After 30 years of planning and leading worship services I am still amazed at how God connects the pieces of worship to communicate His truth. This Sunday our pastor was out of town and therefore our worship planning team had no prior knowledge of what the guest speaker's topic would be nor the scriptures he would be referencing...God did. God can put in the hearts and minds of people preparing different parts of the service the same thoughts. Over these 30 years it has happened many times and today it happened again.
The worship planning team is intentional to plan services that encourage the congregation to participate in the telling of the God story that is ultimately Christ-centered. Granted each week as we tell this story a stronger emphasis is given to one particular part of the story. This week our planning led us to focus on this phrase "There is none like You." We used songs that talked about God's attributes, His invitation to run into His arms and find peace, His promise of salvation, His forgiveness in spite of our failures, His acceptance of us as we are and finished with the statement that He sustains because He is greater than anything we could speak of. Here are the songs we used:
Speak O Lord by Kieth Getty and Stuart Townend
You Are Good by Israel Houghton
There is none like You by Lenny LeBlanc
Forever Reign by Reuben Morgan and Jason Ingram
Majesty by Martin Smith and Stuart Garrard
Forever Reign (reprise)
Greater Is He by T.W Hale and Craig Aven
(to see how we put all together you can access our PlanningCenterOnline.com outline here.
After the guest gave his intro he read his text for the day Jeremiah 10:1-10. Look at these references:
vs 6 "Lord, there is no one like You. You are Great; Your name is great in power.
vs 7 "...there is no one like You."
The whole passage is a comparison of man-made idols to the Great God.
Although we may have planned separately, the Holy Spirit worked in two situations to unify the message. How He does it I don't know...it is just one of the mysteries of One Great God.
This post is my contribution to the blog carnival Sunday Setlists found at The Worship Community.