Metro Gnome Chonicles 9.13.09
September 13, 2009

Flag and ConstitutionIt has been a greatly eventful weekend at home and at church.  Welcome!  I’m glad you found me here.  I’m thankful that you have taken the time to stop by.  I hope you come back often and leave me comments.

The weekend started with the event coverage of the 9/12 project on FoxNews. We are beginning to see just how patriotic our fellow Americans are with the TEA Party on the The Mall at the capital in Washington D.C.  There were other TEA Parties in Fort Worth, TX and in Quincy, Ill. as well.  What an amazing thing the gift of freedom is from God.  We respond with conviction and heart in times of trouble and let our voices be heard because those freedoms are placed in danger’s way.  It happened 8 years ago at 9/11 and it feels like it is happening again in our great country.

In light of the current events, the church has been called to awaken.  Do you hear that?  WAKE UP!  No more compromise.  No more playing the game of appearing like Christians but living like hell after church is over.  It’s time to stand up and let the evidence of our Christianity be collected against us by our enemies, if they dare to do so.  What do we have to lose?  Our lives? If things don’t change we won’t have one anyway.  The paradigm is changing.  So stand up and be counted for the Glory of God!

Brother Barry preached a great sermon today. It will be up on Monday morning.  It’s called “Church Alive”.  I continue to post these sermons because I’m starting to see that the messages that are coming out of your churches are becoming more and more similar. (Like our setlists!)  It’s equally as cool to see God moving His churches in the same direction.  Is it not?

Speaking of the setlist:

Walk – In  Let the Praises Ring – Lincoln Brewster

It’s been a long time since we have brought this one out to the main service.  It felt great though and the praises did ring out loud today.

Lifesong – Casting Crowns

Mighty to Save – Morgan (We did Smitty’s version)

Prayer and Offertory

Who Am I? – Casting Crowns

Only You – David Crowder* Band

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts “Church Alive”

Altar:  Word of God Speak – MercyMe

Closing: Chorus to Word of God Speak

What was your weekend like?  How did you remember 9/11?  What is going on in your church?  You check other churches setlists and sermons out at

Thanks again for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment.  It doesn’t matter if it’s about the set list or about 9/11.  I’ll read what you have to say.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



The Downbeat 8.30.09
August 30, 2009

Good afternoon to everybody. Welcome to the blog.

Today marked the end of Brother Barry’s  sermons on “Going for the Gold” and it has been a great series.  Today’s sermon was called “Becoming the Castaway”.  You’ll be able to listen to it at when you click on sermon connect.

Go to to see what other praise and worship leaders did in their churches.

Here is the list from today’s set list:

Burn For You – Fee (Walk-In)

Pastor’s Greeting

Father, Spirit, Jesus – Casting Crowns

Bless His Name – Jeremy Riddle


Hear Us From Heaven – Jared Anderson

My Desire – Jeremy Camp

Message: Brother Barry

Altar:  Surrender – Justin McRoberts


Darren (Birthday Boy) Goodman – Lead Vocals

Drew Roberts – Percussion

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/Music Director

Jason Stringfield – Drums

Danna Hafner – Keys/Lead vocals on Hear Us From Heaven

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Terry Garner – Acoustic

Brad Hafner – Electric/Acoustic

Thanks for stopping by.  You’re here and it only takes a couple of seconds to let me know what you think about the set list.  You’re much appreciated.  God bless.


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)

The Downbeat Confessional 02.22.09
February 22, 2009

Greetings once again from Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, TX.

I really hope that those of you that participate and view other worship leader’s posts from Fred’s site ( are truly finding yourselves “stretched” when looking at others song services.  I know our team is looking forward to new song ideas and lots of them come from what you guys are doing out there.  

Without further ado, here’s the downbeat:

Famous One – Chris Tomlin

It’s an oldie but a goodie.  We do it a bit differently though. We use more open voicings in the verse.  My first chord in the verse is an Amin9 instead of the written Amin7.  I know it’s a minor change (rimshot, crash) but the  B note adds a little more umph and attitude than the G note, in my opinion.

