Sunday Recap – April 15, 2012

Contemporary Services

I guess it was a Matt Redman kind of morning! I didn’t realize until I typed this all out that our second set, “10,000 Reasons” and “You Alone Can Rescue”, was written by the same duo! Jake did a great job on the mandolin solo for “10,000 Reasons”!  This was the week after Easter, and I’m not exactly sure why, but my voice was shot! For the early service there was hardly anything.  God is faithful, though, and my voice lasted through all 3 services.  I was so grateful for the rest of the team today!  You can watch the video of this service and also see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

We had four songs planned, but ended up doing only three.  This was the service my voice was still not there, so thanks for Brenda and Denise for stepping up and taking the lead!

Traditional Service

  • “Blessed Assurance”
  • “God of Grace and God of Glory”
  • “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust and Obey”
  • “Be Thou My Vision”
  • “My Jesus I Love Thee”
  • “Rejoice the Lord Is King”

Since I was leading in the Cafe, Cherry led the team in here from the piano today. It was great to have Paul and Annette back from wintering down south! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share their recaps and setlists from this past weekend’s services. Hope you had a great Sunday!

Easter Weekend Recap – 2012

Good Friday Service

This Good Friday Service was one of my favorites services we’ve done! I’m not sure what it was, but the whole service as an event seemed to flow well and everyone did such a great job on their parts.  It was a combination of music, 4 dramatic monologues of characters who were there at the cross (Peter, Simon who carried the cross, Mary, and the thief on the cross) and communion. We had three huge crosses at the front of the stage that were the focal point.  We used a video called “Scars”, too, which was very powerful!

A small thing that we did was to turn the lights down in the congregation and up on the platform. Seems like a simple thing, but I think it made a huge difference in the effectiveness of the evening, although I can’t really explain why.

I loved using three new songs from Paul Baloche’s The Same Love CD at this service! We’d already introduced “All Because of the Cross” in a service earlier so people sang out on that one. We used “The Same Love” as an opening special, and “Your Blood Ran Down” during Communion.

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Easter Sunday – Contemporary Services

What a great time of celebrating Christ’s resurrection this morning!  The Band, Worship Team Singers, Worship Choir, Tech Crew, Pastors and everyone did such a great job in leading us in worship! We opened with Travis Cottrell’s “Alive Forever Amen”, which is such a fun song to sing! We pull it out about once a year on Easter, although it’s certainly a song you can sing any time of the year! My girls were singing the mouthful of lyrics on the bridge of this song all day long!  We ended the service a bit differently.  After the closing prayer, as people were walking out, we played “Like A Lion”. It was a new song for our church, so I didn’t want to introduce it on Easter, but I thought this would be a great way to use it. Several people stayed around and listened or sang along with the team as we did it. Eric did a super job on the solo at the start, and we were all rocking out by the end! As our sound guy said – he kind of likes the “5th Quarter worship”! Does anyone else do this type of thing?

Pastor Jamie did a great job on the Children’s Message (which is not something we typically do, but worked great!) and Pastor Tim’s message was great too! We used “A Very Special Sunday” video from Steelehouse Video Group right after the kid’s message. It was so good!

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Easter Sunday – Cafe Connection Service

Marv picked some great songs out for the Cafe yesterday and the team did a great job! Patti and Cafe Crew did a super job with the food too! It was hard, though, smelling the cinnamon rolls that were baking all morning for the youth group fundraiser!

Easter Sunday – Traditional Service

  • “Alleluia! Alleluia”
  • “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”
  • “Worship Christ The Risen King” (Lyrics by Jack Hayford)
  • “Christ Arose”
  • “Because He Lives”

This was a nice way to start the morning today, with singing these familiar Easter hymns. Rick sang “The Easter Song” as a special, and everyone did a great job!

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This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community website, where worship leaders share recaps and setlists from this past weekend. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration this year!!

Sunday Recap – April 1, 2012

Your Great Name – Easter Musical

This morning, we presented the Easter worship musical Your Great Name: A Worship Event Lifting Up the Name of Jesus in both of our morning worship services.  We had a choir of about 50 people, along with several soloists and a duet, along with a worship leader lead us in worship.  About once a year, usually in the Spring, we put together a choir made up of volunteers from the church to present a musical.

