Sometimes I have to come up with a set list for worship without ANY information on the sermon. Such is the case this week. When I sat down to put it together, I asked myself what our congregation needs to hear right now. (We’ve dealt with some very heavy news recently.) Two themes came to mind: God’s faithfulness and God’s presence. You’ll see those two themes intertwined throughout each song this week. I hope they bring everyone, including our minister Randy Daw, great peace and comfort.
1. Ten Thousand Reasons
Based on Psalm 103 (which we will have as a scripture reading just prior to singing), this song is a wonderful reminder of God’s blessings, even during times of adversity.
2. I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord
I feel like this song was way ahead of its time. Written in the late 1800’s, it almost sounds as if it is a modern day praise song.
3. Holy Ground / Holy Ground
These two songs not only have the same title, they sound so similar that many people probably don’t realize that they are in fact two different songs.
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness
I can’t remember where I learned this song; I did not grow up singing it in church. But wherever I first heard it, it was an obviously powerful hymn.
5. I Am a Sheep
Dennis Jernigan is one of my favorite modern composers. You’ll recognize some of his other songs we sing in church: You Are My All in All, Thank You Lord (for all that You’ve done I will thank You). This one reminds us that God is constantly watching over us. What a great reminder of His presence.
6. Surround Us, Lord
It’s good not only to remind us of God’s presence, but to remind ourselves how much we NEED His presence. Based on Psalm 125:2, this modern day hymn reminds us that God surrounds His people.
9. Walking Alone at Eve
The imagery in this classic puts us in God’s presence by walking with Him, as well as reminding us of the home we have with Him in the future.
SCRIPTURE READING – Psalm 103:1-8 (NKJV)
Ten Thousand Reasons
I Will Sing of the Mercies of the Lord
Great is Thy Faithfulness (1,3)
I Am a Sheep
Surround Us, Lord
Walking Alone at Eve (1,3)