Category Archives: Book V: 107-150

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

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

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 17 – Pentecost 10


Summer Psalm for August 17 – Pentecost 10
Based on Psalm 119c

For the August 17 worship service, I am recommedning the same psalm setting developed for Pentecost 3.  You can find the information here:

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2014/06/13/summer-psalm-for-june-29-2014-pentecost-3/

Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7


Summer Psalm for July 27, 2014 – Pentecost 7
Based on Psalm 145 (selected verses)
Song Choices: 
1. “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
2. “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
Level of Difficulty:
The entire congregation can sing both song choices except one portion noted below.
You Tube:
1. 10,000 Reasons:
2. How Great is Our God:
Rationale for the Song Choices:
  1. “How Great is Our God” captures the essence of the first four verses of Psalm 145.
  2. “10,000 Reasons” contains my favorite verse from Ps 145 – verse 8 and is a praise-filed song, much like Psalm 145 itself.
Suggested Format for use with “How Great is Our God”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Verse 1 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Verse 2 and Chorus
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 
M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Soloists Only – The Band Sings the final Chorus, the Bridge and the Ending
Note that the bridge is pitched a bit too high for most congregational voices.
Suggested Format for use with “10,000 Reasons”:
Musicians softly play the verse or chorus in the background
M: I will exalt you, my God the King;
C: I will praise your name for ever and ever. M: Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. 
C: Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;M: his greatness no one can fathom. 
C: One generation commends your works to another;
Congregation Sings: Chorus and Verse 1
Musicians continue to play softly in the background
M: they tell of your mighty acts. 
C: They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. M: They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 
C: They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Congregation Sings: Chorus (CODA) and Verse 2
Musicians continue to play softly in the background 
M: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. 
C: The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. M: All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people extol you. 
C: They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. 
Congregation Sings: Chorus, (Band Instr.), Verse 3, Chorus and ending
Additional Readings if Needed:
M: Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.
C: The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. 
C: The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. 
M: You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. 
C: The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. 
M: The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. 
C: He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. 
M: The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. 
C: My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

 

Summer Psalm for June 29, 2014 – Pentecost 3


Summer Psalm for June 29, 2014 – Pentecost 3
Psalm 119, selected verses

Song Choice: “Thy Word” by Amy Grant
Level of Difficulty: This song can be sung by everyone.

You Tube:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
It’s really just capitalizing on verse 105, which is enough!

Suggested Format:

Open with singing as follows: Chorus, Verse 1, Chorus

Musicians continue to play the verse softly in the background

M:​ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
C:​ Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
M:​ I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
C:​ I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
Congregation Sings: Chorus only
M: ​I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word.
C:​ I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.
M: How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
C:​ I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
Congregation Sings: Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus

“Thy Word” is included in the LAPPY song books (Let All the People Praise You) on page 313

Summer Psalm for June 15, 2014 “Holy Trinity Sunday”


Summer Psalm for June 15, 2014 “Holy Trinity Sunday”

Psalm 150:1-6
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.

Song Choice: “Praise Him” by Miriam Webster

Level of Difficulty: This is not a congregational piece and best played by a Praise Team.

You Tube:

Rationale for the Song Choice:
Well, the Psalm mentions the term “praise Him” nine times, need I say more!

Suggested Format:
The band plays the song in the background then sings the verses as indicated below:

Band starts instrumental playing the chorus only

M: Praise the Lord.
C: Praise God in his sanctuary;
M: praise him in his mighty heavens.
C: Praise him for his acts of power;
M: praise him for his surpassing greatness.
C: Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

Band sings verse 1 and chorus
After verse 1, they lower their volume and play the verse again during the following readings:

M: praise him with the harp and lyre,
C: praise him with timbrel and dancing,
M: praise him with the strings and pipe,
C: praise him with the clash of cymbals,
M: praise him with resounding cymbals.
C: Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
All: Praise the Lord.

Band sings verse 2, chorus and ending

My simple prayer for you:
May your praise be especially joyful and uplifting. May your musicians fully embrace this song and may your people be moved by the Spirit through this offering. God bless your worship of Him. Amen.

Snow Like Wool



He spreads the snow like wool and scatters the frost like ashes – Ps 147:16

God is sending snow like wool
It’s falling from on high
Huge soft flakes, gentle and unique
As they fill the emerald sky

Like ashes from a distant fire
Through the winds, they sift
And leave the landscape with a beauty
For the snows, they tend to drift

God is raining down snow like wool
As it slow’s life’s fervent pace
Snowflakes dancing on the air
Watch them, fill time and space

A very special thank you for Pastors – you guys are awesome, for Pastor’s wifes who willingly share and support their husband’s ministry, for their children who put up with peer abuse just for being a Pastor’s kid, for church secretary’s, for Lay leaders and for all musicians and choirs who put in endless hours of preparations for our worship during the Christmas season. A very blessed Christmas to all!

The above poem was written by Bobby Brown, author of ”Seated Above Looking Below.”

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