Category Archives: Worship Idea

Letting Go


Here are a few things we should let go of:

M: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. – Psalm 37:8 
C:  We let go of anger; Lord, fill and bless us with Your love.
M: You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. – Psalm 69:5 
C:  We let go of guilt; Lord, fill and bless us with forgiveness.

M: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4 
C:  We let go of selfishness; Lord, fill and bless us with a humble heart.
M:  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? – Matthew 6:25 
C:  We let go of worries and fear; Lord, fill and bless us with trust and faith.
All:  Bless and keep us steadfast, Lord.

A Prayer based on Isaiah 58:8-14


There is a beautiful prayer in Isaiah 58 but it’s a bit hidden in a bevy of “if-then” statements. Read the prayer below then hunt for it in scripture if interested.

    May your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing quickly appear.
    May your righteousness go before you, and the glory of the Lord be your rear guard.
    May you call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: “Here am I.”
    May your light rise in the darkness, and your night become like the noonday.
    May the Lord guide you always; he will satisfy your needs and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
    And may you find your joy in the Lord.

I’ll Begin


I think my brother nailed it with this one…

I’LL BEGIN

I’ll BEGIN the hour in silence
I’ll begin with God so near
For in this realm of solitude
God is surely here

I’LL BEGIN the day with meditation
I’ll begin the day with prayer
For there is beauty, praise, and wonder
When his presence is truly there

I’LL BEGIN the month with worship
I’ll begin with depth and length
For outside of three dimensions
The joy of the Lord is my strength

I’LL BEGIN the year with singing
I’ll begin the year with glee
And I’ll bask in his presence
In each year of jubilee

In the Beginning 


In the beginning…..
In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.  – John 1:1

One trained in Hebrew and Greek might say that the following is also accurate:
In the beginning was the logos, 
and the logos was with God, 
and the logos was God.

As a writer, I like:
In the beginning was the story, 
and the story was with God, 
and the story was God.

But as a passionate believer, I also propose:
In the beginning was the love, 
and the love was with God, 
and the love was God.

Or, since “God is light” (1 John 1:5), we could also beautifully say:
In the beginning was the light, 
and the light was with God, 
and the light was God.

Isn’t this one of the most precious verses in scripture?  I think so.  It bears repeating.
In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.  – John 1:1

In the end there will also be the word 
And this word will be with God
And this word will be God

The Wasserkirche Butterfly


There is a church in Zurich Switzerland called the Wasserkirche.  Even if you don’t speak German, you can probably guess that this translates to “Water Church.”  It is an interesting name to an equally interesting place.

This church started construction in the 10th century but was not completed until 1486.  At some point in it’s spotted history it actually was a place for cult gatherings.  In fact, during the Reformation it was seen as a “house of idolatry.”  In 1634 it was converted into a public library.  Finally in 1940 it was renovated and converted back into a place for Christian worship; back to it’s roots.

Today, an enormous butterfly hangs from it’s rafters.  What an odd item to adorn a church sanctuary.  Or is it?

Several years ago I wrote a poem called “The Butterfly” because to me it symbolized transformation.  The metamorphosis that occurs when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is nothing short of miraculous.  It shows God’s amazing power to transform.  So this church has been totally transformed.   It has gone full circle from a place of worship, to a place of idolatry, to a place of learning and finally back to a place of Christian worship.  The butterfly is a symbol of this amazing transformation that only a great God can bring.

Jesus is Lord


Jesus is Lord!  There, I proclaimed it.  

Let’s be clear, I didn’t just write it, read it or say it, I proclaimed it. Monstrous difference.

This proclamation that Jesus is Lord means more than we often give it credit for.

  • It means that I’m not in charge of running my life anymore 
  • It’s a proclamation that there is a sovereign, all powerful, all knowing King over me
  • It’s a proclamation that I’m not the owner of my life 
  • There is One who sustains life who is bigger than me
  • It’s a proclamation that I need someone to run my life 
  • I need someone to surrender my life to
  • I need someone to bow before and worship
  • I need someone to acknowledge as Lord
  • I need someone to guide my life.
  • I need someone to look up to.

Proclaim it with me.
“Jesus is Lord.”

Indeed.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 

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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Praise is Contagious


Praise is Contagious!

It really is.  Look around the church.  We are a singing church because praise is contagious.

Do churches seize to grow when praise is stifled?  Sometimes the church gets so tied up with other things that we forget to praise.  Here’s six simple ways to praise:

1 Praise the Lord.  Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

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

3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,

4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,

5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Read it again because it will most likely be like this in heaven.