The Worship Leader (some would call him/her a song leader, choir director, minister of music, etc.) began the service with this explanation:
We are doing things a little bit differently in our worship time today—that is, we are going to worship in a variety of styles, all built around the Model Prayer of Jesus.
Worship expression is a personal experience. Nearly everyone has preferences for certain kinds of worship expression, and our church is no different. Within this body there are those who are comfortable with traditional, blended, and contemporary worship styles.
Some of you may be very familiar with all of these expressions, some may have a general understanding, and some may not know about a worship style other than the one which they attend.
What we want to do today is let you see and experience examples of all of these worship expressions.
You are invited to sing along with all of these songs.
Our Choir and Praise Team will be leading you through models of each of these three styles, with the hope that you will more clearly understand what the styles are and determine if and how they fit into your personal worship experience.
You may not like every song and that’s okay. But I would ask that you consider the message of each segment and how it might be a worship vehicle for someone.
I bring an offering of worship to my King. No one else deserves the praises that I sing.
Jesus, may You receive the honor that you’re due. O Lord, I bring an offering to You.
What a wonderful personal statement of worship!
When we take these great feelings of devotion that we want to express and put them with music, great things happen. We can all raise our voices together with the same message.
Making music just makes the statement sweeter, A side benefit is that we can more easily learn and memorize Biblical truth if it is put to music and used in a worship setting.
From Old Testament times to today, God has gifted His people with the ability to create great music. We have the privilege of singing all of these songs today.
Whether they are the Psalms of David, a text and tune written during the Reformation, a gospel song from the last century, or a brand new expression, we can worship in many ways.
One of the best of these is more than two hundred years old and is the most beloved song of our faith. In fact, it is probably the most widely known song in the world.
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me.
The third verse particularly expresses the next part of the Lord’s Prayer as we ask for and expect God’s hand of protection—“Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil.”
Here are three different expressions—one traditional, one blended, and one contemporary.
- OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN HEAVEN…
*All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name Choir/All Chr P/O (in F) Verses 1 & 4 Song 2
*All Hail the Power (I-Worship) Choir with Congregation B (F/G) Verses 3 & 4 Song 2
- COME AND SET UP YOUR KINGDOM…
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing Choir with Congregation P/O (in D) Verses 1 & 2 Song 2
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Praise Team with Congregation) B (D) Verse 2 + tag Song 2
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Praise Team with Congregation) B (D) CH, V2 (chart), CH Song 2
The Bible urges us to express our worship in several specific ways—including silence, prayer, awe, contrition, giving, singing, dancing, shouting, playing a wide variety of instruments, clapping, and raising hands.
When we come before the Lord in worship, we acknowledge that God is in control of everything—that He Reigns supreme. He is the provider of everything we need, we can offer our petitions to him. Among those requests is that God would continue to meet our physical needs, so we say, “Give us our food for today.” Here
is a wonderful upbeat contemporary song that offers praise by joining two songs together.
…..move on to part 2, next blog post