WedWorship – Let it Be Known

Today’s song, “Let it Be Known” by Lakewood Church, has the sound of a 90’s Hillsong praise song, and I love it! When the chorus comes up I just want to shout out “MY GOD STILL SITS ON THE THRONE.” We serve an eternal and sovereign God. He holds the universe together with a Word; and even when we feel like everything around us is madness and falling apart…He has it all under control. And He is worthy to be praised!

I’ve seen His kingdom/Oh, I know His name/Bought me my freedom and covered my shame/Jesus a wealth for my soul/Greater than gold/Now I know the truth/All of creation here stands as the proof/Jesus, the hope of the world/Our cornerstone

Chorus: Let it be known/My God still sits on the throne/And only He has all the control/Jesus alone/Watch it unfold/As we collide with His love/Our former heartaches all come undone/In Jesus alone

I’ve seen His power/The work of His hands/Heaven and earth move on His command/Jesus, the author of life/A sight to behold

Bridge: His story is our story/His triumph is our own/Seated in all His glory/Forever on the throne/And if all hell should rise up/We’ll face it without fear/For our God is truly stronger/Greater than anything

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Wednesday’s Worship: Even Louder

I woke up Sunday in a mood; one of those moods where I just wanted to stay in bed and sleep through church. The hubby went in to church early, because he was playing percussion for the worship team, so I forced myself to get up and get ready before Cookie Girl woke up. I was trying not to let my downcast mood get to me and started listening to worship as I got breakfast ready for the both of us, and “Even Louder” performed by ISAAC began playing. And my mood began to change as I sung…even when my eyes can’t see it/I’ll sing ’til I believe it/Even Louder/Even Louder.

Sometimes we have a hard time facing the day, because of the things that are going on in our lives, or the enemy is playing games with our emotions, or whatever reason, and we have to remember that we praise God because of who He is; and the only thing to do is praise Him right on through the storms and struggles. I love the lyrics of this song because they talk about God’s faithfulness, holiness, & love; how He’s worthy of praise; and how even when it’s difficult we’ll choose to worship Him.

Faithful in the sanctuary/Faithful in the storm/Worthy in the empty spaces/Worthy in my song

Pre-Chorus: A thousand years of endless praise/Will never be enough/Through it all my heart will cling/To Your unfailing love

Chorus: Even if the drums stop beating/My soul will keep on singing/Even louder/Even louder/Even when my eyes can’t see it/I’ll sing ’til I believe it/Even louder/Even louder

You are holy in the highest places/Holy in the flood/Even in a world that’s changing/I will lift You up

Bridge: I will sing Your promise in the dark of the valley/’Til I see your goodness in the land of the living

This is a pretty simple song for a congregation to sing, has an upbeat tempo, and would be a great addition to a worship set list.

Worship Series: Song Selection

If you’ve been following for some time, you’d know that I help out with children’s worship once a month. Well, once a month we also hold a children’s worship practice, where we introduce new songs and motions to our children’s worship team. And every month I struggle with tying to figure out what new songs I’d like to add to our slowly growing list.

Now, it’s not that I don’t have songs that I love, however, everybody has their own style of worship and artists they prefer, and I’m no different. I love upbeat and energetic praise songs and I love worship, but I’m also very lyrically driven. Obviously, I’m a writer, so I tend to be drawn to songs with powerful, biblically sound lyrics. I mean, the Bible says that true worshipers will worship in spirit and in truth, and the Word is Truth (John 4:23-24).

However, when it comes to children’s worship, I can’t always choose to share or lead the same songs that I enjoy during my personal worship time, because the lyrics are sometimes too complex for children between the ages of 5-12. That’s not to say that I choose watered down songs, because that would mean I’d be underestimating the understanding of the children; and children understand much more than we often give them credit for. (That’s why Jesus said that we should be more like little children in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18.) However, sometimes I really struggle with finding age-appropriate songs, especially because our group varies so vastly in age.

I think this is a challenge that someone leading any type of worship–adults, children, teens, etc.–faces: choosing the right songs for the particular group you’re leading. Leading adult worship, for instance, means you have to choose songs that reach a multitude of generations (unless your church has only one primary age group).

Here are three things that I started taking into consideration when choosing songs for Children’s Worship:

Tempo

Because I’m working with kids this is an important one. If we want the children to be excited about worship, we need some up-tempo songs to begin with and we have to be careful when we slow down our praise and enter into worship. Usually, I like to have a transition song, something mid-tempo, before going into worship, but sometimes it’s not always possible. Their attention span is pretty short and I’ve found that if we sing any more than one worship song, we usually lose them.

