3.4.12 Worship Confessional

During the season of Lent we are continuing to explore our five spiritual practices in a series called, “Engage.” This morning we engaged serving by looking at the narrative in John 13 where Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Reflecting the spirit of Jesus, here are two of my favorite quotes from the message:

  • Everyone can be great because everyone can serve (Martin Luther King Jr).
  • You are never more like Christ than when you take up the towel and serve (Bill Hybels).

I am so privileged to be part of a community of faith that takes serving seriously. During our worship gathering we remembered in prayer the 19 members of our Gulf Coast Team who were on their way to New Orleans for a week of serving with Bay Waveland Habitat for Humanity.

This week we introduced a new song from Paul Baloche called “The Same Love” (the complete project drops on March 13, my birthday). Paul is one of my favorite songwriters and worship leaders. He has a huge heart for the church and an even bigger heart for God. I love what he said recently about the theme of his new project:

“God is not this impersonal force. The truth is that from creation to the crucifixion, God has been calling us – by name. He’s giving us a challenge, calling us to the cross, asking, ‘Are you ready to give up your way of doing things? Come as you are, pick up your cross daily and I will transform your life.’”

The same love that set the captives free
The same love that opened eyes to see
Is calling us all by name

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • O Praise Him (David Crowder Band)
  • Fall on Your Knees (David Crowder Band)
  • The Same Love (Paul Baloche)
  • How Great is Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Message: Engage Serving
  • Prayer of St Francis

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced this weekend at The Worship Community.

Stay connected…


  1. Hey, Terry

    I agree, Paul has contributed so much to the church. i’m looking forward to his new project, too.

    I was also wondering how it worked for you guys to stick announcements in the middle of the service. I’ve always found them to be somewhat of a flow “speedbump.” How do you manage that in your services?

    Together in the journey,
    Chris Gambill recently posted..Worshiping Together: 3/4/12

    • Chris,

      I totally agree with you – announcements can be really dicey. They work about as well as they can where we have positioned them in our worship flow. We typically have a shift in that we dismiss our children and youth to their own own learning environments mid-gathering. All that people movement creates a different kind of flow so we just go with it. Plus we simply don’t have enough people in the room to do them at the beginning of worship 🙂

      What have you tried as alternatives?


      • So you’re dealing with a double flow impacting factor of announcements and people dismissal. I can see why you would put them there. I understand the trouble with doing them at the beginning and not enough people being there. We had to work through that in a previous church. We ended up putting them as the very last thing in the service. Everybody was there, and it also forced us to be concise and intentional since people were ready to go, too. In that setting we didn’t dismiss children, so we didn’t have that factor.

        I have at times suggested doing away with announcements completely, but they can be a valuable aspect of the corporate gathering if done well and intentionally. Sometimes, we’ve “buried” an announcement in the message if it was something that served as a response or next step to the theme of the day. I’ve also done the video thing, but didn’t have the time or resources to do it long term.

        One thing, too, is making sure the people giving the announcements know the material and are engaging. Also, helping them give enough information without giving it all away. Part of it can be referring people to information centers, the bulletin, or website for more detailed info to keep announcements moving.

        Hope this helps,
        Chris Gambill recently posted..Worshiping Together: 3/4/12

  2. I love your sets Terry. How’s the new Crowder song going?
    HL recently posted..Songs We Sing @ FPC Vine 3-4-12

    • HL,

      People are connecting to the new Crowder song. I haven’t found much on their last project that lends itself to congregational usage, but this song truly resonates with our community. Plus, I love the idea of connecting wonder and worship.

      I see you have been leaning into “All Sons and Daughters” – good stuff!


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