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.