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Preparing for Corporate Worship - Our Great Shepherd

Written By Ryan Egan on 04/16/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This coming Sunday Living Word will be joined by Pastor Terry Olson, who will take a look at John 10:1-10, examining the theme of "God's Chosen Shepherd."

Listen to and learn each song examined below by visiting Living Word's music page.

Sheep in Need of a Shepherd

It's good to remember that we are often designated as sheep in the Bible, isn't it? Creatures that are prone to wander, often getting themselves into danger, and needing close care of their shepherd.

As we dwell upon the theme of God being our shepherd and us being His flock, we will be singing some wonderful hymns this coming Sunday:

Come Let Us Worship and Bow Down

While this chorus is relatively simple, it is a very easy way to help commit Scripture to memory. After singing it, and when the melody and words don't leave your mind, you'll have Psalm 95:6-7 memorized! Use this song, especially with your kids this week, as a Scripture memory tool.

Even within those two verses is packed so much truth: The Lord, the Maker of the world, is our God, and we are His people, the sheep guided by the Great Shepherd's gentle and loving hand. Wow, what sweet truth that is for us!

The King of Love My Shepherd Is

This hymn has become very familiar to us at Living Word over the last several months. This hymn first appeared in 1868, in a collection of hymns entitled "Hymns: Ancient and Modern" where the writer, Henry Baker, was editor-in-chief. The hymn is adapted from Psalm 23 and allows us to explore so many wonderful themes, including God's goodness, our sin, His comfort in the midst of our fear.

Oh That The Lord Would Guide My Ways

This short but powerful hymn by Isaac Watts makes a wonderful confession of sin. As we declare in verse one that we long for the "Lord to guide my ways" and "to keep his statues still" in verse 1, we then go on to ask that sin would "have no dominion, Lord" but rather that He would "keep my conscience clear." And we agree with God that we are like wandering sheep in verse 3, as we sing "Assist my soul, too apt to stray, a stricter watch to keep; and should I e'er forget Thy way, restore Thy wand'ring sheep."

As I was finding recordings of this song to post on Living Word's music page, I rediscovered the group Koine, who I would highly recommend you check out. Their mission as a group is for the purpose of "combining century-old hymns with a modern accompaniment." This group of very talented musicians recorded a modern arrangement of Watt's hymn.

If you love hymn texts and love new music, and you love the convergence of the two, like I do, I highly recommend checking out Koine's music.

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

We will be singing this beautiful and familiar hymn as a response to the message. Let your prayer for the morning indeed be, "Savior, like a Shepherd lead us, much we need Thy tender care."

Listen To and Learn the Music

As always, you can head to Living Word's music page to listen to and learn the music for this coming Sunday.


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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