Give Us Clean Hands

Give Us Clean Hands

On September 13th, our 3 piece band will be singing a song called “Give Us Clean Hands” during the Offertory.   The song has been chosen because it goes with the Gospel lesson (Mark 1-8 and selected verses).

You can listen to the song and read through the lyrics here (the song is actually sung by Chris Tomlin in this video but it was written by Charlie Hall):

The song is based on Psalm 24:3-6

Psalm 24:3-6:
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?
 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

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



2 thoughts on “Give Us Clean Hands”

  1. Steve,
    Thanks so much for your faithful sharring of your gifts; I love what you do and how you do it. My church in Redmond, WA has a backwall behinf the alter prome for projecting lyrics, and a projector mounted on the beams, albeit an older model. However, we do not have volunteers able to take the time on a regular basis to create the Powerpoints, so the lyrics are always written in the service folder instead. I am not techically savvy and wonder if the YouTube powerpoints that you share can somehow be downloaded and used by other churches (without the sound component) as they are already prepared. Again, thank you and blessings to you.

    Joylyn Phelan
    Living Hope Lutheran Church


    1. Hi Joylyn,

      So nice to hear from another WELS church on the other side of our nation.

      Those “youtube” clips that I sometimes use on my BLOG are not my videos but someone else who has put them on youtube; I am merely pointing to them. I don’t know of an easy way to get them to work for what you want to do, but I’ll try to help by offering some advice on making your own Powerpoint files.

      From my own experience, the best way to project lyrics with PowerPoint, is to have a volunteer in your church serve to create these files for use in worship. It’s a fairly easy job to do in terms of the required computer skills and the typing is actually kept to a minimum these days because you can usually find the lyrics for any song on the WEB, just do a search on the song title and include the word “lyrics” in either YAHOO, GOOGLE, or BING or your favorite search engine. Someone at your church therefore just needs to put these lyrics into PowerPoint (use cut and paste) then pretty them up with some worship background images that are also available for free on the WEB, again if you look around a bit. Use the same search engines as above but click on the search “IMAGE” button, as opposed to the default which is web page, so that the searches only look for images.

      For example, in GOOGLE, you would be at this site:

      Then search on words like “worship backgrounds”, or “crosses” or “church” or “sunsets” or whatever you’d like for background.

      There are also a few websites that offer free worship backgrounds. I haven’t used these but you might want to give them a try. Here’s a few:

      Finally, be sure to include your CCLI, or other copyright license info on any overhead that includes lyrics.

      One other avenue that you might want to look into is a website run by a WELS Pastor and his wife called “Point of Power”. They sell a lot of projection-related materials for churches.

      Here is their website:

      My best advice would be to get a volunteer that knows PowerPoint and knows a little bit about searching for stuff on the WEB to do this for you and on a weekly basis. It would be a great ministry for someone with the right gifts.

      Hope this helps & God’s blessings on your ministry and your congregation in Redmond. Thanks for reading my BLOG and for your comments,



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