Sunday’s worship, March 9

8:30 & 9:45 worship

Your Great Name We Praise (an arr. of Immortal Invisible)
How Great is Our God (Tomlin)
Hallelujah What a Savior (hymn)
Center (Hall)
Offering (choir) When I Survey the Wondrous Cross (arr. Curry)
Message: We Were There: the story of Judas
Take My Life (Holiness)(Underwood)

    11:15 worship

    Your Name (Baloche/Packiam)
    Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)
    The Wonderful Cross (Tomlin et al)
    Center (Hall)
    Offering Til I See You (Gillies/Houston)
    Message: We Were There: the story of Judas
    Take My Life (Holiness) (Underwood)

      For the past two weeks we’ve successfully begun all our services with announcements, which allows us to enjoy an extended chunk of time for worship through music. This is a new dynamic for the blended service. Although I find it more difficult to put together a set of music that way in that setting, I still prefer it. I think it’s more conducive to a person’s ability to focus on worship when we’re not constantly interrupting ourselves. It seems like a given in the contemporary setting. When we move to our new service format in June or September (STILL don’t know when), we will retain that idea regardless of the musical ingredients of the day.

      In the contemporary service this week, we took a break from introducing new songs, which we’ve done quite a bit lately. The band configuration worked well for a more laid back tone of music, and the congregation went with us immediately on a current favorite, Your Name. It’s been over a year now that we’ve offered this kind of service on Sunday mornings, and I can see our people have progressed in their freedom of response to worship. If you visited any random week, you might question that statement. To which I could only respond: you should have seen it when we started. :) That brings up all kinds of questions, though, about visible response to worship. IS that a true indication of the congregation’s response? Clearly you can’t see what’s going on in a person’s heart. But my pastor always comments that people have no problem ‘responding’ when watching a college football game, for example. Which is a fair point.

      What do you think? When a group of people show a freedom…. more visible, physical responses to worship, does that mean they are more engaged, or are worshiping more? (I’m not ever sure how to ask that question)

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