Sunday Recap – February 19, 2012

Contemporary Services

We tried a whole new order of service today, with the goal of improving the  flow of the service. Instead of having the songs at several portions throughout the service, we put all of the songs at the beginning, offering/announcements in the middle and message at the end.  I loved the longer worship set (the music portion) at the start, and it seemed to really help people stay connected with what was going on rather than having to start over each time we start to sing. You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the team in the Cafe this morning, and it was so nice to have a full team again with percussion, guitar and bass. John also joined the team this morning as a vocalist, and did a great job!!  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”
  • “My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”
  • “My Faith Looks Up To Thee”
  • “By Faith” (Keith and Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend)
  • “I Know Whom I Have Believed”

Pastor Tim’s message today was on “The Faith Factor”, and as you can see, there are plenty of great hymns in that area. But, I also introduced a modern hymn written by the Gettys that fit perfectly as well. “By Faith” is a great hymn that speaks about living a life of faith, and how God has provided in the past for His people of faith.  You can see the Planning Center details and the video of this service.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival over at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share recaps and setlists from this weekend’s worship services.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you also had a great weekend of worship!

Sunday Recap – January 22, 2012

Contemporary Services

We started with two great songs about the name of Jesus with “Matchless” and “At Your Name”.  We used the click track from Praise Charts for “More Than Amazing”, which added a lot of great sounds and helped to fill it out and keep us from rushing.  There were a few cymbal crashes on the loop, though, that Christine didn’t play on the drums, which was a bit strange.

I had asked Zack to play an offertory on the guitar this week, and as the week went on, it evolved into him doing the song “Divine Romance” by Phil Wickham, which turned out great!! Zack played acoustic, with drums, bass guitar and accordion (on my keyboard).  He did a super job!

Closing out the service after the message, we used “I Will Follow” by Chris Tomlin. The 9:30 service went great, but at the 11:00, I forgot to change the keyboard from accordion back to piano, so needless to say, we had a very interesting start to “I Will Follow” in that service! I tried to casually joke about it, and we re-started the song, and all was well.  Some of the team, though, thought I should have kept it!

You can see the Planning Center details and the video for this service. I’ve included the video of Zack Burtness singing “Divine Romance” below.

Cafe Connection Service

I had the privilege of leading in the Cafe this morning, and I always enjoy when I get the chance.  We had a smaller team today with just me on the keyboard, 1 singer and acoustic guitar.  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “The Solid Rock”
  • “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place”
  • “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee”
  • “O Jesus, I Have Promised”
  • “Little is Much When God Is In It”
  • “I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go”

Rick led the team in the Traditional Service today, and from what I heard, things went well. Pastor Tim gave a message about serving today, and really did a great job of challenging people to get in the game and serve in a ministry. He highlighted each ministry, including the worship ministry, and by the end of the day, I had 5 new volunteers for the worship ministry!! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists blog, at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share their setlists and service recaps from this weekend’s services. I hope your services went well today!!

Sunday Setlist – August 28, 2011

Contemporary Services

This morning, we finished up our series about loving others like Jesus loves us. It’s been a great reminder from Pastor Tim about being a church of love.  Since today was the culmination of the series, I included songs that really challenged people in this area.  I’ve been waiting for just the right time to use “By Our Love” by Christy Nockels, and this seemed to be the perfect time to use it. Sheri did a fabulous job on the solo, and I accompanied her on piano; no band on this one, just voice and piano. It’s nice to do that once in a while.
Using click tracks/loops is getting much more comfortable. We’re using primarily the click tracks from Praise Charts, since that’s where we get the majority of music. It’s great how everything matches up! Today, our second keyboard player was gone, so I noticed how much the loop fills in with the organ/strings sounds, especially on “I Will Follow” and “Hosanna”.  Ableton Live is great, I have to say! It’s become such a useful tool in this area! Once I discovered that I could change the tempo of a click, even ones with loops and still hold the tuning, that was a game changer. Now we can find the perfect tempo for each song (which is critical!!), and match the click/loop to that, instead of trying to play a song slower than we normally do.  It’s put everyone much more at ease.  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Cafe Connection Service

