Greater Than We Can Imagine
The first time we did this song it wasn't as "fun" as I thought it would be. By that I mean when I anticipated singing this with the congregation I thought it would be one of those songs that is bursting with joy. And perhaps it was simply because it was new. But this time it went much better. We sang through it once while people were coming in and then started from the beginning and sang it again once everyone was in.
Psalm 89 - Call to Worship
Blessed Be Your Name
It seemed like a lot of people in our church have been going through a rough patch lately and I felt like we should sing songs that make us look past our current situations and fix our eyes on God. This song started us down that path. It reminded us that through every situation in life we can declare "Blessed be the name of the Lord." The rest of the songs focused mainly on how we can do that: by understanding that we are a child of God and focusing on His love for us.
The Father's Love
This song connected well with Blessed Be Your Name with the bridge:
Though sufferings may fill our lives
we're confident, we're heirs with Christ
And so we cry "Abba Father"
As well as pointed us to the next songs which focused on the love of God which was shown to us through Christ.
By This We Know Love
This was a new song for us. Another one that we brought home from Sovereign Grace. Such great lyrics:
By this we know love, that He laid down His life
God's very own Son came from heaven to die
Suspended He hung, as He shed His own blood
What grace in His pardon, by this we know love
Oh the Deep, Deep Love
This is the second time we've done this song. Such a beautiful song (especially with my wife singing it) and great, encouraging words.
Sing His Love
We did this song as the offertory. It's an old hymn that Caedmon's Call & Indelible Grace spruced up musically. We struggled with it a little, mainly because it has a heavy country beat in it and none of us play country much. But it was fun. I've enjoyed being able to bring out some different songs to do during our offering.
This week showed the influence Sovereign Grace has had on our worship team, all the songs except for one in our main set were from them. The theology in their songs are so rich. No wasted verses, no fluff. I've been challenged so much since I've been leading and singing these songs.
For the rest of our service, instead of having a sermon, we had a prayer service. Tim read a passage of Scripture, gave a short reflection on it and then one of the elders would pray the Scripture. It was a really meaningful service and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.
As always check out other worship leaders setlists at Fred McKinnons site!