Sunday Recap – December 4th, 2011

Contemporary Services

Christmas is underway at Bethel! We kicked things off with Third Day’s version of “O Come All Ye Faithful”, which is a very singable, upbeat arrangement of the classic carol.  One of the guys in our church, Barry (not this Barry), sang a song by Denver and the Mile High Orchestra during the offering – “Born Tonight”.  It gave our band a nice challenge to play, and Barry did great on the solo. Celebrating communion along with Christmas is always a challenge, but “Jesus Messiah” worked well as a nice bridge between the two themes – praising him for being both our Messiah and Immanuel along with our Redeemer and Savior, and several communion references.  During communion we used “Stronger” and “Amazed”.  I actually wrote a new verse that we used with “Amazed” – same chorus, new verse relating to the cross.  You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.


Cafe Connection Service

Marv led a very full team in the Cafe this morning, and it sounded great!  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.


Traditional Service

  • “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”
  • “O Come All Ye Faithful”
  • “Go Tell it On the Mountain”
  • “A Communion Hymn for Christmas” (Margaret Clarkson and Tom Fettke)
  • “Tell Me The Story of Jesus”

This service at Christmastime is where we do all of our traditional Christmas carols, so it was nice to start the morning off with familiar songs to help us ring in the Christmas season.  With Communion also today, I pulled out “A Communion Hymn for Christmas”, which is a nice text contrasting the manger and the cross.  You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share setlists and recaps from this weekend’s worship services.  Thanks for reading!

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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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