This recap of the services at Fellowship Bible Church in Conway, AR is part of the Sunday Setlists blog carnival hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.com. To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-98/.

We had a full morning, so we opened with an uninterrupted set of 3 songs:

Let the Praises Ring (Brewster)
How Great Is Our God (Tomlin)
Glorious Day (Casting Crowns)

This was a followed by a welcome & a few announcements and then a sendoff for all teams and individuals going on mission trips this summer. Our youth pastor gave an overview of all the trips we knew about and asked if there were any folks we might have missed. All participants scattered throughout the congregation, and folks gathered around and prayed for them. It’s something we look forward to every year.

The message for the morning was on God’s Heart for the Nations. A video was used very near the beginning. It can be be viewed by following this link to the website of The Traveling Team. It will be the first video on the list, titled “Around the World.”

Sermon audio and sermon notes are available for download.

We sang Sending (Charlie Hall) immediately after the message while the offering baskets were passed. From there we transitioned into communion. We passed the elements through the congregation and then took them together. We sang Be the Centre while the bread was passed and This Is How We Know (Matt Redman) while the juice was passed. We closed the service with In Christ Alone (Townend/Getty).

It was a great morning. While it was full, we’re getting better at knowing how to trim and make the time we do have meaningful rather than trying to squeeze in everything we normally do and feeling rushed the whole time. The time of communion seemed especially meaningful this week. Our congregation lost two of our own and two foreign friends on a mission trip a few years ago. Involvement in mission trips has really surged since then (the opposite of what you might expect). So, seeing how God is using a little Arkansas church around the world always makes us think of the price our friends paid and how they gave their lives, not just doing something they loved, but for the greatest cause possible: the ever-expanding Kingdom of God.

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