Worship: delight in God

C.S. Lewis
"The most
valuable thing the Psalms do for me

is to express the same delight in God

David which

                                CS Lewis

Worship This Sunday… “At the end of the day, God sits on His Throne”

this Sunday at ClearView takes a detour from the norm of looking at scriptures
in a continuing series from a particular book. 
Last week we finished our study of Nehemiah and next week we begin our study
of 1 John. The interruption in this pattern i
s a special message related to the
recession.  The key verse for this study
will be
Ecclesiastes 7:14 . “In
the day of prosperity be joyful, but i
n the day of adversity, consider: without
question, God has made the one as well as the other, so that man cannot
discover anything that will come after him.” (You can see a more detailed
explanation of the sermon and where our pastor is headed at this link.)

Here is a
list of songs that will be used in our worship center venue along with the
scripture on which they are based:

Speak O
Lord (Hebrews 4:12)

Better Than
Life (Psalm 63:3)

I Bow Down
(Psalm 95:6)

Blessed Be
Your Name (I Thessalonians 5:18

There is
great hope for those who put their faith in a never-changing God….no matter the
circumstance.  The choir ministry song
for this Sunday makes this statement:  “Some
days turn upside down, troubles gather around, but at the end of the day God
sits on His throne…this is the day that our God in heaven made.”

I want to
be in communication with God everyday, worshiping Him, listening to Him, learning about Him and when I do Sunday's become a great day of celebration.

Worship Planning Today

Each week the worship planning team gets together to plan for the upcoming weeks, series and events. I have to admit that for many years this meeting was about the business of worship music: what songs, how long, what arrangement, and what things do we add to the service this week…all very necessary stuff.

Worship planning today looks much different. One change is that it isn’t just me and one other in the room, now there is a larger staff and we discuss multiple services and venues. The most important change is that we spend a significant amount of our time in study of God’s Word and in prayer. The study can be specific to the up-coming sermons or it can be, as it was today, about passage.

Today’s topic we examined was found in the book of 2 Chronicles Chapters 29-31, centering in on the call to ministry, specifically leading others in worship.

2 Chronicles 29: 11 states: “My dear Levites, do not neglect your duties any longer! The Lord has chosen you to stand in His presence, to minister to Him, and to lead the people in worship and make offerings to Him”

I believe the team I lead has been called to do just that…called to lead.

2 Chronicles 29:15: “These men called together their fellow Levites and they purified themselves. Then they began to purify the Temple of the Lord, just as the king had commanded. They were careful to follow all the Lord’s instructions in their work.”

This is why we spend time in God’s Word and prayer each week; praying for each other, praying for ClearView, praying that as we lead we follow God’s instructions.

2 Chronicles 29:27: “Then Hezekiah ordered that the burnt offering be placed on the altar. As the burnt offering was presented, songs of praise to the Lord were begun, accompanied by the trumpets and other instruments of David, king of Israel.”

Burnt offerings = prayers…they lifted up prayers before they could ever minister. The worship team at ClearView wants to do just that; then when worship leaders, and all other worshipers join together, we celebrate the very presence of God, with joy.

2 Chronicles 31:21
: “In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow the law and the commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful.”

We know that we can never be successful if we do not seek God with our whole heart.
Worship planning is so much better when it is not about the things that fill our worship services but about the One we worship and what we can learn about who we should be from His Word.

Public Worship Needs

"If there is
one characteristic more than others that contemporary public worship needs to
recapture, it is this awe before the surpassingly great and gracious God."

Henry Sloane Coffin

Worship this Sunday: 2 plus 1 = 2020

This Sunday at ClearView Church
in Franklin, Tennessee, we begin a new journey: one that
gives us the opportunity to accommodate more people in worship. Here are the
descriptions of the service options on the ClearView campus:


9:30 AM

Venue 1 – The
(Building A)
Worship Center

A blended service that includes a variety of elements (songs
of worship, prayer, hymns), focusing on connecting people with the presence of
God.  The service is led by a vocal team, choir, band and on a regular
basis orchestra.  The message is delivered by our pastor.


Venue 2 – The Chapel (Building C)

The service is described as 'more traditional' taking most
of its elements of worship from the hymnal. The music elements will be
accompanied by piano and led by a worship leader and supporting team.  In
this venue the sermon will be presented on video screen delivered from
"The Worship Center."


11:00 AM

Venue 1 – The Worship Center
(Building A)

The worship service at this hour in the worship center is
presented in the same format as the 9:30 AM time. The sermon is delivered live by
our pastor.


How does 2 + 1
= 2020. The “Worship Center
” has the
capability of seating 810 at one time and the “Chapel” can seat 400…so 810 +
810 + 400 = 2020.


On this Thursday here is how you can prepare and pray for

Pray for the new leadership in “The Chapel”: Alexis Cruz, worship leader; John
Duval, venue pastor and other leaders in ‘venue 2.” Another
prayer would be for the team that leads the service in ‘venue 1.” Pray for our
pastor as he puts the final touches on the sermon he will share with us. And
finally pray that the people of ClearView will come expecting to meet God.  (If you were not part of the services last
week it might be good to listen to the podcast of last week’s sermon. He talked
specifically about how we should come into a worship venue each week.)


This week our pastor finishes leading us on a journey
through the book of Nehemiah.  You can
prepare for hearing God’s Word by reading Nehemiah Chapter 13.


Here are some other scriptures that also might help you
prepare for worship this week at ClearView:

John 1:16,17

Psalm 68:19,20 


Psalm 146:1,2

I Corinthians 3:10,11