Sunday Recap – March 18, 2012

Contemporary Service

We had a powerful morning of worship at Bethel, with a special emphasis on remembering the crucifixion.  We’re continuing to tweak the order of service to get the flow just right.  We introduced a new song this week from the new Passion album White Flag called “Jesus Son Of God”. I  first heard this song while watching the livestream of the Passion conference recently in Atlanta.  As I was listening to it back then I thought to myself that as soon as that song became available, we’d use it. The timing worked out perfectly since we’re in a series on the cross!  I also included something new this week. A team from our church recently attended the Pulse Arts & Worship Conference in Madison, WI.  We were challenged there to continue to look for new ways to incorporate the arts into our worship. One of the ladies on our team who went to the conference had written a poem about the cross, which she read as a transition between two of our songs. I thought it worked really well! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the team this week in the Cafe. I love this service! It’s such a cool atmosphere and setting for this worship service, and there is such a sense of community building week to week. You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • Praise To The Lord the Almighty
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • He Lifted Me
  • When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
  • Redeemed

The theme was also on the cross in this service, and Pastor Tim has been using the visual Bible from the book of Matthew to give people a visual reminder of the story of the cross. It’s been effective, but I was there was a newer visual Bible DVD to use that didn’t look quite so outdated.  For some, though, it’s the first time seeing something like this.  You can see the video of this service.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists log at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share setlists and recaps from this weekend. 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. 

3 thoughts on “Sunday Recap – March 18, 2012”

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  2. You mentioned “tweaking” your service flow. I’m going through the same process. How do you handle announcements? We’ve tried everything I can think of and I haven’t yet been happy with anywhere we’ve tried them in the service.


    1. Shawn,

      It’s been an ongoing process of trial and error. What we’ve tried recently that most people seem to like is having the announcements in the middle. We have tried having a longer (3 songs instead of 1 or 2) singing time at the start of the service, then our pastor comes up, prays for the offering and during the offering he gives announcements. We go from there to the Meet and Greet, then right to the message. It’s not ideal, but it seems to provide a bit more flow than how we were doing it before. We’ll probably still try a few different ways to see what works the best.


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