Liturgy | July 14

The Context

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and contributed to the Sunday-SetList with the worship community. Before going into this past Sunday I think it’s important to briefly set-up our church context. Christ Church is a multi-site church in the north shore of the Chicago suburbs. Our original location is in Lake Forest and we are approaching our third year in Highland Park, a campus that began as a result of restart church plant. To learn more, click HERE.

On Sunday mornings, I serve mainly at our Highland Park campus, however yesterday, we did a worship team ‘swap,’ where I took a team of musicians from the HP campus to Lake Forest and a team from Lake Forest came to Highland Park. It was a great opportunity to unify the church- a great reminder of the fact that although we are in two locations, we are ONE church body.

The Team:

  • Acoustic w/ Vox
  • Vox
  • Bass with Vox
  • Drums
  • Piano
  • Violin
  • Flute

Prelude 

O the Deep Deep Love of Jesus

Instrumental arrangement featuring the Violin and Flute.

Call To Worship 

Psalm 96

1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

“Glorious and Mighty”

“Majesty, Your glory is shining
Brighter than the moon and the stars
Marveling, we honor and fear You
Above all gods!”

-Sovereign Grace Music-

“O Worship the King”

“Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
in thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.”

-Robert Grant-

Prayer 

Welcome 

Psalm 90 

Faith Story 

At least once a month, we desire to hear stories of God working in the lives of our congregants. Such a simple way to foster community in our services, as well as to join together in celebrating God’s faithfulness and saving grace.

“O God Our Help in Ages Past”

“From everlasting to everlasting You are God!
From everlasting to everlasting You are God!
You are the dwelling place, our eternal home.”

-Isaac Watts with added refrain Pogue-

This is a re-imagined arrangement of a classic hymn based on the words and them of Psalm 90.When a song is written based off the text being spoken, I find it helpful and valuable not only hear the word proclaimed through message, but as well to internalize through our congregational singing. To hear the arrangement you can find it HERE.

Prayer 

Offertory | “All I Have is Christ”

“Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
O Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You”

-Sovereign Grace Music-

Sermon 

In Christ Alone 

“In Christ alone, my hope is found; He is my light, my strength, my song.

-Stuart Townend and Keith Getty-

The arrangement we did was almost a combination of the Passion arrangement as well as the original Getty’s. Simple open chord progression but not rock driven. You could really hear the voices singing!

Benediction 

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