What a great day in worship together with our @caryfbc family! It is such a privilege and an honor to be able to lead the music on Sunday nights as we gather together as the body of Christ to worship the living Savior!
Last night was an interesting one. It is a little unnerving to change your order around right before the service begins. There is always the fear that I will have given people an order that they’ll expect me to follow and that I will have missed telling someone about a change. Of course, this didn’t happen, but it is just a fear that I have when I have to make last minute changes.
The sermon was in 2 Timothy 2:1-6, a continuation of the morning’s sermon on discerning God’s will. A timely word for more than just me, I’m sure.
We had our typical Sunday night instrumentation–piano, keyboard, electric guitar, bass guitar and trumpet–only missing the acoustic guitar. These were the songs we sang, focusing on the Lord and his majesty:
- Come, Thou Almighty King (5473287)
- Before the Throne of God Above (2306412)
- We Declare Your Majesty (121483)
- Cannons (5124055)
- Have Thine Own Way, Lord (Public Domain)
Canons was the offertory which went pretty well. I love leading with this group of musicians on Sunday nights. I can do things like hand them a song 30 minutes before a service begins that several of them have never heard and them be able to play it perfectly. Of course, I don’t like doing that, but I am grateful for the talents with which God has blessed them that allows a last minute change when necessary. I was a little worried about the song (not only because we only ran through it a total of one time), but it fit in perfectly with the “majestic” theme.
Come, Thou Almighty King was a different arrangement. The first three verses were just like you expect if you know the hymn. The last verse modulated and had some interesting accompaniment with it, complete with the Elton John VI, VII, I ending progression. I liked this arrangement a lot and may use it again in the future. I’m glad the 2008 Baptist Hymnal included some of these different arrangements of some classic hymns.
Before the Throne of God Above is, well, Before the Throne of God Above. Does it really get any better than that? This has to be one of my all-time favorite hymns. We Declare Your Majesty ended up being a good ending song to the set, as we sang, In adoration, we bow before Your throne. What a great line right before we pray and prepare to study God’s Word!
Praise God for another great weekend of worship! I hope it was as much of a blessing for you as it was for me.