Any Ten-Stringed Lyre Players Out There?

Psalm 33


Instructions:  Part of this is a conversation between the Pastor & a Lay Reader conversing with each other in front of the congregation.  The congregation is witnessing and listening to the conversation.


Pastor:              Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous;

Lay Reader:                  it is fitting for the upright to praise him.


Pastor:              Praise the LORD with the harp;

Lay Reader:                  make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.


Pause – Guitarist strums softly in the background (We plan to use “I Will Celebrate” by Rita Blaoche).


Pastor:              (waits 20 seconds or so)

Sing to him a new song;

Lay Reader:                  play skillfully, and shout for joy.


Pause – Congregation sings “I Will Celebrate”.  The pianist joins in on the keyboard & the guitar gets louder.


Song ends – music stops.


Pastor:              For the word of the LORD is right and true;

Lay Reader:                  he is faithful in all he does.


Pastor:              The LORD loves righteousness and justice;

Lay Reader:                  the earth is full of his unfailing love.


Pastor:              By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,

Lay Reader:                  their starry host by the breath of his mouth.


Pastor:              He gathers the waters of the sea into jars,

Lay Reader:                  he puts the deep into storehouses.


Pastor:              Let all the earth fear the LORD;

Lay Reader:                  let all the people of the world revere him.


Pastor:              For he spoke, and it came to be;

Lay Reader:                  he commanded, and it stood firm.


Pastor:              The LORD foils the plans of the nations;

Lay Reader:                  he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.


Pastor:              But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,

Lay Reader:                  the purposes of his heart through all generations.


Pastor:              Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,

Lay Reader:                  the people he chose for his inheritance.


Pastor:              From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

Lay Reader:                  from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth-


Pastor:              He who forms the hearts of all,

Lay Reader:                  who considers everything they do.


Pastor:              No king is saved by the size of his army;

Lay Reader:                  no warrior escapes by his great strength.


Pastor:              A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;

Lay Reader:                  despite all its great strength it cannot save.


Pastor:              But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,

Lay Reader:                  on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,


Pastor:              to deliver them from death

Lay Reader:                  and keep them alive in famine.


All:                  We wait in hope for the LORD;

Lay Reader:                  he is our help and our shield.


All:                  In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.  


Pastor:              May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,

Lay Reader:                  even as we put our hope in you.

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