Well we opened with "He Reigns" (Newsboys). I came out with just an egg shaker and began with only that and singing the tune acapella. Then in the middle of the 1st verse we added wood blocks and other perc. for a kinda tribal feel. In the chorus, we added rhythmic handbells played with mallets; something TOTALLY different from our contemporary setting. I actually had to make a video of how and what to do with this as none of our musicians had done it before. I'll post it with the disclaimer that this was simply a really quickly made instructional video meant to convey the idea. I came up with the thought and recorded it in less than 20 mins. so allow me a lot of grace.
The next tune was Tomlin's "I Will Follow". Our band has never used a click track before and so because we didn't have a drummer and other instrumentation and I couldn't come up with anything more creative-wise, I created a CD track of the song from start to finish w/ drums/perc., hammond organ, BGV's, and all electric guitars (clean & heavy). Oh, and this will answer an earlier question too: for live playing we had 3 acoustics (I began there and then moved to piano later in the set), 3 vocalists, and a bass. So those folks got some good experience at what it will be like when we start using a click and some occasional backing tracks.
Usually we have your typical contemporary combo group/band. We've got many good players and a pretty good depth chart for all instruments but ever now and again the holidays and busy times align just right and we end up shorthanded.
The next tunes were nothing extraordinary. "You Never Let Go" all acoustical with heavy arranged vocal harmonies and "Lead Me to the Cross" w/ acoustics & piano.
Our special music/offering was "Beautiful, Beautiful" just voices and piano. We did some unique lighting and media stuff with that one.
Actually had MANY out-of-the-ordinary people who responded to the worship set positively, all noting in some way or another that it took them someplace worship-wise they'd not been before. All glory and thanks to GOD!
Glad it went good for you. It's a good thing to get outside the expected once in awhile.