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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. 

Four Contemporary Song Choices for Good Shepherd Sunday

Four Contemporary Song Choices for Good Shepherd Sunday

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:11

Good Shepherd Sunday is celebrated on Easter 4 which is May 11, 2014.

“You Never Let Go” by Matt Redman:

“Dwell” by Aaron Keys:

“Good Shepherd of My Soul” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend:

“The Lord is My Shepherd (Angel of The Lord)” by Miriam Webster:

For WELS & ELS Churches only – The sheet music for one of these songs will be shared within our group of churches that use Contemporary music.  There are twenty churches so far from all over the US that have already joined the group.  You can see the group members here: link

You can join the group here: link

There is no obligation on your part to join. You will receive about an email a month containing helpful resources, links and information for churches within our fellowship.

WELS – Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

ELS – Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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!

Third Sunday After Pentecost – Contemporary Worship

Third Sunday After Pentecost – Contemporary Worship

“Worship must be a priority and must not be approached lightly, haphazardly, or without passion.”

On June 17, we will be blessed by having the Branches Band accompany our worship service. Over the past several weeks I have been working with the Branches Band via email to plan and prepare for the service. After discussing the idea with our Pastor, it was decided to follow our typical contemporary worship format. This is a worship service meant to be accompanied by a keyboard/guitar style of music. The entire worship bulletin is included below. I have inserted a view videos of the Branches music where appropriate.

Worship is not from tradition but from the heart.  The following is contemporary worship.

Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
Member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
300 Buckland Road, P.O. Box 1156, South Windsor, CT 06074

Pastor Timothy J. Ehlers Church Office: (860) 644-2110

Third Sunday after Pentecost June 17, 2012

Our faith is based on Jesus our risen Lord


PRE-SERVICE: “I Rejoiced” ……………………………………………………………………………………….Branches Band
“Fill Me Up”
“O Holy Spirit, Enter In” (arranged by the Branches Band)

OPENING SONG: CW234 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” arranged by the Branches Band

M: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.


M: Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?
C: He who has clean hands and a pure heart, he will receive blessing from God his Savior
(Psalm 24:3-5)

M: What does God say about each of us in his holy Word?
C: He says that I am a sinner and deserve only his punishment.

M: What should each of us do if we are not aware of our personal sins or are not troubled by them?
C: I should examine myself according to the Ten Commandments and ask how well I have carried out my responsibilities as a husband or wife or single person, as a parent or child, an employer or employee, a teacher or student. Have I loved God with all my heart, gladly heard his Word, and patiently endured affliction? Have I been disobedient, proud, or unforgiving? Have I been selfish, lazy, envious, or quarrelsome? Have I lied or deceived, taken something not mine, or given anyone a bad name? Have I abused my body or permitted indecent thoughts to linger in my mind? Have I failed to do what is right and good?

Silence for personal reflection

M: When each of us realize that we have sinned against God and deserve his punishment, what should each of us do?
C: I will confess before God all my sins, those which I remember as well as those of which I am unaware. I will pray to God for his mercy and forgiveness.

M: Dear friends, let us approach God with a true heart and confess our sins, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive us.
C: Lord of life, I confess that I am by nature dead in sin. For faithless worrying and selfish pride, for sins of habit and sins of choice, for the evil I have done and the good I have failed to do, you should cast me away from your presence forever. O Lord, I am sorry for my sins. Forgive me, for Jesus sake.

M: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. In his great mercy, God made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in our sins. Hear the word of Christ through his called servant:

I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C: Amen.
M: In the peace of forgiveness, let us sing praise to our Lord.

YOU ARE GOD WE PRAISE YOU (Te Deum by Marty Haugen)


M: Let us pray.
O God, the strength of all who trust in you, mercifully hear our prayers. Be gracious to us in our weakness
and give us strength to keep your commandments in all we say and do; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON: Genesis 3:8-15

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”
10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from? ”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,
“Cursed are you above all the livestock
and all the wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly
and you will eat dust
all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”

PSALM OF THE DAY: “The Heart of Worship” by Matt Redman song #209 in Songbook
(Responsive Reading of Psalm 51 with music)

M: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
C: according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.

M: Wash away all my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
C: For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.

