Charles Wolff
  • 66, 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 'Sunday 12/9/18 Set List'
Charles Wolff replied to Joe Aiken's discussion 'To Theme or not to Theme'
"Yeah, I don't find out until the bulletin MSWord file comes out on Thursday or Friday what the scripture or sermon title are, so I've accepted that there's no way for me to try to tie in with the theme... and I HAVE asked the pastor…"
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Sunday 12/9/18 Set List'
"I like your "There's No Place..." song - a simple chord pattern (but I like that the "verse" part isn't just more I - IV), this would be an easy one for both the band and congregation to learn.  I don't think…"
Charles Wolff replied to Nathan Gifford's discussion 'Sunday 12/9/18 Set List'
"opening set: King of Heaven, Our Lullaby;candles: Silent Night;before: Above All Else;after: Dwell With You;offering: Hope Was Born This Night;communion: I Love You Lord;outro: Your Presence In the World We're doing one verse of "Silent…"
Dec 5
Charles Wolff replied to Brian Lawson's discussion 'Temple of Broken Pieces'
"Sorry, no new recording yet, but I have been looking at this some more... the sticky spot I keep running into is whether we're talking about a "broken temple" or a (whole) temple made of "broken pieces."  Taking the…"
Dec 4
Charles Wolff replied to Brian Lawson's discussion 'Temple of Broken Pieces'
"Okay, so here are my first impressions... you know how I operate on this stuff... Reading through the lyrics, there is something about that line "Saved by God's own Son" in the first verse that feels off. I just really want it to be…"
Dec 2
Charles Wolff replied to Wulf Forrester-Barker's discussion 'What notation do you give your team?'
"Well, you could always do the listening and transcribing yourself, and then just hand the 94 pages to your worship leader and say, "this is what I'll be playing.  Let me know if you want any changes." Honestly, as a WL, I had the…"
Nov 22
Charles Wolff replied to Scott Byrne's discussion 'This Sunday's set list'
"Yeah, I'm afraid that you'll find traffic here is mighty slow as well, but as one of the people who tries to jump in whenever there is a thread, here's what we have planned for 11/25.  Note that our music is spread throughout the…"
Nov 21

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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