Category Archives: Psalms

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

A Call to Worship based on Psalm 105:1-4


A Call to Worship based on Psalm 105:1-4

M: Give praise to the Lord,
C: proclaim his name;
M: make known among the nations what he has done.
C: Sing to him,
M: sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.
C: Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
M: Look to the Lord and his strength;
C: seek his face always.

The Deep Calls unto the Deep 


by Bob Brown
 
“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls” ― Psalm 42:7a 
My cup, it steams with tea
My apartment is very still
The deep calls unto the deep
The depth, it is God’s will

 

My table is filled with books
My candle begins to glow
A beautiful quiet fills my kitchen
And inspiration begins to grow

 

My thoughts begin to lengthen
At the close of day
And outside my window
The sunset splits the grey

 

My peace begins to deepen
My tea is good to taste
And as I enter into solitude
I abandon my life of haste 

 

And since I’m seated above
I sense God’s inner powers
My tongue’s the pen of a skillful writer
These quiet, mystical hours

 

I labor with “His” energy
That powerfully works within
And after meditation and prayer
It’s time to now begin

 

In Christ, I am enriched
The tea, I savor to sip
And into the Living Waters
I now begin to dip

 

My God, He fills my mind
Just like the candle’s light
And as He fills my spirit
Again, I begin to write…

 

“In His presence is fullness of joy at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore”  – Psalm 16:11 
 
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Psalm 150 Musical Responsive Reading


Psalm 150 Musical Responsive Reading

M: Praise the Lord.
C: We are here today to offer our praises to our savior.

M: Praise God in his sanctuary;
C: We are the body of Christ. We have gathered in this sanctuary to lift our voice in praise.

M: praise him in his mighty heavens.
C: We look forward to being with our savior one day in heaven where we will be surrounded with beauty and perfect heart-felt praise.

M: Praise him for his acts of power;
C: For walking on water, for calming the storm, for raising the dead and for conquering sin we praise you.

M: Praise him for his surpassing greatness.
C: We praise the King of Kings, The Lord of Lords and the Prince of Peace.

M: Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
C: We will praise you with brass instruments. (if you have a trumpet player available; let them blast now*)

M: Praise him with the harp and lyre,
C: We will praise you with stringed instruments. (if you have any string instrument players available; let them strum, pick, thumb and stroke now*)

M: praise him with timbrel and dancing,
C: We will praise you with tambourines and dancing. (Tap the tambourine now*)

M: praise him with the strings and pipe,
C: We will praise you with the organ and the guitar. (Organ and guitar play here*)

M: praise him with the clash of cymbals,
C: we crash the cymbals together to celebrate because the today is the day you have made (cymbal crash now*)

M: praise him with resounding cymbals.
C: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Crash the cymbals again*)

* Instrumental breaks are 3 to 5 second riffs that have been prepared in advance

Forgive Me


I forgive you, do you forgive me? Those are healing words; for the giver and receiver.

In the spring of the the year 0,033 (plus or minus a year) a young, innocent, peace-loving man was brutally beaten, mocked, robbed, humiliated, whipped, insulted and ultimately murdered by a band of unbelieving, ruthless thugs, scoundrels, robbers and murders. Somehow between numerous thunderous blows to his head, he found the strength to mutter these words:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  – Jesus (Luke 23:34) … And He meant it. Deep within His hurting heart, He meant it.

That, right there, is our shining example.

M: We should not have a vengeful heart. For God says:
C: Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. – Romans 12:19

M: We should never repay with evil. For God says:
C: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. – Romans 12:17

M: We should want God’s blessings for those who do wrong to us. For God says:
C: Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. – Luke 6:28

M: We should not rejoice when calamities fall on those who do wrong to us. For God says:
C: Do not gloat when your enemy falls; when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice – Proverbs 24:17

M: We should not hate those who do wrong against us. For God says:
C: But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you – Matthew 5:44

M: We should seek reconciliation. For God says:
C: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18

M: We should never treat those who have done wrong to us poorly. For God says:
C: If you come across your enemy’s ox or donkey wandering off, be sure to return it. If you see the donkey of someone who hates you fallen down under its load, do not leave it there; be sure you help them with it. – Exodus 23:4-5

Here is forgiveness: when you feel that someone is your enemy or when you simply feel that you or someone you care about has been wronged, forgiveness means:
resisting revenge
not returning evil for evil
wishing them well
grieving at their calamities
praying for their welfare
seeking reconciliation so far as it depends on you
and coming to their aid in distress.
All these point to a forgiving heart. And the heart is all important. Read Matthew 18:21-35 if you don’t believe me and ruminate on that last verse for awhile.

“To forgive, is to give up your right to be angry.” – Pastor Timothy Ehlers

The Deep Calls Unto the Deep


THE DEEP CALLS UNTO THE DEEP
By Bobby Brown
(Based on Psalm 42:7)

My cup, it steams with tea
My apartment is very still
THE DEEP CALLS UNTO THE DEEP
The depth, it is God’s will

My table is filled with books
My candle begins to glow
A beautiful quiet fills my kitchen
And inspiration begins to grow

My thoughts begin to lengthen
At the close of day
And outside my window
The sunset splits the grey

My peace begins to deepen
My tea is good to taste
And as I enter into solitude
I abandon my life of haste

And since I’m SEATED ABOVE
I sense God’s inner powers
My tongue’s the pen of a skillful writer
These quiet, mystical hours

I labor with “His” energy
That powerfully works within
And after meditation and prayer
It’s time to now begin

In Christ, I am enriched
The tea, I savor to sip
And into the Living Waters
I now begin to dip

My God he fills my mind
Just like the candle’s light
And as He fills my spirit
Again, I begin to write…

Psalm 139 – Confession of Sins


“Confessing to God provides forgiveness, while confessing to someone else provides healing.” – Aaron Stern

The following Confession of Sins can also be accompanied by song.
Contemporary Song Choices:
“Search My Heart” by Joel Houston
“Search Me Oh God” by Hillsongs
“How Great is the Love” by Paul Baloche
“Every Promise” by Keith Getty

Psalm 139:1-8 
M: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.  You are well acquainted with my sin.
C: You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. I do confess of my sinful thoughts and ask for forgiveness.
M: You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 
C: Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. I do confess of all the lies, the gossip and the indecent thoughts I have committed and ask for forgiveness.
M: You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 
C: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 

Psalm 103:10-12 
M: He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 
C: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

James 5:16 
M: Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. 
C: We confess all of our sins to you Lord and to each other.
M: The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
C: Praise be to God. Forever! Amen.

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.