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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 July 6, 2014 – Pentecost 4

Summer Psalm for July 6, 2014 – Pentecost 4
Based on Psalm 100

Song Choices: 
1. “Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down” by Dave Doherty
2. “Our God Saves” by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown
Level of Difficulty: Song #1 can be sung by everyone, song #2 is also fairly easy but could be a challenge for some – especially the chorus.

You Tube:
Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down:

Our God Saves:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
Ps 100 vs. 3 – “Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down”
Ps 100 vs. 2 – “Our God Saves”

Suggested Format (for either song):

Musicians play the song softly in the background 

M: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. 
C: Know that the Lord is God.
M: It is he who made us, and we are his;
C: we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 
M: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
C: give thanks to him and praise his name. 
M: For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
C: his faithfulness continues through all generations. 

Congregation Sings the song through once

A Contemporary Song for Palm Sunday

A Contemporary Song for Palm Sunday

Here’s a great free contemporary song to use for Palm Sunday.  The song is “Hosanna” (Praise is Rising) by Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown.  The song makes good use of the word  “Hosanna” and it tells the story of the praise rising from amongst the crowd gathered in the street on the Palm Sunday parade.

Here’s a link to the piano arrangement:
Piano link

Here’s a link to the guitar chord chart:
Guitar link

Here’s a link to the lead sheet for the congregation:
Congregational link

Here’s a link to an instructional video:
Video link

Here’s a link for some slick electrical guitar parts:
Electric Guitar link


That should do it!

Thanks to Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown and dbworship for the great free resources!

We Will Run and Not Grow Weary

To those ravaged by evil, by earthquake, by flood, by pestilence, by terrorism, by death, by disease, by persecution, by famine, by dictatorship, by war, by natural disaster, by crime, by fire, by wind, by rain; behold, take heart for there is a healer.

As difficult as it is,
This is how we cope…
This is how we respond…
This is where the healing begins…

Isaiah 58:8 – Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

“Healing Begins” by Tenth Avenue North:

Healing Begins Video

Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

“Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley, sung by Chris Tomlin:

Everlasting God Video

Ephesians 3:16 – I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.
From Genesis to Revelation, we read of God strengthening His people. When the Israelites passed through the Red Sea, they praised the Lord, saying: “The Lord is my strength and my song” (Exodus 15:2 NIV).

“God You Are My God” by One Sonic Society:

One Sonic Society Video

Nehemiah 8:10 – Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

“Holy is The Lord” by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio:

Holy is the Lord Video

Ephesians 6:10 – Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power

Philippians 4:13 – I can do all this through Him who strengthens me

“His Strength is Perfect” by Steven Curtis Chapman and Jerry Salley:

His Strength is Perfect Video

Healing is a powerful sign to the world that God is real, that He is compassionate and that He is sovereign and reigns over all.

Ephesians 2:6-7 – And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

“Forever Reign” by Reuben Morgan and Jason Ingram (Hillsongs):

Forever Reign Video

We are surrounded by an immense cloud of witnesses, an army of believers, and a legion of angels, throughout this fight, which is one of God’s best gifts to us.

Ephesians 3:17-18 – so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

“Healing is in Your Hands” by Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, Christy and Nathan Nockels and Matt Redman:

Healing is in Your Hands Video

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.

“Healer” by Mike Guglielmucci sung by Kari Jobe:

Healer Video

Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronbghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

“Whom Shall I Fear (Angel Armies)” by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash and Scott Cash:

Whom Shall I Fear Video

Deuteronomy 33:25 – As your days, so shall your strength be.

Hebrews 13:15 – Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

“Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman:

Blessed Be Your Name Video

Psalm 121:1-2 – I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,the Maker of heaven and earth.

We will praise Him in this storm!

“Praise You in this Storm” by Bernie Herms and Marc Hall (Casting Crowns):

Praise You in this Storm Video

Whatever you’re going through, God is with you.
We must never calculate a situation without adding in the faithfulness of God.
God is in the business of doing the impossible.

