Why we Worship

PSALM 47

Clap your hands, all peoples!
  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
  a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
  and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
  the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
  the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
  Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
  sing praises with a psalm!

Why Sing?

God reigns over the nations;
  God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
  as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
  he is highly exalted!


Why Scripture?

 

Adoration of Jesus

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:12-13)


O Sacred Head Now Wounded
Paul Gerhardt
The passion of Christ on the cross

He Was Wounded
Thomas Chisholm
The death of Christ

Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
Charles Wesley
Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

Crown Him With Many Crowns
Matthew Bridges
Jesus has completed the work his Father gave him to do. He is triumphant. He is King. He is Lord of all. And he will be throughout all eternity.

Solitary Throne
Walt Harrah
There is one king, and he reigns alone. He is supreme ruler, and His name is Jesus.

I Bow Down
| Walt Harrah
.......worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:29

Fairest Lord Jesus
Anonymous
The Person Of Jesus

Great God Of Love
Wesley/Harrah
The magnitude of our salvation, that we were dead and God made us alive, should awaken the loudest praise we can muster. What love but God's could run so deep, and extend so low, and raise to such height?

Endless Praise
| Walt Harrah
The sacrifice of Jesus to bring us back to God is so magnificent, that for all of eternity, it will be the theme of our praise. There will never be a time when it is inappropriate or out of date to thank our Savior Jesus Christ.

Holy! Holy! Holy!
Reginald Heber
"And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder;and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps." -- Revelation 14:2

Emmanuel's Praise
John Blakewell
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All Creatures (Christmas version)
| St. Francis of Assissi
God is the Maker of everything, and his creation brings him glory by praising Him.

God Is Here
| Walt Harrah
When Jesus entered into our world, everything changed. Creation breathed easier, knowing its Maker was nearby. And Satan trembled, knowing his days were numbered.

So Much Joy
Walt Harrah
The coming of God's Son in the flesh to the town of Bethlehem was the best possible news, and the whole world would benefit. The angels couldn't contain themselves as they told the news, so why should we?

Christ Is Made The Sure Foundation
J. Hughes
Lifting up Jesus glorifies God. And acknowledging that Christ is the foundation upon which the Church rests affirms a huge and necessary truth.

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