Today was a glorious day of worship, where we combined the best elements of our traditional/classical and modern services. Musically, we did everything from an ancient plainsong chant, to a re-tuned hymn, to a modern worship song.
Call to Worship
Psalm 47 (Plainsong chant)
- A Chant with refrain sung from the back of our sanctuary by two cantors (myself and my partner in crime, Douglas).
The Entrance of the Word
- A ritual from the Scottish Presbyterian tradition, opening worship by reverently walking an open-faced Bible from back to front, symbolizing our need of the mediation of the written and living Word of God.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- A well-known opening hymn, summoning the people of God to worship, led by our organist Stephanie Price.
Confession of Sin, Assurance of Pardon (spoken, led by Zac)
Your Grace is Enough (Matt Maher)
- A great song about the sufficiency of God’s grace through Christ (sola gratia!) and His faithful, covenantal love (best line: “Remember Your people, Remember Your children, Remember Your promise, O God”)
In Christ Alone (Keith Getty, Stuart Townend)
- The well-known modern hymn reciting the merits of Christ’s work.
Welcome, Greeting, Testimony
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (George Matheson, Christopher Miner)
- Bluegrass-style new hymn about resting in the love, grace, and promises of God
Offering, Doxology, Sermon, Baptisms
There is a Fountain Filled with Blood
- Many don’t make this connection, but this hymn goes great after baptism…its themes are full of baptismal overtones. Traditional with organ. Very beautiful.
Up to bat:
Douglas Macomber – organ, piano, chant
Stephanie Price – organ, string bass
Zac – vox, acoust, elec, chant
Sarah McIlwaine – vox
Erick Young – vox, acoust, mandolin
Christina Sweeting – piano, violin
Connor DeFehr – elec bass, upright bass
Todd Johnson – drums
Michael Brumley – percussion
Gary Hahn – percussion