Sunday Recap – May 1st, 2011

We had a great morning of worship today at Bethel, with much of the excitement from Easter last week carrying over into today! Pastor Tim continued his walk through Romans with Chapter 6 with this question – “Can We Really Not Sin?”  This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where you can read Sunday recaps from around the counrtry.

Contemporary Services

The team did a great job this morning on the songs, including the new one we introduced – “Victory”, from the new Gateway Worship album.  You can see the Planning Center details and also watch the video of this service.

“Here For You” (Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Jesse Reeves, and Tim Wanstall)
– This is a new song from the Passion album by the same name. I liked starting the service with this song. We often start with a high-energy, upbeat song, so this was a change of pace. This song was a great way to get our hearts set to worship, and a great reminder of why we were there. Just like the last time we did this one, the Pre-Chorus line was in my head all week – “To You our hearts are open, nothing here is hidden, You are our one desire.”

“Awesome Is the Lord Most High” (Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Jon Abel, Cary Pierce)
– This is one our church’s favorites! Everyone knows it so well, and it’s so great to hear everyone singing out and hands raised!

“Stronger” (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)
– This is one of the songs I wanted to do last week at Easter, but couldn’t fit it in. So we just extended our Easter celebration one more week! What a powerful song! It also was a good lead-in to the theme for today with the line “sin is broken”.

 “Victory” (Cody Carnes)
– This was a new song that we introduced today. As I was preparing for this service, I was led to include this song, but had no idea what a good fit it would be with Pastor Tim’s sermon.  Before we did this, I read Romans 6:6-7 to lead in to it.  We had originally planned to do this song as a special during the offering, and then end the service after the message with “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)”.  But, as I was sitting in the first service, I just felt led to end the service with this song, since the words to the songs would be so good for the congregation to sing as a response to the message! We ended up doing the song in both places, before and after the message. The first time I invite people just to listen, but after the message, people were really singing out! If you don’t know the song, check it out!

Cafe Connection Service

Marv led the team in the Cafe for the first time today. Thanks, Marv!  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

“Your Name” (Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam)

“From the Inside Out” (Joel Houston)

“Above All” (Paul Baloche and Lenny LeBlanc)

“Glorious” (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)

Cafe Team on 5-1-11
Marv leads the Cafe team for the first time

Traditional Service

The team did a great job today singing some favorite hymns about God’s grace and our victory over sin! You can see the Planning Center details and also watch the video of this service.

“All Hail King Jesus”

“Rejoice the Lord is King”

“At Calvary”

“Down At The Cross”

“No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus”

“Victory In Jesus”

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Barry Westman

Barry Westman is the Worship Pastor at Bethel Church in Janesville, WI. He is also the Editor In Chief and Event Manager at Worship Team Training and Worship Team Training University. He is married to Tina, and has 3 rapidly growing children. 

4 thoughts on “Sunday Recap – May 1st, 2011”

  1. I haven’t listened to the new Passion project. Good songs?

    Always a good idea to include a congregation favorite when you’re introducing new songs. Sometimes I forget to do this.


    1. Sorry for the delay in responding! I just saw your post now. Yes, there are a lot of great song on this latest Passion project – including this one, “Here For You”, and also “All My Fountains’ and “Always”.


    1. Michael,

      There’s weeks I wish I didn’t have to, too! It does get to be a lot of planning! But, I love how it allows so many different people to be involved with leading worship and using their gifts.


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