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Third Sunday After Pentecost – Contemporary Worship

Third Sunday After Pentecost – Contemporary Worship

“Worship must be a priority and must not be approached lightly, haphazardly, or without passion.”

On June 17, we will be blessed by having the Branches Band accompany our worship service. Over the past several weeks I have been working with the Branches Band via email to plan and prepare for the service. After discussing the idea with our Pastor, it was decided to follow our typical contemporary worship format. This is a worship service meant to be accompanied by a keyboard/guitar style of music. The entire worship bulletin is included below. I have inserted a view videos of the Branches music where appropriate.

Worship is not from tradition but from the heart.  The following is contemporary worship.

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
Member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
300 Buckland Road, P.O. Box 1156, South Windsor, CT 06074

Pastor Timothy J. Ehlers Church Office: (860) 644-2110

Third Sunday after Pentecost June 17, 2012

THEME FOR WORSHIP
Our faith is based on Jesus our risen Lord

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PRE-SERVICE: “I Rejoiced” ……………………………………………………………………………………….Branches Band
“Fill Me Up”
“O Holy Spirit, Enter In” (arranged by the Branches Band)

OPENING SONG: CW234 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” arranged by the Branches Band

M: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

CONFESSION OF SINS AND ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

M: Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
C: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, he will receive blessing from God his Savior
(Psalm 24:3-5)

M: What does God say about each of us in his holy Word?
C: He says that I am a sinner and deserve only his punishment.

M: What should each of us do if we are not aware of our personal sins or are not troubled by them?
C: I should examine myself according to the Ten Commandments and ask how well I have carried out my responsibilities as a husband or wife or single person, as a parent or child, an employer or employee, a teacher or student. Have I loved God with all my heart, gladly heard his Word, and patiently endured affliction? Have I been disobedient, proud, or unforgiving? Have I been selfish, lazy, envious, or quarrelsome? Have I lied or deceived, taken something not mine, or given anyone a bad name? Have I abused my body or permitted indecent thoughts to linger in my mind? Have I failed to do what is right and good?

Silence for personal reflection

M: When each of us realize that we have sinned against God and deserve his punishment, what should each of us do?
C: I will confess before God all my sins, those which I remember as well as those of which I am unaware. I will pray to God for his mercy and forgiveness.

M: Dear friends, let us approach God with a true heart and confess our sins, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
C: Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin. For faithless worrying and selfish pride, for sins of habit and sins of choice, for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do, you should cast me away from your presence forever. O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus sake.

M: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the word of Christ through his called servant:

I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.
M: In the peace of forgiveness, let us sing praise to our Lord.

YOU ARE GOD WE PRAISE YOU (Te Deum by Marty Haugen)

PRAYER OF THE DAY

M: Let us pray.
O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers. Be gracious to us in our weakness
and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

THE WORD

THE FIRST LESSON: Genesis 3:8-15

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

PSALM OF THE DAY: “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman song #209 in Songbook
(Responsive Reading of Psalm 51 with music)

M: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
C: according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.

M: Wash away all my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
C: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

M: Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
C: Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Congregation Sings: Verse 1 & Chorus

M: Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
C: Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

M: Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
C: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

M: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
C: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Congregation Sings: Verse 2 & Chorus

THE SECOND LESSON: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead
will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

VERSE OF THE DAY

C: Alleluia. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Alleluia.

THE GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 3:20-35

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub ! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables:“How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

CHILDREN’S TALK (All children are invited to the front of church.)

HYMN OF THE DAY: 387 “Drawn to the Cross” arranged by the Branches Band

SERMON: TBD

THANKSGIVING

OFFERING
Offertory Music – “Hearts of Stone” by the Branches Band

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH FOR PENTECOST

M: O Lord, our God, you are wise and powerful, good and gracious. Your mercies are new every morning.
Each day you open your hand and provide for the needs of your children on earth.
C: We praise you for every grace and blessing.

M: Strengthen your Church in all the world. Let your comforting message of salvation in Christ Jesus be
proclaimed to troubled souls everywhere.
C: Use our ministries and offerings to extend your healing and your hope.

M: We bring you our requests for the various structures of our society. Bless our nation, state, and local
governments.
C: Grant us civil servants who are worthy of honor and respect.

M: Grant prosperity to our businesses and industries. Give employers a sense of fairness toward their
workers, and employees a feeling of joy and pride in their workmanship.
C: Help us find satisfaction in all work well done.

M: Invigorate the schools of our land. Give success to every effort that helps students read, think, and
communicate in ways that will promote an informed and responsible citizenry. Arouse curious minds to
discover the wonders of your created order.
C: Give us teachers and students who pursue excellence.

M: Strengthen the families of our country. Give fathers and mothers a renewed commitment to be good
parents. Give children and young people the wisdom to regard their parents as your representatives.
C: Lead us to love one another as you have loved us.