Everyone did a super job today!  This particular musical was put together by Gary Rhodes, and published by Lillenas Music.  Songs this morning included:

  • “Jesus Saves” (Tim Hughes)
  • “Rise Up” (Josh Moore)
  • “Lord Almighty” (Kristian Stanfill)
  • “No One Higher” (Steve Fee)
  • “The Stand” (Joel Houston)
  • “Your Great Name” (Michael Neale & Krissy Nordhoff)
  • “Because He Lives”
  • “O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus” (Bob Kauflin)
  • “Always” (Kristian Stanfill)
  • “O The Blood” (Thomas Miller)
  • “Revelation Song” (Jennie Lee Riddle)
  • “God Be Praised” (David Moore)
  • “Oh What A Day” (Mark Altrogge)
  • “It Is Finished” (Matt Papa and Jennie Lee Riddle)

We used an accompaniment DVD, which had the split-track accompaniment along with all of the lyrics and videos on the screen. We encouraged the congregation to sing along and worship with us, rather than just watch.  Everything went smoothly, the choir and everyone did a super job! You can watch the video of the service.

Several years ago, we decided to present our “Easter” musical on Palm Sunday, rather than on Easter. We want to make our Easter Services have the same feel as one of our regular services throughout the year. Since we only have a musical like this about once a year, we would rather do it on a week like this, and then next week we’ll have a message from our pastor along with our worship teams and worship choir lead the music, as we do throughout the rest of the year.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share their setlists and a recap of worship services from this weekend.

Sunday Recap – March 25, 2012

Contemporary Services

We had another powerful morning of worship at Bethel today, as we once again focused on the cross.  Pastor Tim has been leading us in our journey to Easter by taking a close-up look at the events surrounding the death of Christ by both reading the Word, but also getting a visual reminder by watching it in movie form from the book of Matthew.  We started the service with “Here For You” which worked great as a call to worship, helping people focus their thoughts and be reminder why wer were there. We moved right in the upbeat song of praise “Awesome Is The Lord Most High”.   Just before the message, we introduced a new song from Paul Baloche’s The Same Love project called “All Because of the Cross”.  It was a perfect lead in to the message about why Christ had to die.  The song combines the familiar words of “Nothing But the Blood” on the verses, a new chorus, and ends with a bridge that hints at the old familiar chorus “O the Blood Of Jesus”. Combine all those elements with some really interesting rhythms and chord choices, and you have a great song! I got several comments after the service how much people liked the new song, which doesn’t always happen.  You can watch a video of this service and also see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the Cafe worship team this morning, and did a great job! It was kind of a stressful morning today because our church hosted a men’s homeless shelter this past week, and this morning they were still there up until an hour before the service started. We had to transform our Family Life Center from homeless shelter into Cafe very quickly! But, with a lot of help, it went fine. It made me truly have compassion on those people who need to set up their teams equipment every week! You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”
  • “To God Be The Glory”
  • “I Will Praise Him”
  • “Were You There?”
  • “Calvary Covers it All”

We had a special guest in all of our services today; Dr. Dwight Perry, the Executive Minister for Converge Great Lakes, was here for a short greeting in each service. Our church is part of Converge Great Lakes, also known as the Great Lakes Baptist Conference, which is part of the Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference).  You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

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

Sunday Recap – March 18, 2012

Contemporary Service

We had a powerful morning of worship at Bethel, with a special emphasis on remembering the crucifixion.  We’re continuing to tweak the order of service to get the flow just right.  We introduced a new song this week from the new Passion album White Flag called “Jesus Son Of God”. I  first heard this song while watching the livestream of the Passion conference recently in Atlanta.  As I was listening to it back then I thought to myself that as soon as that song became available, we’d use it. The timing worked out perfectly since we’re in a series on the cross!  I also included something new this week. A team from our church recently attended the Pulse Arts & Worship Conference in Madison, WI.  We were challenged there to continue to look for new ways to incorporate the arts into our worship. One of the ladies on our team who went to the conference had written a poem about the cross, which she read as a transition between two of our songs. I thought it worked really well! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the team this week in the Cafe. I love this service! It’s such a cool atmosphere and setting for this worship service, and there is such a sense of community building week to week. You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • Praise To The Lord the Almighty
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • He Lifted Me
  • When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
  • Redeemed

The theme was also on the cross in this service, and Pastor Tim has been using the visual Bible from the book of Matthew to give people a visual reminder of the story of the cross. It’s been effective, but I was there was a newer visual Bible DVD to use that didn’t look quite so outdated.  For some, though, it’s the first time seeing something like this.  You can see the video of this service.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists log at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share setlists and recaps from this weekend. Thanks for reading!