M: Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
C: Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Congregation Sings: Verse 1 & Chorus

M: Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
C: Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

M: Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
C: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

M: O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.
C: The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Congregation Sings: Verse 2 & Chorus

THE SECOND LESSON: 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead
will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you in his presence. 15 All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


C: Alleluia. God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Alleluia.


20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub ! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables:“How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man. Then he can rob his house. 28 I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. 29 But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an evil spirit.”

31 Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32 A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked.

34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”

CHILDREN’S TALK (All children are invited to the front of church.)

HYMN OF THE DAY: 387 “Drawn to the Cross” arranged by the Branches Band



Offertory Music – “Hearts of Stone” by the Branches Band


M: O Lord, our God, you are wise and powerful, good and gracious. Your mercies are new every morning.
Each day you open your hand and provide for the needs of your children on earth.
C: We praise you for every grace and blessing.

M: Strengthen your Church in all the world. Let your comforting message of salvation in Christ Jesus be
proclaimed to troubled souls everywhere.
C: Use our ministries and offerings to extend your healing and your hope.

M: We bring you our requests for the various structures of our society. Bless our nation, state, and local
C: Grant us civil servants who are worthy of honor and respect.

M: Grant prosperity to our businesses and industries. Give employers a sense of fairness toward their
workers, and employees a feeling of joy and pride in their workmanship.
C: Help us find satisfaction in all work well done.

M: Invigorate the schools of our land. Give success to every effort that helps students read, think, and
communicate in ways that will promote an informed and responsible citizenry. Arouse curious minds to
discover the wonders of your created order.
C: Give us teachers and students who pursue excellence.

M: Strengthen the families of our country. Give fathers and mothers a renewed commitment to be good
parents. Give children and young people the wisdom to regard their parents as your representatives.
C: Lead us to love one another as you have loved us.

M: Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.

Silent prayer.

M: Gracious Father, we pray boldly as Jesus taught, with the confidence that you will hear and with the faith
that you will respond for our welfare.
C: Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


CLOSING SONG: 745 “May the Peace of God” by Keith & Kristin Getty see insert


Welcome to Worship

We’re so glad to have you with us today! We consider it a privilege to gather together to worship our Lord and hear from Him as he speaks to us from the Bible, His Word. If you are here with us for the first time, please introduce yourself to us and, when you have the opportunity, please sign our guest register, located in the back of the worship area. If you are in need of any assistance at all, please speak with one of our ushers who would be very happy to assist you. May God bless our worship together today!


Prayer Upon Entering Church

O Lord – our Maker, Redeemer, and Comforter – we are assembled in your presence to hear your holy Word. We pray that you would open our hearts by your Holy Spirit that through the preaching of your Word we may repent of our sins, believe in Jesus, and grow day by day in grace and holiness. Hear us for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

Children’s Prayer Before Church

Lord Jesus, bless the pastor’s word, Upon my heart, I pray;

That after all is said and heard, I gladly may obey. Amen.

A Personal Confession of Sin

Father, I have sinned against you and am no longer worthy to be called your child. Especially am I sorry for ___________. Yet in mercy you sacrificed your only Son to purge away my guilt. For his sake, O God, be merciful to me, a sinner, and in the joy of your Holy Spirit let me serve you all my days. Amen.

For Obedience to God’s Will

Lord God, give me strength and willingness to say with your Son, “Not my will but your will be done.” Make me cheerful and trusting to bear whatever you let happen to me. From your hand I am willing to take the good and the bad, the joy and the sorrow. Keep me from sin, gracious Father, and comfort me with your kind Word. Amen.

Congratulations for 25 years in ministry! Praise God!

Congratulations for 25 years in ministry! Praise God!

On Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010, at 9:00 AM, our church will be celebrating the fact that God has led our Pastor (Timothy Ehlers) into his 25th year of Pastoral ministry. Pastor Ehlers is a gifted preacher, teacher and musician (vocalist, technologist & MIDI producer extraordinaire).   Pastor Ehlers will be preaching and conducting the service.

During the service, our band will be playing an inspirational piece based on Psalm 23 by Matt Redman called “You Never Let Go.”  I chose the song because it says something about God’s committment to our Pastor’s life and to his ministry.  In addition, Pastor Ehlers has recited Psalm 23 on numerous occasions so I suspect that it brings him significant comfort.  You can listen to the song performed by the original recording artists here:

God, thank you for this gifted man who you have blessed us with and if its Your will, grant him another fruitful 25 years of service dedicated to your glory.  Amen.

