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Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Lord God, I have read it and heard it so many times.  As a worship leader I have chosen Psalm 150 for a call to worship.  

   “Let everything,  everything that has breath”

Perhaps it is the “thing” that distracted me, thinking of only things like trees and stones, like lions and alligators, you know lord, “things.”  But here at this time and this place* I see that everything with breath, means all people, and people of all different nations, tribes, and groups; people of all different status, personality, and persuasion.  We are all called to praise the Lord.  We are all called to praise You!

Yet, as worship leaders, and as a worship leader at a Christian College, varied and diverse in many different ways, how can worship services become the service and the praise of all the people.   Must we worship in diversity in diverse times and place forever?   How can we who have breath, breathe in the Holy Spirit and give breath to our praise in ways that join our praise together.

Forgive me and forgive us for self-centered needs, ideas, and whims that divide our breath from you into seperate breaths. Grant that we might acknowledge that each and everyone of us live by only the breath you breathe into us, and that Your breath deep inside us seeks to breathe out your praise with every other person the breath that exclaims, “Praise the Lord.” Teach us your ways O Lord!  Amen.

*Prayer on my heart in response to our 1st session at the Calvin College worship symposium and NetVUE Conference in Grand Rapids, MI

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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“Armor of God” Responsive Prayer: Ephesians 6:10-17

Pastor/Leader/One: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

People/All: We will put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes.

Pastor/Leader/One: Know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

People/All: We will put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes.

Pastor/Leader/One: Yes, put on the full armor of God then, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

People/All: We will put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes. 

Pastor/Leader/One: Stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

People/All: We will put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes.

Pastor/Leader/One: In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

People/All: We will put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes.

Pastor/Leader/One: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Amen.

People/All: Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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Psalm 103 Responsive Prayer for Public Worship

Worship Leader: Let us give praise to the Lord together.

Women:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Men: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—

Worship Leader:   He forgives all your iniquity and heals all your diseases, He redeems your life from the Pit, and crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

Women:   Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Men:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—

Worship Leader: He satisfies you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

All:  Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Worship Leader:  The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger forever.  He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.

Women:    For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him,

Men:  as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us.

Worship Leader: As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. For he knows how we were made; he remembers that we are dust.

Women: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Men:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—

Worship Leader:  The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.

 All:  Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Worship Leader:  The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.

Women:  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Men:   Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—

All:  Bless the Lord, O my soul!

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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