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Ephesians 1 -Responsive 


M: He chose us. 
C: He adopted us. 
M: He predestined us. 
C: He gave us His grace. 
M: He redeemed us. 
C: He forgave our sins. 
M: He lavished God’s grace on us. 
C: He made known His will to us. 
M: He marked us with a seal. 
C: He guaranteed our inheritance.   
M: That, brothers and sisters, is how much favor we have with God.  

– Ephesians 1

Of course!

Who am I? – A Responsive Reading


Who Am I?
If you read through the Bible and try to answer that question, you will find the following (put into the form of a responsive reading):
M: You are all children of God:
C: The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. – Romans 8:16 
M: You are all God’s handiwork:
C: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10 
M: You are all forgiven:
C: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. – Ephesians 1:7 
M: You are all a new creation:
C: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! – 2 Corinthians 5:17 
M:  You all have been reconciled:
C:  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. – 2 Corinthians 5:18 
M:  You are all heirs of eternal life:
C:  And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. – 1 John 5:11
M:  You All live by faith:
C:  For we live by faith, not by sight. – 2 Corinthians 5:7 
M:  You are all co-heirs with Christ:
C:  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  – Romans 8:17 
M:  You are all blessed in the heavenly realms:
C:  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3 
M:  You are healed:
C:  “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24 
M: You are all strong:
C:  I can do all this through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:13 

“You may not have ever realized this before, but your story is written somewhere in the Bible.” – Cherrie Hill

L❤️O❤️V❤️E


I was recently traveling with a colleague who has two young girls.  As we sat together in an airport lounge his two girls contacted him via FaceTime and I overhead the youngest say to their father “I want to talk about loooovvvvvveeeeee!” Leave it to a six year old missing her daddy to be so blunt.

This love between a father and his child is precious, but it got me thinking about God’s love toward us.  Actually, I think about this often.  Because…

Love is a positive force
Love changes lives
To know God is to know love
Love describes God perfectly
Love is on the move because God is on the move
Jesus is the living proof that God is love
God’s love is unusually real
Love gives us dignity and worth

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John 4:9-10 & 16 

Here is one of my responsive readings on love:

M: Love is patient
C: It is not hurried

M: love is kind
C: It is not harsh, rough or hurtful

M: It does not envy
C: It knows no other Gods

M: it does not boast
C: but only in Christ

M: it is not proud
C: It is humble

M: It is not rude
C: It is polite, refined and civil

M: it is not self-seeking
C: It is thoughtful and compassionate

M: it is not easily angered
C: it is understanding and sympathetic

M: it keeps no record of wrongs.
C: it forgives

M: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
C: Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.

M: It always protects
C: never endangers

M: always trusts
C: never doubts

M: always hopes
C: never fears

M: always perseveres.
C: Love never fails.  It always succeeds. 

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Eph 3:14-19

Love in Action


Love in Action – Merging Romans 12:9-21 & 1 Cor 13:4-8
M: Love must be sincere. 
C: It is not self seeking
M: Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
C: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
M: Be devoted to one another in love. 
C: Love always trusts
M: Honor one another above yourselves. 
C: Love does not dishonor others.
M: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
C: Love always perseveres
M: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
C: Love is patient
M: Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. 
C: Love is kind.
M: Practice hospitality. 
C: Love always hopes.
M: Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
C: Love is not easily angered
M: Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
C: Love rejoices with the truth
M: Live in harmony with one another. 
C: Love always trusts
M: Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. 
C: Love is not proud
M: Do not be conceited. 
C: Love is not self-seeking
M: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. 
C Love keeps no record of wrongs
M: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
C: Love never fails.

The Basics


“The Basics” – Perhaps this reading might work well when visitors or those who are young in their faith are expected.

 

CREATED
M: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. – Genesis 1:27 
C: God is our Creator. We are his creatures. He is the potter. We are the clay.
 
REDEEMED 
M: While we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. – Titus 2:13-14
C: We are sinners and He is our Savior.

 

M: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2
C: God has done it all for us believers, not by our works but by His grace. We now stand redeemed and saved in His presence.

 

ADOPTED
M: The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:15-17
C: God is our Father. We are his dear children.

 

CARED FOR
M: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. – John 10:11
C: God is our Shepherd. We are his sheep. He lays down his life for us. We trust His word.

 

M: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
C: We are weak. He is strong. We rely on His perfect strength.

The Apostle’s Creed with the song “We Believe”


The Apostles’ Creed Read Responsively with the Song Titled “We Believe” by the Newsboys

Praise Band Sings Verse 1 and Verse 2:

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

The Band then plays the chorus softly in the background during the following readings

M: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
C: Maker of heaven and earth.
M: I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
C: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

Congregation Joins the Band and Sings the Chorus 1:

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He’s coming back again, we believe

Praise Band Sings Verse 3:

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

The Band then plays the chorus softly in the background during the following readings

M: He descended into hell.
C: The third day he rose again from the dead.
M: He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father almighty.
C: From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
M: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints
C: The forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.
All: Amen.

Congregation Joins the Band and Sings the Chorus 2:

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s coming back again!

The band sings the Bridge:

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud. Our God will say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

Congregation Joins the Band and Sings the Chorus 3 and the Tag:

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He’s given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He’s coming back,
He’s coming back again!
He’s coming back again!
We believe!
We believe!

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He Makes All Things New


He Makes All Things New

A Responsive Reading for the New Year

M: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – 1 Peter 1:3

C: Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people. – Ps 149:1

M: See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. – Isa 65:17

C: In keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. – 2 Peter 3:13

M: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Eph 4:22-24

C: For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin – Romans 6:6

M: A new command I give you: Love one another. As Jesus has loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are His disciples, if you love one another. – John 13:34-35

C: Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. – Psalm 71:3

M: See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. – Isa 43:19

C: Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. – Ps 96:1

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