I had family plans last weekend and was unable to find someone to take my place so by necessity and by design, I planned a service without music for last Sunday, focusing instead on worship through group and solo scripture readings.
Hymnals are a great resource for congregational readings and the one with the best contemporary readings that I have found is the Celebration Hymnal by Word/Integrity.
Another resource I used is the Daily Light Devotional which is composed completely of selected scriptures.
Here’s our service from last week:
Congregational responsive reading from Psalm 145
Daily Light reading using the following scriptures: Luke 1:49; Exod. 15:11; Ps. 86:8; Rev. 15:4; Matt. 6:9; Luke 1:68; Isa. 63:1; Ps. 89:19; Eph. 3:20-21
Congregational reading from Philippians 2:1-11
The church then celebrated the remembrance of the Lord’s Supper.
Sometimes it’s good to do things differently to connect to hearts in a different way.
Worship recap for August 10th, 2014
Call to Worship: Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 12:1-2
By Faith (Getty)
I Love You Lord
My Jesus I Love Thee
Our call to worship is from Psalm 136: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”
Grace greater than All Our Sin (Ps. 136:23 It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
for his steadfast love endures forever;)
He Will Rescue Us (Ps. 136:24 and rescued us from our foes,
for his steadfast love endures forever)
My Heart is Filled With Thankfulness (Ps. 136:25 Give thanks to the God of heaven,
for his steadfast love endures forever.)
May your heart be filled with thankfulness today for God’s steadfast love for you!
Last week our songs centered on God’s love for us:
The Love of God
I Stand Amazed (Tomlin arr.)
You Are My King (Amazing Love)
Oh boy, it’s been too long since I posted here. I was going to try to catch up on all the Sundays I’ve missed, but the thought of that was too overwhelming so here’s our worship order for tomorrow:
Call to worship: Psalm 119:57-64
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
I Will Glory In My Redeemer
Good Shepherd Of My Soul (Getty)
Oh The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus (Kauflin)
Closing Song: The Lord’s Prayer (from Hidden In My Heart Vol. II)
Have a blessed week in the Lord!
We’ll be adding this song to our Sunday worship list:
I am drawn to all the verses in the Psalms that praise God as our refuge, our shelter, our strong tower. What comfort in difficult times!
Here’s our order of worship from Sunday, May 4, 2014:
Ephesians 2:19-22, Colossians 1:18
Oh, How Good it Is
The Church’s One Foundation
Be Thou My Vision
I love the Lord, for he heard my voice;
he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me,
I will call on him as long as I live.
The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is full of compassion.
I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the Lord. ~From Psalm 116
Before the Throne of God Above
Worship in Communion
Closing Song: 1st verse of Oh, How Good it Is