Metro Gnome Chronicles 11.22.09
November 22, 2009

I’m back after missing last week.  Not sure what happened last week.  It just slipped my mind to update the blog.  Anyway….go thank this guy, Fred McKinnon, for putting this whole thing together.  Check out this link if you want to see what other worship leaders did today:

Here’s the list:

Walk In:

Until the Whole World Hears – Casting Crowns

Hosanna – Baloche

Who Am I – Casting Crowns

Grace Will Be My Song – Fee

How He Loves/Dance With Me (Medley) – McMillan (More like the Crowder arrangement)

Message: Brother Barry Roberts

Altar: Only You/How He Loves (Medley)

We’re putting a lot of medley’s together recently.  They seem to just flow one to the next.  I guess it’s a good thing.  The congregation seems to like them and God is really moving powerfully.

Leave me a comment, like a nice person! 😉

Passage North


The Downbeat 6.7.2009
June 7, 2009

Greetings to everyone!  

Sorry we missed out of Sunday Setlists last week.  The praise team had the week off.  But we were back in full force today at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, TX.  There was an amazing message given by our senior high youth pastor, Jason Harris.  It was a hard but good.  Anyone else have someone tell it like it is in church?

Alright, to the setlist:

Walk In: Hosanna – Paul Baloche (We did the PK7 version)

Jesus Messiah – Chris Tomlin

Sweetly Broken – Jeremy Riddle

This is a new one for us.  The C-team got to be the ones that debuted this last week to our congregation.  I heard that they did a great job.  Way to go C-team.  We love this song.  In fact it’s still in my head even as I type this.


Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – Chris Tomlin

Hallelujah – Ben Cantalon

This one has really been anthemic recently.  Today, lots of people came forward as it began, just to stand in the front of the platform with their hands in the air.  I had to play the guitar, otherwise my hands would have been in the air too.

Message: Jason Harris


The Wonderful Cross – Michael W. Smith

There you have it.  Thanks for stopping by.  As always, you can go to and check out what other worship pastors and churches did for their Sunday Setlist too.


Darren Goodman – vocals

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/Musical Director

Jason Stringfield – drums

Danna Hafner – Keys/bgvls

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Johnie Adams – Acoustic

Terry Garner – Acoustic

Brad Hafner – Electric

Metro Gnome – “The glue that holds the band together!”

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 4.26.09
April 26, 2009

Greetings to all in the name of the Lord! 

Here is a really quick recap.  I was trying to get it done earlier in the day but a dear friend needed some assistance.  We had a couple of baptisms today and also, someone came forward for salvation.  My oldest and middle kids got honored for their achievement in Bible Drill at the state competition.  Just a great day!

Here comes the set list.  You can also see what other praise and worship leaders did here:


Walk in- Hosanna – Paul Baloche (PK7 version) Listen to it here:

Lifesong – Casting Crowns

You Reign – MercyMe

Highest – Hillsong

Through It All – Hillsong

Surrender – Mark James

Message: Barry Roberts


Eagles Wings – Hillsong

I’m glad you stopped by to check out the set.  Leave a comment.  I’m behind in commneting about everyone else’s set.  I promise I look at them all.  God Bless you all.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren Goodman – Vocals

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/Music Director

Jason Stringfield – Drums

Danna Hafner – Keys/Bgvls

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Johnie Adams – Acoustic

Terry Garner – Acoustic

Brad Hafner – Electric

The Downbeat 4.19.09
April 19, 2009

Greetings and hallucinations!  

