Archive for September, 2011

Worship Notes 9/25/2011

Sermon Text: i Corinthians 9

That I may win some

At Christ Church Conway, we believe that our worship is much more than the songs we sing, but in fact, we were created to worship in every aspect of our lives.  With that said, we do sing new songs, hymns, and psalms every week as part of our weekly services.  Many of these songs are hymns with the traditional tunes, many are ancient hymn text set to new tunes, some written by us some from Indelible Grace, Red Mountain Music, and others.  The song list below is a good sampling of the style of music and many of the songs we sing every week.   We believe that through these songs and hymns a rich theology is presented that can help us understand the faithfulness, grace, and mercy of our God as they aid us in our Worship.

 

Call To Worship
God is the sovereign over all creation and is worthy of all glory, praise, and reverence. We gather to worship him because he has called his people to worship him as the true and living God.

Psalm 134

1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
2 Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!

 

Song :  I Boast No More
Words Isaac Watts
Music Sandra McCracken

1. No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before,
To trust the merits of Thy Son

2. Now, for the loss I bear His name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to His cross.

Chorus: No more my God,
No more my God,
No more my God,
I boast no more.

 3.Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake;
O may my soul be found in Him,
And of His righteousness partake!

4. The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before Thy throne;
But faith can answer Thy demands,
By pleading what my Lord has done.

Song: Christ or Else I Die

Words – William Hammond, 1719-1783
Music – Drew Holcomb, 2004

 

 Gracious Lord, incline thy ear;
My requests vouchsafe to hear;
Hear my never-ceasing cry;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

Wealth and honor I disdain,
Earthly comforts, Lord are vain;
These can never satisfy:
Give me Christ, or else I die.

All unholy and unclean,
I am nothing else but sin;
On thy mercy I rely;
Give me Christ, or else I die.

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Worship Notes 9/11/2011

Sermon Text:  1 Corinthians 7
You Are Not Your Own”

 

 Explanation of the Order of Worship

The regular pattern of the worship service at Christ Church Conway is organized in four cycles: Praise, Acknowledgement of Human Condition, Means of Grace, and Response. The goal of this structure is that God may be glorified as we proclaim who he is (Praise), confess our need for him (Acknowledgment of Human Condition), hear what Christ has done for his people and receive God’s grace (Means of Grace), and respond in praise (Response).

Throughout history, the people of God have sung of the glory of God. The book of Psalms is a collection of some of the songs God’s people have sung. We continue now in the biblical tradition of singing praises to our God.

 Hymn of PraiseTo God Be The Glory
Fanny J. Crosby | William Howard Doane

To God be the glory, great things He has done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Refrain:
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He has done. 

Stories behind the Hymns :To God Be The Glory

Hymn of Praise :Hallelujah What A Savior


Philip Paul Bliss

Man of Sorrows! What a name
For the Son of God, who came
ruined sinners to reclaim.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned he stood;
Sealed my pardon with his blood.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
Spotless Lamb of God was he;
full atonement can it be?
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was he to die;
“It is finished!” was his cry;
now in heaven exalted high.
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Hymn of Praise :All I Have is Yours
© 2006 Bobby Gilles | Sojourn Community Church (Admin. by Robert E. Gilles, Jr.) |
Bobby Gilles | Rebecca Elliott

Creator, giver of all things:
All I have is Yours.
Accept my humble offering:
All I have is Yours.
When I was chained to greed and pride,
Tight-fisted, destined just to die,
You paid my debt and bought my life –
All I have is Yours.

All I have. All I have. All I have is yours.

This offering is a means of grace.
All I have is Yours.
You show me this to grow my faith:
All I have is Yours.
The more I give, the less I need.
I learn that You’ll provide for me.
’twas blind to this but now I see –
All I have is Yours.

 

 

The Bible teaches us to confess our sin to one another. Here, having heard the Law, scriptural warning, and way of salvation, we corporately confess our sins and our need for the mercy of the Father, which comes only through Jesus Christ.

Prayer of Confession

Congregation: Most gracious Father, your Word makes clear that you created us for your glory,
that you have called your people out of the darkness of world to be dwell in your light,
that we have been bought with a price and are not our own.
Yet Father, we stand against you, seeking our own glory, finding hope, satisfaction,
and security in the darkness of this world rather than in the light of your Son, Jesus Christ,
and submitting ourselves again to the yoke of slavery calling it freedom.
Father, remember us according to your everlasting covenant and your steadfast love and mercy.
For the sake of your Son, forgive us our sins. By your Spirit, strengthen us to walk in the freedom of holiness. Amen.

Romans 6.23
23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Hymn of Response :Pass Me Not
words: Fanny Crosby
music: Lance Johnston & Treva Blomquist

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,
hear my humble cry;
while on others thou art calling,
do not pass me by.

