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?


Sunday Worship March 22

This is our order of worship for Sunday, March 22, 2015

Call to Worship:

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!

Psalm 105:1-3, Revelation 4:8

Holy, Holy, Holy

Behold Our God

Philippians 3:7,8 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

My Worth Is Not in What I Own

All I Have Is Christ

Our Pastor continued his series in Psalm 118 with verses 14-16.

We closed with the first verse of In Christ Alone. “He is my light, my strength, my song.”

Sunday Worship: March 15

It was another great Sunday! This is our worship order from Sunday, March 15, 2015:

Call to Worship:
This is the day that the Lord has made;
ALL: Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Oh How Good It Is

Revelation Song

Grace Greater Than Our Sin

Good Shepherd of My Soul

Announcements and Worship in Giving

Proclamation of the Word: Our Pastor continued his series in Psalm 118 with verses 10-13.

Closing Song: It Is Well

Oh How Good It Is – Sunday Songs

This song is a great one to use for the beginning of a service.

Oh, How Good It Is
Oh, how good it is when the fam’ly of God
Dwells together in spirit, in faith and unity.
Where the bonds of peace, of acceptance and love
Are the fruits of His presence here among us.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord;
And with one heart we’ll live out His Word.
Till the whole earth sees the Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Oh, how good it is on this  journey we share,
To rejoice with the happy and weep with those who mourn,
For the weak find strength, the afflicted find grace,
When we offer the blessing of belonging.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord;
And with one heart we’ll live out His Word.
Till the whole earth sees the Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Oh, how good it is to embrace His command
To prefer one another, forgive as He forgives.
When we live as one, we all share in the love
Of the Son with the Father and the Spirit.

So with one voice we’ll sing to the Lord;
And with one heart we’ll live out His Word.
Till the whole earth sees the Redeemer has come
For He dwells in the presence of His people.

Words & Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty, Ross Holmes & Stuart Townend; copyright 2012 Getty Music, Parakeet Boots Music and Townend Music (admin. UK & Europe by Thankou Music.)


Sunday Worship March 8

This is our worship order from Sunday, March 8, 2015:

Call to Worship:

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

My Worth Is Not In What I Own

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will sing of your strength;
    I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.

Blessed be the Lord,
    who daily bears us up;
    God is our salvation. 

Psalm 18:2, 59:16, 68:19

I Have A Shelter In The Storm

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

Sermon: Our Pastor continued his sermon series in Psalm 118.

Give Me Jesus (In the Morning When I Rise)

Weekend Links

A few links from this week that have been interesting and helpful to me.

Graham Kendrick has a great post on using the Psalms in personal worship. This is something that has been growing in my heart over the past year so it was nice to read his perspective on it.

“As Psalm phrases lodge in our memories they reshape our view of God and our circumstances, enabling us to make the connection between our human condition, and God”s priorities, purposes and provisions for us. Whereas my own prayer vocabulary becomes exhausted or narrow or the issue looms so large that my faith falters, for example when praying for a nation in turmoil or persecution on a large scale, we can go to Psalm 2 and very quickly God’s perspective and agenda become ours.”

Loved this post over at the Gospel Coalition: Worship is More Important that Your Small Group.

I love small groups. Don’t misunderstand me. They serve a real purpose in most churches, but their importance cannot and does not supersede our gathering together in corporate worship. We are the church. Worship is what we do.

Finally, Lifewayworship published two lists of songs for Resurrection Sunday: One of Hymns and one of Worship Songs. They’re both great lists but we’ll never be able to include them all! It’s a good thing every Sunday is really a celebration of the resurrection.

Alas And Did My Savior Bleed

The words to this hymn were written by Isaac Watts and published in 1707. The tune in this video is the one written Ralph E. Hudson in the late 1800’s. He also added the chorus “At the Cross” to the song.

Alas, and did my Savior bleed,
And did my Sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity, grace unknown,
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide,
And shut his glories in
When Christ, the mighty Maker died
For man, the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While Calv’ry’s cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt mine eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe;
Here Lord, I give myself away,
‘Tis all that I can do.

At the cross, at the cross 
Where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Sunday Worship March 1

This is our worship order from Sunday, March 1, 2015:

Call to Worship: Sing to God! Sing praises to His name.
ALL: Stand up. Bless the Lord Your God from everlasting to everlasting. May He be exalted above all blessing and praise.
And do not forget all His benefits. He forgives all your sin, He heals all your diseases, and He redeems your life from the Pit.
ALL: May His glorious name be praised forever!
(Neh. 9:5: Psa. 68:4; 72:19; 103:1-4)

Blessed Be Your Name

In Christ Alone

The Solid Rock

My Worth Is Not In What I Own


Our Pastor began a series of messages from Psalm 118, preaching this week from verses 1-4.

We closed the service with the final verse and chorus from My Worth Is Not In What I Own.