Thanks for stopping by.  I am constantly trying to find a way to make the blog short and to the point so that you can get over to other worship pastor’s blogs to see what they did on Sunday.  If you guys have any ideas on how to make my blog the best bang for you view (this is free afterall) let me know.  Please don’t forget to comment.  I do my best in trying to return the favor if you have a blog or facebook page.  You can see those other worship pastor’s blogs by going here: 


Here is how the downbeat happened today at Evangelistic Temple, Palestine, TX:

Walk In: Agnus Dei – Michael W. Smith

Greeting: Dr. Barry Roberts  

Dr. Barry Roberts, Pastor of Evangelistic Temple, Palestine, TX

Dr. Barry Roberts, Pastor of Evangelistic Temple, Palestine, TX



O Praise Him – David Crowder

Our God Saves – Paul Baloche

This morning, Dayne Weber lead this one.  He knocked it out of the park.

My Saviour My God – Aaron Shust

I am always the one to start this one.  Not usually a problem, but my cat stuck her claw into my ring finger on my fretting hand yesterday and it’s super sore. It’s right where the string and my finger make contact.   Anyway, I made it through and my solo was on the opposite end of suck!  So a good day for me.


Majesty (Here I Am) – Delirious (We did the PK7 version)

For those of you wondering, PK7 was the band at Promise Keepers 2006 led by Curt Coffield.  I really like their version of this one.  You can go here and listen to it:

Jesus Lover of My Soul – Hillsong

Our version of this one is more R&B.  

Sermon: Dr. Barry Roberts


Amazed – Lincoln Brewster

We did have a small issue with a keyboard that decided not to power up.We reshuffled Danna’s Korg Karma for Vicki’s  Korg X-50 before the service started.  Other than that snafu, things flowed well and someone came forward for salvation.  Praise God!  That’s why we do what we do.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren Goodman – Lead Vocals

Dayne Weber – Lead Vocals (Our God Saves)

Danna Hafner – Keys/Bgvs

Cavin Dorsey – Bass/Music Director (or DJ, it depends on what he says in our Avioms)

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Jason Stringfield – Drums (Metro Gnome’s buddy and pal!)

Johnie Adams – Acoustic

Terry Garner – Acoustic

Brad Hafner – Electric

Metro Gnome – Timekeeper (Everyone who has Avioms bestest friend!)

The Downbeat 3.22.09
March 22, 2009

Welcome to my little piece of real estate on the web. Well, so are my facebook, myspace and twitter pages, but this one…as far as I’m concerned is where the rubber hits the road.  And you’re here with me, when you could be watching March Madness.  Alright….I confess….I’m watching it too!  So during commercials and half times make sure to check out what other worship leaders did in their services today over at Fred’s site.  Here is the link:


We changed our format for worship after last week.  We have decided that announcements in the middle of worship is a silly idea and they need to happen after a walk- in song (we’ve never had a walk-in song before).

  •  10:30 am practice stops no matter what the case.
  • 10:40 am Walk-in song begins
  • 10:45 am Announcements
  • Whenever announcements are done the praise portion of the service begins with no interruptions.
  • Prayer, Offertory, and baptisms happen between Praise set and worship set.
  • Worship set begins
  • Message
  • Altar time
  • Closing

The only things on a time frame are at the beginning of the service.  We want God to have his time and if he wants to do something we have facilitated for that as best we can.

Enough rambling from me.  Here is what happened this morning at Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, TX:

Walk-In:  Hallelujah – Ben Cantalone

This is the one we played for the first time last week.  We added another dimension to it this week because Danna, my wife and other keyboard player, got back from Israel Saturday night and was ready to play today.

All Because of Jesus – Fee

Forever – Chris Tomlin

This is Our God – Chris Tomlin

You Are Good – Jeff Deyo

Here I Am to Worship – Tim Hughes

Message: Dr. Barry Roberts


Eagles Wings – Hillsong

Breathe – Paul Baloche

Closing: Hallelujah

Thanks for stopping by.  Leave a comment.

Keep the Son in your eyes,



Darren – Lead Vocals

Cavin – Bass/music director

Metro Gnome – (Miniature Father Time)

Jason Stringfield – Drums (Friend of Gnome!)

Danna Hafner – Keys/Bgvs

Vicki Stringfield – Keys

Brad Hafner – Electric/Acoustic guitars

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