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Preparing for Corporate Worship - The Word Implanted

Written By Ryan Egan on 04/22/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWorship

This Sunday is going to be a wonderful Sunday at Living Word Free Lutheran Church.

Welcoming New And Familiar Faces

First, we will be welcoming the Proclaim Choir from the Association Free Lutheran Bible School. While Living Word has not had a consistent choir (although that's something I would definitely like to get going soon), it will be a treat to enter in to the long-standing tradition of our Lutheran heritage by having the choir not only perform special numbers in the service, but also assist in leading the congregation in worship. The choir will join Living Word's worship team on the three congregational songs we will be singing, and I know it will be a delightful addition to our corporate voices on Sunday.

We also will be welcoming Pastor Wade Mobley back to Living Word since he followed the call to become the Dean of our seminary and President of both Free Lutheran schools. While the choir will be the highlight of the service, Wade will bring a message and news of how his new position is going. Throughout the morning, and included in Wade's message will be the theme of God's Word being implanted in the hearts of His people.

Songs We Will Be Singing This Sunday

Below you will find a little background and information on each song we will be singing as a congregation this Sunday. Use these thoughts below as a way to prepare your mind and heart for worship even before we come together Sunday morning.

Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed

This is a song we've been singing recently at Living Word Free Lutheran Church. Written by Keith and Kristyn Getty and Ed Cash, this song takes a look at what the disciples experienced upon discovering the resurrection of Jesus and then moves into how we as Christians share the same power that raised Him from the dead, enabling us to live in His light and tell the good news of what He has done. While the bridge can feel slightly repetitive, let those to words, "He's alive!" be a joyous and wondrous declaration of what we believe.

My Faith Has Found a Resting Place

This wonderful hymn was written by Lidie Edmunds, who sometimes went under the pseudonym of Eliza Hewitt. The melody, a Norwegian folk melody, is easy to sing with a wonderful, climactic soar in the refrain. The lyrics are profound and pointed, right away helping us see that Jesus, and nothing else (not devices, not creeds, but Jesus Himself) is what our faith rests in and upon. We sing that "it is enough that Jesus died" and enough is good. We need no other argument, no other plea, nothing but the promises of our Savior to know that we are secure in Him.

Gospel Doxology

This new adaptation of the traditional Doxology is so helpful for knowing WHY we "praise God, from whom all blessings flow." God is to be praised because, though His "perfect law" has exposed our "sin and desperate need," Jesus is the one whose death has "forever sealed in time that I am His and He is mine." Read more about the background and context of this update from Zac Hicks, one of the songs co-writers.

Enjoying the Choir as they Lead Us in Worship

Don't forget, as we listen to the choir this coming Sunday, that their role is much more than just to perform for us. Throughout the service, each piece of music the choir will be featuring is placed very specifically. From "Lamb of God, What Wondrous Love" as a confession of sin, to "Alleluia" as an assurance of pardon, the choir's music will function as an important part of the service to help focus our hearts and minds while we enjoy listening to them.

Listen to and Learn the Music

As always, you can head over to our music resource page to listen to and learn all of the songs we will be singing corporately on Sunday morning.

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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