Worshiping Together: 8/19/12

Chris  —  August 20, 2012 — Leave a comment
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psalms titleWhat does it mean for our days on this earth to matter?  There are lots of different ways that people try and define that, but it’s always best to give heed to what is important to God.

For Moses and the Israelites, they experienced days that matter and days that didn’t. After being the people through whom God showed His glory to the Egyptians and the nations, being the people that God personally cared for and shepherded, being the people that God made great promises too, they didn’t believe God when it was time to take the land. God said, “Take the land I have promised to you” and they responded with “We don’t think we can. It’s too scary.”

And so they experienced 40 years of insignificance. A 40 year “time-out” because of their complaining, grumbling, and disbelief. As that time came to an end, Moses writes Psalm 90 as both a reminded of the lessons learned and a plea to God to once again be present as they moved into the future.

What about us? Do we believe God? Do we trust God? Are we numbering our days correctly to be with God and what He wants to do? That’s what we focused on this weekend in Psalms: Song of Life.

Here’s what we did together…

Our Service Flow:

Welcome/Announcements

Call to Worship: Psalm 90:1-2

Everlasting God (Riley/Brown)

Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus (Stead/Kirkpatrick arr. Chapman)

Moment of Rest and Reflection

Scriptures: Psalm 90:14, 2 Cor. 4:16-18, Romans 5:1-5

Your Love, Oh Lord (Powell/Avery/Carr/Lee/Anderson)

Pray for and Dismiss Kids

Offering

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

Message

Time of Prayer

Days of Elijah (Mark)

Refrain of Our Great Savior (Chapman/Prichard)

Close & Commission: Psalm 90:12

Observations:

  • I don’t usually use so much of the primary passage during other aspects of the service, choosing to supplement instead with other supporting scriptures, but it just seemed to work well in this service.
  • The time of rest and reflection after the first two songs was designed to build upon the opening and first songs. Part of it was recognizing the rest that is found in the fullness of God and that many have had potentially challenging weeks leading up to our gathering. We don’t take the time we need to rest in God, so wanted to again value that aspect of our life with God.
  • School started this week in our area, so we took the opportunity to pray for our kids before dismissing them to Kids Church as they begin a new school year.
  • The prayer time at the end was two-fold. One was a personal focus inviting people to consider their own lives and how they are spending their days, and if necessary, to make a fresh commitment to live rightly and in wisdom before God. The second part was corporate as we look ahead to a new season in the life of this church that we would be faithful in following God, not be a complaining people, and that God would again bestow His favor upon us and empower us to live out His misson for us.

It was a good morning together with the opportunity to again be reminded of who God is and how He wants us to live, and to worship in response to that. I hope your time of gathering was a blessing to all involved.

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

See you next week!

Chris

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