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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 http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-79/.

We had a great morning! There was only one song I was leading vocally, so I enjoyed being more free to focus on keyboarding and throw in a little vocal harmony here and there.

We opened with Lead Me To the Cross (Hillsong version). After a brief welcome & invitation to stand, we moved into a 4 song set:

The Solid Rock (our own version of the hymn)
Wonderful Merciful Savior
Exalted (Yahweh)
(Chris Tomlin)
I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)

We had violinists on the team this morning, and their contribution was just beautiful. They added a lot to every song, but especially on the last two Chris Tomlin songs.

The message, “Heaven Help the Home”, was the first in a two-part series on Paul’s words to families in Ephesians 6. Sermon audio and sermon notes are available online.

We closed with How Great Is Our God.

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We opened with Glory To God Forever by Fee, immediately followed by an Amena Brown video from BluefishTV:

We followed this video with:

Majesty (Martin Smith)
You Are God Alone (Billy & Cindy Foote)
It Is Well With My Soul

The drums & vocals really carried the last one. It was just off-the-charts good!

We had a good friend in to teach while our pastor is overseas for a week. The message was titled Downward Mobility. We took a look at the humility of Christ. Sermon audio is available here.

We closed the service with:

The Wonder of Your Cross (Robin Mark)
and a reprise of Glory To God Forever since this was our first Sunday to use that song.

We opted to give our musicians the week off since it’s just 2 days after Christmas. I led all songs from our grand piano, using very traditional arrangements.

O Come All Ye Faithful

Video: We Are Here

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Angels We Have Heard on High
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Good Christian Men Rejoice

Message:
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Our teaching pastor spoke about the 2 comings of Christ: first as a lamb (sacrifice), second as a lion (King who will reign). The two songs following the message reflected both comings.

The First Noel
I Will Rise
(Chris Tomlin)

Since we didn’t have a band, I said a few words to encourage folks to really sing out on I Will Rise. The bridge just calls for a very big sound. It’s supposed to be a word-picture of heaven. I asked everyone to really ramp it up vocally when we got to that point, both as a personal act of praise and as an opportunity to minister to each other. The point I was going for was, “Sing loud because someone on the other side of the auditorium might really need that picture of heaven today.” The congregation responded well. I could hear them singing throughout the song.

We closed with a simple version of Go Tell It On the Mountain. The piano part I played during the chorus was actually from an organ arrangement by Dr. Paul Manz. I always loved his take on things in my organ-playing days.

To check out what others are doing in their services and learn more about what Sunday Setlists is all about, check out Fred McKinnon’s blog at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/12/27/sunday-setlists-75/

This is my second week to participate in the Sunday Setlists blog carnival hosted by FredMcKinnon.com.

After a 5 minute video countdown, we opened with Third Day’s arrangement of Joy to the World. For a call to worship, we read Isaiah 12:2-6, and then we sang a couple of songs that anticipate Christ’s return and emphasize that our hope is in Him:

Days of Elijah
Hope of the Nations

Our teaching pastor gave a brief overview of some events coming up this week before launching into the message. Sermon audio is available here. The message led into communion. We handle communion a couple of different ways logistically. Sometime, we have stations up front and have folks come forward. This week, we passed the elements out by rows. This method takes longer, but it can also allow us to do more through songs or guided meditation. When we do the stations up front, sometimes folks are just focused on when/how to go and come back. After each element was distributed, our teaching pastor came up to lead us through taking it together. We have a small table on the platform during first service so the worship team can participate.

We did Before the Throne of God Above while the bread was distributed and This Is How We Know by Matt Redman while the juice was distributed. The latter is a new song and our team really likes.

After communion, we had the morning offering and closed with God of This City (Hello Love arrangement) and Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble.

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Overall, it was a good morning. Musically, it didn’t feel like we were hitting on all cylinders, but most of it was the kind of stuff that only gets noticed by musicians. I think a lot of it had to do with the fact that we ended up having only half our band at Thursday night’s practice. Everyone got up to speed quickly on Sunday morning, but it’s just different when there isn’t that mid-week rehearsal to draw from.