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 Setlists" – 1st attempt

I’ve read of some worship leaders around the country sharing their setlists and worship recaps from Sunday worship online at the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com , so I thought I would give it a try and join in. You can find all of this week’s entries at:

So today, 8/9/09, was my first day back after 3 Sundays being gone. We were at the National Worship Leader’s Conference in Kansas City a few weeks ago, and then I had some vacation time, so it was good to be back!

We opened up the service with”Because of Your Love” (Paul Baloche), using Psalm 115:1 verse to intro it. We had VBS here at our church last week, and had over 215 kids here, with 29 salvations! So, this morning had a very celebratory feel to it as we began with praising God for what He has done.

We then sang “Matchless” (Aaron Shust), and introduced “Glory to God Forever” (Steve Fee & Vicky Beeching) for the first time. I wasn’t sure how this would go, but I started by just teaching people the melody on the chorus and bridge before actually singing the song. It seemed to work fine, and I think it helped people be able to sing the song more confidently the first time. It felt a bit awkward, taking the focus off of God for those moments and having a music lesson in the middle of worship, but I think ultimately it will help the church be able to worship better, so…

After the offering, we had a really neat special – one of our singers sang “I Will Rise” (Chris Tomlin) along with a cello player (1st time playing with us…), band, and I had a small “choir” sing on the bridge. There was a great response from the congregation, and I saw a lot of people worshipping, even though they were just listening. Cool!

Our pastor is in a series on the “One Another” commands in Scripture, so today was “Greet One Another”. I wasn’t sure where he would go with it, but it actually was very good. He some some ideas from the “Making Peace” book by Jim Van Yperen about the four levels of greeting (fellowship, basically). A great challenge to go beyond the superficial greetings/conversation we have with each other in the church and move to the deeper levels of expressive, vulnerable and transformational fellowship.

We’re also having a special focus on family this month of August, so for this month we’re doing something that we’ve never done – a Children’s message! Our Children’s pastor had all the kids come up and gave a family challenge to families in our church – to help us practice better fellowship and communication this week, he challenged us to go for a week without TV. (We’ll see how that goes…)

We ended the service with “Rising” (Paul Baloche).

Overall, it was a great morning. It was my first Sunday leading since the NWLC, and I felt so excited to be back. Many of the singers/band were also at the conference, and there was just a renewed energy, excitement about being there and worshipping God together.

To God be all the glory!!