God is Love on 08.05.12

Last weekend, we immersed ourselves into the depth of the Love of God.  After reading this beautiful quote from A.W.Tozer… “…God’s Love is an incomprehensibly vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abashed.” …we launched into 20 minutes of prayer, singing, silence, […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 08.12.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on God is Love on 08.05.12.

Shane Claiborne and Liturgy on 6.3.12

This weekend, Shane Claiborne joined the worship team to lead through a liturgy from his Common Prayer book.  If you’re not familiar with Shane, he is one of the most courageous, gracious, godly, radical people I’ve ever met.  His work for justice and his heart for the poor are deeply inspiring. Last year, Shane and a few friends compiled a fantastic new prayer book called “Common Prayer:  A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals”.  Here’s the story behind it…   And then we jumped into the experience.  It was beautiful and holy and human and hopefully a real gift to our community.  You can watch the entire liturgy here…

God’s Promises and Sigur Ros on 5.20.12

On this communion weekend, we focused the entire worship experience on this verse… “For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us…was not Yes and No, but in him it has always been Yes.  For no matter how many promises God has made, they are Yes in Christ.  And so through him the […]

Celebration of Hope on 05.06.12

On God’s Side This weekend was truly a Celebration of Hope!  We worshiped God through hymns, contemporary rock songs, gospel songs, and prayer.  During the message we were joined by Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist and best-selling author of Half the Sky.  We engaged with God and we were educated towards solutions.  Visit Half The Sky […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 05.11.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Celebration of Hope on 05.06.12.

Celebration of Hope on 04.29.12

Celebration of Hope is one of my favorite times of year at Willow.  We get to spend these three weeks focusing on the reality of the most poor and oppressed people on earth – and then offer God our hands and feet and resources to help.  It’s profoundly challenging and moving.  You can learn more […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 05.01.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Celebration of Hope on 04.29.12.

Celebration of Hope on 4.21.12

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.23.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Celebration of Hope on 4.21.12.

Worship on 04.15.12

Our God Reigns (From the Witness Long Ago) Glory to God Forever Message How Great is our God Here I Am to Worship The Heart of Worship We Confess With Everything  Awesome God I Call You Faithful Darren Whitehead brought an incredibly moving message on worship, specifically worship through congregational singing. Matt and I chose […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.17.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Worship on 04.15.12.

Give Myself Away on 04.15.12

Give Myself Away This weekend we kicked off the Celebration of Hope series in a powerful way.  Our approach was simple – how can we give ourselves away?  Stephen Kelly shared a simple song with our team called Give Myself Away.  Here are the lyrics from that simple chorus: “I give myself away, I give […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.15.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Give Myself Away on 04.15.12.

Palm Sunday – 4.1.12

Palm Sunday weekend is becoming one of my favorite times to be a part of the church. Not just because I think kids waving palm branches is adorable (which I do), but because I love the image of Christ, our Savior and King, humbly entering the streets of Jerusalem riding in on a lowly donkey. […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 04.05.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on Palm Sunday – 4.1.12.

Scripture Solidarity on the 5th Sunday of Lent…03.25.12

This weekend, we immersed ourselves in the scriptures of the 5th Sunday of Lent.  Christian brothers and sisters all over the planet we’re reading, praying, and singing these passage from the bible, and we wanted to join them.  So after Becky lead us in a stirring version of “Revelation Song”, we launched into these great […]

St Patrick’s Day on 03.17.12

St. Patrick’s Day Although you wouldn’t necessarily know it if you walked into an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day, believe it or not St. Patrick’s Day is one of the high holy days on the church calendar.  St. Patrick was one of the first missionaries who brought the Gospel to Ireland in the 4th […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.19.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on St Patrick’s Day on 03.17.12.

With Everything on 03.04.12

Hosanna All the Poor and Powerless With Everything Glory to God Forever Last weekend we experienced the joy of receiving communion together as one body. Surrounding communion, I introduced a Hillsong worship song called “With Everything“.  I love this song because it encourages us to worship God with everything we are and everything we have.  […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.06.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with 1 Comment on With Everything on 03.04.12.

It is Well on 02.25.12

O For a Thousand Tongues Matchless It is Well With My Soul space to pray I Want Jesus to Walk With Me This weekend, we were thrilled to have the Willow choir leading worship.  They bring such passion and energy and power to whatever they do, and this worship experience took on new life because […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.05.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with 2 Comments on It is Well on 02.25.12.

A Knight’s Tale on 02.19.12

This weekend, we dived into our Finance Series and watched a video that told the story of some medieval knights who were baptized before going sent into battle. This piece was inspired by historical accounts and has been a strong visual image I find myself coming back to again and again, long after this weekend […]

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 02.21.12 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience with No Comments on A Knight’s Tale on 02.19.12.