Psalm 84 and “Better is One Day”

Psalm 84 and “Better is One Day”


The Psalm of the Day for 8/9 is Psalm 84.  Since this is a blended worship service for us, we will be combining a responsive reading of this Psalm with a contemporary song based on the Psalm.  Here is our script: 

Psalm 84 & “Better is One Day” (Song #23 in the “Best of the Best Songbook”)

Pastor:  How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!
All:      My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Pastor: Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
All:      Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

> Soloists sing Verse 1 and Chorus

Pastor:  Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;
All:      I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Pastor:  For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor;
All:       no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

> Congregation sings Verse 2 and Chorus

Pastor: Look upon our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.
All: O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.

> Soloists sing the “Bridge”

> Congregation sings the Chorus

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

Orders of Service for “Blended Worship”

Orders of Service for “Blended Worship”

One of the most powerful and inspiring examples of congregational worship in the Bible is contained in 2 Chronicles, chapters 5 to 7.

In these chapter we read that the work for the temple had all been done, and in an amazing procession, they brought the ark of the Lord into the temple.  It was an occasion that those present would never have forgotten for the rest of their lives.  There were 120 priests sounding trumpets, cymbal, singers, and other instruments.  It must have been the best band they’d ever heard!  The trumpeters and singers joined in unison and sang, “He is good; his love endures forever.” (5:13)

It would have been an amazing sound.  And yet, that wasn’t the thing that impressed itself upon their hearts the most that day.  The life-changing event that day happened next: “… the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.” (5:14)

The priests were totally overwhelmed by the cloud of God’s presence, so much so that they couldn’t continue to perform their services.  Solomon went on to pray a powerful prayer of dedication.  But that’s not the end of this awesome encounter. Fire comes down from heaven and consumes the burnt offering and sacrifices.  The glory of the Lord fills the temple again (7:1), yet this time seemingly even more powerful, because not only can the priests not carry on ministering, they can’t even enter the temple of the Lord (7:2).  The people worshiped again, sang the song again, made more sacrifices, and the trumpets started up once more.

There’s a great contemporary song that captures this encounter called “Lord, let your Glory Fall” by Matt Redman.  It’s recalling that ancient day where God met his people so powerfully, and asking that we might see something of that here and now, as God’s people in church.  That we might know what it really is to bring meaningful sacrifices before Him, and that we might also know what it really means to be enveloped in the cloud of God’s presence.  These chapters show congregational worship as an exciting, powerful encounter.  It’s a 2-way event.  Notice the cycle that seems to happen – God’s people respond to who He is, and then the cloud of His presence comes down.  They can’t help but respond again, and He seems to inhabit their praises even more powerfully.  Again, this makes them want to worship Him even more, and they throw their hearts into yet more songs, music and sacrifices.  This is the wonderful, gracious pattern of worship that God invites us to enter into as His people.


Lord Let Your Glory Fall

You are good, You are good; And Your love endures.
You are good, You are good; And Your love endures today.

Verse 1:
Lord let Your glory fall, As on that ancient day.
Songs of enduring love, And then Your glory came.
And as a sign to You, That we would love the same.
Our hearts will sing that song, God let Your glory come.

Verse 2:
Voices in unison, Giving You thanks and praise.
Joined by the instruments, And then Your glory came.
Your presence like a cloud, Upon that ancient day.
The priests were overwhelmed, Because Your glory came.

Verse 3:
A sacrifice was made, And then Your fire came.
They knelt upon the ground, And with one voice they praised.

Your anger lasts a moment, But Your favor lasts a lifetime.

CCLI Song No. 2526728, © 1998 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), Matt Redman

As in the days of King David, Solomon and Nehemiah, the order of worship is of utmost importance.  Our traditional worship services are carefully laid out in our hymnals, but this raises the question, “what order of service should we consider when using a blended format with contemporary music and contemporary instrumentation?”

