Finding Favour Coming to Bethel!

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Finding Favour

I’m excited to announce that the group Finding Favour will be coming to Bethel for a concert on Friday, May 12th, at 7:00 p.m. You may not recognize them by name, but you will definitely recognize their songs that are being played on Life 102.5, K-LOVE and other radio stations around the country.

Finding Favour’s most recent album, Reborn (2015) includes their well-known songs “Refuge”, “Cast My Cares”, and “Say Amen”. Lead singer Blake Neesmith says that the song “Say Amen” is “a reminder of God’s undying faithfulness. He’ll never leave us! He’ll never forsake us! So let us take the good and the bad and remember that God has a purpose and a plan. In the fire, in the storms, or even in the calm we can stand and say Amen!”

Spotify Concert Playlist

When you go to a concert, it’s great if you know the songs that are being sung, and can sing along! So, I created a playlist on Spotify with music from several of the groups that will be part of this concert! Just search for the “Finding Favour Concert at Bethel” playlist on Spotify to get familiar with their music, or just click the link and it will take you right to the playlist.

Carrollton

In addition to Finding Favour, there will be three other groups appearing at the concert – Carrollton, Bonray, and Jamison Strain! The group Carrollton has been getting more airtime on the radio recently with their songs “Tell Me” and “Let Love Win.” Carrollton is a worship band made up of four men, and their latest album Sunlight and Shadows “presents an honest faith and an unwavering hope in God.”

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Carrollton

Bonray

Bonray is a younger group, and actually a family band, made up of four siblings! They have been together as a band since 2014 and enjoy playing and travelling together as a family. “The heart of our band is relationship with Jesus. He is the inspiration of our lives and music and we’re giving it all back to Him.”

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Bonray

Jamison Strain

Finally, solo artist, worship leader and prolific songwriter Jamison Strain will be appearing at this concert as well. Hailing from Houston, Texas, Jamison released his first full-length album in 2010, and his latest album, Beautiful Beginning in 2016.

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Tickets

Tickets for this full night of music and worship are on sale now at iTickets.com. If you go to their website and just search for “Janesville” our concert will come right up. Or, the direct link to the ticket sales page is: https://www.itickets.com/events/374651

Tickets are $15 if ordered in advance, and $20 if you purchase your ticket on the day of the show. There will also be a small service fee added to each ticket. So, buy your tickets early! Since our sanctuary holds around 330, and this concert will be advertised to the surrounding cities, buy your tickets early if you want to be sure to get a seat.

If you’re not comfortable ordering your tickets online, you can also call 1-800-965-9324 and order your tickets by phone.

I hope you will plan to attend this concert with these four tremendously talented artists, all whose goal is to glorify God with their music and talents. This also would be a great outreach event to invite your friends and neighbors to. God often uses concerts and music to reach people for Christ in a way that is unique. Hope to see you there!

Get your tickets here!

Pastor Barry Westman
Worship Pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
Janesville, WI

Pokemon Go and Your Church

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Have you noticed random people coming to your church with their cell phones out, just walking around or hanging out? They’re probably playing Pokemon Go! That’s because most churches are designated places for Pokemon players to go to as part of the game.

Churches have a unique opportunity to reach out and connect with their neighbors because of this. I was asked to write an article for WeAreWorship.com about what our church has been doing to take advantage of this Pokemon Go craze at our church.

Here’s a little snippet…

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, you have probably heard about Pokémon Go – the game that is taking the world by storm. Based on the popular video game of the ‘90s, this mobile version gets players out of their house and leads them to various points of interest around their town to capture renegade Pokémon and store up on Poke balls and other items.

What does this have to do with church and worship, you might ask? Well, quite a bit actually, considering that pretty much every church in your town, including yours, probably, is either a Poke stop or a Poke gym. This means that random people from your community will be coming to your church to play this game. Since it a GPS-based game, people actually have to be within a short distance from your church in order for them to be able to activate the Poke stop or battle their Pokémon at your gym.”