M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer.

M: Gracious Father, we pray boldly as Jesus taught, with the confidence that you will hear and with the faith
that you will respond for our welfare.
C: Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

BLESSING

CLOSING SONG: 745 “May the Peace of God” by Keith & Kristin Getty see insert

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Welcome to Worship

We’re so glad to have you with us today! We consider it a privilege to gather together to worship our Lord and hear from Him as he speaks to us from the Bible, His Word. If you are here with us for the first time, please introduce yourself to us and, when you have the opportunity, please sign our guest register, located in the back of the worship area. If you are in need of any assistance at all, please speak with one of our ushers who would be very happy to assist you. May God bless our worship together today!

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Prayer Upon Entering Church

O Lord – our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter – we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Children’s Prayer Before Church

Lord Jesus, bless the pastor’s word, Upon my heart, I pray;

That after all is said and heard, I gladly may obey. Amen.

A Personal Confession of Sin

Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child. Especially am I sorry for ___________. Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner, and in the joy of your Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days. Amen.

For Obedience to God’s Will

Lord God, give me strength and willingness to say with your Son, “Not my will but your will be done.” Make me cheerful and trusting to bear whatever you let happen to me. From your hand I am willing to take the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow. Keep me from sin, gracious Father, and comfort me with your kind Word. Amen.

Blended Worship Planning 101

Blended Worship Planning 101

In our church, we have one blended worship service per month where we follow our traditional liturgy to some extent, but we use contemporary music in place of hymns.  I assist with the defining of the music for these blended services so over the years, we have come up with a format that works for everyone involved (Pastor, Church Secretary & Musicians).  We basically use a WORD document that is a table of all of the information that we all need to do our jobs.  For example, it contains the scripture references for each song and how the song fits into the weekly theme (information that our Pastor needs), it also contains bulletin information on how the song will be arranged and sung (information that our secretary needs) and the song choices (information that the musicians need).  In addition to this basic information, I also include details on the level of difficulty, which is also information that our Pastor has asked for since he is not familiar with most of these songs and he likes to keep an eye on how much new music is being used and the level of difficulty so that the congregation doesn’t get overwhelmed in any given week.  And yes, I’ve been known to throw too much at them so the Pastoral check is appreciated.

We also follow a format that requires 7 songs per service.  These are as follows:

  1. Pre-Service – Band only
  2. Opening Song – Congregational
  3. Psalm of the Day – Congregational
  4. Musical Response to the Forgiveness/Absolution of Sins – Congregational
  5. Hymn of the Day – Congregational
  6. Offertory Music – Band only
  7. Closing Song – Congregational

In our monthly table, all of the song choices are listed in order and identified accordingly.  I also list any lyrics for any new songs that aren’t in our songbooks for Pastoral review.  The table is disseminated at least one month in advance so that everyone has enough time for preparation.

This is a partial view of what a typical table looks like (being a landscape document it does not all fit on the screen in this BLOG format) :

Songs Listed in the Suggested Order:

Location Song Title Writer Location (which songbook) Chosen based on: Song Themes Song Instructions (for the Bulletin) DifficultyFamiliarity Other Comments
Pre-Service Awakening  Andrew Mitchell Personal Collection Epistle Discipleship      
OpeningSong I Will Praise Him Still Fernando Ortega Personal Collection Gospel Praise in difficult times Sing through twice New Song Will have to be copied as an insert
AbsolutionResponse Beautiful Savior Townend & Getty BOB 21 AbsolutionResponse Forgiveness V1, V2, Chorus, V3, Chorus Familiar
Hymn of the Day Speak O Lord Townend & Getty CWS 735 Word of God Word of God – Illumination Familiar Will have to be copied as an insert
Offertory “Compassion Hymn” Personal Collection The Gospel Lesson Jesus can bring the dead back to life
Closing Song The Hope of Your Call Don Chapman Personal Collection EpistleDiscpleshipEph 1:18-19 Benediction, Discipleship, Applying God’s word in our lives V, Chorus, V, Chorus, Chorus 2, End Familiar Will have to be copied as an insert.  I believe that Laura has it scanned and saved on Leah’s PC.
                 

I am making a copy of this document available in my file download area if anyone is interested in using the format.  I would also be happy to email a copy to anyone that would like one.  My address is “sjbrown58 at yahoo.com.”  Please use the @ in place of the “at”; I use this technique to avoid unwanted emails sent from automated systems.  The file for download is named “5-Easter 6 May 9.doc”.

Finally, I’d like to make a few comments on each type of song being selected.

