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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!

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

Children’s Message for April 3 – Zebedee’s Request (ref Mt 20:20-28)

Children, wouldn’t it be great to sit next to the President of the United States? Or maybe your favorite singer or entertainer; or maybe even a famous sports legend. These are special seats because you can hear every word they say, you can look them in the eyes and you are so close that you can actually touch them.

Our story this morning is about a special request from a Mother named Zebedee who asks Jesus if her two sons can sit on either side of Jesus, one on his right, and the other on his left; when Jesus enters his kingdom. Children, this is a bold request. But Jesus’ response is beautiful. He actually says that it is not up to him to decide, but up to his Father – God the Father. This is an amazing response because Jesus is God’s own Son and He himself has the authority to decide who sits next to him. At one point in the bible it says that God the Father has given Jesus all power and authority on earth and in heaven. I’d like to remind you just how powerful Jesus really is.

He is above all powers. He is above all kings. He is above all nature and all created things. He is above all wisdom and all the ways of man. He was here before the world began. He is above all kingdoms. He is above all thrones. He is above all wonders the world has ever known. He is above all wealth and treasures of the earth. No one can measure what He is worth.

You know these things don’t you children? You know the stories, how Jesus converted water into wine, walked on the Sea of Galilee, healed blind and deaf people, calmed storms and stopped the wind, brought three people back from the dead and how he himself conquered death on the cross after rotting three days in a tomb carved from stone.

But Jesus gave up this power in his answer to Zebedee. Why? I have two reasons for you this morning. First, because Jesus is humble. Do you know what it means to be humble? I’ll give you a simple way of remembering what this word means. It means to point to someone else. To give someone else the credit. To think of someone else above yourself. That’s what Jesus is doing here.

Second, Jesus is showing respect for his Father. Do you recognize this as something? Jesus is obeying the fourth commandment. He is showing respect for his Father.

Do you know who God the Father has chosen to sit alongside Jesus in heaven? It’s himself.  Jesus will sit at the right hand of God the Father.  This, we also know from scripture.

Here’s my closing thought for you this morning. I don’t know who will be sitting on the other side of Jesus, but I believe this, when we get to heaven, we will see Jesus face-to-face. We will be able to touch him, and talk to him. We won’t have to sit next to him because his glory will be all around us. This is so much better than sitting next to anyone else that you can imagine. And the best news is that this will be forever, for eternity.

Editorial note – some of you astute readers will recognize some song lyrics buried into this message. This is really neat because we will be singing this song on 4/10 and I know that the children’s faces will light up when they recognize the wording and recall their message from a week ago.

Epiphany Worship Planning

Epiphany Worship Planning

Epiphany is one of the hardest worship services to choose contemporary music for.  The reason for this is twofold.  First, there isn’t a lot of good contemporary music for Epiphany available to choose from.  And second, your band will have very little time to rehearse due to the busyness of the Christmas / New Year’s Holiday’s.  I have learned through the years to find one or two good Epiphany songs and reuse them year after year.  The two that I like are “Offering” by Paul Baloche and “Joy has Dawned” by Keith Getty.

We supplement these songs with other familiar songs that are suited to the Epiphany theme; this year we are using “Light One Candle” by Natalie Sleeth (BOB #145) and “Shine Jesus Shine” by Graham Kendrick (BOB #204).  I am also hoping that our keyboard player can solo “Winter Snow” by Audrey Assad & Chris Tomlin as pre service music.

You can hear “Offering” here:

You can learn to play it here:

You can hear “Joy has Dawned” and read the lyrics here (click on the song title “Joy has Dawned Upon the World”): has dawned

“Winter Snow” uses a lot of metaphors to describe how Jesus came into the world.  You can see it performed here:

Christmas Music

Christmas Music

For our Christmas services we use mostly hymns and carols but our Praise band will be playing four songs this year.  We will be playing Chris Tomlin‘s new Christmas song titled “Emmanuel – Hallowed Manger Ground” on 12/20 and Paul Baloche‘s “Christmas Offering” on 12/24.  You can hear each selection here:

We will also be accompanying “Silent Night” and a new arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful.”

Our Children’s Program is 12/20 at 9:00AM, Christmas Eve candlelight at 7:00 PM and Christmas Morning at 9:00 AM.

Have a blessed Christmas to all!

– Steve

A Christmas Offering

A Christmas Offering

Every year, around this time, I always try to fit in the song “Offering” by Paul Baloche in a worship service.  It works well during the Offering for the Advent, Christmas or Epiphany seasons.  Paul is very generous with free resources at his website, but you should report usage to CCLI if you have a license.

Here’s a wealth of resources on this song:

Listen to an MP3 here:


Leadsheet here:


Piano music here:

Video performance: