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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 June 15, 2014 “Holy Trinity Sunday”

Summer Psalm for June 15, 2014 “Holy Trinity Sunday”

Psalm 150:1-6
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

Song Choice: “Praise Him” by Miriam Webster

Level of Difficulty: This is not a congregational piece and best played by a Praise Team.

You Tube:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
Well, the Psalm mentions the term “praise Him” nine times, need I say more!

Suggested Format:
The band plays the song in the background then sings the verses as indicated below:

Band starts instrumental playing the chorus only

M: Praise the Lord.
C: Praise God in his sanctuary;
M: praise him in his mighty heavens.
C: Praise him for his acts of power;
M: praise him for his surpassing greatness.
C: Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

Band sings verse 1 and chorus
After verse 1, they lower their volume and play the verse again during the following readings:

M: praise him with the harp and lyre,
C: praise him with timbrel and dancing,
M: praise him with the strings and pipe,
C: praise him with the clash of cymbals,
M: praise him with resounding cymbals.
C: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
All: Praise the Lord.

Band sings verse 2, chorus and ending

My simple prayer for you:
May your praise be especially joyful and uplifting. May your musicians fully embrace this song and may your people be moved by the Spirit through this offering. God bless your worship of Him. Amen.

Summer Psalms

Summer Psalms Make Me Feel Fine

I will be offering a new additional weekly post during the upcoming summer months.   The post will be released every Friday morning.  The focus of each post will be to offer a contemporary song to be used with the Psalm of the Day.  My plan is to release the posts two weeks prior to worship. This should be enough time for your musicians to practice.

Feel free to implement and use these songs in whatever way that works best for you.  A few ideas:

  • Sung by your choir, accompanied by piano
  • Sung by your praise band either in place of the Psalm of the Day or before or after the usual Psalm of the Day.
  • Played as a backdrop during the responsive reading of the Psalm, then sung by the congregation at rest points between the readings (this is how my church does it). It is similar in format to the “Rites” that have been added to our “Christian Worship Supplement” – if you are familiar with those.*

*This will be easiest to implement if you have a CCLI license that allows you to copy lead sheets for the congregation. Keep in mind that CCLI does not cover the copying of piano arrangements.

For WELS and ELS churches only – if you are interested in trying this out, email me at “sjbrown58 “at”” and I will also provide sheet music if it happens to be freely distributed music.

Where applicable, I will also provide the responsive readings integrated with music if we have sung these songs with Psalms in the past at my church. Be advised that we use the “Best of the Best in Contemporary Praise and Worship” songbooks so most of these songs will be from that source.

Certain weeks will feature congregational friendly music, which is always my preference, but there may be some weeks where the best song choice is complex enough to require a band-type offering. I will also offer several song suggestions whenever possible so that your Pastor and musicians can have a choice.

I will start this new series this Friday. Please leave a comment if you have any other ideas or suggestions. I would also like to get a feel for the number of people interested in trying this.

If there is interest, the series will run from May 30 through August 29.

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!

Psalm 98 and “Shout to the Lord”

Shout to the Lord (Hillsong album)
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Psalm 98 and “Shout to the Lord”

“Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech and Psalm 98 go well together.  Here is a responsive reading that uses both pieces (play the music softly in the background during the readings):

P:         Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
C:        The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

P:         He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
C:        Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.  

Congregation Sings: (Shout to the Lord – BOB#189) Verse & Chorus

P:         Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
C:        Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;

P:         let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
C:        He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

Congregation Sings: (BOB#189) Verse & Chorus

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

Contemporary Epiphany Song Choices

Here’s a listing of some great contemporary pieces to use during the season of Epiphany: 

Epiphany Music

Title / Author Sheet Music Source Comments
One Small ChildDavid Meece LAPPY Songbook #232 Good congregational song
Joy has Dawned
Stuart Townend & Keith Getty  Good congregational song
(mentions the wise men & their gifts)
Offering (Christmas Version)
Paul Baloche  Band piece
(mentions the wise men)
Shine Jesus Shine
Graham Kendrick
Best of the Best Songbook #204
also LAPPY #270
Good congregational song
Christ has Come
Kirk Kirkland & Phillip Keveren
  Lk 2:8-16, Mt 2:1-11
How Suddenly a baby Cries,
– and –
All Forever ChangeKeith Getty  Mt 2:1-12, Lk 2:8-19 & 25-38

Most of these songs can be purchased at the following sites unless noted otherwise:

Son of Adam, Son of heaven,
Given as a ransom,
Reconciling God to man,
Christ our mighty champion!
What a savior, what a friend!
What a glorious mystery!
Once a babe inBethlehem,
Now the Lord of Histroy.
-“Joy has Dawned” by Keith Getty (last verse) 

Lyrics just don’t get much better than that!