I led in the Cafe today, with the same songs as in the Contemporary.  The team did great today! We weren’t sure if Brenda would be able to sing, since she hardly had a voice when she came in this morning, but God is good, and her voice held out for the morning.  I have to get a separate keyboard, though, for the Cafe! Right now, we need to carry our (fairly large – 88 key) Yamaha S90 ES back and forth from our Family Life Center to our sanctuary each time I lead in the Cafe; both Thursday night and Sunday. That’s a lot of back and forth! Can anyone recommend a nice keyboard to use? I’m looking for one that’ fairly simple, nothing fancy with good keyboard sounds – piano, organ, strings, pads. You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, God Almighty!
  • O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
  • O God Our Help in Ages Past
  • Lead On, O King Eternal
  • I Want to Be Like Jesus
  • The Servant Song
Rick led the team in the Cafe this morning, since I was in the Cafe, and from what I heard, they did a great job! You can see the Planning Center details for this service. We weren’t able to stream our services this morning, since part of our camera system is being repaired so I’m not able to give you a link to any recordings from today.
This post is part of the Sunday Setlists blog over at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share setlists and recaps each week. Hope you all had a great Sunday!!

Sunday Recap – August 21, 2011

Contemporary Services

I was actually on vacation yesterday, at my parent’s home in Minnesota. We had a great week spent with family and friends. We celebrated my 40th birthday, my dad’s 88th birthday, and my daughter’s 8th birthday.  That’s quite a span! From everything I’ve heard, the team back here at Bethel did a great job leading yesterday.  Thanks, Marv, for leading the team, and everyone else for a great job well done! You can see the Planning Center details for this service. I’d put the video up, but we’re having some technical difficulties with one of the components in our camera system which is putting some nasty purple bars across the screen, so it really isn’t very pretty to watch. 1st order of business now since I’m back from vacation – take care of that!

Cafe Connection

Marv led the team in our Cafe service as well, with the same songs. Pastor Jamie was gone as well, so Pastor Andrew facilitated this service.  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “How Great Thou Art”
  • “My Faith Has Found A Resting Place”
  • “Blessed Assurance”
  • “Love Lifted Me”
  • “Blest Be The Tie That Binds”
  • “The Family of God”
Randy Bartz led the team in our Traditional Service while I was gone, and from the part of the video that I watched, the whole team did a super job! I’ve come to expect it now, but just before this service started, around 7:30 a.m., I received a text message saying something was wrong, please call.  Why is it that things seem to fail only when I’m on vacation? It’s usually something simple that I normally just take care of myself. I’ve told myself each time this happens that I need to do a better job of training people what to do about the “what if”s. What do I do if this happens, or that happens… I really don’t mind getting the calls/texts, but everyone really should know what to do if something like that happens.  Note taken… You can see the Planning Center details for this service.
Hope you all had a great Sunday! This post is part of the Sunday Setlists blog carnival at The Worship Community.

Sunday Recap – July 3, 2011

Contemporary Services

We had a guest speaker today, a missionary to the Philippines, who gave a great message on “The Mission of God”. This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival at The Worship Community.
I’d like to say everything went great this morning, but we definitely had our mishaps today! The band and singers did a great job, but right from the beginning I felt like I was off the mark. First, I messed up the order of service when I started the service with our first song, instead of letting the other pastor start with the welcome, sending the other pastors scrambling to readjust the service order on the fly.  “God is With Us Now” and “Always” went fine, both great songs!
We have been experimenting with click tracks, and we had a couple that we were going to try today. Most of the click tracks/loops I’ve been using have come from Praise Charts, so the click/loop goes exactly with their arrangements, which works great since the majority of our lead sheets come from there. It has definitely been a learning experience! I guess we need days like this to help us learn from our mistakes.  During “The Power of the Cross”, I missed a couple of beats in the turnaround back to verse 2 (those dreadful 2/4 measures!), so we were off by two beats from the loop. I stopped the click in the middle of the song, but only after fumbling around trying to move the cursor with the trackpad on my laptop over to the right button. I discovered only after the service that pressing the space bar does the same thing. We finished the song fine, but I’ sure it was very distracting. In the next service I thought for sure we would conquer it – no problem! Well, during that same song in the next service, the battery died in my in-ear pack, so I lost the click and everything else! I had to whip out the earbuds, stop the click and play the rest with just the house sound.  To top it off, when I listened back to the recording of the live-stream, to my horror, I heard the click coming through the live stream! Whoops! Wow – what else could go wrong!  It’s really too bad, too, because that was the first time we’ve done that song here, and I was really looking forward to it. Both times today, there were issues.
So, a lot of mistakes today, but I sure learned a lot, and won’t repeat any of them (hopefully…)! As I told the team as we prayed for the second service, “We’ve had smoother…”, but also how good it is know that eve when we mess up, God can still use us! Who knows how God chose to use my bad day to bless someone else! You can catch it all on the video… ( I debated whether to even put it up or not, but, I gotta keep it real, right…) You can also see the Planning Center details for this service.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the team in this service today, and from what he said things went great – no missed repeats, he said!  It was great to have Zack, Jake and Brenda all back today after being gone for a couple weeks! You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “The Star Spangled Banner” (both verses)
  • “America, The Beautiful”
  • “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”
  • “Hallelujah, What A Savior”
  • “Lead Me To Calvary”
As you can see, we took some time to celebrate the 4th of July in this service!  You can watch the video of this service and also see the Planning Center details.

