A Gathering Litany – Revisited
Here’s an example of what worship leaders do and how they put things together for use in the church. You will note that the three contributors from this post live thousands of miles apart. Today’s technology is amazing. Thank you God.
Several months ago I posted a gathering litany for use as an opening to worship. Heidi Martz, the organist and keyboard player at “Lamb of God” Lutheran Church located in Phoenix, AZ wrote to me to let me know that they are using the Gathering Litany in a special way. They have combined my responsive reading with the singing of Tim Bode’s arrangement of “God, Himself is Present” (CW 224). This is a very powerful and effective combination of music, song lyrics, and responsive reading to prepare God’s people for gathered worship.
Here’s how Lamb of God combined the two:
Musicians play softly in the background during the responsive reading:
P: God is uniquely present as we gather to worship Him this morning.
C: He is present in His sanctuary.
P: He is present where two or more have gathered in His name.
C: He is present to edify.
P: He is present to save the lost.
C: He is present to restore.
P: He is present to open blind eyes.
C: He is present to make friends from enemies.
P: He is present to soften the hard-hearted.
C: He is present to give life to the soul that is dead.
Congregation sings verse 1 to guitar/keyboard accompaniment
Musicians continue to play softly in the background during the responsive reading:
P: He is present to welcome the prodigal and the lost back home.
C: He is present to bless the poor in spirit.
P: He is present to bless those who mourn.
C: He is present to bless the meek.
P: He is present to bless the merciful.
C: He is present to bless the persecuted.
P: He is present to feed those who hunger and give living water to all who thirst.
C: He is present to forgive.
P: He is present to love.
C: He is present to build us up
Congregation sings verse 2 to guitar/keyboard accompaniment
Tim Bode is the Minister of Music at Christ the King Lutheran Church located in Southgate MI.
Check out his website at this link:
It came from nowhere,
As it stretched across the expansive sky
A refractive dispersion of sunlight mist
As glorious arched as it was high.
The heavens opened up,
As it poured on that sunny day.
It surely stopped me in my tracks,
As I tried to stroll along my way.
Noah would have been pleased,
As I stood in silence; with a strange feeling of peace.
Just to witness this breath-taking sight,
Which one day ended a horrific 40 day plight.
Our steps are indeed ordered,
For only within minutes, could I adore.
This magnificent mist, and sign from God,
That He would flood the earth no more.