Sunday Recap – 1/24/10

I’m entering this post later than I normally do, but it was a busy Sunday afternoon for me. My Vikings held me at the edge of my seat for over 3 hours, and only to end up with a lot of frustration, disappointment, and sadness. But, I’m proud of them for the great season!  So, anyway, now that I can think a bit more clearly, I thought I better keep up with my Sunday Setlist enry for this week.

We’re going through the book of Genesis at Bethel, and this week was Chapter 3 about temptation.  You can see the Planning Center info for our service here.

We opened the service with a great video called “Worship Inspiration” by the Steelehouse Media Group. You can purchase the video here. It worked well as a worship opener, giving several quotes and Scripture verses about worship, with inspiring music.  When that ended, people seemed anxious to jump up and start praising! We followed that with “The Lord Reigns” by Klaus Kuehn, a great up-tempo opener.

After the Meet and Greet and Announcements, we did:
“Holy Is the Lord” (Chris Tomlin)
“Stronger” (Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan)
– This was a new song for us this week, and wow – what a great song! This song is in our Easter musical we’re doing this year, “Run to the Cross” by Travis Cottrell. I’m hoping to teach it to the congregation, so when we get to Easter, they’ll know it and can sing out strong!
“Salvation Is Here” (Joel Houston)

After the message, we ended with “Your Grace Is Enough” (Matt Maher/Chris Tomlin’s version).

Overall, it was a great morning. The flow was smooth, the singers and band did a great job. We were missing acoustic guitar this week, because the guy who was supposed to play couldn’t make it to rehearsal because of some bad weather. But, the electric helped to fill in, and it all worked out well.

Haiti: An Opportunity to Respond

Like many of you, my heart has been so heavy this past week for the people of Haiti.  Ever since the terrible 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere on January 12th, killing at least 150,000 people, I have been watching the news reports coming out of Port-au-Prince with sadness, horror, and sometimes joy.  I rejoiced with the rescuers as they pulled survivors out of the rubble, even up to 7 days after the quake.  I grieved for the families who were unable to locate family members, not knowing whether they lived or died, and I was horrified by the aftermath of that terrible event.

But, I’ve also wondered what I could do to help? God’s Word is clear on our responsibility as Christians to help those who are in need.  “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” (Psalm 82:3-4)  “No, this is the kind of fasting I want: Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you.  Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” (Isaiah 58:6-7) “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” (James 1:27)  As we respond to situations like this, we are fulfilling God’s desire for us as believers. I would even say that as we respond to the needs of those around us, it is an act of worship. As I’ve mentioned before, worship is far more than just an hour on Sunday.  We need to put our faith into action.

I would like to suggest three ways we can respond as Christians: Pray, Give, Go.

  • Pray for those who have been affected by Haiti’s earthquake — people who homeless, those who are hungry, injured, traumatized. 
  • Pray for victims’ loved ones, both in Haiti and in other parts of the world, who are mourning or anxiously awaiting word about their loved ones. 
  • Pray for all those who are involved in the relief effort, that the Lord would give them strength to deal with the awful conditions they are facing. Pray for those who are trying to organize people and resources to assist with the relief efforts. Pray that God would stir up His people to respond with the love of Christ to help people in desperate need.
  • On January 24th and 31st, Bethel took a special offering to go to the relief efforts.  But, it’s not too late to give!
  • Bethel teamed up with our national Baptist General Conference organization, Converge Worldwide. You can go to their website, which is and donate online.
  • I’ve also been very impressed with an organization called Churches Helping Churches. Pastor Mark Driscoll and Pastor James MacDonald recently returned from a trip to Haiti, where they saw firsthand many churches that were destroyed or badly damaged.  Their mission is to help the immediate and long term needs of those churches.  You can see pictures and videos from their trip, as well as support their mission at  
  • It may be that God is calling you to put some of the skills and gifts He has given you to use in Haiti. Again, you can go the Converge Worldwide website to get details on how you can become personally involved in a short-term ministry team.