Greetings from Pastor:

Our God Saves – Paul Baloche

This one is pretty much just like the CD, but I get a little solo in there with the dotted eighth note delay and wah.  I think we play it around 100 bpm instead of the slower 96 bpm.

Everlasting God – Brenton Brown

We combine Lincoln Brewster’s version and Brenton Brown’s version on this one.  I don’t take a solo on this one, mainly because Linc is the man when it comes to doing that sort of thing.  My solo on this one would sound more like Steve Lukather meets Alex Lifeson.


You Reign – MercyMe

We introduced this one to our congregation today.  They love it.   It’s another song I get to play a dotted eighth note rhythm on part of the time.  I love the F melodic minor (same as F minor but with a major 7) walk up back to the chorus at the end.  Powerful!

Highest – Hillsong

I absolutely love this song.  First of all, my wife gets to sing lead and she slays it!  Second, it’s so easy to worship with this one.  Third, I get to solo twice, usually winding my way through a G Mixolydian scale but often adding the flat 5 for flavor the first time.  The second solo is more blowing and usually improvised in F Lydian, but resolves on the 5, G.

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts (The Importance of Kindness) It’s a fruit of the Spirit!


On Eagles Wings – Hillsong

Hungry – Kathryn Scott

As always, you can participate in this madness too over at Fred’s website.

Leave a comment for me and I will respond on your blog, if you have one, or on this one, if you don’t.  God bless you and see you next week.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren – Vocals

Cavin – Bass

Danna – Keys and vocals

Vicki – Keys

Terry – Acoustic

Johnie – Acoustic

Jason – Drums

Brad – Electric

Setlist Action for January 18th, 2009
January 18, 2009

Hello to all you worshippers out there,

After being out of pocket last week with my father-in-law’s memorial service, it was great to be back playing for the King.  The memorial service was amazing as well. Thank you to everyone that has been praying for my wife, grandma, and Aunt Holli.  We felt all of your prayers.

Today’s service we exceptional.  The Holy Spirit was doing His thing. We had a baptism today as well as a salvation.  So…the suspense is killing you, isn’t it?  Here is what our setlist at Evangelistic Temple looked like today:

Unchanging- Tomlin

If I remember correctly, we may have listened to this song once before putting our own spin on it.  I honestly don’t remember what the original song sounds like, but it is in the original key of Ab and around 120 bpm.

Hosanna- Baloche

I particularly like the way the vocal harmonies stack out on this tune. We do 2 versions of this one.  The Promise Keeper band from 2006 had a really neat version starting with a G mixolydian (Gmajor but with a b7) rock vamp at the beginning.  We do that one for the youth services.  We pretty much stick to Paul’s version in big church, which is the version we played today.

For Who You Are – Hillsong

We play this one quite a bit too.  The intro we came up with sounds more like Rush to me than anything else we do.  Cross the Rush songs “Dreamline” and “Xanadu” and that is pretty much what the beginning to this one sounds like plus I get a solo on this one.  We recorded today.  So maybe someday I’ll get to put a clip up so you guys can hear it.

Never Let Go- Redman

We began this one while the offering was being finished up.  Darren let us kind of simmer a bit, as the band, and do some prophetic improvising on our instruments until he finally came in vocally on the first verse.  Very cool stuff.  

Offering- Baloche

Since doing the Christmas version of this one by Casting Crowns, we have kinda molded the 2 into 1.  It’s sounds weird, I know, but we pull it off well.


Lord, I Give You My Heart

Everytime we do this one it’s different.  Today it had a sweet openness about it. I don’t know how else to explain it.


Hosanna Chorus

It was a lot of fun to be playing again after a week off.  Danna, my wife, during Never Let Go had a vision of her dad wearing a tuxedo, directing the choir in heaven(He was a high school choir director for 33 years!) .  Needless to say, she was able to worship with everything she had in her and it was beautiful to watch.  

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Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren Goodman- Vocals

Johnie Adams, Terry Garner- Acoustic Guitars

Cavin Dorsey- Bass Guitar, Music Director

Vicki Stringfield, Danna Hafner- Keys, Vocals

Brad Hafner- Electric Guitar

Metro Gnome- Time keeper and in ear monitor madness