Worship Set List

August 26, 2012
13th Sunday after Pentecost

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship


Responsive Reading – Salvation By Grace

Songs of Worship

The Saving One

Hallelujah! What a Savior

Worship through Prayer

The Apostle’s Creed

Scripture – Ephesians 2:12-22

Song of Worship – Jesus Paid It All

Worship through Giving

Song of Worship – Worthy Is the Lamb

Worship Through God’s Word

Lighten Up: Laying Down Our Heavy Burdens

The Burden of Sin

Psalm 23:5

Song of Preparation – Communion


Worship At the Lord’s Table

The Lord’s Prayer



Prayer for the Week

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I’m Back

Most of you have been following my running for quite some time now and many of you know that early in the summer I had to take some time off to have surgery.  What that meant to running is that I had to dial everything back to the most basic of training routines.  For the last 7 weeks, I have been building back to my pre-surgery routine.  Today was the test to see if I was back.  During the last week I had three 7 mile runs, each at an hour.  The plan today was to run 12 miles.  Needless to say there was some apprehension about that.  I was pretty sure I could complete the distance – but not 100% sure.  Then there was the matter of pace – could I run the 12 miles at the pace I wanted to run it?

Like I said, there were some questions about today’s run.  Added to those two questions was the matter that I had to change my regular route because the local railroad was working on the tracks and had the regular route closed. Why would that matter?  I had the mile markings down on the regular route.  This run would be a blind run – which would be good because I had to run by feel.

Back to the run in a moment – I woke up this morning and weighed myself in and finally broke the 175 mark – I’m hoping this is the beginning of losing the last couple pounds.  I hydrated and ate something before heading out the door.  The run felt very good – all the way to the park, where I rehydrated and refueled to finish the last 5 miles.  As I neared the end of the run I looked at my watch – knowing about how long it took me to get back to the park and knowing that a 9 minute mile for 12 miles was 1:48:00.  I was close to that pace and I couldn’t believe it.  Shortly after I finished the run and looked at my watch – 1:49:58.  I had completed a 12 + mile run at a very good pace.  When I got home, I checked the pace and found out I had run a 9:01 pace for 12 miles.  Needless to say, all the doubts were unfounded and it looks like I am now back to my pre-surgery self.  I am very excited.  This week’s plan is to run two 1 hour runs (at about 7 miles,) a short, fast run around 5 miles and next Saturday’s run will go the full 1/2 marathon distance.  If all goes well, the next week I plan on running 14 miles (which would be a first.)  I’d like to get up to 16 miles on a long run before I start tapering back for the 1/2 marathon at the end of October.

So today has been a great day and the benefits of running have really paid off and I can’t believe that I’m still getting faster.  But that won’t keep my from Pressing On!

5 Tips For Setting Yourself Apart As A “Must-Have” Background Vocalist

Here is a great article about background vocals and leading worship by David Santisteven.

We’ve all been in situations where background vocalists were out of place.

They distracted rather than enhanced.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Your role as a background vocalist is to lead worship.

You inspire people.

You model what it means to approach the throne of grace.

And this post is to help you get there – to give you confidence as you lead others in worship.


5 Qualities Of Effective Background Vocalists

I can think of at least 5 qualities of great background vocalists.

1. They match the vocal tone of the leader – Great background singers don’t stand out – they accent the lead vocal by matching their tone. It starts with being aware – with not being too impressed with yourself. Just like a great musician, you need to serve the song by serving the lead vocal. Make the lead sound amazing.

2. They don’t over sing – Nothing is more frustrating to a worship leader than a background singer who won’t shut up. OK, maybe that’s a little harsh. But you need to realize that a worship leader needs space to lead.

If you are filling every available measure with vocal moans, you are overstepping your bounds. As a rule of thumb, sing your parts. When you feel led to sing spontaneously, pull your mic away unless your worship leader wants you to sing out.

Don’t just sing because you have a microphone.

3. They lead with their stage presence – Background singers are worship leaders. The nature of being “out front” is that people look to you.

I know being center stage presents a temptation to “perform” your worship. But in all honesty, the more “honest” you can be in your worship – the more genuine your response to God, the more inspiring you’ll be.

Don’t show off your skills. Show that you’re truly in love with Jesus.

4. The lyrics mean something to them – The best background singers internalize the lyrics. They don’t just sing. They mean every word. Before they even step out on that stage, they are declaring, breathing, and believing the truth they are about to sing.

