Worshiping Together: 8/26/12

Chris  —  August 27, 2012 — Leave a comment

psalms titleLife is full of choices. And the choices we make determine the song that our lives sing.

Perhaps there isn’t a more fundamental choice than between being or not being a godly person. Our choice impacts how we approach life, faith, our worldview, and relationships. That is the thrust of Psalm 1 as the psalmist contrasts that life of the righteous and the life of the wicked.

It’s important to understand the difference as we seek to live as the people of God, which is what we are. That’s what we looked at this morning in celebrating who we are in Christ and how we are to live.

Here’s what we did together…

Our Service Flow:

Welcome/Announcements

Prayer

Call to Worship: John 1:14, Revelation 21:3, 1 Peter 2:9-10 focusing on who we are because of Jesus coming and God dwelling with us.

You are the Light (Fee)

Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee (van Dyke/Beethoven arr. Chapman)

Moment of Prayer/Confession

Scripture: Ephesians 2:18-22

In Christ Alone (Getty/Townend)

We Fall Down (Tomlin)

Offering

Missions Highlight: Upcoming Trip to Serbia

Message: Psalm 1

Response

Be Thou My Vision

Close & Commission: 1 Peter 2:9-10

Observations:

  • It was a slightly “unique” morning. For some reason, we had a hard time engaging together. Not exactly sure why. I don’t feel that I, or others speaking and leading, were unclear. And, as soon as we moved into the last song, there were a number of people who got up and left. We weren’t especially running late, so it was kind of disconcerting.
  • We had some different factors this morning as well. Our lead pastor was away, so we had a guest speaker from our other campus. I had one of the elders lead us in the opening prayer. That was good despite having trouble with his microphone.
  • We moved right into the chorus of We Fall Down out of In Christ Alone. After we sang it a few times, I drew attention to how even today there is a multitude declaring the holiness of God, and the privilege we have as  the people of God to join in that praise for He is worthy. I invited folks to lift their hands in worship, and we sang the chorus a few more times a cappella.
  • For the conclusion of the service, after encouraging the congregation to live this week as the people of God in a godly way, I had folks slightly turn toward each other and say the benediction scripture (1 Peter 2:9-10) together over one another as an encouragement and reminder.

I hope that, even if you had some challenges, that the time of corporate worship wherever you gathered was God-honoring and uplifting. I pray that the Lord was honored with the sacrifices of praise offered all around the world, and that we live in worship to Him in the week to come.

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

Chris

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