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”

Sunday Recap – 12/5/2010

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s time to bring out the Christmas carols!! Pastor Tim started his Christmas series today, with “Did God Really Put Skin On?’, which was a great reminder of how the Word became flesh, based on John 1:14.


Contemporary Services

It was a Tomlin morning, I guess, with several from his newest Christmas CD and others.  It also was Communion today, and “Jesus Messiah” worked so well today as  a bridge between the Christmas message and the communion table! You can watch the video for this service, and see the Planning Center details.


Cafe Connection Service

I didn’t lead in either the Cafe or the Traditional this morning, so I was able to be the Producer today during this hour.  It was great to see Zack lead here in the Cafe and Randy in the Traditional.  The team did a great job today! I loved hearing them do “Carried To The Table”. Zack did an awesome job on the acoustic guitar on that one!


Traditional Service

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
  • Joy to The World
  • Break Thou The Bread of Life
  • There Is a Redeemer

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

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival at The Worship Community, where you can read recaps from other worship services.

Sunday Setlist – October 24, 2010

Another busy morning at Bethel today! But, this afternoon starts my week of vacation, so I’m feeling that start of  vacation excitement as to what can all be accomplished! Just wish we had the means to carry out some of our list… Oh well… on to the setlist…

Contemporary Services

“Rising” (Paul Baloche and Matt Redman)
– I actually JUST noticed for the first time this am that Matt Redman was one of the co-writers of this one. I guess I didn’t realize that! Did he ever record it? This is a great opener, right from the Psalms!

“God Is Great” (Marty Sampson)
–  This one has a tempo of 152, in other words – fast! But, in our 9:30 service we must have been at least at 160! We were flying along! 11:00 was better. Another great song – one of our congregation’s favorites!

“Our God” (Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman)
– Again, our tempo on this one was a bit too fast in the 9:30, better in the 11:00.  This is the first time we’ve done this song since reading Aaron Niequist’s blog post about it ( I tried not to let that post change my opinion of the song. Have you read it? What are your thoughts? Honestly, I had not thought anything along the lines of what he was saying before reading it, and I’m really surprised it got so much attention! But, I think it’s a great song, and our congregation loves it!

“Your Love Never Fails” (Chris McClarney)
– This is one of my favorites right now! The band sounded great on it today, especially in the 11:00!

“Stronger” (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)
– I love when a a song takes on a different meaning each time you sing it! Today, that was the case with this one. We’ve used this great song before in relation to the cross and Easter, but today’s message was on facing temptation, and this song fit perfectly in that setting as well. “You are stronger. Sin is broken, you have saved me!” God really used this song today as we used it as a response to the message and there was a great response!

You can watch the video of this service, and also see the details of the service order.


Cafe Connection Service

“Rising” (Matt Redman, Paul Baloche)

“Beautiful One” (Tim Hughes)

“You Alone Can Save” (Matt Redman)

“Stronger” (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

I led in the Cafe this morning, with a full team – percussion (cajon/congas), guitar, keyboard, vocals. It was the biggest team we’ve had yet for the Cafe. I was amazed, again, at what a great team we have that help to pull off this service each week with the setup, food prep, tech team, music team, take-down. What great volunteers!


Traditional Service

“God, Our Father, We Adore Thee”
“How Great Thou Art”
“Blessed Assurance”
“I Will Praise Him”
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

You can watch the video of this service, and also see the details of the service order.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival at The Worship Community, where you can read recaps from worship services around the country.


Worship Recap – October 17, 2010

I hope you all had a wonderful morning of worship! Here’s our worship recap from this morning’s services at Bethel. This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival at The Worship Community.

Contemporary Services

“Hosanna” (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)
– It’s been a while since we’ve used this song, so I thought it was time! It’s amazing what taking a little break from a song will do. People seemed very excited to sing it, and they really sang out! Zack did a awesome job on the guitar solo today.

“Today Is The Day” (Lincoln Brewster and Paul Baloche)
– We’ve done the Lincoln Brewster version of this song since it came out, but I’ve always wanted to try Paul Baloche’s version.  We did take away the ‘Oh, Oh, Oh’s today, which made it feel much tighter. Once again, Zack nailed the solo on this one!

“Cannons” (Phil Wickham)
– This was the second week we’ve used this song, and people are already catching on to this great song. We started soft with just Shanna sang the first verse, then we all joined in the  chorus. The band then came in and off we went. I love this song! “I’m so unworthy, but still You love me.”

“How He Loves” (John Mark McMillan)
– Today’s message was about God’s grace and love, so this was a perfect way to end our service! I think some of the words in the verses finally sunk in today after pastor’s message. People seemed to respond much more to the song today.

You can watch this service online and also see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Adam led the team today in the Cafe, and from what I’ve heard, did a great job along with the team – Georgine on vocals and Zack on percussion.

“Hosanna” (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)

“Everlasting God” (Brenton Brown)

“You Never Let Go” (Matt Redman)

“We Fall Down” (Chris Tomlin)

Traditional Service

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
“Without Him”
“Wonderful Grace of  Jesus”

You can watch this service online, or see the Planning Center details.

Worship Recap – October 3rd, 2010

October? Is that possible? Well, I guess it is, and the temperature when I left home at 5:45 a.m. this morning felt like it!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons, so I’m actually happy about flipping the calendar page! This morning was Communion Sunday. How often do you have Communion in your services? We have it on the first Sunday of each month. Thanks to all those who served this morning in our four services. You guys did a great job! This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community; check it out to read other recaps from worship leaders around the country.

