"Worship is man's full reason for existence. Worship is why we are born and why we are born again." A.W. Tozer

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 02.07.10

Week #81 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, February 7th.

- Open the Eyes of My Heart
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Travis Cottrell version)
- It Is Well (Todd Fields version)
- Glory to God Forever

As I was typing out this setlist with the hymn versions we use, I thought that I would tell you a little about Bethel and our style of worship. We used to have two different services, one traditional and one contemporary. In March of 2008 we changed our services and went to two blended/unified services. So now each weeks set has a mixture of hymns and contemporary choruses. However, most of our hymns are done in a contemporary style or using a contemporary version because of instrumentation I have. As most of you can imagine, especially if you had to do this transition yourself, it was very rough road for quite a while. We lost some people which was tough but we have moved on and now people are really connecting with the change. Not to long after we made the change, my pastor and I did a whole service on worship. I believe it stretched a lot of peoples thinking because they were told worship is so much more than just the music. Music is a tool, but worship is a lifestyle. Plus we've had a lot of people get to know eachother from both services because now they can go to either service. For a long time we had a first-service church and second-service church.

Anyways, it was another great Sunday. For the first time this morning we used a contemporary version of "It Is Well" done by Todd Fields of North Point Community Church. I first heard this arrangement a couple weeks ago and immediately loved it. My wife equally loved it so I decided to put it in. Seemed like the congregation connected with it. I've always loved the hymn and the story behind it is inspiring. However, I love the chorus that Todd wrote for it:
It is well, it is well
Through the storm I am held
It is well, it is well with my soul
It is well, it is well
God has won, Christ prevailed
It is well, it is well with my soul
You can go to for a free download of this song. Another song that our congregation has really connected with is Steve Fee's "Glory to God Forever." I believe this one will become a standard at Bethel.

And just for fun since we did a Paul Baloche tune I can't help but share a tweet that he sent this morning, "@paulbaloche Just broke into "Father Abraham" for first service, spontaneously. Seemed like we needed to.. Celebration, child-like joy."

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