Friday, July 9, 2010

Hymn Sing: Worship With All Music

What do ya do when the pastor is out of town? Or when there's an extra week in a month? Or when ya just want to do something different in worship? Well, you could host a good ol' fashion hymn sing. Wait, you might say, don't we always sing hymns? Yes, but not as every part of worship. It can be really fun and spiritually moving to have an entire worship service of just music. It seems like music goes deeper than spoken words alone. As an old adage says: “Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” Music takes us deeper in all kinds of ways. So give it a try some time. And if you do, check out Ephesians 5:18-20 for some words of guidance: “…be filled with the Spirit as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to God in your hearts, giving thanks to God at all times and for everything in the name of Jesus Christ.” While there are many ways to do a hymn sing, here is one sample service:


Instrumental music will play as we gather.


CALL TO WORSHIP “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You” (verses 1, 3, 4) NCH 4

The chime will be rung after we sing “Joyful, Joyful.”

CENTERING MUSIC & CANDLE LIGHTING As we prepare for worship, all are invited to meditate on the music in the room or the music in their heart. The candles will be lit during this meditative music.

INVOCATION “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (verses 1, 2, 3, 4, 7) NCH 277

HYMN “God of Change and Glory” (verses 1-3) NCH 177



Psalm 150

SERMON “For the Beauty of the Earth” (verses 1-3) NCH 28

HYMN “My Life Flows on in Endless Song” (verses 1, 2, 4) NCH 476

PASSING OF THE PEACE “I’ve Got Peace Like a River” (verse 1) NCH 478

When the music stops, we’ll pass signs of God’s peace with those around us.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE “O For a World” (verses 1-5) NCH 575

THE PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (verse 1) NCH 423

Our gifts will be shared after the first verse of “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God all creatures here below
To God the Spirit now we raise
Our joyful songs of thankful praise. Amen.

PRAYER OF DEDICATION “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (verse 2) NCH 423

BENEDICTION “This Little Light of Mine” (verses 1-3) NCH 525


Instrumental music will play as we depart the sanctuary for the fellowship hall.

1 comment:

  1. What a great service! I am guest preaching this summer and am working on a homily called "Songs as Sermons." This is very inspirational. Thanks and hope your congregation enjoyed it.