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I Invite You to Pray Over these Scriptures


I Invite You to Pray Over these Scriptures!

When life is tumultuous and your emotions are swirling round and round,
There’s really only one anchor, a solid rock that we can grab…

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. – Psalm 18:2

When the future looks bleak and the present is filled with your tears…

For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. – Psalm 116:8-9

When you are suffering and in pain for most of your waking hours…

For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:5

When worries fill your head and anxiety fills your heart…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

When sorrow is weighing you down and anguish rips at your core…

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
– Joseph M. Scriven

I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
– Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Scott Cash

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear.
There is only one foundation
We believe.
In this broken generation
When all is dark
You help me see.
There is only one salvation.
We believe.
We believe in God the Father.
We believe in Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, and He’s giving us new life.
We believe in the crucifixion,
We believe that He conquered death.
We believe in the resurrection, and He’s coming back again.
– Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike and Travis Ryan

A Call to Worship Based on 1 Chronicles 16:34-36


M:        Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
C:        Save us, God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.

M:        Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
C: Amen and Praise the Lord

This call to worship can be followed with Matt Maher’s song “And All the People Said Amen.”

A Call to Worship for Thanksgiving


A Call to Worship for Thanksgiving
Based on Psalm 136:1-3

The band plays the song “Forever” by Chris Tomlin during the following readings.

M: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
C: His love endures forever.
M: Give thanks to the God of gods.
C: His love endures forever.
M: Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
C: His love endures forever.

The congregation concludes by singing “Forever.”

More responsive readings:Lifestyle Worship

Summer Psalm for August 31, 2014 – Pentecost 12


Summer Psalm for August 31, 2014 – Pentecost 12
Based on Psalm 73 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“Praise You in this Storm” by Marc Hall
“God My Rock” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown

Level of Difficulty:
These are both great songs for your worship team to offer but would prove to be difficult for the congregation.

You Tube:
Praise You in this Storm:

God My Rock:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
They both capture the spirit of verses 23-26.

Suggested Format:
This is the last week of this summer series. As such, I am proposing something a little different.  Make your song choice and instead of the usual responsive Psalm of the Day format, use the song in it’s place but plan for an instrumental interlude midway through the song where the Pastor reads versus 23-26 along with the background music.  The band then finishes the song.

Psalm 73:23-26 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heartand my portion forever.

Summer Psalm for August 3, 2014 – Pentecost 8


Summer Psalm for August 3, 2014 – Pentecost 8
Based on Psalm 65 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
“Shout to The Lord” by Darlene Zechech

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing this song.

You Tube:
You already know this song!

Rationale for the Song Choices:
God’s greatness resounds loudly in both the Psalm and the song choice.

Suggested Format:

Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M: God our Savior, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas,
C: who formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength, M: who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.
C: The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. 
Congregation Sings: Verse 1 and Chorus

Musicians continue to play softly in the background

M: You care for the land and water it; you enrich it abundantly.
C: The streams of God are filled with water to provide the people with grain, for so you have ordained it. M: You crown the year with your bounty,
C: and your carts overflow with abundance. M: The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
C: the hills are clothed with gladness. M: The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain;
C: they shout for joy and sing.

Congregation Sings: Verse 2 and Chorus

Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7


Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7
Based on Psalm 145 (selected verses)
Song Choices: 
1. “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
2. “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing both song choices except one portion noted below.
You Tube:
1. 10,000 Reasons:
2. How Great is Our God:
Rationale for the Song Choices:
  1. “How Great is Our God” captures the essence of the first four verses of Psalm 145.
  2. “10,000 Reasons” contains my favorite verse from Ps 145 – verse 8 and is a praise-filed song, much like Psalm 145 itself.
Suggested Format for use with “How Great is Our God”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Verse 1 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Verse 2 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 
M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Soloists Only – The Band Sings the final Chorus, the Bridge and the Ending
Note that the bridge is pitched a bit too high for most congregational voices.
Suggested Format for use with “10,000 Reasons”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Chorus and Verse 1
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Chorus (CODA) and Verse 2
Musicians continue to play softly in the background 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Congregation Sings: Chorus, (Band Instr.), Verse 3, Chorus and ending
Additional Readings if Needed:
M: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
C: The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
C: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 
M: You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 
C: The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
C: He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 
M: The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 
C: My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

 

Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6


Summer Psalm for July 20, 2014 – Pentecost 6
Based on Psalm 89 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” by Martin Smith (Songbook BOB #103)
2. “Facedown” by Matt Redman
3. “Who is Like You” by Mac Powell (Third Day)

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing “I Could sing of Your Love Forever” or “Who is Like You”.  “Facedown” is best suited for the worship team or praise band.

You Tube:
1. I Could Sing of Your Love Forever:

2. Facedown:

3. Who is Like You:

Rationale for the Song Choices:
1. “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” takes it’s very title from the opening line in Psalm 89 and captures the spirit behind the first 3 or 4 verses.
2. “Facedown” is based on verses 5 – 8.
3. “Who is LikeYou” is also based on verses 5-8.

Suggested Format:

Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background

M: I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
C: with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. 
M: I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
C: that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself. 
M: The heavens praise your wonders, 
C: Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse and Chorus
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 1 & Chorus

Musicians continue to play softly in the background

M: For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
C: Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? 
M: In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
C: He is more awesome than all who surround him. 
M: Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
C: You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. 

Sing as follows (depending on your song choice):
“I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” – Sing the Verse, Chorus and end with the CODA (omit the bridge)
Band or Soloists sing: “Facedown” – Sing Verse, Chorus then proceed to the CODA
“Who is Like You” – Sing Verse 2 & Chorus

Other readings that can be added if desired:

M: You rule over the surging sea;
C: when its waves mount up, you still them. 
M: The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
C: you founded the world and all that is in it. 
M: Your arm is endowed with power;
C: your hand is strong, your right hand exalted. 
M: Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
C: love and faithfulness go before you. 
M: Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
C: who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. 
M: They rejoice in your name all day long;
C: they celebrate your righteousness. 
M: For you are their glory and strength,
C: and by your favor you exalt our horn. 
M: Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
C: our king to the Holy One of Israel.