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”

Sunday Recap – March 27, 2011

We had a wonderful morning of worship this morning at Bethel! We introduced “I Will Follow” in the Contemporary Services, and Pastor Jamie did an excellent job bringing a message on “A Call To Action” in Pastor Tim’s absence. This post is part of the Sunday  Setlists blog carnival at The Worship Community, where you can read recaps of other worship services around the country.

Contemporary Service

Aside from a few issues with our cameras acting up, things went great in these services today! Our whole team did a fantastic job, and there was an extra sense of anticipation and excitement about worship today! I love it when God’s presence is so evident, and today that was the case.

We tried one other new thing today. Usually one of the other pastors comes up to pray for the offering, and then we either sing, or do something else during the offering. I’ve always felt that breaks up the music time of the service, so today, I just prayed for the offering in between two songs and went right into the next song. Along with saving a few minutes in the service, it also seemed to flow very naturally. How do you handle the offering in your services?

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

“Love the Lord” (Lincoln Brewster)

“Matchless” (Aaron Shust)

“More Than Amazing” (Lincoln Brewster and Mia Fieldes)
– What a great song! If you’re not familiar with this one from Lincoln’s latest CD, check it out! So many powerful truths of who Jesus is on the verses, then just a simple response on the chorus – “You are amazing, more than amazing, forever our God, You are amazing!” The bridge sneaks in a reference back to the familiar hymn – “Oh, how marvelous, oh how wonderful…”

“I Will Follow” (Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan, and Chris Tomlin)
– This was the first time I have led this song in the Contemporary, and I thought it went well! It fit great with today’s theme, and  the team pulled it off! Go rock organ – thanks, Jan!

“Mighty To Save” (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)
– Bekah did a super job on the first verse solo today, and that just set the tone for the whole song. People really engaged on this song today, and it was so cool to see people  responding to the message with such excitement!

Cafe Connection Service

It’s been a while, but I led in this service this morning. We had a much smaller team, of course, but we did the same songs as in the Contemporary with keyboard, percussion, guitar/ukulele/mandolin/acoustic bass (all one guy!), and vocals.  I had a bit of a stressful morning during this time, because our camera guy for the Traditional Service wasn’t there, so I had to run from leading in the Cafe over to the sanctuary to run cameras for the message, and back to the Cafe to lead the last song! I made it, though!

Our drummer, Elias, made a great suggestion about this service! I have wanted to try to incorporate loops into our team, and he pointed out that this service would be a great place to try it out! He’s right! We’ll try just about anything in this service (as you’ve noticed from the previous videos…).  I have my homework, though, because we really have not done much with tracks and loops – the most we’ve done is play along to an I-Worship video. You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

“Love the Lord” (Lincoln Brewster)

“I Will Follow” (Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan, and Chris Tomlin)

“More Than Amazing” (Lincoln Brewster and Mia Fieldes)

Mighty To Save” (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)

Traditional Service

Randy led the team in this service today. Thanks, Randy! From what I heard the whole team did a fine job, and things went well. You can watch the video and see the Planning Center details for this service.

“I Will Sing Of My Redeemer”
“All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name”
“Rejoice the Lord is King”
“Heaven Came Down”
“Let Your Heart Be Broken”
“Send the Light”