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

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 03.28.10

Week #88 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, March 28th, Palm Sunday.

- Hosanna (Paul Baloche version)
- Hosanna (Carl Tuttle version)
- We Will Glorify
- Jesus Paid It All (Kristian Stanfill version)
- How Great Is Our God

Another wonderful morning of worship and a great opening set for this Palm Sunday. John 12.13 says "So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!" We came to lift our voices in praise this morning. As we begin Holy Week, it is also about remembering what our Lord and Savior did for us on that Friday, being crucified on the cross, taking the sins of the whole world upon himself, and cleansing us by the pouring out of His blood. Because of that I also chose to incorporate "Jesus Paid It All" into the set this morning. And ending by exclaiming "How Great Is Our God."

Also, I love watching little kids during the service and this morning there was one little girl praising God with her whole heart. She's still quite young, around 3, but watching her worship this morning was awesome. In talking with her parents and grandparents she's always in the car saying "I love God!" whenever she hears things about God or certain songs, and one of those songs is "How Great Is Our God." So I glance back her way and there she is, being held by her grandpa, with her hand raised praising God. A wonderful sight and just another reminder of how blessed and thankful I am to God for allowing me the opportunity to lead others in worship.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 03.21.10

Week #87 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, March 21st.

- How Great Thou Art (Paul Baloche version)
- Everlasting God
- It Is Well (Todd Fields version)
- Your Name

Another wonderful morning of worship; great set with a great team worshiping this morning. One great moment this morning happened during Your Name. I've always wanted to find something to add to it to lengthen the song so it's not finished so quickly. So what I did this morning was find some scriptures that had to do with the "name of Jesus" or the "name of the Lord." I had members of my team read these scriptures between the last two choruses. Here are those scriptures I used:
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1.21

From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113.3

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18.10

And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Acts 2.21

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2.9-11

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3.17

I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. Psalm 7.17

Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven. Psalm 148.13
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Why I'm Riding

So I'm going to take a little detour from focusing solely on worship to something else that is coming up that I really want to mention. Here is the topic for this post.

The Tour de Cure is put on by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). It is a series of cycling events all around the country to help fundraising efforts of the ADA. The ADA is set on helping those that are living with diabetes through advocacy, information and education initiatives. They are also set on working to find a cure for diabetes. This is the mission of the ADA:
To prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Currently there's not a cure for diabetes though there have been some great advances in technology and information on living with diabetes. The Tour de Cure is one of those specific fundraising events to help the ADA. People register for the Tour as individuals or as teams. Then they are instructed to raise funds to participate in the event.

Now, you may be wondering why I am participating in this event. Some of you may not know that my wife is a Type 1 diabetic. She was diagnosed at 2.5 years of age. Learning how to deal with diabetes has been her life. She was the one that first told me of this event and we did it together for the first time last year. We always enjoy being able to do things together, riding bikes being one of them, and this was extra special because it was helping an organization that has been working hard for Mary since she was diagnosed. I had never really known much about diabetes until I met Mary in college and once we started dating, it became something that I had to deal with as well. I had to learn about it and how it affected Mary and what to do when her blood sugars were either high or low. It was a whole new experience for me and one I'm still continuing to learn. So when we decided to do the Tour de Cure, I knew we were riding for a great cause. We had raised funds and awareness for the ADA. Now we may not be around when a cure is found. It would be a blessing for Mary if that were to happen in her lifetime, however, we still have the assurance that we are helping a great cause, and that some day a cure will be found and we were able to play a tiny role in that process. I also have a grandmother that struggles with Type 2 diabetes.

We are taking part of the Tour de Cure again this year coming up on May 2nd. And my wife and I are once again in the midst of fundraising efforts. If you would like to help sponsor me on my ride, you can click here or click on the Tour de Cure badge on the right side of this blog. I would also encourage you to take part in a Tour de Cure that is happening near where you might live. They are all over the country and you can find a ride near you from the Tour de Cure webpage. Help the ADA in their efforts to fight diabetes.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 03.14.10

Week #86 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, March 14th.

- New Doxology (Gateway Worship)
- Enough
- Fairest (Ross Parsley, New Life Worship)
- Majestic

All I have to say is that I am very thankful for a wonderful team of volunteers that are willing to pull more than their fair share. I have been battling a cold the last four days, came to church today, but couldn't really do much vocally. Told my team and they more than picked up the vocal side of things. Very thankful for them. Could not do this without them, especially today. So a great big "THANK YOU" to my music/worship ministry team at Bethel.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 03.07.10

Week #85 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, March 7th.

- Blessed Be Your Name
- Jesus Paid It All (Kristian Stanfill version)
- Glory to God Forever
- Because of Your Love (Phil Wickham) - communion

After hearing Steve Fee's "Glory to God Forever" for the first time on's New Song Cafe I knew I had to introduce it to my church. I did not long after that time and they've really grabbed a hold of it. I also took it to the group of jr. highers at a local Christian school that I had the pleasure of leading worship for their retreat and continually throughout the year for their chapels and they've really embraced it. It is such a phenomenal song with some great truths in it and especially singing out the chorus of just giving glory to God. I shared this morning how we're to give God the glory in everything we did and an example of someone who lived that. J.S. Bach would write three letters on his compositions, S.D.G. Those three letters stood for Soli Deo Gloria, to the Glory of God Alone. That was also the motto for our music department at Cedarville University. Just a great reminder.

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