Worship at Calvary: November 27


This is our order of worship for the first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016 at Calvary Community Church: (Click on the highlighted song titles to listen, or listen to our playlist. )

Call to Worship
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign.
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall call his name Immanuel.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
 Isaiah 7:14, 9:2, 6

Hark the Herald Angels Sing
O Come Messiah Come
God Evermore
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
Teaching from John 15:26-27
Shine On Us

May you find time this week to find stillness to be in God’s Word and see how Wonderful He is! If you would like some reflective music to play during this season, try this playlist for some Advent-inspired songs.

Music for tough times

These are tough times. The news is heart-breaking, frustrating, infuriating, and a whole host of other emotions.

This album came across my facebook feed today and it’s free to download. It’s When Trials Come: Resurrection Songs for a World of Suffering by The Gospel Coalition. Give it a listen. Pass it along.

The world doesn’t need any more opinions or polls and heaven knows we don’t need more politics. The world needs truth. I need truth.


Jesus Shall Reign – Enfield

Isaac Watts wrote the words of this hymn based on Psalm 72. The original tune is by John Hatton. The additional text, music, & arrangement are by Ryan Foglesong. This Psalm and song encourage us to praise Jesus as our King.  He is a far better king than any earthly ruler has been or ever will be.

Jesus shall reign wherever the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

He shall reign in glory,
Crowned with grace and might.
Bless His name and praise the sov’reign King.
He shall reign forever with His chosen bride,
And all the earth shall sing
That Jesus is the King!

People and realms of ev’ry tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song.
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
His grateful honors to our King;
Angels descend with song again.
And earth repeat the loud “Amen!”

You can listen to the song on Spotify. It has also been added to our playlist.

I found the lead sheet here. For our congregation’s use, we will be skipping the instrumental interlude and key change.

You can download the album here.

Worship at Calvary: April 19

Here’s our worship order from Sunday, April 19, 2015:

Call to worship:
Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.
In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!
1 Chronicles 29:10-13, Psalm 72:18-19

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name

Your Name

Our Great God

Announcements & Worship in Giving

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Sermon: Our Pastor continued preaching through the book of John with John 1:4-13

Song of Response: Uncreated One

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.

We are using this arrangement.

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

Tell me what you think about it!

Worship at Calvary: 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


As With Gladness Men of Old

I’m singing this Epiphany hymn this morning. The video below is a beautiful accompaniment to sing along with (the first 30 seconds are intro.)

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold.
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright,
So, most gracious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

~William C. Dix, 1860

Matthew 2:2, 11; Revelation 21:23