I’ve decided to try participating in the Sunday Setlists blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.com. It’s a way for worship leaders to connect online and share what went on at their respective churches on the most recent Sunday. It’s a great way to share ideas and see what others are doing. It’s also a helpful practice for evaluating your own services.

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Program

Video Countdown
Video: Advent Conspiracy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqqj1v-ZBU)
Call to Worship (Luke 3:1-6)
Turn Down the Music (Shane & Shane)
From the Inside Out (Hillsong)

Operation Christmas Child Recap Video
Verbal OCC Update

Message A Biblical Theology of Marriage
Audio – http://media.libsyn.com/media/fbcconway/20091206-podcast.mp3
Sermon Notes – http://media.libsyn.com/media/fbcconway/Eph_5.25-33.pdf
Connection Cards
Prayer for the Offering

God of Justice (Tim Hughes)
Center (Charlie Hall)

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Play-by-Play

Immediately following the 5-minute countdown, we opened with a video from Advent Conspiracy. During the video, one of the vocalists lit the first 2 candles on our Advent Wreath. I gave a brief call to worship, reading Luke 3:1-6 (NIV).

We sang Turn Down the Music by Shane & Shane as more of a presentation. During the call to worship I invited folks to use the song as an opportunity to reflect, and then I invited the to stand & participate vocally in From the Inside.

Next up was a recap of our involvement in Operation Christmas Child. It began with a video made by one of our members. Our OCC coordinator followed with a verbal update, sharing a few stories from the week. We’re the regional collection center for our county, so we see quite a few boxes come in. The update concluded with a video from Samaritan’s Purse of kids all over the world saying “Thank You.”

Next up was the message. We have started utilizing “Connection Cards” at the end of the message each week. On one side, there’s room for newcomers and regulars to submit/update their contact information. On the other side, there’s space for prayer requests as well as a few application points based on the message. The prayer request section has been revolutionary for us. It has enabled the staff & elders to pray in an informed way for members of our body, and we’ve loved it.

After walking folks through the application items on the connection card, we had the morning offering. We did God of Justice by Tim Hughes during the offering, and then asked everyone to stand for Center by Charlie Hall as a closing song.

We usually have more than 4 songs in our services, but the Operation Christmas Child update mandated an adjustment. It’s one of our core ministries, so it’s well worth it.

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Commentary

I’m really not a sports nut, so I’m not sure why I went with the sports broadcast theme in my section titles. Overall, I felt good at the end of the morning. Our teaching pastor was in his wheelhouse (to bring in more sports imagery). Biblical manhood & womanhood is something that he’s very strong on. He spoke with both authority & passion. It really seemed that he had the attention of the congregation and that folks were really taking it in.

Our body really stepped up to the plate on Operation Christmas Child this year, so it was a great investment to spend some time on a good summary. One of our members did a great job putting together the summary video. It incorporated video footage taken during collection week.

Turn Down the Music was a great find, and I can’t take credit for it. One of our Fellowship After Dark (Sunday evening) guys brought it to my attention. I would put it in the same category as Matt Redman’s Heart of Worship. It’s a great reminder for the Advent season as we seek to be followers of Jesus rather than followers of consumerism.

Many kudos to the folks over at AdventConspiracy.org! Your videos this year are exceptionally well done!

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