Isaiah 26:4 – Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

And so,
As difficult as it is…
We have hope…
We remain faithful…
We are His children…
We are loved…
We are redeemed…
We worship…
We glorify…
We honor…
We trust…
We praise…
We acclaim…
We pray…
We proclaim Jesus as Lord of All!

Palm Sunday Contemporary Music – UPDATED

Palm Sunday Contemporary Music – UPDATED (May 15, 2012)

Here’s a place that sells both palms and ashes:

Here’s a few songs that would work for Palm Sunday:

Scripture References: Zech 9:9,10; Php 2:5-11; Mt 21:1-11; Ps 24; Mk 11:1-10; Lk 19:28-40

Song Title Writer, Song Location & Notes
No Tramp of Soldier’s Marching Feet CWS 716
Hosanna (Praise is Rising) Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown:
We Bow Down Twila Paris, BOB 233
He is Exalted Twila Paris
Hosanna Carl Tuttle, BOB 95
Hosanna, Loud Hosanna CW130 New Hymn Arrangement:
All Glory, Laud and Honor CW131
Like an Avalanche Joel Houston, Php 2:5-11

The LORD Reigns

The LORD Reigns

Psalms 93, 97 and 99 all begin with the acclamation ”the LORD reigns.”   The following responsive reading draws attention to this Old Testament proclamation of praise.


P: The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.  The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.   (PS 93:1)

C: The LORD reigns; you are from all eternity.  (93:2)



P:  The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.   (Ps97:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth;

       you are exalted far above all gods.  (Ps 97:9)



P: The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.   (Ps 99:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.  (Ps 99:9)


I would follow this up with the singing of one of these worship songs to make a powerful worship moment:

1.  “Ancient of Days” by Gary Sadler & Jamie Harvill

2.  “Lord, Reign in Me” by Brenton Brown

3.  “He Reigns” by the Newsboys

4. “Come Thou Almighty King” by Charles Wesley

5.  “We Will Glorify” by Twila Paris

6. “Beautiful Savior” by Stuart Townend

7. “Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone) by John Newton & Chris Tomlin

8. “Awesome God” by Richie Mullins

Here’s a video of the Newsboys singing “He Reigns.”   I’ve never sung this in worship, it’s a bit too progressive for our tastes,  but I’m thinking of using it at a future teen event.

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

Everlasting God

Everlasting God

Several weeks ago, I was practicing the song “Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown with our keyboard player in the church sanctuary while our Pastor was teaching the Confirmation class on the other side of a folding wall.  The wall is thin.   I think we disturbed them.  The next week, they moved their class into a separate out-building.

This past week, I overheard one of the children asking if they could move back into the sanctuary for class so that they could listen to the “cool music” on the other side of the wall.   Here’s the great thing – “Everlasting God” is a biblically sound song based on Isaiah 40.

Here’s the scripture reference (from Isa 40):

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

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

And here’s the song performed by the original artist.  Give it a few minutes.  It’s worth it.

Here’s what Bob Kauflin posted on this song:

1. The melody is singable but creative.  It has a wide range and some syncopation, but most congregations should be able to pick it up fairly quickly.
2. Brenton does a great job communicating the passage of Scripture in a fresh way.  Some songs are taken directly from Scripture and can help a congregation memorize God’s Word.  Other songs serve as a commentary on a passage, helping us to better understand its meaning.  I’ve found these “commentary” songs very helpful in congregational worship, where the problem is usually not knowledge of God’s Word but comprehension.
3. The repetition of the line “we will wait upon the Lord” reinforces our need to look to the Lord for strength repeatedly.
4. The chorus acknowledges that there are times when we feel faint, weary, weak, and in need.  God helps people who recognize their lack!  Yet in the midst of our inadequacy we find our everlasting God to be more than sufficient.
5. The song presents clear objective truth about the God we worship: He reigns!  He is our hope!  He is a strong deliverer!  He is everlasting!