Lyrics

This is the most challenging for me. Some of my favorite worship songs are very lyric heavy. They either have a lot of lyrics or the lyrics are complex. In the days leading up to our most recent practice, for example, I went back and forth on a song that I really loved, but eventually decided against because I felt that the kids couldn’t handle it. The best songs for them tend to be those with simpler lyrics and repeating choruses, although I have found some exceptions. Songs that they are familiar with, because they hear them repeatedly on the radio, tend to do extremely well with this group! So much so, that we’ve begun to use more of such songs during worship.

Song Length

Unfortunately, we don’t have a live band for our children’s worship, so we use tracks (usually, including the lyrics). Sometimes the track we have is too long or there’s too much ad-lib going on in the track. I’ve been making notes of which songs these are, so that I don’t continue to use them or I request that a new/different version of the song be purchased. Again, I can’t lead an 8 minute worship song with this age group, since they just don’t have the attention span, and they don’t know what to do when someone is ad-libbing.

Still, even after taking these things into consideration, we just have to lead the song a few times and see how the children respond to it. Sometimes they pick it up easily and other times we end up disappointed and end up removing the song from our list.

Now I have questions for you…How do you choose which songs to use in your worship services? And how many times do you try/lead a new song before ultimately giving up on it? I’d love to hear your responses below!

Wednesday’s Worship – November 25, 2015

Today’s worship is inspired by Psalm 100:4 – Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.



Hear Our Praises by Hillsong Worship

May our homes be filled with dancing/May our streets be filled with joy/May injustice bow to Jesus/As the people turn to pray

From the mountains to the valleys/Hear our praises rise to You/From the heavens to the nations/Hear our singing fill the air

May Your light shine in the darkness/As we walk before the cross/May Your glory fill the whole earth/As the water o’er the seas

From the mountains to the valleys/Hear our praises rise to You/From the heavens to the nations/Hear our singing fill the air [repeat]

Hallelujah [repeat]

From the mountains to the valleys/Hear our praises rise to You/From the heavens to the nations/Hear our singing fill the air


I Will Enter His Gates written by Leona Von Brethorst

I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart

I will enter His courts with praise

I will say this is the day that the Lord has made

I will rejoice for He has made me glad

He has made me glad/Oh, He has made me glad/I will rejoice for He has made me glad


Thank You God, For Saving Me

by Chris Tomlin feat. Phil Whickham

What can I give to You/What can I offer to the King/For all the love You’ve shown/For all Your mercy over me

I called Your name, You heard my cry/Out of the grave, and into life/My heart is Yours, my soul is free/Thank You God, for saving me/Thank You God, for saving me

The Rock of salvation/My hope is built on nothing less/Morning by morning/How great is Your faithfulness

I called Your name, You heard my cry/Out of the grave, and into life/My heart is Yours, my soul is free/Thank You God, for saving me/Thank You God, for saving me

You gave your life upon the cross/You suffered once for all/You made a way/Jesus, in victory You rose/You made us all Your own/Now we are saved [repeat]

Thank You God, for saving me [repeat]

I called Your name, You heard my cry/Out of the grave, and into life/My heart is Yours, my soul is free/Thank You God, for saving me/Thank You God, for saving me


10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman

Bless the Lord oh my soul/Oh, my soul/Worship His Holy name/Sing like never before/Oh, my soul/I’ll worship Your Holy name

The sun comes up/It’s a new day dawning/It’s time to sing Your song again/Whatever may pass/And whatever lies before me/Let me be singing/When the evening comes

Bless the Lord oh my soul/Oh, my soul/Worship His Holy name/Sing like never before/Oh, my soul/I’ll worship Your Holy name

You’re rich in love/And You’re slow to anger/Your name is great/And Your heart is kind/For all Your goodness/I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons/For my heart to find

Bless the Lord oh my soul/Oh, my soul/Worship His Holy name/Sing like never before/Oh, my soul/I’ll worship Your Holy name

And on that day/When my strength is failing/The end draws near/And my time has come/Still my soul will/Sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years/And then forevermore

Bless the Lord oh my soul/Oh, my soul/Worship His Holy name/Sing like never before/Oh, my soul/I’ll worship Your Holy name [repeat]


Love You So Much by Hillsong Worship

Hear these praises from a grateful heart/Each time I think of You/The praises start

Love You so much, Jesus/Love You so much

Lord I love You/My soul sings/Here in Your presence/Carried on Your wings

Love You so much, Jesus/Love You so much

How my soul longs for You/Longs to worship You forever/In Your power and majesty

I lift my hands, I lift my heart/I lift my voice towards the heavens/For You are my sun and shield