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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.
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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. 

Summer Psalm for June 22, 2014 – Pentecost 2


Summer Psalm for June 22, 2014 – Pentecost 2
Psalm 78, selected verses

Song Choice: “Ancient Words” by Lynn DeShazo
Level of Difficulty: This song can be sung by everyone.

You Tube:
Rationale for the Song Choice:
The song lyrics fit well with Psalm 78 verses 1-8.

Suggested Format:
Musicians play the verse softly in the background

M: My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
C: things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 
M: We will not hide them from their descendants;
C: we will tell the next generation the praise worthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
M: He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
C: which he commanded our ancestors to teach their children, M: so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born,
C: and they in turn would tell their children.

Congregation joins in to sing Verse 1 & Chorus

Musicians continue to play the verse softly
M: Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.
C: They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him. 
M: He built his sanctuary like the heights,
C: like the earth that he established forever. 
M: He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens;
C: from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. M: And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
C: with skillful hands he led them.

Congregation joins in to sing Verse 2, Chorus Twice & CODA

Heart vs Musical Skill


Heart vs Musical Skill

I had stated in an older post that when considering new church musicians, that heart was as important as skill.  Last night I came across a scripture passage that just helped me on this subject so I wanted to share.

“And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.” – Ps 78:72

Let’s follow David’s lead.  “Heart” is important, it is in fact mentioned before skill.

The older post:

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/thinking-about-either-starting-or-joining-a-contemporary-praise-band/

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

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