Jamie Brown recently gave some great suggestions on how to improve the corporate worship of the Church. The suggestions from this short but important blog post are all things that we have worked on at Stonebrook, but we want to continue striving to do them better for the glory of God and the edification of the gathered Church.
August 28, 2012
This fall our music ministry will be reading through Christ Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell together. We are planning to take 20-30 minutes of each practice time and read a section of the book together, and reflect on what we’ve read.
Our goal is to understand the purpose of corporate worship from a Biblical perspective so we can help communicate to people why it is important that we arrive on time with hearts prepared to engage in the music, scripture, prayer, offering, and announcements, with the same expectation as we do the sermon, rather that simply seeing it as a big “warm up” or “prelude” to the “real meat” of the service.
I’m looking forward to this study, I’ve benefitted greatly in my thinking on corporate worship from this book, and I hope you will too.
Please check out this 3.5 minute video of Bryan Chapell explaining why he wrote the book:
April 4, 2012
This coming Sunday, we’ll be singing in celebration of Christ’s victory over death. These are the songs we’ll be singing together, and what our service will look like:
Call to Worship
Christ is Risen
Isaiah 53:4-6; 10-11
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;
when his soul makes an offering for guilt,
he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;
the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;
by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,
make many to be accounted righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Songs of Confession, Assurance, Prayer, and Thanks
In Christ Alone
Jesus Paid it All
And Can It Be
Children Dismissed to Sunday School
Greet One Another
28:1 Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said,“Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place. And when they had assembled with the elders and taken counsel, they gave a sufficient sum of money to the soldiers and said, “Tell people, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So they took the money and did as they were directed. And this story has been spread among the Jews to this day.
Song of Proclamation
April 2, 2012
This Sunday at Stonebrook we are meeting to celebrate a living Savior who has conquered sin and death. We will begin our worship service by singing a new song together called “Christ is Risen,” written by Mia Fields and Matt Maher. This song proclaims, “Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death.” By dying, and rising from the grave, Jesus has made Himself the perfect sacrifice for us. He is the Spotless Lamb, the propitiation for our sins that lets us be reconciled to God through the forgiveness of our sins, if only we believe in Him.