Sometimes a song can put things into words that mere words cannot. We’re learning a new song in church that reminds us of what God is asking us to do. It’s called “God of Justice”, by Tim Hughes.  As you read the words to this song, please take some time to pray, and seek how God would like you to be involved in this terrible tragedy.

“God Of Justice”

Verse 1
God of justice Savior to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go
Live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward
Keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

Verse 2
To act justly every day
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go
Live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward
Keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord

Words and music by Tim Hughes. ©2004 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing) CCLI Song No. 4447128.

Sunday Morning Recap – 1/10/10

It was good to be back at it again this morning after a break for the last two Sundays. We had our Worship Choir sing with us this morning, which always adds another level of excitement.  We also started a new series this morning going through the book of Genesis.  We had some bad weather here Thursday night, so our team wasn’t exactly as I had scheduled, but we had some people step up to help fill in the gaps, and they did a great job!

We started with “Today Is the Day” (Lincoln Brewster). Our electric guitar player was gone this weekend, so our sax player took all the lead parts and solos, and he nailed it!!

The next set was:
“You, You Are God” (Walker Beach)
“We Will Remember” (Tommy Walker)

To go along with our Creation theme this morning, we also did:
“Beautiful Jesus” (Kristian Stanfill) and
“Indescribable” (Laura Story)

This setlist is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at its new home –   (

Sunday Recap – Christmas Eve, 12/27/09 and 1/3/10

Well, I’ve fallen behind in my Sunday setlist over the past couple of weeks, since I’ve been enjoying some vacation time over Christmas and New Years.  I also have not been leading worship at our church the last 2 Sundays, so I’m ready to get back at it this week.

Here are our setlists for the past few events:

Christmas Eve

“Joy to the World” (Praise Carols version from Praise Charts)
“Angels We Have Heard on High (Chris Tomlin – “Glory in the Highest” version)

“What Child Is This?” – Third Day version

“Jesus Messiah” – Chris Tomlin

“Adore Him” (Kari Jobe)
“Silent Night” (with candles)

Sunday, December 27th
“Here I Am to Worship” (Matt Redman)

“Matchless” (Aaron Shust)
“The First Noel” (Praise Carols from Praise Charts)

“Joseph” – by (Don Poythress and Tony Wood) – sung as special music

“How Great Is Our God” (Chris Tomlin)

Sunday, January 3rd
“Awesome Is the Lord Most High” (Chris Tomlin)
“God Is Great” (Hillsong – Marty Sampson)

“Mighty to Save” (Hillsong – Reuben Morgan)

“You Gave Your Life Away (Paul Baloche)” – for Communion
“Above All” – Lenny LeBlanc – for Communion

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas season with your teams! To read about other services around the country, go to

Sunday Recap – December 20, 2009

We had a very Merry Christmas service yesterday! My recap here is part of the  “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com and you can read others here at

Here is the Planning Center Online link to our service yesterday –

Our setlist

“Angels from the Realms of Glory” – Praise Charts version, arr. by Henderson

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” – Praise Carols version (from
“Glory to God Forever” – Steve Fee/Vicky Beeching
“Glory in the Highest” – Chris Tomlin (from “Glory in the Highest’ CD)

We had another amazing sax solo from one of our worship team members – his own version of “What Child Is This”.

We ended with Paul Baloche’s “Christmas Offering” to close out the service.

Have a Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

Sunday Recap 12/13/2009

You probably could have called our service this morning – A Chris Tomlin Christmas!  It went great! We had our worship choir sing this morning along with our team and band.  We started with “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, the Praise Carols version from Praise Charts.  It was a nice way to start the service, and I think really set the whole service off in a worshipful tone.

Then, after the greeting time, we did “Angels We Have Heard on High” from Chris Tomlin’s new Christmas CD. Very straightforward arrangement, so it was easy for the congregation to pick it up and sing right along.

