January 27, 2019
This week our liturgical focus is on "Glory" and "Heaven." We'll sing songs that focus an eternal perspective and on our basis for believing that one day we'll worship the Lord forever.
Prelude - "This I Believe"
This song is a great summary statement of some key elements of our faith and is appropriately nicknamed, "The Creed." It gives us the opportunity to affirm the truths of "life eternal," and "that we will rise again." (John 3:16; 1 Thess. 4:13-18) This serves to give a couple crucial truths that lay the foundation for the claims we'll soon make of our eternity spent with the Lord.
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"
We begin the main music set with this song as a call to worship. The third verse is our tie into the theme for the morning: "And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come, still my soul will sing your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore!" (Rev. 5:11-14)
"I Will Glory in My Redeemer"
This song shifts our focus a bit toward the theme of glory which simply means in this context, "worshipful praise." The verses flesh out for us our reasons for confidence in the life to come. Namely, that God the Son has worked to take our place for sin and it's his faithfulness that keeps us to the end (Eph. 2:1-10; Romans 8:26-30).
"All Creatures of our God and King"
We'll end the main set with the intention to foreshadow the song of a cosmos redeemed and remade. This text gives us the ability to join in the praises of all creation which we'll take part in for all eternity (Ps. 96:11-12; Rev. 5:13). It ends with a doxology providing a right closure to what we've sung to this point.
Communion - "Holy, Holy, Holy"
While communion is taking place we'll give the option to join in singing this hymn. A couple verses of the hymn are set from the context of God reigning from heaven so we'll take the opportunity to get again that eternal perspective. It also ties in the idea of the table to rejoicing in heaven. One day we'll join in the song of Revelation, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty," and eat the meal together during the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev. 4:8; 19:6-9).
Response - "Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)"
Finally, our response song will give us the opportunity to sing of both glory and heaven. This is simply a song about the gospel story that ends with the picture of the second coming when Christ returns for us and brings us to our eternal home forever with him! (1 Thess. 4:13-18)