Savior, Savior, hear my humble cry;
while on others thou art calling,
do not pass me by.

Let me at thy throne of mercy
find a sweet relief,
kneeling there in deep contrition;
help my unbelief.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Thinking about Corporate Worship

In the church world (and perhaps especially among the reformed), the quickest way to remove grace from a conversation is to start talking about corporate worship – what we should and shouldn’t do, what styles are godly and ungodly, who the worship service is for, etc., etc., etc. Here are three blog posts (1, 2, 3) dealing with various aspects of the conversation – as you can see, grace is not always what comes to mind.

Corporate worship is something that we need to be be thinking and talking about, and it is not just the preachers and musicians that need to be talking about it. Corporate worship is necessarily something that we should all be involved in, therefore we all need to be thinking and talking about it. I would add, there is a specific aspect that we need to be thinking and talking about and that is the why aspect. Why do we come together and worship? Why do we do what we do? I am not saying this is the most fundamental question in the conversation necessarily, but I do think it is a very important one. How we answer this question directly impacts most of the other conversations and attitudes we have regarding corporate worship.

So, my challenge to you is to think biblically about why we worship? I say think biblically, to keep us all from taking our own personal reasons for why we worship and making them absolute. It may be that we come to the gathering for some sub-biblical reason. It may be that we need to be challenged in our attitudes and motivations toward worship. Perhaps a good place to begin our thinking on this would be the Psalms of Ascent, Psalms 120-134. These were the songs that the Hebrew people sang as they made their way to the temple to worship their God. Spend some time reading and meditating on these wonderful Psalms and be encouraged that we have a God worthy of our worship.

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Worship Notes 9/4/2011

Sermon Text:  1 Corinthians 7

You Are Not Your Own”

32 I want you to be efree from anxieties. fThe unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife,34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, gnot to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

 

God is the sovereign over all creation and is worthy of all glory, praise, and reverence. We gather to worship him because he has called his people to worship him as the true and living God.

Call To Worship:1 Chronicles 16.8-10

8Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him; sing praises to him;tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Song of Praise:  Praise to the Lord, the Almighty


Public Domain.
Words: Joachim Neander.
Music: 17th century German tune.

1. Praise to the Lord,
The Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him,
For He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear,
Now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

2. Praise to the Lord,
Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings,
Yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
How all your longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Just as God has called us out of sin in his Son, Jesus Christ, so also has he called us to glorifying him as God through good works, which are only done by faith in Jesus Christ.

Exhortation: 2 Corinthians 7.1
1Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.

 

Song: Be still my soul

 


Hymn of Response:  
All I Have is Yours

© 2006 Bobby Gilles | Sojourn Community Church (Admin. by Robert E. Gilles, Jr.) |
Bobby Gilles | Rebecca Elliott

1. Creator, Giver of all things,
All I have is Yours.
Accept my humble offering,
All I have is Yours.
When I was chained to greed and pride,
Tight fisted, destined just to die,
You paid my debt and bought my life;
All I have is Yours.

 2. This offering is a means of grace,
All I have is Yours.
You show me this to grow my faith,
All I have is Yours.
The more I give, the less I need,
I learn that You’ll provide for me.
‘Twas blind to this, but now I see;
All I have is Yours.

 (Bridge) All I have, All I have, All I have is Yours.

 3. Your kingdom come Your will be done
All I have is Yours
You’ll finish all that You’ve begun
All I have is Yours
That You would use the gifts I bring
In service of the coming King
Is reason now to praise and sing
All I have is Yours

Closing Hymn: I surrender All

Judson W. Van DeVenter

All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

  • I surrender all,
    I surrender all;
    All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
    I surrender all.

    Story behind the hymn: “

    It was during this period in my life that a revival was held in the First Methodist Church of which I was a member. I became very interested in these meetings as a personal worker. The Spirit of God was urging me to give up teaching and to enter the evangelistic field, but I would not yield. I still had a burning desire to be an artist. This battle raged for five years. At last the time came when I could hold out no longer and I surrendered my all-my time and my talents. It was then that a new day was ushered into my life. I wrote I Surrender All in memory of the time when, after the long struggle, I had surrendered and dedicated my life to active Christian service for the Lord.

    Van DeVenter’s hymn and hymn story remind us all to be sensitive to the Lord’s leading and consequent surrendering. Plus, the content deserves our fullest attention and should cause us to close our lips and search our souls the next time the hymn is made part of our church experience:”-

    by Bill Dagle


    Heres one for fun

     

    To listen to the songs and see the full post click here.


 

 

 

 

 

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Roots & Wings

Indelible Grace Documentary Trailer: Roots And Wings from Kevin Twit on Vimeo.

We do a ton of Indelible Grace songs at church here is a little bit about them.

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