Worship Confessional: February 22, 2009

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This weekend has been a complete blur… My oldest daughter got married on Saturday, which means we had all sorts of family and friends in town for the event, which also means we had a houseful of people almost non-stop.  It was quite a day.  Actually, it has been several days of craziness!  But, in the end, we survived, she is now married, and my wife is dropping off the last of our guests at the airport as I type this.  So why did I type all of that in my worship confessional?  1. Because I could, I am proud of my daughter and my new son-in-law (that sounds strange).  2. It leads me into the day we had at Glenville as we celebrated the Lord’s Supper.

We only had one service so that we could partake of Communion together.  I enjoyed that, as I was able to get an extra hour of sleep!  I needed that!  It was a sweet service.  Lord’s Supper is always one of my favorite Sundays!  Here is the order for the day:

Video – We played a video that we actually downloaded about the church being a great place to be.  We did not use their music though, our band played behind it.  This was our first time doing this, and it went quite well!

  • Everlasting GodBrown/Riley
  • How Great Is Our God = Tomlin/Reeves/Cash

Welcome/Prayer

Video – I Will Remember

Message – Our pastor spoke on the significance of the Lord’s Supper in a Christ followers life.

Receiving the Elements – I like how we do this at our church.  Before we receive the elements, we have a time to come to the altar and pray.  Then, we take our elements from three different stations at the altar and go back to our seats to wait for everyone else.  It does take some time, but it is time well spent!  Our pastor then spoke a few more words and led us in receiving the elements.  Then, we went into…

  • At The CrossZschech/Morgan
  • You Are My StrengthMorgan
  • A New HallelujahSmith/Smith/Baloche

It was a great service to end our quite hectic weekend!  Our God is so good!

This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com

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Worship Confessional: November 30, 2008

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Today was a day that I had been looking forward to for quite some time because we were able to observe the Lord’s Supper in service.  It is always a special time as a church to be able to specifically remember the sacrifice that Christ made for us.  Of course, we should remember this every day as we walk with Christ.

We started the service a little more subdued than normal… not dead, just a little quieter.  We started out by singing:

  • The Wonderful CrossTomlin/Reeves/Newton/Mason
  • Jesus MessiahTomlin/Reeves/Carson/Cash

I loved using both of these songs with this service.  The Wonderful Cross brings a little of the old in with the new, which our older and more traditional crowds probably look for when doing a Communion service.  Of course, Jesus Messiah is a newer song, but we have done it with the choir a couple times and with the congregation once, so it was very familiar to our people.  They sang it very well today!

After the opening songs, we had a quick little welcome from our Pastor, and then he took a few minutes to talk about our special Connections Sunday next week (kind of like a friend day).

The choir then sang “Sheer Beauty” from the Christmas musical Everything Glorious that we will be doing this year from our Christmas Concert.  They did a great job!

Right after the choir, we went into:

  • At The CrossZschech/Morgan

I love this song.  We had one of our women lead it with the solo part. This was the first time we had done this song.  Many people already knew it though.

We had the previous Worship Pastor, Nate Harmon (who is now at First Medina) with us today.  It was great to hear his testimony.  He and his wife also sang the song “Glory” for us, and did a great job!  It was good to see Nate!

Our pastor then took a few moments to talk about the Lord’s Supper and what it means.  We have a congregation with a huge diversity of backgrounds, so it was important to us to explain what we were doing and why we do it.  We then had a few moments to pray and contemplate.  The entire congregation came forward to pray and meditate at the altar, on the stage, or wherever they can fit.  Everyone then takes the elements and goes back to their seats.  After everyone was seated, we all took it together.  The pastor prayed, and then we sang our last two songs of the day:

  • Once AgainRedman
  • MajestySmith/Garrard

Both of these songs fit the day perfectly.  By this time the people were so focused and the Spirit of God moved in a big way as we lifted up these last two songs.  It was just an awesome worship experience!  It was also my first time to participate in the Lord’s Supper at my new church.  They are a wonderful people!  I thank God for them!

This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.