Check out the full article here to find out how your church can take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach your community.

Barry Westman

 

Next Level Worship Conference with Dwayne Moore

I know that worship leaders have so many options when it comes to conferences, especially this time of year, but I would like to invite you to bring your worship team to a conference at our church on Saturday, April 9th – the Next Level Worship Conference with Dwayne Moore.  I have known writer, speaker, and worship pastor Dwayne Moore for several years, and I’ve appreciated his teaching on worship so much! His Bible study Pure Praise is an excellent Bible study on worship, and a very practical tool for worship teams. Continue Reading

Worship and the Great Commission

 

The Great Commission, found in Matthew 28:18-20, commands all believers to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Song and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” Another important command in Scripture is often referred to as the Great Commandment, found in Matthew 22:37-40, which says, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” These two passages are at the heart of evangelism and of worship.

It is easy to keep these two activities of the church separate in our minds, but they actually are not separate elements, or at least they shouldn’t be. One of the books I am reading for my Personal Evangelism class is called Worship and Witness: Becoming a Great Commission Worshiper. Our main goal as followers of Christ is to glorify God. This is done as we live lives of worship individually, and as we come together corporately on Sunday mornings. However, another way we glorify and worship God is to obey His commands and live a life of obedience. Obeying the Great Commission by making disciples brings glory to God. Also, regarding the Great Commandment, the authors of Worship and Witness say, “He called us to glorify God with unyielding allegiance, but our worship isn’t complete unless we also love our neighbor. If we fall in love with Christ and seek to glorify His name, we’ll also love others and lead them to worship with us.” (1)

Coming together on Sunday mornings to express worship together as the Body of Christ is a wonderful and necessary thing. However, our worship cannot stop there. “If the heartbeat of worship is obedience, then it is impossible to be a true worshipper without being directly involved in the command of evangelism” (2) found in the Great Commission. We are called to be Great Commission worshippers. We should love the Lord with all our heart, and love our neighbors enough to tell them about the love of Christ. Great Commission worshipers are those “who are so in love with Jesus, so committed to worship Him, and so devoted to obedience of all His commands that they simply cannot restrain themselves from telling others about Him.” (3) That sounds like a great goal!

1.  David Wheeler and Vernon M. Whaley, Worship and Witness: Becoming a Great Commission Worshiper (Nashville: Lifeway Press, 2012), 12.

2.  David Wheeler and Vernon M. Whaley, The Great Commission to Worship: Biblical Principles for Worship-Based Evangelism (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2011), 13.

3.  Wheeler and Whaley, The Great Commission to Worship, xi.

Sunday Recap – May 13, 2012

Contemporary Services

We had a very full morning with our four services, Mother’s Day, Worship Choir and everything else, but it was a very good morning!  “All My Fountains” is so much easier to play now that we’ve added the click track!  “Bless the Lord” is a great upbeat song of praise from Jared Anderson and New Life Worship.  This was our first time using “One Thing Remains”, from Bethel Live, and based on the response from the congregation today, it’s one that will catch on. We also used a very cute Mother’s Day video from Steelhouse Media Group called “A Very Special Mommy”. It was a big hit with the moms!  Pastor Tim continues his series on Galatians from chapter 4, which deals with two mothers – Hagar and Sarah. You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

Zack led the team in the Cafe today. The team did a super job (minus one with a sick child). It’s so good to continue to see new young families and others come to this service.  You can see the Planning Center details for this service.

Traditional Service

  • “The Church’s One Foundation”
  • “Praise The Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him”
  • “He Leadeth Me”
  • “His Eye Is On the Sparrow”
  • “Mother’s Day Hymn”
  • “Take the Name of Jesus With You”

It was nice to sing some hymns we haven’t used in a while. We’ve used the “Mothers Day Hymn” for the past few years now, and it is one that always seems to be appropriate, although different verses are more appropriate as time goes by. You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share service recaps and setlists from today’s services.  Thanks for reading. Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday Recap – April 15, 2012

Contemporary Services

I guess it was a Matt Redman kind of morning! I didn’t realize until I typed this all out that our second set, “10,000 Reasons” and “You Alone Can Rescue”, was written by the same duo! Jake did a great job on the mandolin solo for “10,000 Reasons”!  This was the week after Easter, and I’m not exactly sure why, but my voice was shot! For the early service there was hardly anything.  God is faithful, though, and my voice lasted through all 3 services.  I was so grateful for the rest of the team today!  You can watch the video of this service and also see the Planning Center details.