Singing worship songs isn’t a performance to them. It’s the breath in their lungs, the response of their heart, and the reason they live.

5. They sing creatively – This is an acquired skill, but great singers don’t just sing the harmony part the whole way through a song.

Sometimes they’ll sing melody. Sometimes they won’t sing at all. Sometimes they’ll sing two words of a phrase. The key here is to add creative texture to the music. Use your voice as an instrument.

This Temple Honors Your Name

Proper 16 (21) (August 26, 2012)

1 Kings 8:1,6,10-11, 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20; John 6:56-69

8 Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of the Israelites. They were to bring the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion.

Then the priests carried the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant into the inner sanctuary of the Temple—the Most Holy Place—and placed it beneath the wings of the cherubim.

10 When the priests came out of the Holy Place, a thick cloud filled the Temple of the Lord. 11 The priests could not continue their service because of the cloud, for the glorious presence of the Lord filled the Temple.

22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel. He lifted his hands toward heaven, 23 and he prayed,

“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven above or on the earth below. You keep your covenant and show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion.24 You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.

25 “And now, O Lord, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow me as you have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’ 26 Now, O God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David, my father.

27 “But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built! 28 Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you today. 29 May you watch over this Temple night and day, this place where you have said, ‘My name will be there.’ May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place. 30 May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.

41 “In the future, foreigners who do not belong to your people Israel will hear of you. They will come from distant lands because of your name, 42 for they will hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm. And when they pray toward this Temple, 43 then hear from heaven where you live, and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honors your name.

This morning’s passage of scripture gives us the content of Solomon’s prayer during the dedication of the Temple of God.  Before we get to that, notice what happens when the priests bring the Ark of the Covenant into the new Temple.  The presence of the Lord so fills the temple that the other priests can even continue their work there.  Have you ever been to church when the presence of the Lord was so thick that you had to stop what you were doing and simply acknowledge Him.  Sometimes we get so busy doing the Lord’s work – this is a job hazard for those who are called in his ministry and spend many hours in the church building.  I have had those times however — and it is amazing just to spend the time – in the Lord’s presence – not doing work – but simply worshiping God.

The second thing I see is Solomon’s prayer, which is really the focus of this passage.  Solomon realizes that this Temple was built by him with God’s help. At first he asks God to dwell in the temple, but then realizes that God cannot be contained in the Temple – God can’t be contained in our little boxes.  God promised that if the people prayed and followed his commandments, that he would bless the people.  The people were to honor God for who He was.  When people hear that we are honoring God and honoring His name, it makes an impression.  I love how this passage ends. “In the future, foreigners…will hear of you…for they will hear of your great name and your strong hand and your powerful arm…when they pray toward this temple…hear from heaven and grant what they ask of you. In this way, all the people of the earth will come to know and fear you, just as your own people Israel do. They, too, will know that this Temple I have built honors your name. ”  Let’s do just that!

Beloit Mindset List (Class of 2016)

From Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2016What would you add? The Mindset List for the Class of 2016For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.

