some Christmas service silliness

Here are a couple videos that Matt and I took on our phones…a few behind-the-scenes shots and a fair bit of silliness…

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12.31.10 under Lead Worship with 1 Comment on some Christmas service silliness.

Christmas 2010

“Do not be afraid.” Those are the words spoken by the angel Gabriel to Mary, Joseph, and those outcasts, the shepherds. Living in a culture where fear is on the loose, we believe we need to hear those words as well. As such, we were led to create a multi-sensory experience based on the phrase, […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12.24.10 under Events with 24 Comments on Christmas 2010.

Weekend Reflections: O Come Emmanuel on 12.19.10

On Sunday, in the small window between Christmas services, we squeezed in one weekend service at 10am.  If I’m honest, I wasn’t very excited about adding another service to a crazy-busy season, but it ended up being a really moving morning. Musically, we went for a Ben Folds Five feel (piano, drums, and fuzz bass), […]

Weekend Reflections: Christmas Singing with Stan on 12.12.10

Last weekend, we were honored to be led in worship by legendary choir/worship director Stan Endicott and genius arranger/musician Chris Barron.  They brought beauty and creativity and reverence and freshness to a dozen Christmas carols – creating a deeply moving experience.  But rather than tell you about it myself, we invited Stan to share some […]

A song from Sharon

This past fall, I had the honor of leading the worship experience for WOW (the willow midweek worship experience)…. The focus of our time together was the song “You’re Beautiful” by Phil Whickam- a sweet, simple & poetic love song about the beauty of God…. The first two verses point the listener to God in […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12.14.10 under Songs, Wednesday Nights with 1 Comment on A song from Sharon.

Weekend Reflections: A Spiritual Process on 12.5.10

The Second Week of Advent This service began a bit differently.  Alan Tripp, a part of the South Barrington congregation blessed us with a beautiful 10 minute Christmas medley.  This is something we’re doing throughout the month of December to help us leave some of the “hustle and bustle” of the Christmas season at the […]

Weekend Reflections: O the Glory of it All on 11.28.10

After the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to begin our weekend services thanking God…as honestly as possible.  The reality is that for many people, holidays can be very painful.  No situation is entirely without complication and no family is perfect, and we wanted to keep one foot planted in reality WHILE STILL reaching upward toward God […]