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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Mercies New Every Morning

Written By Ryan Egan on 06/25/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

Many of us have some stories to tell of things we've been through. Perhaps we're going through an incredibly difficult or profound situation right now. On the other hand, perhaps for many, it's "life as usual."

Such was the case for Thomas Chisholm, the writer of "Great is Thy Faithfulness", which we will be singing this coming Sunday. Instead of being written out of heart-wrenching tragedy or miraculous provision, this is a hymn for the everyday, reminding us that God is faithful, even in the routine of the changing of the seasons, and the "sun, moon and stars in their courses above." Chisholm wrote of the hymn:

My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health in the earlier years which has followed me on until now. Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.

As we live out our lives daily, under the umbrella of God's mercies, we can say, even in the seemingly mundane, that "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

Music We Will Be Singing

This Sunday, as take a look at Lamentations 3, we will be celebrating the great grace and forgiveness of our God in Jesus Christ. We will open the service with the well-known "Grace, Greater Than All Our Sin," and follow with the modern hymn "Come, Behold the Wondrous Mystery."

We will confess our sin from Psalm 51, and then declare during "Before the Throne of God Above" that we have "a Great High Priest, whose name is love, who ever lives and pleads for me" as our assurance that Jesus Christ has paid the penalty for our sins and stands in our place before God's throne.

We will end our service with the wonderful words of "Great is Thy Faithfulness."

Indeed, "morning by morning new mercies I see. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me."

Listen to and Learn the Music

If you are unfamiliar with any of the songs we are singing this Sunday or would like to use them in your family for devotional times, head to our music page, where you can find recordings of the songs available to stream or purchase.

Standing fast in the strong and perfect plea of the one who took my place,

Ryan Egan
Director of Worship & Creative Arts

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Ryan serves as Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Living Word. He is a follower of Jesus, husband, father of three, worshiper and creative.

Worship: Sundays at 9:00 AM | Christian Education: 10:30 AM