Cafe Connection Service

We had four songs planned, but ended up doing only three.  This was the service my voice was still not there, so thanks for Brenda and Denise for stepping up and taking the lead!

Traditional Service

  • “Blessed Assurance”
  • “God of Grace and God of Glory”
  • “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust and Obey”
  • “Be Thou My Vision”
  • “My Jesus I Love Thee”
  • “Rejoice the Lord Is King”

Since I was leading in the Cafe, Cherry led the team in here from the piano today. It was great to have Paul and Annette back from wintering down south! You can watch the video of this service and see the Planning Center details.

This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community, where worship leaders share their recaps and setlists from this past weekend’s services. Hope you had a great Sunday!

Easter Weekend Recap – 2012

Good Friday Service

This Good Friday Service was one of my favorites services we’ve done! I’m not sure what it was, but the whole service as an event seemed to flow well and everyone did such a great job on their parts.  It was a combination of music, 4 dramatic monologues of characters who were there at the cross (Peter, Simon who carried the cross, Mary, and the thief on the cross) and communion. We had three huge crosses at the front of the stage that were the focal point.  We used a video called “Scars”, too, which was very powerful!

A small thing that we did was to turn the lights down in the congregation and up on the platform. Seems like a simple thing, but I think it made a huge difference in the effectiveness of the evening, although I can’t really explain why.

I loved using three new songs from Paul Baloche’s The Same Love CD at this service! We’d already introduced “All Because of the Cross” in a service earlier so people sang out on that one. We used “The Same Love” as an opening special, and “Your Blood Ran Down” during Communion.

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Easter Sunday – Contemporary Services

What a great time of celebrating Christ’s resurrection this morning!  The Band, Worship Team Singers, Worship Choir, Tech Crew, Pastors and everyone did such a great job in leading us in worship! We opened with Travis Cottrell’s “Alive Forever Amen”, which is such a fun song to sing! We pull it out about once a year on Easter, although it’s certainly a song you can sing any time of the year! My girls were singing the mouthful of lyrics on the bridge of this song all day long!  We ended the service a bit differently.  After the closing prayer, as people were walking out, we played “Like A Lion”. It was a new song for our church, so I didn’t want to introduce it on Easter, but I thought this would be a great way to use it. Several people stayed around and listened or sang along with the team as we did it. Eric did a super job on the solo at the start, and we were all rocking out by the end! As our sound guy said – he kind of likes the “5th Quarter worship”! Does anyone else do this type of thing?

Pastor Jamie did a great job on the Children’s Message (which is not something we typically do, but worked great!) and Pastor Tim’s message was great too! We used “A Very Special Sunday” video from Steelehouse Video Group right after the kid’s message. It was so good!

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Easter Sunday – Cafe Connection Service

Marv picked some great songs out for the Cafe yesterday and the team did a great job! Patti and Cafe Crew did a super job with the food too! It was hard, though, smelling the cinnamon rolls that were baking all morning for the youth group fundraiser!

Easter Sunday – Traditional Service

  • “Alleluia! Alleluia”
  • “Christ The Lord Is Risen Today”
  • “Worship Christ The Risen King” (Lyrics by Jack Hayford)
  • “Christ Arose”
  • “Because He Lives”

This was a nice way to start the morning today, with singing these familiar Easter hymns. Rick sang “The Easter Song” as a special, and everyone did a great job!

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This post is part of the Sunday Setlist blog at The Worship Community website, where worship leaders share recaps and setlists from this past weekend. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration this year!!