Metro Gnome Chronicles 11.29.09
November 29, 2009

Greetings and welcome to the Sunday set list recap.

It’s always great to see God moving among our congregation.  Today was one of those days.  He amazes us Sunday after Sunday.  What was it like in your worship service?  You can find out what happened at other churches at Fred’s site:

Here is our set list from today:

Walk In:

Burn For You – Fee


Bless His Name – Riddle

Glory to God/The Stand (Medley) – Fee/Beeching, Michael W. Smith


Our God Reigns – Michael W. Smith

Highest – Hillsong

How He Loves – McMillan (Crowder’s version)

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts


Come Home Running – Tomlin

How He Loves

Have a blessed day!



Metro Gnome Chronicles 11.1.09
November 1, 2009

It’s that time again where I share what our set list was today at Evangelistic Temple, Palestine, Texas.

This is a small part of the Sunday Setlist over at Fred Mckinnon’s site here:

Here is the set list:

Walk In:

Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns

This is a great song.  The band really enjoyed rocking out to this one.  It will probably find its way into next weeks set list too.

Word Is Alive – Casting Crowns

It’s been a while since we did this one.

Greeting: Dr. Barry Roberts

All Because of Jesus – Fee

Lift High – Fee

Sweetly Broken – Jeremy Riddle

Hallelujah – Ben Cantalon

Message:  Dr. Barry Roberts


Word of God Speak – MercyMe

Hallelujah – Ben Cantalon

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The Downbeat 5.17.09
May 17, 2009

Greetings and halucinations!

It was another great week at Evangelistic Temple here in Palestine, TX.  Jason Harris, our senior high youth director, gave the word today.  We are in week 3 of “Marriage Madness” series.  Jason spoke about man’s leadership to his wife and it was really good.  The sermon will be posted on before the week is over.  If you are a husband or plan on being a husband you need to listen to it on sermon connect when it’s uploaded.  

Now to the musical goodies.  As always, this is part of Sunday Setlists over at Fred’s site here:


Walk In song – How Great is Your Love – Mercy Me

Father, Spirit, Jesus – Casting Crowns

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman


Agnus Dei – Michael W. Smith

Revelation Song – Jennie Riddle

Message: Jason Harris “Follow the Leader”


Faithful Father- Brian Doerkson

Closing: Revelation Song

There you have it.  God is doing some great things in our church right now.  We’re all really excited about what He’s doing.  Have a great week.  Add me on Twitter or follow me on Facebook. (both would be cool too.)  Anyway, have a great week.  See ya out there!


Band: (names in parenthesis are twitter names)

Darren Goodman- Lead Vocals

Jason Stringfield (jayhoss)-drums

Vicki Stringfield-  Keys

Danna Hafner (dannahafner) – Keys/bgvls

Cavin Dorsey (PNbassist) – Bass/Musical director

Johnie Adams  -Acoustic Guitar

Brad Hafner (bradhafnersfa) – Electric Guitar

For you who are following the Metro Gnome, he really didn’t make much of an appearance today.

The Downbeat 5.3.09
May 3, 2009

We had a marvelous day at Evangelistic Temple here in Palestine, TX.

We baptized 7 this morning.  God is doing some heart surgery in our youth groups and it’s awesome to watch.  Alright on with the set list.  Make sure you cruise over to Fred’s to see what other worship leaders are doing in their church’s too.

Walk In: For Who You Are – Hillsong

Pastor’s Greeting

You Never Let Go – Matt Redman

How Great Is Your Love – MercyMe


Bring the Rain- MercyMe

Made Me Glad- Hillsong

Message:  Dr. Barry Roberts (New Series, Marriage Madness) You can listen to the sermon at by clicking on sermon connect.


Amazed – Lincoln Brewster

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Keep the Son in your eyes,


BAND: (The usual culprits!)

Darren Goodman- Vocals

Danna Hafner – Keys/Lead on Made Me Glad

Jason Stringfield- Drums

Vicki Stringfield- Keys

Cavin Dorsey- Bass

Johnie Adams- Acoustic Guitar

Terry Garner- Acoustic

Brad Hafner- Electric

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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

Sunday Setlist for January 4th, 2009
January 4, 2009

Happy New Year to everyone!

As always, this is part of the Sunday Setlist Carnival over at or follow this link here:

It’s a brand new year and it was a great time praising the Lord this morning.  My wife and I missed last weekend because of the death of her father.  It has been a hard experience for her and her mom and sister.  Please pray for them as we won’t have the memorial until January 10th.

 It was like breathing again to experience God the way we did this morning. The really funny thing about the whole set this week was that our soundman, Larry, had to sing a few songs while Darren directed and ran sound from the back of the sanctuary.  My wife also lead two songs.  We’ll get to those in a minute.  

Save the Day – Phillips, Craig and Dean

I really have had this song stuck in my spirit for the last few days and it was my request to be added to the list and it went perfect with Barry’s message on saving grace.

My Savior, My God – Aaron Shust

This is a favorite of the church.  There is always someone cheering and yelling in our congregation before this one is over.  

You Are Enough – Eoghan Heaslip

I like this one because the chord changes aren’t typical.  It kind of flips between D major and D Lydian because of the #4 in the progression.  Anyway, I get to solo a bit in this one and I never know what is going to come out of my spirit.

Grace Will Be My Song – Fee

This is easily one of my favorite songs to do.  My wife got to lead it this morning.  She needed to since she is dealing with her dad’s death.  I don’t know if you guys are familiar with what I call, “The hot spot” of a song, but the final chorus to this one is just that…driving, powerful and sung at the top of your lungs.

Message:  Brother Barry Roberts


I’m Overwhelmed- Eric Lopez

My wife lead this one marvelously.  If you haven’t heard this one, get on Eric’s myspace page at

In Need – Ross King


Last chorus: Grace Will Be My Song

After being off for a week and no Wednesday night youth services to play for, my hands didn’t really know what the strings were for on my guitar, but I quickly regained my composure and played skillfully for my King.

Thank you to the rest of the team for listening intently and being very aware of what God was doing.

The band:

Cavin Dorsey- Bass/music director/In Ear Monitor Madness

Terry Garner, Johnie Adams- Acoustic guitar/vocals

Danna Hafner- Keys/Vocals

Vicki Stringfield- Keys

Jason Stringfield- Drums

Brad Hafner- Electric Guitar/Background vocals

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