Our choir and team then did two special Christmas pieces, both from Chris Tomlin’s new Christmas CD –

“My Soul Magnifies the Lord”  and
“Emmanual (Hallowed Manger Ground)”

They did a great job on those!

After the message, we ended with our Christmas version of “What Can I Do?” by Paul Baloche. My wife and I co-wrote a new Christmas verse to use instead of the first verse, and the rest of the song was the same.  It was a great way to respond to our pastor’s message about Mary’s song of praise after being visited by the angel.

To read other stories of Sunday AM setlists, go to “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at

Sunday Recap – 12/6/09

Well, Sunday was the official start to our Christmas season at Bethel.  With communion as well, it always makes for an interesting service combining those two themes.

So, we started with:

“Hosanna” (Paul Baloche)
“Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)” – from Chris Tomlin’s new Christmas CD
 – worked well since the melody was singable, and the new chorus was great!

Then, one of our worship team members brought out her flute and played on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (Praise Charts – Praise Carols version) during our offering. Nice duet at the start, then with a world beat.

During communion, we did:
“Remembrance (The Communion Song)” – Matt Redman/Matt Maher’s new song for communion. Wonderful lyrics and moving song!

“The Wonderful Cross” (Chris Tomlin; Michael W. Smith’s version)

Overall it was a great morning. With other rehearsals going on in December, we had to take everything off the stage after our rehearsal Thursday night. Whenever we do that, it never quite sounds as good as it does after getting things put back together in our Aviom ears.  Everything usually seems to work itself out, but it took a longer time on Sunday to get everything sounding just right. But, we got it, and the teams did a great job!

This entry is part of the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com.  You can find other setlists from this week by going to

Sunday Recap – 11-29-09

Our team did such a great job yesterday at our worship services! But, I just wish the flow of our services yesterday would have been better.  Looking back, I realize now that there was just too much to try to do in one service and have it work. It was just one of those weeks…

We started with:
“Our God Saves” (Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown)
“Only A God Like You” (Tommy Walker)

Then, after the message, we had planned to do:
“None But Jesus” (Brooke Fraser) (1st time for us here)
“From the Inside Out” (Joel Houston)
“Everday” (Joel Houston)

But, “From the Inside Out” ended up getting cut in both services.  In addition to our regular songs and message, we also had 4 baby dedications (13 minutes) in one service, and 6 (15 minutes) in the next. So, our service order ended up looking nothing like what had been planned. 

I would love to hear how you at other churches handle baby dedications in your services?  Do you have a special service just for that, or do you have them in the service? Do you dedicate several children all at once, or each one individually?

This entry is part of the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com.  You can find other setlists from this week by going to

The Joint Review Thanksgiving Giveaway

I wanted to let everyone know about this cool giveaway happening from the Joint Review. This info is from their website, which is:


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An integrity kids pack with drawstring bag and inside it is;
SPK Curriculum
Shout Praises – Today is the Day DVD
Hillsong Kids Follow You – DVD
Shout Praises – Today is the day CD
Hillsong Kids Follow You – CD
God & Me – God Made me CD
God & Me – God Loves me CD
God & Me – God Helps me CD
Ultimate Praise songs CD
Ultimate Sunday School songs CD
Ultimate Bible songs CD
Lull-A-Byebaby Christmas
Lull-A-Byebaby Worship

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Freddy Rodriguez – Light in the Darkness
Desperation Band – Light up the World
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Lincoln Brewster – Today is the day Deluxe Edition
iWorship Hymns – essential collection
Hillsong songs for Communion
Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering
Worship and Adore: A Christmas Offering DIGITAL SONGBOOK
Todd Agnew – Need
Skillet – Awake
Ken Reynolds – 1W1G
Israel Houghton – The Power of One WORSHIP LEADER EDITION DVD/CD
Hillsong United – Tear Down the Walls
Power of the Cross – Live at free Chapel DVD
Power of the Cross – Live at free Chapel DIGITAL SONGBOOK
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