We kicked off a new 5-week series to open the New Year. We choose to go in a bit of a different direction, but based on our sense of where we were as a church and as a culture, we went for it. Little did we know how difficult a series like this would be to ACTUALLY create worship experiences around those topics.
(BTW: Important question to be constantly asking. Merely plugging in series that you dream up or someone else inspires you to is not going to be as effective or impacting)
A survey was sent out in early December with 30 potential questions people may have for God. We asked hundreds of to choose the Top 5 Questions they would like to ask God. Throughout the month of January we will be working through them from #5 – #1. We are not revealing them beforehand, but moving through them one by one.
Today’s question was “What about those who have never heard about Jesus?” We choose to focus on setting up the series as a pre-message moment. In the midst of Star Wars mania, we used a Youtube clip as a father shows his son the original Star Wars for the first time and the viewing is filled with questions.
We clipped the video and added setup text at beginning front and our series logo at the end.
The conclusion of the message pointed people towards the truth that most important thing was what they do with what they know about Jesus. We capped the song off with a post-message song from Hillsongs “No Other Name”. The band did an acoustic version of the song and used a lyric loop with environments to accompany the song. This would be an example of what we call “the last 10%”. Song was solid as it was, but our intent was to discover simple, subtle ways for the song to move on people’s hearts at a deeper level. Even though we have done the song as a regular part of worship in the past, by reshaping the presentation it took on new life. It’s something we have constant conversations around.
No Other Name (Hillsongs)
Note: We did radio version. Lyric video is set to 74 bpm on click.
Sunday Set List:
Special: No Other Name