Sunday Recap – July 11, 2010

We had a great morning at Bethel today; very busy, but it was all good! We have had a youth group from a church in Costa Rica with us here at Bethel all this past week. They have worked with our youth group to do service projects around Janesville, as well as spend some quality time in fellowship and worship. It’s really been a great week! Their team was involved with our service this morning in both testimony and music.

I was leading in our Traditional Service this morning, so I wasn’t involved in the Cafe Connections service, but the team in there did a great job! It’s so cool to be able to have other worship leaders we can draw on. Thanks, Adam! We have been having a few technical glitches in the Cafe the past couple of weeks. When we show the feed from the sanctuary in the Cafe (video/audio), there’s a hum or buzz that comes with it. It’s not on the other channels, just that one. So, I’m thinking maybe it’s a grounding issue. It’s a brand new system, so there shouldn’t be any issues, right!?

You can watch the video from our services this morning here. This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog, where you can read other recaps from around the country. I’ll be off the next two Sundays as I take a group of 11 from our worship ministry down to Kansas City for the National Worship Leaders Cofnerence! I can’t wait! Maybe I’ll see you there!

Contemporary Services
“Today Is The Day” (Lincoln Brewster, Paul Baloche)

“Revelation Song” (Jennie Lee Riddle)
– This is one of our favorite songs from the past few years, and it was especially sweet today! As I mentioned earlier, we have had a team from Costa Rica with us all week, and one of the girls from their team sang with us today in the worship choir.  I asked her to sing a solo on one of the verses, and I had our choir learn the chorus of this song in Spanish.  At the end we sang the chorus with both Spanish and English together. It was so cool to hear the two languages used in worship! The whole Costa Rica team was there today, and I hope our arrangement of this song made it feel a bit like home. I was reminded how what we experienced today is just a taste of what heaven will be like – every tribe and tongue gathered around the throne singing “Holy, holy holy is the Lord God Almighty”!!

“How He Loves” (John Mark McMillan)
– We finally got around to using this song today! This is another one of my favorites right now, and I’ve been wanting to use it, and today seemed like the best time to introduce it with the choir here. During our rehearsal on Thursday, we watched the video that John Mark McMillan put out where he explains the background of the song.  As if the song itself isn’t powerful enough, the video really inspired the choir as we led it today.

“God of This City” (Bluetree)

Cafe Connections
“Famous One” (Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves)

“Nothing But the Blood” (Matt Redman)

“You Never Let Go” (Matt and Beth Redman)

“Shine” (Matt Redman)

Traditional Worship Service
“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”
“Our Great Savior”
“Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
“Day By Day”
“He Giveth More Grace”

Sunday Recap – 8/23/09

Another Sunday morning is done, so it’s time to join the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com and give our Sunday morning recap. You can read this and other recaps from worship leaders around the country at

I’m not sure if this link will work or not – first time I’ve tried it, but here’s a link to the service detail from yesterday via Planning Center Online –

We began yesterday with “It Is You” (Peter Furler), an oldie, but one that I use quite often just to get our hearts focused on God and remind everyone (the team included) that it’s not about us, our talents, but all about God and His greatness.

Then the obligatory announcements, meet/greet. What do you guys do with announcements?!?

Our next set included:
“Let the Praise Ring” (Lincoln Brewster)
– I had heard our electric guitar player do the solo for this one last Sunday after church at a youth gathering, and he did a great job at it!! So, after the singers left rehearsal Thursday night, we bumped it up to E, (we had practiced it in D with the singers), added the guitar solo in the middle, and went with it! It came off great! Except for the fact that the singers had to really reach to get some of those notes.

Also, before we started this set, I read Psalm 150, and just reminded everyone our command to Praise the Lord not just with our voices, but with stringed instruments (guitars…), cymbals, etc… I just wanted to remind them that as we play our instruments (solos included) that we are not just showing off, but I’m just giving them a chance to praise the Lord with all their heart via their instrument.

“Holy Is the Lord” (Chris Tomlin)
“Great Is Your Glory” (Vicky Beeching)
– One of my favorites by Vicky B. I heard it for the first time when our choir did the “East to West” musical. We had a soloist do the first verse/chorus, then all joined in. Great chance for the band to use some different instrumentation, and build up a song.

“Be At Peace With One Another” was the message title today, so to intro that we showed a funny clip from the Beverly Hillbillies during the offering about a spat between Gramma and another character that showed how NOT to resolve conflict.

Our children’s pastor came up and did a really neat little visual story with the kids, involving the congregation creating a thunderstorm with paper as he read the story how Jesus said “Peace, be still” and the storm was quite. Really cool! The senior pastor then gave his message.

After the message, we ended with “Break Through” (Tommy Walker). It was a challenging message about conflicts between people, and how true peace can only be found through God, and His power. I love the words to that song, and God really seemed to be at work during it.

A little rest in the afternoon, then a huge group from our worship team and church went down to Rockford, IL last night for a concert with Lincoln Brewster! That was great! Only $5 concert through Summerwood. Norm Stockton was on bass, which was an added surprise – always fun to hear him play!