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!

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Worship Confessional: February 15, 2009

worship_confessionToday was a little different for us.  We had a jam packed service, so we did a little less music than normal.  I do not always like cutting music out for a service, but every now and then, it allows my musicians to have an “easy” Sunday, which I am sure they appreciate.  Though we did two less songs, the people were still very into their Worship through music today.  A sweet spirit overall, which is a great way to describe our church anyways!  So, let’s get to the run down of the service.  As we always do, in first service we sang two of the songs we did in second service.  Our first service is a little more mellow (Read: less volume), as it is filled with mostly older folks, and has a lot less attendance.  Here is the order of the second service:

Set #1:

  • Let Everything That Has BreathRedman
  • Baptism (This NEVER gets old!  I love seeing people get baptized!)
  • Baby Dedication – Had a BUNCH of babies to dedicate!  Great way to help grow a church!
  • Promo video for Young Marrieds Bible study – based on the Fireproof movie
  • Slow Fade music video (I was actually going to sing this, but the video that CC does with the song went so well with our series, we just showed it)
  • Message – Our Pastor did his second message in our “Love Affair” series.  Really nailed it as he talked about communicating with your spouse.
  • Response time/Offering – We did Here I Am To Worship (Hughes) as a backdrop to these

Set #2:

  • The StandHouston
  • Today Is The DayBrewster/Baloche

We had several couples come forward during the response time.  I think the economic times we are living in certainly are causing more strife in marriages (as if many couples needed anything else).  We still have many people out sick.  In fact, I woke up early Saturday morning with the flu.  I wondered if I was gonna make it through the service at one point!  But, God is good, and always seems to give us the strength we need at the right time!  Next week, we get to observe the Lord’s Supper!  I am looking forward to that.  My daughter’s wedding is also next weekend, so this will be a busy week! I pry everyone had a great day worshipping in their local church today!

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Worship Confessional: February 1, 2009

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I am actually sad that the day is over!  I LOVE Sundays!  I love gathering with the church in worship… I love seeing lives changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ! It is what this life is all about!

Today we finished a two week series called “YES/NO,” which dealt with the honesty and avoiding temptation.  Our pastor did a great job with the series, and even used the “F-bomb” today.  Ok, not the actual word, but the phrase “F-bomb.”  It was quite funny!  Anyways, we start a new series next year called “The Love Affair,” which should be quite interesting.

Today was a good day musically.  Our teams did a great job leading our people in worship. We did a couple new ones for our church, which were both very well received.  Here is our order for the day:

  • All BecauseFee (Our people are really liking this one!)
  • Awesome Is The LordTomlin/Reeves/Pierce/Able (This was a new one for us to do. Went pretty well)
  • Famous OneTomlin/Reeves

I gave a short welcome to people and prayed, then, one of our guys did Casting Crowns “Voice of Truth,” and he did a fantastic job!  We showed a short video clip that was a spoof on the PC Vs. Mac ads (Truth Vs. Deception).  Our pastor then gave his talk for the day about temptation.  He used the story of Joseph and Potiphers wife to illustrate how we need to say no to some things in life in order to experience all that God has for us.

  • MajestySmith/Garrard (Probably one of my favorites… love the lyrics of this one!)
  • Hosanna (Hillsongs) – Fraser ( I love this song.  Should have done it a long time ago.  One of our ladies led out on this and she did fantastic!)
  • Beautiful OneHughes

It is such an awesome feeling to be a part of a church full of people that love God, and that love to worship Him in freedom.  It is awesome to see people love Jesus, and desire to follow Him even when that means making tough changes in their lives.  That is what taking a next step towards Jesus is all about!

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Worship Confessional: January 25, 2009

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We started a new series today called “Yes/No.”  Had a real start to it, as we talked about honesty today.  We had a rough rehearsal Thursday and this morning, but it all came together.  Seems God does that for us when we are just not so confident!

Anyways, here is our order:

We opened both services with :

  • SweeterHoughton/Houghton/Cruse-Ratcliff
  • I Am FreeEgan

After the first set, I took a few minutes to talk about the series we just came out of.  It was real good for our church, and we did not want people to just forget about it and move on.  It was about the church and everyone finding their place in it, so I reiterated our desire for people to be plugged in, and gave them some direction on how to get involved.

We then showed a little 5-minute video on keeping promises.  It was cute, and got the people laughing.

Then our Pastor gave his first talk in the new series.  He talked about honesty: “Let your yes be yes and your no be no!”  He did a great job!  We had a few moments for a response.

At this point in the first service, we dismissed.  In the second service, we went on to another set of music:

  • Came To My RescueDavies/Sampson/Thomas
  • HosannaBaloche/Brown
  • You Are GoodHoughton

The church has really enjoyed ending the service with a set!  I have had SO many positive comments.  It will be something we do quite often.  I like to change things up anyways!  Hope you all had blessed Sunday!

