Category Archives: Responsive Readings

Every Tribe, Every Nation, Every People

Every Tribe
Every Nation
Every People
… Will one day, Worship Him!

Pastor: Who will remember and turn to the LORD?
All: All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and He rules over the nations. – Psalm 22:27-28

Pastor: Who will come and worship before the LORD?
All: All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. – Psalm 86:9-10

Pastor: Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?
All: For you alone are holy. ALL NATIONS will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed. – Rev 15:4

Related Readings:

REVELATION 5:9-14 (NIV):

And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from EVERY TRIBE and LANGUAGE and PEOPLE and NATION. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever! “The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

REVELATION 7:9-10 (NIV):

After this I looked and there before me was a GREAT MULTITUDE that no one could count, from EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE and LANGUAGE, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

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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Psalm 111 and 112

Psalm 111 and 112 are the same length and seem to thematically fit well together. Here’s a responsive reading with the two Psalms twisted together.

P: Praise the Lord. Ps 111:1
C: Praise the Lord. Ps 112:1

P: I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly. Ps 111:2
C: Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. Ps 112:2

P: Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Ps 111:3
C: His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Ps 112:3

P: Glorious and majestic are his deeds; and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate. Ps 111:4
C: Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever. Ps 112:4

P: He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. Ps 111:5
C: Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. Ps 112:5

P: He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. Ps 111:6
C: Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Ps 112:6

P: The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. Ps 111:7
C: Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Ps 112:7

P: They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. Ps 111:8
C: He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes. Ps 112:8

P: He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever—holy and awesome is his name. Ps 111:9
C: He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor, his righteousness endures forever ;his horn will be lifted high in honor. Ps 112:9

P: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Ps 111:10
C: The wicked man will see and be vexed, he will gnash his teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing. Ps 112:10

A Call to Worship based on the Beatitudes

A Call to Worship based on the Beatitudes

M:        This is a call to all those who are poor in spirit,
C:        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

M:        This is a call to all those who mourn,
C:        for they will be comforted.

M:        This is a call to all those who are meek,
C:        for they will inherit the earth.

M:        This is a call to all those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
C:        for they will be filled.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the merciful,
C:        for they will be shown mercy.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the pure in heart,
C:        for they will see God.

M:        This is a call to all those who are the peacemakers,
C:        for they will be called sons of God.

M:        This is a call to all those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
C:        for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

M:        Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me (Jesus). 

- Based on Matthew 5:3-12

Here’s some incredible music based on these passages to go along with the reading:

Matt Maher – “Unwavering”

Michael Schroeder – “The Beatitudes”
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-witness/id30841673
http://www.newsongministries.info/ms-site/lyrics/A%20Witness/Beatitudes.html


“Blessed To Be A Blessing” by Michael Schmid (ref Mt 5:1-16):
http://www.truevinemusic.com/blessed_to_be_a_blessing.htm

“Blest Are They” (CWS 758)
“Jesus Sat With His Disciples”(CWS 763)

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

A Gathering Litany

A Gathering Litany

P:         God is uniquely present as we gather to worship Him this morning.
C:        He is present in His sanctuary.
P:         He is present where two or more have gathered in His name.
C:        He is present to edify.
P:         He is present to save the lost.
C:        He is present to restore.
P:         He is present to open blind eyes.
C:        He is present to make friends from enemies.
P:         He is present to soften the hard-hearted.
C:        He is present to give life to the soul that is dead.
P:         He is present to welcome the prodigal and the lost back home.
C:        He is present to bless the poor in spirit.
P:         He is present to bless those who mourn.
C:        He is present to bless the meek.
P:         He is present to bless the merciful.
C:        He is present to bless the persecuted.
P:         He is present to feed those who hunger and give living water to all who thirst.
C:        He is present to forgive.
P:         He is present to love.
C:        He is present to build us up

We are Heirs

A responsive reading based on what is bequeathed to us:

M:        Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?
C:        We are heirs of the kingdom (James 2:5)

M:        Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
C:        We are heirs of a special blessing (1 Peter 3:9)

M:        And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
C:        We are heirs of eternal life (Matt. 19:29)

M:        Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
C:        We are heirs of salvation (Heb. 1:14)

M:        Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
C:        We are heirs of God’s promises (Heb. 6:17)

M:        He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
C:        We are heirs of many things (Rev. 21:7)

M:        Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Galatians 4:7)

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

Immanuel

Immanuel

Immanuel (or Emmanuel) means “God With Us”.  What a profound statement contained in a name as God is with us in so many ways.  Here’s a responsive reading to illustrate this point.

P:         God is with us in the flesh
C:        The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. – John 1:14

P:         God is with us in all fullness
C:        For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. – Colossians 2:9

P:         God is with us as an example
C:        Our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, – Philippians 2:5-6

P:         God is with us as a companion
C:        Jesus said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” – 2 Corinthians 6:16b

P:         God is with us by the Spirit
C:        Jesus said: And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth.
The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him.  But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. – John 14:16-17

P:         God is with us always
C:        God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5b

 

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

John the Baptist’s Cry

John the Baptist baptizing Christ
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John the Baptist’s Cry

About 2,000 years ago, John the Baptist broke a biblical silence of over 400 years to express this inspired message: “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” (Mt 3:1-3)

If the Kingdom of Heaven was near back when he said it, then it’s even closer now and his message is critically important to us.  Here’s a responsive reading based on his message to teach your people the meaning of repentance.

P:         Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.  (Mt 3:1-3)
P:        Part of being repentant is acknowledging that we are all sinners.
C:         for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

P:        Another part of being repentant is to realize that someone had to pay the price for our sin; this person was Jesus Christ, God’s only Son who suffered and died for the sins of all.
C:         But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  (Isa 53:5

P:        A repentant sinner should also feel sorrow over their sins.
C:         yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance (2 Cor 7:9)
P:        A repentant sinner also needs to confess their sins and ask for forgiveness.
C:         For the sake of your name, O LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great.  (Ps 25:11)

P:        A repentant sinner should know beyond a shadow of a doubt that their sins are forgiven and that this is a free gift from God and not a result of any of our doing.
C:         For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  (Romans 6:23)

P:        The final step of repentance is to turn our lives around and make every effort to avoid sinning in the future.
C:         if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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

A blessed Thanksgiving to all!

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Responsive Luther Prayer

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Responsive Luther Prayer

P:         Behold, Lord, an empty vessel that needs to be filled.
C:        My Lord, fill it.

P:         I am weak in the faith; strengthen me.
C:        I am cold in love; warm me and make me fervent that my love may go out to my neighbor.

P:         I do not have a strong or firm faith; at times I doubt and am unable to trust you altogether.
C:        O Lord, help me and strengthen my faith and trust in you.

- Martin Luther