Worshiping Together: 9/2/12

Chris  —  September 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

psalms titleThe final weekend of the Psalms: Songs of Life series took us to Psalm 103, a psalm of worship by David.

In Psalm 103, we see David remember a variety of reasons to praise the Lord. All that God has done, His benefits, His blessings, and so much more are why we are to worship the Lord God Almighty. Whatever the reason and context for writing this psalm, it is clear that David was filled to overflowing with the goodness and glory of God.

David’s life of worship was a constant testimony and example of the greatness and glory of God. Can we seek to live similarly to David in this regard? No one else is worthy of this level of worship.

Because of the focus of this particular psalm, I mixed up our service order this week. Here’s what we did together…

Our Service Flow:

Welcome/Announcements (a lot as we move into the fall season)

Call to Worship: Psalm 96:1-5

Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Robinson/Miller)

Offering

Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)

Message

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

During the interlude, had people say out loud reasons to bless the Lord.

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

Transition into Communion with Psalm 103:1-5 reading and confession

Video: Do This In Remembrace of Me from Worship Leader Magazine. Currently free on WorshipHouseMedia.com

Communion

Communion Hymn (Behold the Lamb) (Getty/Townend)

During Communion

Time of Prayer

Great Is Thy Faithfulness (Chisholm/Runyan)

Close & Commission

Observations:

  • Since this Psalm dealt so much with worship as a response to God, it seemed logical to put the majority of our worship elements after the message instead of before. This was also a communion Sunday for us, so that was an added bonus.
  • I’ll admit I was a little nervous going into the service knowing things were so switched up. Our congregation doesn’t tend to do always respond well to having a lot of elements after the message. However, it seemed to go really well. It was a great morning together and a beautiful time of worship and response. I hope that many were challenged and encouraged by what we did together.
  • We did have a technical challenge during the first two songs. Two songs with similar titles to the ones we actually did got put into the schedule instead of the correct song versions. The person doing it made a comment to me about needing to update backgrounds, and while I thought it odd, I didn’t think anything of it. Until I realized during the service the congregation wasn’t singing because the wrong words were on the screen. Kudos, to the tech dude for working hard to get the right words up while I called out the phrases.
  • After communion, we had people who desired prayer for any number of reasons to step out into the aisle. As that was happening, I lead the congregation in singing Great Is Thy Faithfulness over those receiving prayer as a reminder of God’s faithfulness and a declaration together.

I hope that your time of corporate gathering was encouraging, challenging, and celebratory. May we live lives this week that give testimony and glory to the greatness of God over all situations. May we bless the Lord in all His goodness and glory.

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

Chris

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