Category Archives: Book IV: 90-106

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.

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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

Thanksgiving is Worship!


Thanksgiving is Worship!

We cannot give God anything but praise and thanks, for everything else we receive from Him, be it grace, words, works, Gospel, faith, and all things. Moreover, praising and thanking is also the one proper, Christian form of worshiping God.” – Martin Luther

There is no duty more urgent than giving thanks.” – Ambrose of Milan, A.D. 338-397

The purpose of thanksgiving is not so much to focus on the gift as it is to honor the Giver, and to acknowledge one’s dependence on Him as the source of all good things.

Psalm 100 is priceless for a Thanksgiving service. Here it is in a responsive format:

M: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
C: Worship the Lord with gladness;

M: 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
C: and his courts with praise!

M: Give thanks to him and praise his name.
C: For the Lord is good;

M: His steadfast love endures forever,
C: His faithfulness continues through all generations. – Ps 100

As far as contemporary song choices for Thanksgiving – alas, the world is your oyster. There are thousands upon thousands of contemporary songs to choose from for Thanksgiving because this genre of music tends to emphasize praise and thanks while hymns tend to emphasize teaching, scripture and doctrine. So I will only mention a few.

  1. “Give Thanks” by Henri Smith is probably not considered contemporary any longer, but if all you do right now is hymns, then this song will be earth shaking, so give it a try.
  2. “Forever” by Chris Tomlin: This is a great adaptation of Psalm 136 and also has pieces of 1 Chro 16:23, Ps 62:11, Ps 108:3-5, 1 Cor 10:13, Ps 24:8 and 2 Chro 13:12.
  3. “My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness” by Keith Getty

 

Psalm 98 and “Shout to the Lord”


Shout to the Lord (Hillsong album)
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Psalm 98 and “Shout to the Lord”

“Shout to the Lord” by Darlene Zschech and Psalm 98 go well together.  Here is a responsive reading that uses both pieces (play the music softly in the background during the readings):

P:         Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
C:        The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

P:         He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
C:        Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.  

Congregation Sings: (Shout to the Lord – BOB#189) Verse & Chorus

P:         Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
C:        Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;

P:         let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
C:        He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.

Congregation Sings: (BOB#189) Verse & Chorus

A Call to Worship based on Psalm 95


A Call to Worship based on Psalm 95

P:         Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD;
C:        Let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.

P:         Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving
C:        And extol Him with music and song.

P:         Come let us bow down in worship,
C:        Let us kneel before the LORD our maker;

P:         for He is our God
C:        and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
–         (based on Ps 95:1-2 & 6-7)

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

The LORD Reigns


The LORD Reigns

Psalms 93, 97 and 99 all begin with the acclamation ”the LORD reigns.”   The following responsive reading draws attention to this Old Testament proclamation of praise.

 

P: The LORD reigns, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed in majesty and is armed with strength.  The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.   (PS 93:1)

C: The LORD reigns; you are from all eternity.  (93:2)

 

 

P:  The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice.   (Ps97:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  For you, O LORD, are the Most High over all the earth;

       you are exalted far above all gods.  (Ps 97:9)

 

 

P: The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake.   (Ps 99:1)

C:  The LORD reigns.  Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.  (Ps 99:9)

 

I would follow this up with the singing of one of these worship songs to make a powerful worship moment:

1.  “Ancient of Days” by Gary Sadler & Jamie Harvill

2.  “Lord, Reign in Me” by Brenton Brown

3.  “He Reigns” by the Newsboys

4. “Come Thou Almighty King” by Charles Wesley

5.  “We Will Glorify” by Twila Paris

6. “Beautiful Savior” by Stuart Townend

7. “Amazing Grace” (My Chains are Gone) by John Newton & Chris Tomlin

8. “Awesome God” by Richie Mullins

Here’s a video of the Newsboys singing “He Reigns.”   I’ve never sung this in worship, it’s a bit too progressive for our tastes,  but I’m thinking of using it at a future teen event.

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 103 – Responsive Reading


The Case for Blended Music in Worship

The following is a responsive reading that uses two readers with congregational responses.  Soliciting Lay readers once in a while helps to build their faith and encourages others to use their gifts in support of the ministry.

 

Pastor: Praise the LORD, O my soul;

Congr:with all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

 

Pastor:              Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-

Lay Reader:      who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

                                Pastor:              who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

                                Lay Reader:      who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Pastor:              The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.

Congr:He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:

 

Pastor:              The LORD is compassionate and gracious,

Lay Reader:     slow to anger, abounding in love.

 

Pastor:              He will not always accuse,

Lay Reader:    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

Congr:             he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

Pastor:              For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

Congr:             so great is his love for those who fear him;

Pastor:              as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

Pastor:             As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;

Congr:             for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Pastor:              As for man, his days are like grass,

Congr:             he flourishes like a flower of the field;

Pastor:              the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

Congr:             But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-

Pastor:              with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

 

Lay Reader:      The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

Pastor:              Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding,

                        who obey his word.

Lay Reader:      Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.

Congr:             Praise the LORD, all his works, everywhere in his dominion.  Praise the LORD, O my soul.

 

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

 

Thanksgiving Reponsive Reading


Thanksgiving Reponsive Reading (from WELS.net):

 

(Psalms 100 & 150)

 

M:  Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

C:  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

 

M:  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

C:  Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.

 

M:  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

C:  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet; praise him with the harp and lyre.

 

M:  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.

C:  Praise him with tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flute.

 

M:  Give thanks to him and praise his name.

C:  Praise him with the clash of symbols; praise him with resounding cymbals.

 

M:  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever.  His faithfulness continues through all generations.

C:  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

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