  1. They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.
  2. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
  3. The Biblical sources of terms such as “Forbidden Fruit,” “The writing on the wall,” “Good Samaritan,” and “The Promised Land” are unknown to most of them.
  4. Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
  5. If they miss The Daily Show, they can always get their news on YouTube.
  6. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
  7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
  8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
  9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
  10. On TV and in films, the ditzy dumb blonde female generally has been replaced by a couple of Dumb and Dumber males.
  11. The paradox “too big to fail” has been, for their generation, what “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” was for their grandparents’.
  12. For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.
  13. They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
  14. There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.
  15. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all.
  16. Since they’ve been born, the United States has measured progress by a 2 percent jump in unemployment and a 16 cent rise in the price of a first class postage stamp.
  17. Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather.
  18. Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
  19. The Green Bay Packers have always celebrated with the Lambeau Leap.
  20. Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
  21. A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
  22. The Real World has always stopped being polite and started getting real on MTV.
  23. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
  24. White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited.
  25. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
  26. Having made the acquaintance of Furby at an early age, they have expected their toy friends to do ever more unpredictable things.
  27. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their tablets and smart phone screens.
  28. Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
  29. They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
  30. There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.’
  31. Along with online viewbooks, parents have always been able to check the crime stats for the colleges their kids have selected.
  32. Newt Gingrich has always been a key figure in politics, trying to change the way America thinks about everything.
  33. They have come to political consciousness during a time of increasing doubts about America’s future.
  34. Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.
  35. Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
  36. Stephen Breyer has always been an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
  37. Martin Lawrence has always been banned from hosting Saturday Night Live.
  38. Slavery has always been unconstitutional in Mississippi, and Southern Baptists have always been apologizing for supporting it in the first place.
  39. The Metropolitan Opera House in New York has always translated operas on seatback screens.
  40. A bit of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, has always existed in space.
  41. Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers.
  42. Gene therapy has always been an available treatment.
  43. They were too young to enjoy the 1994 World Series, but then no one else got to enjoy it either.
  44. The folks have always been able to grab an Aleve when the kids started giving them a migraine.
  45. While the iconic TV series for their older siblings was the sci-fi show Lost, for them it’sBreaking Bad, a gritty crime story motivated by desperate economic circumstances.
  46. Simba has always had trouble waiting to be King.
  47. Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
  48. They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
  49. There has always been a World Trade Organization.
  50. L.L. Bean hunting shoes have always been known as just plain Bean Boots.
  51. They have always been able to see Starz on Direct TV.
  52. Ice skating competitions have always been jumping matches.
  53. There has always been a Santa Clause.
  54. NBC has never shown A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.
  55. Mr. Burns has replaced J.R.Ewing as the most shot-at man on American television.
  56. They have always enjoyed school and summer camp memories with a digital yearbook.
  57. Herr Schindler has always had a List; Mr. Spielberg has always had an Oscar.
  58. Selena’s fans have always been in mourning.
  59. They know many established film stars by their voices on computer-animated blockbusters.
  60. History has always had its own channel.
  61. Thousands have always been gathering for “million-man” demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
  62. Television and film dramas have always risked being pulled because the story line was too close to the headlines from which they were ”ripped.”
  63. TheTwilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
  64. Robert Osborne has always been introducing Hollywood history on TCM.
  65. Little Caesar has always been proclaiming “Pizza Pizza.”
  66. They have no recollection of when Arianna Huffington was a conservative.
  67. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has always been officially recognized with clinical guidelines.
  68. They watch television everywhere but on a television.
  69. Pulp Fiction’s meal of a “Royale with Cheese” and an “Amos and Andy milkshake” has little or no resonance with them.
  70. Point-and-shoot cameras are soooooo last millennium.
  71. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.
  72. Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight.
  73. Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive baseball games played has never stood in their lifetimes.
  74. Genomes of living things have always been sequenced.
  75. The Sistine Chapel ceiling has always been brighter and cleaner.

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Four Rules for Preachers

Four Rules for Preachers – via Justin Taylor

Phillips Brooks—one of the great American preachers of the 19th century—offered this counsel in his Bohlen Lectures on Preaching delivered before the Divinity School of Yale College in January/February 1877:

First, count and rejoice to count yourself the servant of the people to whom you minister. Not in any worn-out figure but in very truth, call yourself and be their servant.

Second, never allow yourself to feel equal to your work. If you ever find that spirit growing on you, be afraid, and instantly attack your hardest piece of work, try to convert your toughest infidel, try to preach on your most exacting theme, to show your self how unequal to it all you are.

Third, be profoundly honest. Never dare to say in the pulpit or in private, through ardent excitement or conformity to what you know you are expected to say, one word which at the moment when you say it, you do not believe. It would cut down the range of what you say, perhaps, but it would endow every word that was left with the force of ten.

And last of all, be vital, be alive, not dead. Do everything that can keep your vitality at its fullest. Even the physical vitality do not dare to disregard. One of the most striking preachers of our country seems to me to have a large part of his power simply in his physique, in the impression of vitality, in the magnetism almost like a material thing, that passes between him and the people who sit before him. Pray for and work for fulness of life above everything; full red blood in the body; full honesty and truth in the mind; and the fulness of a grateful love for the Saviour in your heart. Then, however men set their mark of failure or success upon your ministry, you cannot fail, you must succeed.

A Full Life

“Jim Elliot was fresh out of college when he felt the call of God to go to the mission field. Tragically, Jim and four other young missionaries lost their lives in the jungles of Ecuador in an attempt to reach others with the gospel. It might seem like a terrible waste of life for such a young man with so much promise. But after his death, this entry was found in one of his journals: “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus.”

-Greg Laurie