Charles Wolff
  • 65, Male
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • United States
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Charles Wolff - Phoenix, Arizona, USA

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Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion '2017 WorshipTheRock Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest'
"Thanks for the answers!  I like the improvements to the contest."
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Patriotic Worship Music'
"I tend to stay away from "patriotic" songs anyway because I'm not entirely comfortable with the idea of the church throwing its seal of approval in that direction, especially currently... I heard that the US government might be…"
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion '2017 WorshipTheRock Worship & Christian Songwriting Contest'
"So I recall noticing in the Twitter and/or FB announcements that there is going to be some way for the rest of us to listen to (purchase?) some or all of the entries in the contest this year.  Is such a thing available for the previous…"
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Do you post Sunday set lists to social media for your congregation?'
"We do not post setlists ahead of time, though I do email them out to the band early in the week.  Part of the reason we don't is that we generally do the songs in different keys / different song structure (might drop a verse or something)…"
Charles Wolff replied to Stella Fullard's discussion '...and Jesus sang'
"Hi, Stella... Well, as a worship leader, my reaction is that this just goes too slowly to use as a congregational song, especially since the message of the song is basically a positive one.  So if this was my song, I would probably work it out…"
Jun 15
Kevin Auralee replied to Charles Wolff's discussion 'CCLI Top *100* ?'
"No, you don't have to be logged in.  Just click Here!"
May 7
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'What do you do for Mother's Day?'
"For our offering special music, we do "Mama Tried" by Merle Haggard. This year, somebody in the office decided to put out the word to have people send in pictures of their mothers (or of a mother they'd like to recognize) and…"
May 2
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion ' Discovery - Spotify Playlist'
"Nathan, thank you for starting something up like this.  I will see about getting some of my own songs submitted, just so you have some things to experiment with, though I guess I'll have to figure out how to sign up for spotify... I guess…"
Apr 7

Profile Information

Home Church:
Desert Foothills UMC, Phoenix AZ
Musical Gift(s):
songwriting, guitar, bass, singing, recording & live sound
About Me:
helped start our contemporary service in 1993, retired as worship leader in 2003, played bass for a while and am currently on hiatus or retired or something. Actually made a return as worship "organizer" and guitarist in 2013, though for health reasons I'm not letting them make me the lead singer.
Favorite Music:
Larry Norman, Amy Grant, Philip P Bliss, "Laud to the Nativity" by Respighi and "Solemn Mass' by Vierne. Secular stuff: Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffet, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Lou Reed
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
Matthew 21:28-32; I Kings 1:1-4

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Blue Christmas

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 3:26pm 1 Comment

Last night, our church had our first-ever "Blue Christmas" service. Here's an article that explains the idea:

Although I'm not playing in the worship band right now, I am still on the worship committee at church, and back in October or November I brought up the idea, and when I found out that the pastor was up for doing the service, I signed on to do the music (guy & guitar style). Our church has connections to… Continue

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At 9:14am on November 22, 2015, Mavis Monson said…

One song based upon Chopin (of several) uploaded - titled "Just Believe" - the lyrics are available - if I can be so bold, what do you think?

At 6:51pm on August 21, 2015, Stephen R Cass said…

H Charles--

Definitely get together!  I work at Intel on Chandler Blvd., so one of these days we'll connect!


At 11:31pm on February 18, 2015, Des Sharp said…

Hey Charles, I hope all is well with you. Retired but not out I hope.

You are a wise & experienced Man of God. Your wealth of experience is essential for new worship leaders to glean from. Even tho the songs are different today the key purpose is still the same. I really appreciate reading your comments to songwriters, outlining your thoughts about songs.

I have a similar outlook.

Worship songs = Singing to God.

Praise songs = Singing about God.

Testimony = personal story about experience.

Inspirational songs = encouragement to the church.

Keep commenting & being effective. This network needs your voice.

At 5:51pm on August 18, 2010, David Bull said…
Hi Charles

Welcome to "Old and Wrinkly!"

David Bull.
At 6:55am on June 26, 2010, Kellyann said…
Thank you for your friendship Charles! I really appreciate your comments to my discussion posts ~ keep them coming!
God Bless x
Kellyann x
At 1:05pm on June 5, 2010, LARRY FRIES said…
I don't listen to snoozy fm either songs sound alike ,got on for you SUZY YARAEI song called HE'S ALIVE brace youself its gets a little intense,a little supernatural improv for ya ,i am on FB LARRY FRIES ST CLOUD FL.
At 1:51pm on June 3, 2009, Rick Cogbill said…
Hey Charles, just read one of your posts in the forums...I hope you're finding a place where you can minister in worship. Can't let these "retirements or something" go on forever, you know!
Blessings. Rick
At 3:13pm on April 2, 2009, Lil said…
Just poppin over to say hello. Your about me section on your page really made me laugh where it says, 'or something,' =)

Have a great day in Sunny Arizona~!
At 9:11pm on January 13, 2009, Olive Dempsey said…
great, will go check it out...
At 11:25pm on January 2, 2009, Olive Dempsey said…
thanks Charles, I look forward to hearing what you hear... :)

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