The Same Love – Paul Baloche

The Same Love – Paul Baloche

I am a huge Paul Baloche fan, and I look forward to each new release from Paul, hoping to find many new songs to be used for our church.  His latest album, The Same Love, releases in stores today and digitally on April 3rd, and it is amazing!  I’ve had the chance to listen to the album for a few weeks now, as I was preparing to write a review of it for All About Worship.

Here’s just a short excerpt of my review:

“From the opening few bars of piano on the first track, the title song, you can tell this album is going to be an adventure into new territory for Baloche. Cowritten with Michael Rossback, “The Same Love” invites us with a fresh, new sound to remember that God is calling us all by name with “The same love that set the captives free/The same love that opened eyes to see”.    Paul says of the creative process behind this album, “You’re trying to go places you’ve never been, deeper into ancient truths, stirring up your modern soul, if you will.” The result of this exploration is a progressive, yet familiar sound for Baloche, mixing all of these different elements of harmony, chords, lyrics, melody and vibe.”

Please visit All About Worship to read the full review, and you’ll definitely want to pick up this CD today!

Sunday Recap – March 11, 2012

Contemporary Services

We started our message series focusing on the cross leading up to Easter today.  It also was Worship Choir day today so we had about 16 extra singers join us today!   Things went well, and all did a great job. The last song was added Saturday night by our senior pastor, and the team did a great job adding it in the last minute. You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Marv led the team in the Cafe this week, and picked out some great songs. The Cafe service is already super early at 8:00 a.m., so with the time change this weekend, these guys are super-dedicated and did such a great job!  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

 

Traditional Service

  • “God Our Father, We Adore Thee”
  • “Be Exalted, O God”
  • “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
  • “I Believe In A Hill Called Mount Calvary”
  • “Hallelujah, What A Savior”
  • “The Old Rugged Cross”

This crew had a very early morning, too, with Daylight Saving Time this weekend.  Even so, they did a great job, and everything went well.  You can watch the video of this service, and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists blog over at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share recaps and setlists from this past weekend.  Thanks for reading!

Sunday Recap – March 4, 2012

Contemporary Services

The message today focused on prayer, but we also celebrated communion, which is where most of the songs today pointed people.  It was great to see so much interaction on “The Stand”, with so many people standing “with arms high and hearts abandoned”!  We have been using the click regularly for a while now, and it’s great! But, on the two communion songs yesterday, I decided not to start the click at the last minute. I just felt I wanted more freedom with the tempos and flow of the songs during communion.  You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection


I always enjoy getting the privilege to lead in the Cafe service, and we had a great team today!  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
  • I Will Sing of My Redeemer
  • My Savior’s Love
  • Beneath the Cross of Jesus
  • At The Cross

Randy led the team in this service, and even though the team was very small, only 3 people, they did a great job!  You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist area of The Worship Community, where worship leaders share setlists and recaps from this past weekend.  Thanks for reading!

Sunday Recap – February 26, 2012

Contemporary Services

This Sunday was definitely different than most Sundays at Bethel, as you can see from our shortened setlist.  We had a guest speaker join us today to speak about the topic of Creation vs. Evolution.  We’re actually having a seminar here that started last night and concludes tonight. It’s been very fascinating!  But, since he spoke for about 10 minutes longer than our normal message time, we had to make some changes in the service order, resulting in fewer songs.  It was still a great morning, with the theme of God’s creation. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to introduce “Beautiful Things” to our congregation, and this seemed to be the perfect time to use it! We followed the message on creation with this song. The lyrics fit perfectly, and it was great challenge for our worship team to work this one up. It’s not your typical worship song, that’s for sure! So much fun to do! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

If you are interested in watching the Creation Seminar held at our church Sunday and Monday night with Jay Seegert, from the Creation Education Center, you can watch it here.

Cafe Connection Service

Again, a shorter set list, but three great songs that Zack picked out this week, and everything seemed to go great! We had a new singer on the team this week, which was great! You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “Immortal, Invisible”
  • “How Great Thou Art”
  • “Love Lifted Me”
  • “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

This service went well too, and the team did a great job. We added a new singer in this service as well. You can see the video of this service and the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog carnival over at The Worship Community where worship leaders share setlists and service recaps from this past weekend. Hope you had a great time of worship with your church family!

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!