Sunday Recap – November 20, 2011

Contemporary Services

Another great morning of worship today! Pastor Tim was gone, so we had one of the missionaries that we support, Paul Hill, missionary to Argentina, speak this morning.  The songs went well this morning, with the team doing a great job on their parts.  We started with “Rising”, a favorite tune from Paul Baloche, and a great way to open the service.  Today was the first day using a click/loop on “Revelation Song”, and it really helped to hold things together, keep a reign on the tempo, and add in some extra sounds.  We bumped it up to 64, instead of the original tempo of 60.  That’s one thing I love about using Ableton Live! If the tempo feels too slow, you can just speed it up and the loop maintains the tuning, even at a faster speed.

We had an unfortunate incident occur in one of our services today. A woman had a medical issue, passed out, and an ambulance had to be called. They brought in a stretcher and took her away in the ambulance. Please pray for Sharon, we haven’t heard any updates yet today.  But, it was a question of what to do during the service. It happened as our guest speaker was delivering the message. He stopped and we took time to pray for her as it became clear what was going on. But then, as we were waiting for the ambulance to come, and as the stretcher took her out, he continued to preach.  People were distracted as the nurse and people around her were helping her out, but he remained calm and focused.  We did end up skipping the last song, which was an upbeat praise song, and ended with a time of prayer for her.  Have you had anything like that happen in a service before? How did you handle it? How would you have handled this?

You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

I always enjoy the opportunity to lead worship in the Cafe.  I usually use many of the same songs as in the Contemporary, but today I did change out one.  Marv introduced a new song last week in here, and I repeated it this week.  “Taste and See” is a nice tune by Tommy Walker that he taught us last summer at a worship conference.  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • Come, Thou Almighty King
  • Heaven Came Down
  • Redeemed
  • Jesus Saves
  • We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations

Randy led the team in the Traditional Service today. They did a great job. You can watch the video of the service or see the Planning Center details.

Pie and Praise Service

This evening we had our annual Pie and Praise Service, where we gather together to give thanks and praise for all God has done in our lives. It’s always a wonderful time of testimonies, music, and of course pie!  We had three people planned ahead to give their testimonies, and then two times for open mic, where anyone could share with the church what they are thankful for.  I also used a video from Shift Worship, called “The Thanksgiving Chair”, a simple yet powerful reminder to give thanks in all circumstances. It was a really great service!  You can watch the video of this service, or see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share recaps and setlists from this past Sunday. Hope your services went great, as well! Happy Thanksgiving!

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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. 

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