Worship Recap – September 28, 2014

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
    teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;  for you I wait all the day long.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,
    for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.

Psalm 25:1-2, 4-5, 10 (read the whole chapter here)

All Creatures of Our God and King

Psalm 62

It Is Well

Speak, O Lord

Our Pastor concluded his series on the Lord’s Prayer this morning.

We concluded the service with the first verse of Sweet Hour of Prayer.

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Sovereign Over Us

Sovereign Over Us written by Aaron Keyes, Jack Mooring and Bryan Brown

There is strength within the sorrow
There is beauty in our tears
And You meet us in our mourning
With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting
You’re sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding
You’re teaching us to trust

Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, perfect in love
You are sovereign over us

You are wisdom unimagined
Who could understand Your ways?
Reigning high above the heavens
Reaching down in endless grace
You’re the lifter of the lowly
Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me
Your promises are my delight.


Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for Your glory
In the valley You are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for Your glory.


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Worship Recap – September 21, 2014

Here’s our worship order from this morning, Sunday, September 21, 2014.

The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire in his temple.

For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.
~Psalm 27:1, 4, 5

“How Great Is Our God”

“How Great Thou Art”

In our small groups this autumn, we are studying Matthew 5:1-12 (the beattitudes) and our verse for this week was Matthew 5:3,  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The following passage from Isaiah and the next songs affirmed that we come to God, poor and needy.

Isaiah 55:1, 6-9
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
 let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

“Come Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy”

Lord I Need You

Our Pastor continued with his sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer with Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

We closed with the chorus of “Lord I Need You.”

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Worship Recap — September 14, 2014

Psalm 103:1-4 (ESV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

10,000 Reasons

Lord, my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
You are my shelter and my shield;
I put my hope in Your word.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.
~Psalm 30:2; 73:26; 119:114

“Made Me Glad” (One of my all-time favorites. Such a great song to meditate on!)

Still, My Soul, Be Still


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Worship Recap — September 7, 2014

Here’s a recap of our service from Sunday, September 7, 2014:

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise;  Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.      ~Psalm 100:4-5

After many summer absences in our congregation it seemed fitting to begin our first service of September with “O, How Good it Is.”

Immortal, Invisible

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

~from Psalm 32:1-7

I Have a Shelter In The Storm

Lord I Need You

Worship at the Lord’s Table: “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us


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Lord I Need You

“Lord I Need You” was written a few years ago by Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves, Kristian Stanfill, Christy Nockels, and Daniel Carson. I love the words and the message of the song. (My thoughts on using this song with a congregation are at the bottom of this post.)

Lord, I come, I confess.
Bowing here, I find my rest.
And without You, I fall apart.
You’re the one that guides my heart.

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You.
Ev’ry hour I need You.
My one defense, my righteousness;
Oh, God, how I need You.

Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more.
Where grace is found is where You are.
And where You are, Lord, I am free.
Holiness is Christ in me.

(repeat chorus)

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way.
And when I cannot stand, I’ll fall on You.
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay.

(repeat chorus)

So, a couple of thoughts on using this song with a congregation: Musically, this song is written as a solo — specifically, a male solo. It starts with the verse in a low register and midway through the second verse, it jumps up an octave to a high register with the male worship leader singing in unison with the women. It’s very effective as a moment of drama in the music. But the vocal range in the original key is nearly two octaves and as a worship leader, I have to ask, what do I expect the congregation to do here? Do I expect everyone in my congregation to have this vocal range? Do I expect the congregation to break up into two-part harmony with the men on a high melody and all the women on an alto part? Or do I expect all the women to sing the whole song in the lowest part of their voice? Or make the jump with the men? I’ve seen a couple of guys transpose it to G which makes most of the song more accessible but then the bridge gets awkward — either it is sung way too high or you have to jump down to sing the words “So teach my song to rise to You.”  For our congregation, I transposed it to the key of E and skipped the octave jump. Yes, it loses a little of the drama without the jump but it puts the whole song in a key where people can sing expressively.

Grace and peace.

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Worship Recap – August 31, 2014

A week off for family vacation but thankfully I had someone to fill in for me this time.

Call to worship: Psalm 26
Here I Am To Worship
In Christ Alone
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 15:16
Ancient Words


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