Preparing for Worship // July 15, 2018

Preparing for Worship // July 15, 2018

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Songs are often used as effective teaching tools. Barney’s song Clean Up will remind generations of children to “do their share.” It is difficult to recite the alphabet without singing “L-M-N-O-P” a little faster. Every time I walk up and down a produce isle, I try to waltz with potatoes like in the Veggietales theme song. Our brains are wired in such a way that we remember silly things like these examples, but it also works for more substantial things. This is one of the ways Veggietales teaches children theology is by putting things to song (God is bigger (than the boogie man), Love your neighbor, Stand Up! (for what you believe in)). It is simple, but it is effective.

My grandmother had a long and hard fight with Alzheimers before she entered into eternity with her Savior. One of my fondest memories was during our last visit to see her. We piled 4 cars worth of kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids together and overran her assisted living community on Sunday after church. We all partook in one of her favorite activities – singing worship songs. It was a glorious sight to see her and all her neighbors gathered around, singing every single word of these great hymns of the faith. A few of these men and women could not recognize their own family members, but knew “‘Great is Thy faithfulness.’ O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.” These songs were engrained into their hearts. We spent almost half an hour just singing and worshipping God together with people who, in some ways, knew nothing but their loving Savior.

A great deal of thought and care goes on behind the scenes every week to choose which songs to sing in worship. It is not just finding songs that everyone knows, are on the radio, and are fun to play on drums. Among many other factors, songs are chosen if they teach good doctrine and supplement the preaching of Scripture. Part of the purpose of this blog is to let you meditate on the words and learn the tune of the songs before we sing them together. Deuteronomy 32 is a song God gave to Moses to give to the people. These are things he really wanted them to take to heart. It is their pump-up-worship-song for entering the Promised Land. They will need to remember it, hold onto it, and teach it to their children. It is a song that His covenant people need to hear and digest today.

THE WORD

Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52
Sermon: Singing with Moses

SONGS

O God Our Help In Ages Past  (Cardiphonia)
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Our God (Chris Tomlin)
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Good Good Father (Housefires)
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Song of Preparation: Greater Than Our Hearts (Indelible Grace)
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Song for the Supper: Communion Hymn (Hiram Ring)
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Song of Response: Oh The Lord Our Strength and Song (Song of Moses) (Aaron Keyes)
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