Psalm 51 on 03.26.11

Last weekend was built entirely around Psalm 51.  After singing Troy Hatfield’s epic song “Matchless” as a call to worship, the following 75 minutes revolved around God’s invitation to Life, our deep propensity to sin, and God’s unlimited mercy.  The old school song “Sweet Mercies” launched us… “A broken heart and a contrite spirit, You […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.28.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Psalm 51 on 03.26.11.

St Patrick on 03.20.11

It’s not easy being misunderstood.  The more I read about St. Patrick, the more I’m convinced he is one of the more misunderstood figures throughout history.  A day that was set to commemorate a life that was utterly dedicated to following God no matter what the cost is often boiled down to a secular celebration […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.24.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on St Patrick on 03.20.11.

Baptism on 03.13.11

Moving Pictures It’s tough to put into words what it’s like to experience a large number of people being baptized on one weekend.  Luke 15 tells us that all of heaven rejoices for one lost person who returns home.  If that’s the case, I would love to see a picture of what is going on […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.15.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Baptism on 03.13.11.

Love and Pain on 03.06.11

Last weekend, Bill asked the question: “How bad would your life have to get for you to turn your back on God?” He walked through the story of both Habakkuk and Job, and invited us all to wrestle with some deep questions. We attempted to bookend this experience with two worship experiences… For such a […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.11.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with 1 Comment on Love and Pain on 03.06.11.

reflections on Ash Wednesday, space, and leading worship…

“Last night, we celebrated Ash Wednesday (if “celebrated” is the right word) at Willow by praying through the Ash Wednesday liturgy from The Book of Common Prayer.  It was quiet and heavy and somber and beautiful, and I loved joining up with the millions of other brothers and sisters around the world praying the exact […]

Repentance as return on 02.20.11

Last weekend, we spent the first thirty minutes of our service focusing on the scriptural idea of repentance.  After singing the new song “God’s Children” and the classic (that never seems to get old to me) “Mighty to Save”, I had the opportunity to share a few thoughts about repentance, and then lead our community […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.01.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with 1 Comment on Repentance as return on 02.20.11.