A Call to Worship Based on Romans 15:9-13

M:        Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
C:        I will sing the praises of your name.

M:        Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people.
C:        Praise the Lord; let all the peoples extol him.

M:        The Root of Jesse will spring up, one who will arise to rule over the nations; in him the Gentiles will hope.
All:      May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Unconditional Love Deserves Unconditional Worship

Unconditional Love Deserves Unconditional Worship

This website is read predominantly by believers; we are children of God, we know Jesus as our Savior and we repent of our copious sins. God loves us unconditionally.

If you had an abortion somewhere in your past; take heart, God forgives you and He loves you enough to have died for you.

If you are in jail for a heinous crime; take heart, God loves you and forgives your sins and removes them as far as the east is from the west.

God has boatloads of Amazon-sized unconditional love for you.

How do we acknowledge Him for this unconditional love, mercy, forgiveness and grace? Often, with conditional worship.

• I will only sing hymns, no contemporary music.
• I will only praise him with a rock band accompaniment.
• I will not worship in a church that has “coffee and couches.”
• I will not worship in a church that has a video screen.
• When our new hymnal committee asks for feedback, we say things like “Go back to the blue hymnal!”

If you can only worship with one book or one style of music; then your idea of worship is limited and shallow. We need to be able to worship God in all circumstances – even if your church loses power on Sunday morning, worship goes on!

Thoughts on Peace

Thoughts on Peace

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Those are such awesome and powerful words!

Peace in Every Language

Peace Cross
Peace Cross

A few years back my wife gave the necklace photographed at left to me as a Christmas gift.  I like it for many reasons. First, because she gave it to me and had me in mind when she picked it out.  Second, it was hand made by an artisan who lives near us and I know her story and background is as a missionary’s daughter.  Third, the cross depicts “peace” as being universal across all nations and people (it is inscribed with the word “peace” in 7 different languages).  And lastly, it is inscribed with Isaiah 26:3 on it’s reverse side.  I wear the piece to church whenever I think of it and when I travel so that it reminds me of my wife, my savior and his gift of peace to us all, regardless of our nationality or culture.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. – Isaiah 26:3

A Peace-Filled Morning

Peace on Mountain Road
Peace on Mountain Road

This was the scene last week as I was driving down Mountain Road on my way into work.  The fog, the mountains, the sunrise and the greenery spoke a serene language of peace to me.  It was a good start to my day. It reminded me of my savior.

Worship in Every Tongue
Speaking of peace in every langauge, isn’t it great in the traditional churches that we can attend worship in a different language and still know what’s going on because the liturgies are so ingrained into our hearts?  This is a gift!

Peace to all,

Jesus Will Fix You

That one horrible sin that haunts you…
That one nagging sin that you keep perpetuating…
Those hurtful words that you wish you could take back…
That email that you should never have sent…
Take heart, Jesus can fix you.

The struggles in your life…
Always being bullied…
Betrayed by a close friend…
All of the unjust persecution…
Jesus is fixing you.

That chronic pain that you are suffering…
That diagnosis that crushed you…
Jesus will fix you.
One day, He will put all of your broken pieces back together.

Jesus is the ultimate healer.
Though your sins are red as scarlet they will be made white as snow.
As far as the east is from the west.
Jesus can, He is, and He will always fix you.

You are a fixer upper.
But one who is loved.

For more devotional writings, see Steve’s book here Lifestyle Worship

A Call to Worship based on Psalm 105:1-4

A Call to Worship based on Psalm 105:1-4

M: Give praise to the Lord,
C: proclaim his name;
M: make known among the nations what he has done.
C: Sing to him,
M: sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
C: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
M: Look to the Lord and his strength;
C: seek his face always.

You Move Me

In worship.
Jesus, You move me.
While praying.
Jesus, You move me.
When I Confession my sins.
Jesus, You move me.
When I hear that my sins are forgiven.
Jesus, You move me.
When I sing worship songs.
Jesus, You move me.
As I listen to my Pastor’s sermon.
Jesus, You move me.
As I give my offerings.
Jesus, You move me.
When I recite a creed.
Jesus, You move me.
As I partake of the Lord’s Supper.
Jesus, You move me.
When I am blessed through a benediction.
Jesus, You move me.

You not only move me…
You love me.
You bless me.
You show mercy to me.
You bring peace to me.
You saved me.
You restore me.
You renew me.
You help me.
You are kind to me.
You are patient with me.
You know me.
You understand me.
You get me.
Your Spirit is in me.
You lead me.
You light my path.
You listen to me.
You befriend me.
You gifted me.
You inspire me.

It’s You and me!

For more devotional writings: Lifestyle Worship

Worship Spontaneity

What do you think about this statement:

In one service I attended, their printed program read concerning the Order of Service – “subject to the Holy Spirit”.

Here’s another one:

We get so locked into our agenda, that if the Holy Spirit wanted to do something different, it would ruin our whole “worship” service!

This line of thinking is totally foreign to my cauliflower-like Lutheran ears. My reaction to statements like these is that the Holy Spirit was already involved in the planning that went into the worship service in the first place and is thankfully present in worship whether we leave room for Him or not. As a general rule, I would have to say that I am not a fan of planned worship spontaneity. Call me a dinosaur, a hymn crank, a stand-up sit-down, an intrepid, a liturgical lemon; that’s me. There is enough spontaneity in our services without having to leave room for it, it just happens naturally.

“God Himself is present, Let us now adore Him, and with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple, all within keep silence, humbly kneel in deepest reverence.
He alone, on His throne, is our God and Savior, praise His name forever!”
– Gerhard Tersteegen

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