This weekend, our family pastor, Brian Tryhus, continued our series on worship with his message about adoration. He surveyed several Psalms that we read this week in our church's reading plan, from Psalm 139 through 145. He challenged us turn our hearts to adoration because the Lord knows us and still loves, because God is faithful in every circumstance, and because He is worthy. It was a valuable reminder for all of us to direct our worship to the One who is worthy. You can listen to or watch the message and service here.
Here's the order from this weekend:
Call to Worship - Corporate Reading - Psalm 105:1-3 ESV
"Before The Throne" (A) [Charitie Lees Bancroft]
"Holy Is The Lord" (E) [Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio]
Message - "Worship: Adoration" [Brian Tryhus]
"Wonderful, Merciful Savior" (Bb) [Dawn Rogers, Eric Wyse]
"How Great Is Our God" (Bb) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash]
"Lord Of All" (Bb) [Kristian Stanfill]
This was another solid weekend with our church. Our team did a fantastic job leading, and the congregation was engaged in singing together throughout. Our team continues to get better and better. I am so thankful for their continued commitment and growth as musicians and leaders!
For the songs this weekend, we focused on how worthy the Lord is of our worship because of who He is and what He has done. We began with "Before The Throne," which sings of how Christ is our divine Substitute, our Advocate, and our atonement. He is our righteousness, and we are no longer condemned because of Him. We continued with "Holy Is The Lord" as a song about God's transcendence and glory. After Brian's message, we responded with "Wonderful, Merciful Savior," a song that we have sung for various events here at FBC, but which I don't think we have sung on a weekend since I've been here. I love this song because the lyric speaks clearly of the atonement, the Trinity, and God's immanence–all with a beautiful melody. We continued from there with "How Great Is Our God" and "Lord Of All." We paired the two songs together because they share a similar theme, in that God is sovereign over all, and that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. At the end of "Lord Of All," we sang the choruses of both songs simultaneously, since they share the same chord progression. It made me imagine what worship around the throne might be like, with the redeemed singing different songs to the Lord for all He is and all He has done for us. It will be beautiful when we don't have to imagine that moment anymore...
Hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were!