All of our songs this week encourage us to be like our Heavenly Father in all aspects of our lives.
1. O To Be Like Thee
Thomas Chisholm, lyricist of this song, also wrote the words to “Living For Jesus,” another song which could easily fit in our list this week. Clearly he had a longing for increasing Christlikeness in his life. Hopefully his words inspire us to do the same.
2. This is My Father’s World
Psalm 19:1 tells us that “the heavens declare the glory of God.” It should be evident as we look around this world that there is a Creator who cares about us. If we want to be like Him, as we stated in the last song, then it is important for us to praise Him for Who He is, as we do in this song.
3. Take Time To Be Holy
4. More Precious Than Silver
5. Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
If someone in your life that you have a relationship with is important to you, then you will make sure that person is a priority in your life. You will make time for that person. You will treat them as a priority and desire to have relationship with them. You will turn to them both in good times and in bad. Shouldn’t all this be true for our Heavenly Father? This medley of three songs will encourage us to treat our relationship with Him as such.
6. I Am Mine No More
How much does our Heavenly Father want to have a relationship with us? So much so that He sent His son as a sacrifice. Jesus paid the price for our sins. Therefore, “I’ve been bought with blood, I am mine no more.”
7. All to Us
We learned this song at our church-wide singing the last Wednesday of May. I thought this was a perfect spot to introduce it on Sunday morning. Because of the things that God has done for us, we should want the following things: “Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the church. Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns. Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives.” What a different place the world would be if the church lived this message every day!
8. Always Forgiven
I asked our minister what his final point in the sermon would be. He said to accept God’s grace, love and mercy. That pointed me to this song. It’s also a wonderful reminder that if He is our Father, that means that “now and forever, I am Your child.”
9. O To Be Like Thee (reprise)
We’ll sing the last verse of this song as a reminder to be like Him as we leave our assembly and head out into the world.
ORDER OF WORSHIP
SCRIPTURE READING – Matthew 5:43-48
O To Be Like Thee (1,2,3)
This is My Father’s World (1,3)
619 – Take Time to Be Holy (1,2)
963 – More Precious Than Silver
983 – Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
I Am Mine No More
All to Us
O To Be Like Thee (4)