What an awesome service in our new location at the Fallbrook Community Center! It was awesome being in one service singing, praying, taking communion, and hearing from the Word together!
Psalm 100 (Chris Tomlin) – This is an excellent “Call to Worship,” or as it’s often called “The hey, Everybody! We’re starting!” song. This song is especially important even if it feels like a throwaway song. This song is meant to prepare our hearts and minds to worship through the reading of God’s word, song, prayer, communion, and offering. The “Call to Worship” transitions us from the preceeding week – with all of its highs and lows – to a sacred place where we can come and worship. It sets the pace for the day: “For the Lord is good and His love endures…”
Mystery (Charlie Hall) – While everybody was coming to the altar to receive communion I introduced a new song with very old lyrics. One of my passions as a worship pastor is incorporating ancient traditions in fresh and contemporary ways. This allows us to remember that God has always been working in the past, which gives us comfort in the present, and hope for the future.
The lyrics of “Mystery” are two litrugical texts that are used for communion. The verse is a paraphrase of the Mysterium Fidei (The Mystery of Faith). Here’s a comparison:
Mysterium Fidei: Take this, all of you, and drink from it, for this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me. The mystery of faith.
Mystery: Sweet Jesus Christ, my sanity/ Sweet Jesus Christ, my clarity/ Bread of heaven broken for me/ Cup of salvation held up to drink/ Jesus, Mystery
The chorus of “Mystery” is called the Memorial Acclamation which is prayed with communion: “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again!”
This I Believe (Hillsong) – So, as I was preparing this set list and praying I got pumped about using liturgical texts and I went straight to this Inland Hills favorite. This whole song is based on the creeds.
At New Song we say that we like to “Major on the majors, and minor on the minors.” Well… The creeds are the “majors.” Here are some of my favorite creeds.
The Nicene Creed – I particularly love this creed which was written at the Council of Niceae in 325 AD and edited at the First Council of Constantinople in 381. It was written to combat the Arian Controversy – which says that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are creations of God and not actually God. Church legend has it that Santa Clause punched Arius (who preached the Arian Controversy) in the face at this council.
3b. …that we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity; 4. Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the substance. 5. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Spirit. 6. But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
This is the best definition of the Trinity which has major implications for salvation and… OH MAN THE TRINITY IS SO CONFUSING! WHY DOES ANY OF IT MATTER?!?!
Well the doctrine of the Trinity sheds tons of light on salvation and… STOP IT TOMMY! I DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT THE TRINITY IS!
This video may help shed light on that doctrine, why we sing songs based on the creeds. It’s real funny and Saint Patrick’s day in just a few days:
Grace Alone (Dustin Kesnrue) – Since you asked previously why any of the stuff about the Trinity matters I thought we’d sing a bit about each person of the Trinty:
The Father adopts us as His’ children, and He’s a good father who will never forsake His children. And in love the Father sends His song Jesus to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. All of our work, toil, religious acitivity, good behavior is not enough to make us right with God, but Jesus lays His own life down so that we can be called children of God. And when we were sure that we “knew the way on our/ head full of rocks/ heart made of stone” the Holy Spirit softened us and moved in us and showed us Christ that we might be saved.
And now, and now, and now! We stand in faith by that grace, we run the race by that grace, we slay our sin by that grace, and when we come to our end the Father will say, “Well done…” because of that great, great grace that He showed us through His son, Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Glory Is Yours (Elevation Worship) – My goal with the final song of every service, in some literal or symbolic way, is to sum up everything that comes before it. The Apostle Paul ends the book of Romans this way, maybe you already notice the emphasis I added:
Now to him [God] who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16.25-27
Because of the mystery of faith (Mysterium Fidei) that we sang about before we know that “blessing, honor, strength, and power are [His’] Yours’ alone now and forever!” And we know that when we sing to God we sing to three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And! This song has the added of bonus of battle imagery which tied into Pastor Ollis’ sermon on war. Tying a nice, pretty bow on the whole service. Amen? Amen.