Worship Recap – November 23, 2014

Give Thanks! It’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving so our songs focused on thanking God for who He is and what He’s done. (click highlighted titles to listen)

Call to Worship:
You are my God, and I will praise You;
You are my God, I will exalt You.
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
~From Psalm 118:28-29, 75:1

For The Beauty of the Earth

My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (ESV)

10,000 Reasons

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Our pastor continued in the book of Malachi.

This Sunday also marked our anniversary of coming to Calvary Community Church to serve with a great group of believers. I can’t believe we’ve been there for three years already!

Worship Recap – November 16, 2014

It’s been an unusually temperate autumn here in Ohio, but snow has finally arrived. Christmas music is playing in our house and I’m trying to plan out the music for the rest of the year. I think that music during Advent is both the easiest and hardest to plan. Easiest because there’s a smaller list of songs from which to choose but hard because it’s the most critical time of the year to make sure the balance of old and new songs is just right. There are only four Sundays in Advent and I have to make sure everyone’s favorite carol is sung at least once. But we need some newer songs too to keep things fresh. I hope to start posting a song a day throughout the season of Advent. If you want to make sure you don’t miss any, subscribe to the blog over the the side bar.

Here’s our worship order from November 16, 2014:

Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory!  ~Psalm 24:1, 7-10

This Is My Father’s World

Worthy of Praises

Lamentations 3:21-23

All I Have Is Christ

Lord I Need You



Worship Recap — November 9, 2014

Here’s our order of worship from Sunday, November 9, 2014.

Therefore God has highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
And there is salvation in no one else,
for there is no other name under heaven
given among men
by which we must be saved.”
Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 4:12

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name

Across the Lands this was our first Sunday singing this song and the congregation seemed to catch on quickly. It’s a definite keeper.

Wonderful, Merciful Savior

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Across the Lands

Another great congregational song by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend. You can get the recording and chart here.

Across the Lands
You’re the Word of God the Father
From before the world began;
Every star and every planet
Has been fashioned by Your hand.
All creation holds together
By the power of Your voice.
Let the skies declare Your glory;
Let the land and seas rejoice.

You’re the Author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

Yet You left the gaze of angels,
Came to seek and save the lost
And exchanged the joy of heaven
For the anguish of a cross.
With a prayer You fed the hungry,
With a word You stilled the sea;
Yet how silently You suffered,
That the guilty may go free.

You’re the author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

With a shout You rose victorious,
Wresting vict’ry from the grave
And ascended into heaven,
Leading captives in Your way.
Now You stand before the Father,
Interceding for Your own;
From each tribe and tongue and nation
You are leading sinners home.

You’re the author of creation,
You’re the Lord of every man,
And Your cry of love rings out across the lands.

Keith Getty and Stuart Townend; copyright 2002 Thankyou Music
CCLI #2850991

Worship Recap – November 2, 2014

Here’s our Worship order from November 2, 2014

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure.

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

~Psalm 16:1-2, 8-9, 11

Be Thou My Vision

You Are My King

You Are My All In All

Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us;
For by grace you have been saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works,
so that no one can boast.                                                 (Titus 3:5, Eph. 2:8, 9)

Not What My Hands Have Done

Communion – Behold the Lamb

Sermon: The Curse of a Failing Pastor

Not What My Hands Have Done – Sunday Song

I found this hymn in the devotional One Year Book of Hymns and then looked for it in my hymnals. It’s in a couple of the older hymnals in my collection but sadly, not in the newer ones. I like the recording by Nathan Clark George in this video. He changes the rhythms slightly but keeps the melody the same as the original and resists the contemporary trend to add a repetitive chorus.  (I like those sometimes but some songs don’t need them.)

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us (Titus 3:5)

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8, 9)

Not What My Hands Have Done
Not what my hands have done can save my guilty soul;
Not what my toiling flesh has borne can make my spirit whole.
Not what I feel or do can give me peace with God;
Not all my prayers and sighs and tears can bear my awful load.

Thy work alone O Christ, can ease this weight of sin
Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within.
Thy love to me, O God, not mine, O Lord to Thee
Can rid me of this dark unrest, and set my spirit free.

I bless the Christ of God, I rest on love divine
And with unfalt’ring lip and heart, I call this Savior mine.
His cross dispels each doubt; I bury in his tomb
Each  thought of unbelief and fear, each ling’ring shade of gloom.

I praise the God of grace, I trust His truth and might.
He calls me His, I call Him mine, my God, my joy, my light.
‘Tis He who saveth me, and freely pardon gives;
I love because he loveth me, I live because he lives.

Words by Horatius Bonar; Tune: LEOMINSTER by George William Martin, har. By Sir Arthur S. Sullivan; Public Domain



Worship – October 19, 2014

Here’s our order of worship from Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!                                       ~Psalm 96:1-4, 9

Behold Our God

O Worship The King

We Fall Down


My Song is Love Unknown

My Soul Finds Rest

Our pastor preached on Malachi 1:6-14

We concluded the service by singing the Doxology/Chorus of “We Fall Down,” ending with Amen.