Worshiping Together: 3/25/12

Chris  —  March 26, 2012 — Leave a comment
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This week we kicked off a three-week mini-series leading up to Easter focused on how victory is found in Christ. Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Throughout history God has moved. We have the option of being aware and responding appropriately (i.e. in faith and obedience) or not taking seriously what God is doing. When God moved to deliver the Israelites from the Egyptians through the Passover, they had to be ready and to follow God’s instructions – or miss out.

The same is true for us. God brought victory for the Israelites in Exodus. God brought victory to us through Jesus Christ on the cross. We must respond in faith and then in obedience. Our scripture focus was Exodus 11:4-10, Exodus 12:1-13, and James 2 starting in verse 14.

Here’s what we did together:

Our Service Flow:

Welcome/Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 24:1-6

You Are My All in All (Jerrigan)

Psalm 24:7-10

To God Be the Glory (Crosby/Doane arr. Chapman)

Psalm 103 and Prayer

Invited the congregation to sit, and then read Psalm 103 interspersed with some directed prayer.

Nothing But the Blood (Redman)

Greeting Time

The blood of Jesus is what binds us together, so let’s greet one another as people of the King.

Offering

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me) (Chapman/Hall/Bleeker)

Message

Video: The Passover Lamb from AngelHouse Media

A moving video drawing the connection between the lambs that were sacrificed according to the Old Testament system and Jesus being the Lamb of God.

Behold the Lamb (Getty/Townend) – verse 1

Communion

Other verses of Behold the Lamb were sung during communion

Opportunity for Prayer

Folks were invited to step out into the aisle if they would like to be prayed for by the elders. During which we sang:

Jesus Paid It All (O Praise the One) (Hall/Nifong/Grape)

Close: Revelation 1:5b-6

Observations:

  • I really value including Scriptures as part of the worship sets. It helps people to remember who God is, why we’re worshiping, and often reinforces the biblical foundations and truth of the songs we sing. (Here are some ideas of how to use Scriptures in worship.) The scriptures that were used in this service were great scriptures, but I couldn’t help feeling the flow was a little choppy during the initial worship set. May just be my opinion, though…
  • This was the first time we’ve done Glorious Day at this church. It was the version by Casting Crowns. One of the challenges at times is that our live music options are somewhat limited with just an electric piano and a couple of voices. I really wanted to give this song a little bigger feel. So, I used a Rhythm Track from PraiseCharts.com with this song. I played it through an app on my iPhone called SoundCue Lite. It starts with a four count on a hi-hat so it sounds like a part of the song. It worked really well, and added to the song.
  • Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn) was also a new one today. The congregation wasn’t invited to sing along, but we did put the words up. It is a great song that really draws a lot of meaning and implications of communion and doing it together as the body of Christ. As my wife said, might be a new favorite song to use during communion time. Encourage you to check it out if you’re not familiar with it.
  • Overall, it was a good morning. As I said, the flow felt a bit rough at times, but people seemed to engage with the theme and content. We had a mix up with what we were serving for communion. Instead of our normal bread product, there were some wafers put out that have the consistency of styrofoam. We had some feedback on that. J

I hope that your time of gathering was a blessing to all who participated and honoring to the Lord. Thanks for stopping by.

To see what other congregations did together this past weekend, be sure to check out the other Sunday Setlists posted at TheWorshipCommunity.com.

Chris

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