Contemporary Services

We had some really neat moments this morning during our service. One of them was our special for today – “Open Hands” by Matt Papa. I love this song, and one of our worship leaders, Zack, led this song from his electric guitar, and I sang harmony from the keyboard along with the rest of the band.  Zack did a great job – very proud of that guy! The other moment I remember was during “In Christ Alone”. It was right before Communion, and you know when sometimes a song that you’ve sung many times before just hits you in a new way? Well, today as the congregation was responding in worship during the third verse, I was just overwhelmed with the sacrifice of Christ on the cross all over again – what a gift! We were short one singer today who called in sick, so Bekah agreed to fill in on her solo on “At The Cross”, and she did a fabulous job! Want to see more? You can watch the video of this service or look at the Planning Center details. Here are the songs:

“Salvation Is Here” (Joel Houston)

“Open Hands” (Matt Papa and James Thiele)

“In Christ Alone” (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend)

“At The Cross” (Darlene Zschech and Reuben Morgan)

“You Are My King” (Billy Foote)
– This has always been one of my favorite songs, but after listening to the interview with Billy on the latest All About Worship Podcast, my appreciation for Billy and his music skyrocketed! Because of a condition that he has, Billy is physically unable to sing! He can speak, but when he tries to sing, his vocal cords just don’t allow him to sing. He said that he hears the melody in his head, then asks his wife Cindy to sing it for him to see if it sounds good. Amazing!

Cafe Connections

I wasn’t able to  be in this service today since I was leading in the Traditional, but they sounded great at rehearsal! Adam picked out these songs, and I was really hoping to hear how Leeland’s “Carried To The Table” went – in the original key, even! You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

“Lord Over All” (Gary Sadler)

“In the Secret” (Andy Park)

“Carried To The Table” (Leeland Mooring, Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong)

“How Great Is Our God” (Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin)

Traditional Service

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

“One Day”
“The Church’s One Foundation”
“Lead On O King Eternal”
“O Sacred Head Now Wounded”
“Hallelujah What A Savior”

Sunday Recap – September 26, 2010

We had a busy, but different morning at Bethel today. I led worship in the Cafe with the keyboard, then in the Contemporary services. Our youth group was at a retreat this weekend, so we were missing several from the team. If you watch the video, you’ll see we had a pretty small team today. But, they did a great job! This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog over at The Worship Community where you can read recaps from churches around the country. Thanks for reading!

Contemporary Services

The band today was just 2 keyboards, drums, and guitar with 2 singers. We introduced “Cannons” today by Phil Wickham, which was one of the highlights for me.  You can see the Planning Center details as well as the video of this service. Here are the songs:

“Our God Saves” (Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown)

“Holy Is The Lord” (Chris Tomlin)

“From the Inside Out” (Joel Houston)

“Cannons” (Phil Wickham)

“Your Grace Is Enough” (Matt Maher)

Cafe Connections Service

Another small team with just 1 singer plus I led from the keyboard. We rely on our Youth quite a bit, and it was evident today! View the Planning Center details.

“Our God Saves” (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)

“Matchless” (Aaron Shust)

“Cannons” (Phil Wickham)

“Surrender” (Marc James)

Traditional Service

Since I was leading in the Cafe today, Rick led the Traditional Team. They had 3 singers, piano and organ.  Dee did a beautiful job on the Offertory! View the Planning Center details and the video for this service.

I Sing The Mighty Power of God
Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us
He Leadeth Me
All The Way My Savior Leads Me

Sunday Recap – September 19, 2010

We had a great morning of worship at Bethel today! After our outdoor service last week, this was kind of our fall kickoff Sunday, with the new Growth Groups and a new message series on Genesis all taking place today. We also had our Worship Choir sing along with the worship team in the Contemporary Services, which is always a special treat! In addition, we had an amazing group of teenagers sing the Barlow Girls song “Never Alone”. They did an awesome job!!

This entry is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival over at The Worship Community where you can read worship recaps from around the country. You can watch the video of our service from today here!

Contemporary Services

Glorified (Jared Anderson) – Walk-in Song

– This was a new concept and a new song for us today. We don’t normally do a walk-in song, but with the girls doing their special as the closing song, and the choir today, I wanted to give the choir a chance to sing as well.  So, 5 minutes before the service start time, we did this song, with the words on the screen.  Some sang along, and some just watched, both of which are fine. Do any of you include a song like this before the service? This was a great new song,  and both the band and choir really enjoyed doing it!

Blessed (Reuben Morgan and Darlene Zschech)
– This is one of our worship choir’s favorite songs to do, and a great way to start the service!

You Are Good (Israel Houghton)
– It’s been a while since we’ve pulled this one out, but what a great, high-energy song of praise!

Forever Reign (Jason Ingram and Reuben Morgan)
– This is the second time we’ve done this one, and what a great song it is!! People really were responding to the truth that we can run to His arms, and that He is on the throne.

Never Alone (Barlow Girls)
– What a cool way to end our service! This song was done by three high school girls on vocals and one high school girls playing piano.  They really sounded great on the tight harmonies, and they performed it very well! They actually just sang it at our high school talent show the night before. You should check out the LiveStream video just for this song!

Cafe Connection Service

Adam led the team this week, and it was a full  house again! I’m so glad to see this service taking off. We had a new singer join our team this week, as well as a new Easy Worship operator.

Glorious One (Steve Fee and Vicky Beeching)
Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)
What Can I Do (Graham Kendrick and Paul Baloche)

Traditional Service

Come Thou Almighty King
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
My Hope Is In the Lord
I’d Rather Have Jesus