good news for you.  Shakeology lowers that bad cholesterol on average of 30% and up to 90% in some cases.  By the way, that was the test group that didn’t exercise.  What if you exercise?  

I’m about to end my first 90 days of P90X.  I will restart this program immediately.  I’m just now to the point where I should have been when starting it the first time through.  That means that I’m looking forward to the combination of Shakeology + P90X to = Magic.  

 If you’ve been wanting to get into shape  for a while but feel intimidated at the gym with all the fit people working out, or hate waiting on a machine, check out P90X or one of the other great workouts from Beachbody.  There is a link on the right called Brad’s Beachbody Coach’s Corner.  You can find all the information there.  You can even join WOWY, the online Supergym, to log your workouts and have a chance to win money and prizes.  There is a drawing everyday.  Or maybe you want to become a coach.  You can earn money by working out and telling others what you’re doing to get into shape.  I’d love to help you reach your goals.  

Brad Hafner

Independent Beachbody Coach

The Downbeat 4.5.09
April 5, 2009

Greetings!  What a wonderful day in the Lord.  The service was packed and there was a real sense of urgency to worship today in Evangelistic Temple.  If you’re ever coming through Palestine, TX, please stop and visit us.  We’d love to have you with us.

This blog is a part of the participation over at Fred’s site.  You can follow this link:

Hold on tight!

Walk – in: You Reign – MercyMe

Pastor greeting/announcements

O Praise Him – David Crowder

Hallelujah – Ben Cantalon

Lift High – Steve Fee


I Will Rise/Jesus Messiah (Medley) – Chris Tomlin

This is the first week that we tried I Will Rise.  The flow for that song straight into Jesus Messiah is seamless.  It’s like they were made to go together.  This big part of it was the congregation loved the surprise into the second song.  After the bridge of I Will Rise we went into the chorus of I Will Rise then into the chorus of Jesus Messiah. We did not play the verses of Jesus Messiah.  IT WAS OFF THE CHAIN!!!

Message:  Dr. Barry Roberts


Offering – Paul Baloche

I Will Rise (Reprise)

There were some people laying on the floor crying out to God, altars at our church are always open, so people were down there too.  Just a wonderful day to serve a wonderful God.

Leave me a comment if you wish.  I wish you would!

Keep the Son in your eyes,




Darren – Vocals

Jason- Drums (Gnome programmer)

Cavin – Bass/Music Director

Danna – Keys/Bgvs

Vicki – Keys

Johnie – Acoustic

Terry – Acoustic

Brad – Electric

Metro Gnome – Timekeeper  (No relation to the travelocity Gnome)

Worship Confessional 2.8.09
February 8, 2009

I hope everyone had a great day like we did today. We had 5 get baptized this morning.  God is good. 

Yep, it’s time for another Sunday Setlist installment.  Thanks Fred for putting this together.  Everyone check out Fred’s site here:

Without further ado, here is how we  did things at Evangelistic Temple this morning:

Unchanging – Chris Tomlin

Hosanna – Paul Baloche (PK7 Version)

We convinced Darren that the PK7 version of this  song is not too much for our congregation today.  Danna put a really cool piano/string with a big-time Coldplay (“Clocks”) feel in it.  Very tasteful!

Sing To the King – Billy Foote

Great song!  We, as always, do it a little differently than the original version.  I use a very different sound for this one plus a phasor for the sliding electric line.(not the dance)

My Savior, My God – Aaron Shust

How Great is Our God – Chris Tomlin

Message:  Dr. Barry Roberts


Here I am to Worship/Call Upon the Name of the Lord – Hillsong

There was a lot of freedom for expression and musicality on the band’s part today.  I hope that continues.  It was almost easy to get into God’s presence today.  What a wonderful day.  How was yours?  Leave a comment and I’ll do the same.


Darren- Vocals

Danna- Keys/Bgv

Vicki- Keys

Jason- Drums

Cavin- Bass

Johnie- Acoustic

Terry- Acoustic

Brad- Electric

Metro Gnome- um….yeah!

Tabula Rasa- My cool new blinky toy that sat in front of my pedalboard.