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Worship Confessional: January 18, 2009

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Today we wrapped up our series on the church called “The Big D.”  The focus of the series was to talk about how everyone fit into the body, and how has delegated to each and every one of us to be a part of the body and to perform our function in the body.  The responses that we have gotten have been very positive, and we have seen some movement in the church over the last several weeks of people coming and getting involved.  Attendance is up, and people are asking about where they fit in.  God really has used this series in our church!  It is so cool to see people get connected in ministry and strive to find where they fit in the body!  We shook up the order of service for our second service, and it seemed to generate a lot of positive responses as well.  Here is our order of service for first service:

9 AM Service

  • You, You Are GodBeach
  • A New Hallelujah – Smith/Smith/Baloche

Video for our discipleship class

Welcome from our discipleship Pastor

Special – If We Are The Body

Message

Offering/Closing

Our 10:30 Service:

  • You, You Are GodBeach
  • All BecauseFee

Video for our discipleship class

Welcome from our discipleship Pastor

Special – If We Are The Body

Message

Offering

  • The StandHouston
  • Marvelous LightHall
  • A New HallelujahSmith/Smith/Baloche

Closing

Our people really liked going into a worship set after the message.  It let us leave with high energy and an excitement that was just awesome!  The song we ended with was a perfect fit as an ending, as it is a call for the church to rise up and take Jesus to those around us… to live out the “Song” in our life.  Rehearsals were a little rough this week, but God was good and blessed it anyways, allowing it all to come together.  Love it when you know it is God!

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Worship Confessional: January 11, 2009

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I know I am taking a risk at sounding like a broken record, but we had probably one of the best services we have had at Glenville since I arrived.  The energy was just overwhelming!  People were singing out their praises to God without any reservation at all!  Our Pastor nailed it (again) with his message!  Everything was just incredible!   Here was the flow:

  • Better Than LifeHoughton/Cruse-Ratcliffe
  • Sing, Sing, Sing – Tomlin/Reeves/Gilder/Carson/Nunn

Our youth pastor welcomed everyone to the services, and gave a brief announcement.  We then showed a video about our Discipleship program, and our Discipleship Pastor  gave a brief announcement about our Connection Lunch next week (a dinner for those interested in membership).  We then went into our next set:

  • Open The Eyes Of My HeartBaloche
  • All BecauseFee
  • Holy Is The LordTomlin/Giglio

This was our first time doing All Because, and our people absolutely latched on to it!  We actually struggled a bit at the beginning, but it all smoothed out at the chorus and was just great from then on. This was the second week of our series “The Big D” (Delegation).  Our Pastor just nailed it as he talked about everyone finding where they are at in their process of discipleship.  It was more of a message aimed at us individually as far as God’s delegation to us in our spiritual journey.  Next week, we will again focus on the church as a whole, and encourage people to get involved in ministry.

It is so awesome to see God working in the lives of people!

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Worship Confessional: January 4, 2009

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January 4, 2009!  Happy New Year everyone!  I love the new year and new beginnings!  I am looking forward to what God has for our church this year.  These are exciting times for our church, and I am so glad that I get to start the new year here at Glenville to see God move and work among our people.  Ok, moving along!

Our day today was really good.  I had the opportunity to speak today, and sometimes it is hard for me to take everything in when my mind is so full of so many things.  The people did seem a little tired, but that could have just been me.  I was so wired that I did get but two hours of sleep last night!  Certainly not what I had planned, but hey, it happens sometimes!

We started out bother services with:

  • Your Grace Is EnoughMaher (I love the energy of this song!  Great opener to get people singing!)
  • Mighty To SaveFielding, Morgan (Powerful words!  Our people love this song!)

Our pastor welcomed everyone, and took a couple minutes to introduce our new series called, “The Big D.”  Basically it is a series about God delegating to us the responsibility of being the church to this world… the church as it should be… a people that are loving God, loving others and serving both.

We had a special by a few of our teens and the guy that leads them.  It was a song that he wrote called Consuming Fire.  They did a great job!

During the second service, we had another set here…

  • From The Inside OutHouston (This one is still a little new for us.
  • The StandHouston
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)Tomlin, Giglio, Excell, Rees

Our band then did Give Me Your Eyes (Brandon Heath). Our guys just tore this up!  Awesome job guys!  You sounded great and I had some great comments about the song.

One of my sons friends was here for the weekend.  He is a great lead electric player, and did all the solo work for the Hillsong stuff today, as well as played with the band on Give Me your Eyes.  Great job Timmy!  Thanks for playing with us!  In fact, everyone in my band did an awesome job today!  They are so great to work with!  I have a great team!

I spoke today.  As I mentioned, we started a new series today called, “The Big D.”  I spoke from 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 on how the body is fit together, and that everyone is in the body because God placed us there as he thought best (vs. 18).  I encouraged our people to find where God has gifted them, and the step up and start serving with their gift, that they were a piece of the puzzle here at our church, and that the picture could not be complete without them fitting in where God made them to fit.

I love the church.  I love seeing people fit in to the the church where God has gifted them and then seeing them soar as they serve Him!  Loving God, loving people, and serving both!  That is what it is all about!

How were your services today?  I hope God moved in your church and made Himself BIG!

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