Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery – Sunday Song

We’ll be singing this newer song starting this week. The themes will go great with our Pastor’s new sermon series on the book of John.

Come behold the wondrous mystery, in the dawning of the King.
He, the theme of heaven’s praises, robed in frail humanity.
In our longing, in our darkness, now the light of life has come!
Look to Christ who condescended, took on flesh to ransom us.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: He the perfect Son of Man,
In His living, in His suffering, never trace nor stain of sin.
See the true and better Adam, come to save the hell-bound man,
Christ the great and sure fulfillment of the law; in Him we stand.

Come behold the wondrous mystery: Christ the Lord upon the tree.
In the stead of ruined sinners hangs the Lamb in victory!
See the price of our redemption, see the Father’s plan unfold,
Bringing many sons to glory: grace unmeasured, love untold!

Come behold the wondrous mystery: slain by death, the God of life.
But no grave could e-er restrain Him; Praise the Lord, He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliv’rance, how unwavering our hope.
Christ in power resurrected, as we will be when He comes.

text and music: Matt Papa, Matt Boswell and Michael Bleecker
copyright 2013 Love Your Enemies Publishing.

Note: I’ve added this song to our playlist.

Tell me what you think about it!

Sunday Worship April 12

Call to Worship: Psalm 148:13-14
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for His name alone is exalted;
His majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for His people,
praise for all His saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to Him.
Praise the Lord!

Here I Am To Worship

We Fall Down

How Firm A Foundation

Announcements & Worship in Giving

Responsive Scripture Reading from Romans 8:35-38
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress,
or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

Neither height nor depth,
nor any other created thing shall be able
to separate us from the love of God
which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

My Song Is Love Unknown


O Church Arise


Weekend Link

I was encouraged by this article by Keith Getty this week. Our congregation actually doesn’t have a problem with this. They sing out strong and make leading a joy. But this is a good reminder of why it’s important.

Singing affects how we pray, think, and feel. It influences our memory banks and even the deepest parts of our subconscious.

You can read the rest here.

Sunday Worship April 5

Here’s our worship order from Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015:

Easter Greeting:
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!

Come People of the Risen King!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Gospel Reading: He Has Risen!

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” (Matthew 28:1-6 ESV)

In Christ Alone

Before the Throne

Announcements and Worship in Giving

Proclamation of the Word

Song of Response: You Are My King

Sunday Worship March 29

This is our worship order from Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Call to Worship: Ps. 118:1, 4, 14-15, 19-20

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

Give Thanks To The Lord (new lyrics based on Psalm 118, to the tune of O Worship The King found here.)

Hosanna (Praise Is Rising)

Announcements and Worship in Giving

He Will Hold Me Fast

Be Thou My Vision

Scripture reading
Worship in prayer
Proclamation of the Word: Psalm 118:17-18, “You Will Not Die, You Will Live”

Song of Response: He Will Hold Me Fast

Weekend Links

I like the balanced view in this post by Matthew Starner, You’re Not Too Cool for Traditional Or Too Mature for Contemporary.

Those hymns are a gift given to us by our spiritual forefathers. Yes, there are weak hymns that get replaced by stronger ones. Yes, there are some that are better suited to your theological or denominational position than others. But to simply throw out all hymns is to say that these gifts from those who have gone before us are worthless.

So no, you’re not too cool for traditional. You need the depth of content that hymns bring to your worship experience.

If hymns communicate God’s truth, modern worship songs help us apply that truth. They both have a role to play in worship and help us grow as disciples of Jesus. There’s a place for both of them in worship.

Jamie Brown wrote on the Short Shelf Life of New Worship Songs.

Just when we’ve gotten a handle on introducing a new song to our congregation that was written in 2012, a newer new song comes along that’s even newer, making the new song we thought was new feel pretty old. Confused? You should be.

What “new” songs are already old to you?