Here is the typical Order of Service for the blended services that we hold on a monthly basis at Messiah in South Windsor, CT:

Pre-Service Music
Pastoral Greeting
Opening Congregational Song of Praise
Call to Worship
Spoken Confession of Sins and Assurance of Forgiveness
Silence for personal reflection
Congregational Song of Praise
Prayer of the Day
OT Lesson
Psalm of the Day (usually read responsively and sometimes includes contemporary music)
Epistle Lesson
Verse of the Day
Gospel Lesson
Children’s Message (based on one of the readings)
Hymn of the Day
Offering (accompanied with music)
Lord’s Prayer
Closing Song of Praise

(The service time is approximately 60 minutes in length)


Isaiah 6 reflects another biblical framework for corporate worship.   God initiates and we respond throughout the model.

God reveals himself:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  (Is 6:1)

Worship & Praise responds by the Seraphim:
Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:  “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  (Is 6:2-3)

We confess:
“Woe to me!” I cried.  “I am ruined!  For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”   (Is 6:5)

God expiates:
Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.   With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”   (Is 6:6-7)

God Proclaims:
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” (Is 6:8a)

We Respond:
And I said, “Here am I.   Send me!” (Is 6:8b)

God commissions:
“Go and tell this people”  (Is 6:9)

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


Here is another blended order of service obtained from: that is used at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in DePere, WI:

Gathering for Praise:
Opening Praise Songs (2)

Gathering for Forgiveness:
Forgive Us, Renew Us, Lead Us
Response song

Gathering around the Word:
Scripture readings
Mission Statement
Praise song/hymn

Gathering for Thanksgiving:
Praise Song
Q & A period or The Supper

Gathering for Dismissal:
Closing Praise Song
(approximately 75 minutes based on the gatherings used in worship in the early church 150-300 AD)


And here is a third order of service, used at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, also found at:

1. Service information
a) Theme
b) Welcome and visitor information
c) Today’s worship paragraph

2. Come, Let Us Worship the Lord
a) Greetings/silent prayer
b) Opening song of praise
c) Invocation
d) Responsive reading

3. We Confess our Sins and Rejoice in God’s Forgiveness
a) Confession options
b) Response song
c) Prayer of the Day options

4. God Speaks to Us Through His Word
a) Three readings, including introductory line
b) Statement of Faith
c) Song of the Day options
d) Today’s meditation

5. We Offer to God our Thanks and Praise

a) Sermon response (if no communion)
b) Offering and friendship register paragraph
c) Lord’s Prayer

6. God Comes to us Through His Holy Supper
a) Responsive intro and song response
b) Words of institution and response
c) Distribution song
d) Thanksgiving
e) Prayer

7. God Sends Us With His Blessing
a) Responsive theme closing
b) Benediction
c) Closing song

(from “Blended Worship: Where Do We Start?” by Pastor Rob Raasch.)


And finally, here are two orders of service recently used at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Middleton / Waunakee , WI

Example 1 (with Communion)

Pre-service music (piano)
Pastoral greeting
Congregational song of praise
Pastoral prayer of confession
Silence for personal prayers of repentance
Spoken assurance of forgiveness
Congregational song of response/praise (additional stanzas/refrains of opening song)
Time for worshipers to greet each other

Old Testament reading
Gospel reading
New Testament reading
Children’s devotion (based on sermon text/theme)
Nicene Creed

Spoken sursum corda (“The Lord be with you…”)
Sanctus song of praise (“Holy, holy holy…”)
Words of Institution
Words of Invitation
Agnus Dei song (“Lamb of God, you take away…”)
Distribution of the Lord’s Supper
Two congregational songs during distribution

Prayers of God’s people
The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Blessing
Congregational sending song
Time for greeting each other


Example 2 (includes the WELS Connection Video)

Pre-service music (woodwind ensemble, piano)
Pastoral greeting
Opening congregational medley of praise
Pastor prayer of confession
Congregational song of confession
Silence for personal prayers of repentance
Spoken assurance of forgiveness
Congregational medley of response/praise

Gospel reading
Children’s devotion (based on Gospel reading)
Congregational “sermon hymn”

Offering (with WELS Connection video)
Prayers of God’s people
The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Blessing
Congregational sending song
Time to greet each other

I would like to thank Kristen Koepsell of St. Andrew’s, John Kehl and Pastor Robert Raasch of Mt. Olive, and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church for providing their orders of blended worship.

It’s very interesting to me that these are all similar and keep many of the elements that are contained in our “traditional” service even though they use contemporary music.