This week, our pastor’s primary sermon text was Romans 12:1, and he spoke on the topic of worship. It was a great message, which you can watch/hear/download here. As our church is currently in an interim period where we do not have a full-time worship pastor, we are rotating in a few different worship leaders every so often. Our church is blessed with many gifted and called worship leaders, and this is a great chance to allow some of them the opportunity to lead us! We were led this week by Mark Maberry, one of our lay leaders. It’s always a joy to be led by him!
We opened the service with a new anthem by the Newsboys called “We Believe”. You may very well have heard it, as it is topping all the Christian charts in the country right now, and is getting a lot of radio play. I typically steer away from chart-toppers for worship services, as they don’t always lend themselves well to corporate worship, but this one worked very well. The words of the chorus are taken straight from the Nicene Creed, an ancient confession of the Christian faith. The reminder of our heritage as worshipers of the one true, Triune God was a great way to kick off a service centered on worship.
O Worship the King
Next we sang an upbeat, contemporary arrangement of a 19th-century hymn by Robert Grant, which is based on Psalm 104. Grant, a member of the British Parliament, had been inspired by reading William Kethe’s translation of this psalm in the 16th-century Genevan Psalter, and ended up writing one of the greatest hymns in the English language.
This arrangement, also by Dan Galbraith, definitely challenged our woodwind and brass players. The difficultly level is a little higher than most hymn arrangements out there, but if you have a horn section that can pull it off, it’s a good one!
God Is Able
We used the orchestration from Lifeway Worship for this one.
Faithful and True Is Your Name
The choir and orchestra sang this song, with a title inspired by Revelation 19:11, and lyrics taken from many of the songs recorded throughout the book of Revelation. The song was written by Cliff Duren for his trio Overflow, recorded on their album All In Your Name. Spotify users can listen to this song here:
This was less music than we typically include in our Sunday set list, due to several other exciting elements of worship than were planned into the service, including two baptisms, the commissioning of a missions team leaving this week for India, and a report from another missionary leading a team from our church to Romania this summer. God is moving in lots of exciting ways at our church!