  1. The Pre-Service music is typically chosen to match the worship theme.  I usually use this opportunity to either introduce new music to the congregation that we might use in the future, or I use music with real good lyrics but are too difficult for congregational singing.
  2. The Opening Song is either chosen to match the day’s worship theme, or if I’m having trouble with enough songs matching the theme, I will choose a more general opening song that is either welcoming, introductory, or deals with preparation for worship.  I maintain a list of these types of songs.
  3. The music used with the Psalm of the Day is always a song based on the Psalm being read for that day.  We typically read the Psalm responsively and sing the song in between the readings.
  4. The Forgiveness/Absolution is not matched to the day’s theme.  It always deals with either Forgiveness and/or Absolution of sins.  Again, I maintain a list of these types of songs and I have about 2 dozen that I use in rotation.
  5. The Hymn of the Day is chosen as the closest match to the scripture readings, and preferably to the Gospel lesson.
  6. The Offertory music is usually also chosen to match the day’s theme but if I’m having trouble locating music, I will also consider Stewardship-themed music or prayerful songs.  I also use this opportunity to either introduce new music to the congregation that we might use in the future, or I use music with real good lyrics but are too difficult for congregational singing.
  7. The Closing Song is chosen to either match the day’s theme or to have a blessing/departing message.  Again, I maintain a list of these types of songs and I have about 2 dozen that I use in rotation.

I do hope that this article was beneficial for someone out there that is starting to use blended worship in their church.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need further assistance.  In addition, there are many other articles of this nature in this BLOG that can be found by looking in the “Blended Worship” category.

Orders of Service for “Blended Worship”

Orders of Service for “Blended Worship”

One of the most powerful and inspiring examples of congregational worship in the Bible is contained in 2 Chronicles, chapters 5 to 7.

In these chapter we read that the work for the temple had all been done, and in an amazing procession, they brought the ark of the Lord into the temple.  It was an occasion that those present would never have forgotten for the rest of their lives.  There were 120 priests sounding trumpets, cymbal, singers, and other instruments.  It must have been the best band they’d ever heard!  The trumpeters and singers joined in unison and sang, “He is good; his love endures forever.” (5:13)

It would have been an amazing sound.  And yet, that wasn’t the thing that impressed itself upon their hearts the most that day.  The life-changing event that day happened next: “… the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.” (5:14)

The priests were totally overwhelmed by the cloud of God’s presence, so much so that they couldn’t continue to perform their services.  Solomon went on to pray a powerful prayer of dedication.  But that’s not the end of this awesome encounter. Fire comes down from heaven and consumes the burnt offering and sacrifices.  The glory of the Lord fills the temple again (7:1), yet this time seemingly even more powerful, because not only can the priests not carry on ministering, they can’t even enter the temple of the Lord (7:2).  The people worshiped again, sang the song again, made more sacrifices, and the trumpets started up once more.

There’s a great contemporary song that captures this encounter called “Lord, let your Glory Fall” by Matt Redman.  It’s recalling that ancient day where God met his people so powerfully, and asking that we might see something of that here and now, as God’s people in church.  That we might know what it really is to bring meaningful sacrifices before Him, and that we might also know what it really means to be enveloped in the cloud of God’s presence.  These chapters show congregational worship as an exciting, powerful encounter.  It’s a 2-way event.  Notice the cycle that seems to happen – God’s people respond to who He is, and then the cloud of His presence comes down.  They can’t help but respond again, and He seems to inhabit their praises even more powerfully.  Again, this makes them want to worship Him even more, and they throw their hearts into yet more songs, music and sacrifices.  This is the wonderful, gracious pattern of worship that God invites us to enter into as His people.

Source: http://www.worshiptogether.com/resources/bibleStudy.aspx?iid=215760

Lord Let Your Glory Fall

Chorus:
You are good, You are good; And Your love endures.
You are good, You are good; And Your love endures today.

Verse 1:
Lord let Your glory fall, As on that ancient day.
Songs of enduring love, And then Your glory came.
And as a sign to You, That we would love the same.
Our hearts will sing that song, God let Your glory come.

Verse 2:
Voices in unison, Giving You thanks and praise.
Joined by the instruments, And then Your glory came.
Your presence like a cloud, Upon that ancient day.
The priests were overwhelmed, Because Your glory came.

Verse 3:
A sacrifice was made, And then Your fire came.
They knelt upon the ground, And with one voice they praised.

BRIDGE:
Your anger lasts a moment, But Your favor lasts a lifetime.

CCLI Song No. 2526728, © 1998 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), Matt Redman

As in the days of King David, Solomon and Nehemiah, the order of worship is of utmost importance.  Our traditional worship services are carefully laid out in our hymnals, but this raises the question, “what order of service should we consider when using a blended format with contemporary music and contemporary instrumentation?”

