Category Archives: Chris Tomlin

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 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 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 13, 2014 – Pentecost 5


Summer Psalm for July 13, 2014 – Pentecost 5
Based on Psalm 31 (selected verses)

Song Choices: 
1. “My Life is in You Lord” by Daniel Gardner (Songbook BOB #165)
2. “Be My Home” by Douglas Norquist (Songbook BOB #19)
3. “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher

Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing the first two songs.  “I Lift my Hands” is best suited for the worship team or praise band.

You Tube:
1. My life is in You Lord (this song has a lot of repetition which can be eliminated if you’d like):

2. Be My Home:
NoYoutube Available

3. I Lift My Hands:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
1. “My life is in You Lord” captures the heart of the psalm writer. We are to put our trust in the Lord.
2. “Be My Home” is based on Psalm 31 verses 1-3
3. “I Lift My Hands” is based on Psalm 31 verses 1-3

Suggested Format:

Musicians play either the chorus or the verse softly in the background  during the responsive readings

M: In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;
C: let me never be put to shame;
M: deliver me in your righteousness.
C: Turn your ear to me,
M: come quickly to my rescue;
C: be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. 

Congregation Sings the song through once (Songs 1 or 2)
– or –
Worship Team sings verse 1 and the chorus of song 3

M: Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. 
C: Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. 
M: I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. 
C: You have not given me into the hands of the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. 
M: Be strong and take heart,
C: all you who hope in the Lord.

Congregation Sings the song through once (Songs 1 or 2)
– or –
Worship Team sings verse 2 and the chorus of song 3

How Can We Keep From Singing Your Praise?


How Can We Keep From Singing Your Praise?

Attention WELS and ELS Churches Using Contemporary Music!

I would like to create a database of churches in our fellowship that are currently using contemporary music.  As this list grows, we can use it to contact one another for help, for prayers, for resources, or just to have someone to talk to that share your beliefs.

I am calling this project “How Can We Keep from Singing Your Praise?”  Because…

God has put a new song into our hearts!
We can respond to the Gospel with a new song!
We are kindred Spirits!
God blesses Unity!
We see the same truth!
We sing the same truth!
How can we keep from singing your praise?

Recently, a WELS worship leader in TX asked me who else was doing contemporary worship in the WELS besides me.  I knew of only a handful of churches and none near TX.  How pathetic is that?  Hence the need for this list.

Please consider adding your name to the list and also feel free to pass the link to other WELS/ELS churches that you know are using contemporary music.

If you need a definition for using contemporary music and worship I would try this test out. Have you used the Getty and Townend song titled “In Christ Alone” and accompanied it with anything other than an organ (as in piano and guitar)?  Have you heard of Chris Tomlin? Have you hosted the Branches Band at your church?  If you’ve answered “yes” to all these questions, then go ahead, be bold and sign up. Oh you can just go ahead and sign if only one of these are true and you want to belong to this group because we are not exclusive!

You can add your contact information at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1naL6UarniBx9PRs16GoONpjZrAMtxxubgVY6n9tAFqY/viewform

Thank you and may God continue to bless your music ministries!

PS – This list of contact information will be kept private and will only be shared with those people who sign-up.

Trisagion


Trisagion

Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah saw a vision beyond words and beyond description. In a word, it was holy. It was holy, holy, holy! The trisagion.
Eight hundred years later and while on the island of Patmos, John saw a vision beyond words and beyond description. It was also holy and it was holy, holy, holy.
Holy, holy holy was being said, and holy, holy, holy was being sung by saints, by angels, by elders and by incredibly mystical Heavenly creatures. In fact they still sing holy, holy, holy today.
I’m no scholar but it seems to me that singing a triple holy, holy, holy is important.
Holy may be the most important and descriptive word written about God in all of scripture. God is the only one in worship, no – in existence, who is holy. Holiness is at the very core of who God is. Leads me to wonder, how often do we sing holy, holy, holy?
Here are some songs for the church to sing that use this critically important trisagion:
“It is Well” – Jeremy Camp’s version of Horatio Spafford‘s hymn
“We Fall Down” – Steven Curtis Chapman‘s version of Chris Tomlin‘s song
“I See The Lord” – by Chris Falsom
“Isaiah 6” – by Todd Agnew
“Holy God” – by Brian Doerksen
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – words by Reginald Heber, music by John Dykes
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – Matt Maher version
“Holy, Holy, Holy is The Lord God Almighty” – Michael Schroeder version
“Holy” – by Matt Redman and Jason Ingram

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!

Contemporary Music for Pentecost


Contemporary Music for Pentecost

Holy Spirit painting
Holy Spirit painting (Photo credit: hickory hardscrabble)

Acts 2:1-21:

“Holy Spirit” by Keith and Kristen Getty

“Awakening” by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan

“Breathe on Me” by Charlie Hall and Kendall Colmes

“Fires” by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin

“Holy Spirit Rain Down” by Russell Fragar

“Spirit Fall” by Jason Ingram, Louie Giglio, Kristian Stanfill and Daniel Carson

“Where the Spirit of The Lord Is” by Chris Tomlin, Nathan Nockels and Christy Nockels

Ezekiel 37:1-14:

“Days of Elijah” by Robin Mark

“Dry Bones” by Jon Egan and Mia Fields

“Awake, My Soul” by Chris Tomlin