Metro Gnome Chronicles 11.8.09
November 8, 2009

It’s been an exciting Sunday at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, Texas.  We played some good music, old and new, and God blessed us with His presence this morning.  Make sure you check out Fred McKinnon’s site to see what other praise and worship leaders across the world did at their church’s:

Here’s the list from today:

Walk In:

Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns

This is the second Sunday to play this one.  The  congregation is doing really well with the “whoa-whoa’s” at the end of the song.


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

Bring the Rain – MercyMe


Nothing But the Blood – Matt Redman

While I’m Waiting – John Waller

Message: Divine Healing


Let Our Heart Be Holy Ground – John Moser

Holy Ground(chorus) – traditional



Darren – vocals

Cavin – Bass

Jason – Drums (with broken pinky finger. Ask him on Twitter what he did to break it. @Jayhoss)

Danna – Keys/Bgvls

Vicki – Keys

Johnie – Acoustic

Brad – Electric

Metro Gnome – (It’s his post…ask him what he does.)


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

Thanks for viewing the blog!


Metro Gnome Chronicles 10.17.09
October 19, 2009

Hey everyone! Yep, it’s another installment of the Sunday Setlist blog.  Fred, you’re a genius for doing this.  Here is his site:

Here is our set:

Walk In: Burn For You – Fee

Blessed Be Your Name – Redman

Glory to God Forever/The Stand Medley – Beeching/Fee

How Great is Your Love – MercyMe

Highest – Hillsong

Altar: Faithful Father – Doerkson

It was a good day! Thanks for stopping by the site.  Leave  a comment.


Metro Gnome Chronicles 10.11.09
October 11, 2009

Welcome to the blog, all you Facebooker’s and Tweeter’s!  Glad to have you along for my little Sunday afternoon worship recap.  Today was a little different as we have started  “dry runs” on recording the music portions of our worship services.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to share snippets of those services with you.

Fred’s website has what other churches around the world did this Sunday as well.  Check that out here:

Now…the moment you’ve all been waiting for……the set list:

Walk In:

For Who You Are – Hillsong

Today was the day to play in the key of B, I guess.  It’s been a little while since we’ve played this one.  This one is much different from the original recording.  We tweeked it to our influences, which are Toto, Journey, Rush and a slew of other bands too.

Bless His Name – Jeremy Riddle

Great tune!  The church really likes this one and they were hungry for a touch from our King today.  It’s always exciting to have a service like this one was.

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

The last time we medley’d these two together was Easter of this year.


Sweetly Broken – Jeremy Riddle

This one is fun for us! Towards the end of the song we go into the “Whoa whoa” part of Journey’s “Faithfully”.  We’ve always said if someone could find a way to make Journey’s music worship, people would worship to it.  We were right!

While I’m Waiting – John Waller

I fell in love with this song the instant I heard it on “Fireproof” while I watched it with my wife.  It’s a rocking song with a great message.

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts


I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe

I believe the last time we played this one was at a funeral 2 years ago.  It was funny because for Saturday service we were playing Amazed by Lincoln Brewster.  That one just morphed into this one.  So we added it to the set list this morning.


Amazed – Lincoln Brewster

See ya next week,


Metro Gnome Chronicles 10.4.09
October 4, 2009

It’s a rainy Sunday here in Texas.  Evangelistic Temple still had a packed house regardless of what the weather was doing outside.  Brother Barry had a great sermon on “The Formula for Faith” out of James 1:1-12.  Powerful stuff!  You can check that out at and click sermon connect to hear the sermon.

As always, this is a part of Fred’s thingy over at his website here:

Here is our setlist from this morning:

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Lift High – Fee (Can’t wait for their new album to come out soon!)

Voice of Truth – Casting Crowns

You Are Enough –

Bring the Rain – MercyMe


Altar:  Eagle’s Wings – Hillsong

We had fun playing our instruments for the King today.  How did you worship? What did you sing?  Leave me a comment.  I want to know!

Keep the Son in your eyes,


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 5.24.09
May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!  First off, thank you to all the men and women that protect our freedom to worhip the God that gave us this great country!  May you and your families be blessed by God for generations. 



Walk In – Where I Belong- MercyMe

Set Me Free – Casting Crowns Led by Dayne Weber

This one was a request to help go along with the testimony that would be given by Dayne’s wife, Nicci during the sermon.

Lift High – Fee

Prayer Offertory

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Tomlin

Grace Will Be My Song – Fee

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts “Take out the trash!” Part 4 of “Marriage Madness”

Altar:  Through  It All – Rueben, Morgan

Let My Heart Be Holy Ground –  John Moser

Closing: Though It All

It was a really great time  in the Lord today.  An awesome testimony was given that demonstrated what freedom feels like after the chains life ties you down with are broken.  Just inspiring!  You will be able to listen to the sermon at before the week is over.  I want to encourage you to check it out.

Both of our acoustic guitar players were not able to make the services today.  Terry, specifically, had knee surgery on Friday and is unable to stand for long periods of time.  Please pray for him.  So the worship team, as far as musicians go, was  all Passage North.  I got to cover both electric and acoustic parts at the same time. This is why I have an electric guitar that will do that sort of thing.

By the way, you can see what other worship leaders did in their church today over at Fred’s site.

NEW FEATURE *Sneak peek into songs and tweaks we’re working on*

Burn for You – Fee

New transition ideas 

Be blessed!


Band (Passage North follow us on twitter too)*twitter name

Darren Goodman – Lead vocals (PN)

Dayne Weber – Lead vocals on Set Me Free

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/Music Director (PN)*PNBassist

Jason Stringfield – Drums (PN)*jayhoss

Vicki Stringfield – Keys (PN)

Danna Hafner – Keys/Bgvs (PN)*dannahafner

Brad Hafner – Electric/Acoustic (PN)*bradhafnersfa



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 5.10.09
May 10, 2009

Greetings from Palestine, TX and Evangelistic Temple.

We had a great day in the Lord here.  As always, you need to check out Fred’s site here:


Walk in song – You Reign – MercyMe




God With Us – MercyMe

I Will Rise – Chris Tomlin

Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin


Nothing But the Blood – Matt Redman

Message – Dr. Barry Roberts – “Respect”

Testimony – Janice Harris

Come Home Running – Chris Tomlin

Offering – Paul Baloche

By the way, please pray for both of our acoustic guitar players.  Johnie injured his hand in a bicycle accident – hit a 50 pound pit bull going 25 mph (the bike, not the dog.  I don’t know how fast the dog was going…knowing pit bulls, it was headed straight for him as fast as it could go.  Not the kind of game of “chicken” you really want to play on a bike).  Terry was camping this week, but he is due to have knee surgery soon.  

**Cue Johnny Carson Tonight Show Theme**… the band

Darren “The Mustache” Goodman – lead vocals

Brad “P90X guru” Hafner – electric guitar/acoustic guitar

Danna “Lily, Lily, Lily, Legs, Lily” Hafner – Keys/background vocals

Vicki “Blondie” Stringfield – Keys

Cavin “The Jackyl – he’s stealth, Shawn” Dorsey – Bass/music director/the voice in our ears from nowhere

Jason “Moon Gel – he’s gellin’ like a felon” Stringfield – drums & gnome-keeper

Metro “I like long walks on the beach & bubblebaths” Gnome – timekeeper

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

Thanks for stopping by.  Comment if you dare!  See ya next week.

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

Metro Gnome – Time keeper s102_metrognome