Here is the typical Order of Service for the blended services that we hold on a monthly basis at Messiah in South Windsor, CT:

Pre-Service Music
Pastoral Greeting
Opening Congregational Song of Praise
Call to Worship
Spoken Confession of Sins and Assurance of Forgiveness
Silence for personal reflection
Congregational Song of Praise
Prayer of the Day
OT Lesson
Psalm of the Day (usually read responsively and sometimes includes contemporary music)
Epistle Lesson
Verse of the Day
Gospel Lesson
Children’s Message (based on one of the readings)
Hymn of the Day
Sermon
Offering (accompanied with music)
Prayer
Lord’s Prayer
Blessing
Closing Song of Praise

(The service time is approximately 60 minutes in length)

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Isaiah 6 reflects another biblical framework for corporate worship.   God initiates and we respond throughout the model.

God reveals himself:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  (Is 6:1)

Worship & Praise responds by the Seraphim:
Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:  “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  (Is 6:2-3)

We confess:
“Woe to me!” I cried.  “I am ruined!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”   (Is 6:5)

God expiates:
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.   With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”   (Is 6:6-7)

God Proclaims:
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Is 6:8a)

We Respond:
And I said, “Here am I.   Send me!” (Is 6:8b)

God commissions:
“Go and tell this people”  (Is 6:9)

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

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Here is another blended order of service obtained from: http://blendedworshipresource.wordpress.com that is used at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in DePere, WI:

Gathering for Praise:
Opening Praise Songs (2)
Greeting

Gathering for Forgiveness:
Forgive Us, Renew Us, Lead Us
Response song

Gathering around the Word:
Scripture readings
Mission Statement
Praise song/hymn
Sermon/message
Creed

Gathering for Thanksgiving:
Offering
Prayers
Praise Song
Q & A period or The Supper

Gathering for Dismissal:
Announcements
Benediction
Closing Praise Song
(approximately 75 minutes based on the gatherings used in worship in the early church 150-300 AD)

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And here is a third order of service, used at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, also found at:

http://blendedworshipresource.wordpress.com/2009/06/05/blended-worship-liturgy/

1. Service information
a) Theme
b) Welcome and visitor information
c) Today’s worship paragraph

2. Come, Let Us Worship the Lord
a) Greetings/silent prayer
b) Opening song of praise
c) Invocation
d) Responsive reading

3. We Confess our Sins and Rejoice in God’s Forgiveness
a) Confession options
b) Response song
c) Prayer of the Day options

4. God Speaks to Us Through His Word
a) Three readings, including introductory line
b) Statement of Faith
c) Song of the Day options
d) Today’s meditation

5. We Offer to God our Thanks and Praise

a) Sermon response (if no communion)
b) Offering and friendship register paragraph
c) Lord’s Prayer

6. God Comes to us Through His Holy Supper
a) Responsive intro and song response
b) Words of institution and response
c) Distribution song
d) Thanksgiving
e) Prayer

7. God Sends Us With His Blessing
a) Responsive theme closing
b) Benediction
c) Closing song

(from “Blended Worship: Where Do We Start?” by Pastor Rob Raasch.)

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And finally, here are two orders of service recently used at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Middleton / Waunakee , WI

Example 1 (with Communion)

 Gathering
Pre-service music (piano)
Pastoral greeting
Congregational song of praise
Pastoral prayer of confession
Silence for personal prayers of repentance
Spoken assurance of forgiveness
Congregational song of response/praise (additional stanzas/refrains of opening song)
Time for worshipers to greet each other

Word
Old Testament reading
Gospel reading
New Testament reading
Children’s devotion (based on sermon text/theme)
Sermon
Nicene Creed

Sacrament
Spoken sursum corda (“The Lord be with you…”)
Sanctus song of praise (“Holy, holy holy…”)
Words of Institution
Words of Invitation
Agnus Dei song (“Lamb of God, you take away…”)
Distribution of the Lord’s Supper
Two congregational songs during distribution

Thanksgiving
Offering
Prayers of God’s people
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending
The Lord’s Blessing
Congregational sending song
Announcements
Time for greeting each other

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Example 2 (includes the WELS Connection Video)

 Gathering
Pre-service music (woodwind ensemble, piano)
Pastoral greeting
Opening congregational medley of praise
Pastor prayer of confession
Congregational song of confession
Silence for personal prayers of repentance
Spoken assurance of forgiveness
Congregational medley of response/praise

Word
Gospel reading
Children’s devotion (based on Gospel reading)
Congregational “sermon hymn”
Sermon

Thanksgiving
Offering (with WELS Connection video)
Prayers of God’s people
The Lord’s Prayer

Sending
The Lord’s Blessing
Congregational sending song
Announcements
Time to greet each other

I would like to thank Kristen Koepsell of St. Andrew’s, John Kehl and Pastor Robert Raasch of Mt. Olive, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for providing their orders of blended worship.

It’s very interesting to me that these are all similar and keep many of the elements that are contained in our “traditional” service even though they use contemporary music.