Worshiping Together: 8/12/12

Chris  —  August 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

psalms titleOn multiple occasions, David faced a choice. Would he trust God or would he take matters into his own hands?

This past weekend in our Psalms: Songs of Life series, we looked at Psalm 62. In it David affirms that God is where he finds rest. That God is his salvation, his rock, his fortress, and his hope. Even when there is uncertainty, difficulty, and trouble, the answer isn’t to take matters into our own hands, to seek dishonest gain, but to trust in God. He has all the power and it is best to wait on God than to force the issue.

When David was faced with the choice of waiting and forcing God’s promises, he wisely chose to wait on God. He knew that God will “reward everyone according to what they have done” (Psa 62:12).

What about us? Will we seek true hope, salvation, and more in God? Or will we take matters into our own hands? Will we pursue gain at the expense of holiness and trust?

Here’s what we did together…

Our Service Flow:

Welcome/Announcements

Call to Worship: Exodus 15:2 and 1 Chronicles 29:11

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) (Redman/Myrin)

Did something unique with this, check it out below.

How Great Thou Art (Hine)

Praise the Father, Praise the Son (Cash/Tomlin)

Prayer and explained what it means when we say “Amen.”

Dismiss Kids/Offering

Reprise of 10,000 Reasons

Message: Psalm 62

Video: Happiness from Restoration Videos

Communion Meditation

Communion

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)

Prayer Time w/ Jesus Paid It All (Hall/Nifong/Grape)

Close & Commission: Revelation 1:5b-6

Observations:

  • It was a good morning together. We had a few more people. It’s amazing the difference 10-15 people can make in a gathering time. We had the opportunity to celebrate, remember, and be challenged. It seemed that people were engaged.
  • This was the first Sunday we did 10,000 Reasons as a congregation. My wife had sung it a few weeks back at a special event. As we began the song, I invited people to grab a Bible and open it to Psalm 103, which the song is based off of. As the team sang the song, the congregation remained seated while meditating on the verses of the psalm. What reasons did David have to bless the Lord, and what reasons do we have? During the interlude after v2, I invited people to say aloud reasons we have to bless the Lord. There was a great response and a lot of different reasons. Then we sang v3, and I finally invited the congregation to stand and join us on the chorus. We then transitioned right into How Great Thou Art.
  • We also did communion, which is one of my favorite parts of corporate worship. Being able to remember and celebrate with an amazing object lesson is a great unifying thing. I had the opportunity to lead communion this time and took the chance to help us remember why and its significance. That is isn’t just another thing we do, but a great expression and assurance to us. Everything that David could express about God we can also express because of Christ.
  • In our post service evaluation, my pastor and I talked about the possibility that we could have done communion before the message. Because he didn’t specifically lead the message toward a conclusion of communion, and because of what I said, he felt it may have worked better before the message, with the message being a reinforcement of some of the themes.
  • We ended with a couple of songs affirming the love of God for us and why we can place our complete faith in trust in Jesus. We invited people to come forward who needed prayer during Jesus Paid It All, and then ended the service with the bridge (O Praise the one…) and chorus.

I hope that your time of communal worship was a great time of celebrating, remembering, and being challenged in the greatness of God. May we live our lives this week in the fullness of Christ because of who He is and all the He has done.

To see what other communities did together, check out other Sunday Setlists at TheWorshipCommunty.com.

Chris

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