The key components of a Christian church service have not changed over the past two thousand years. Christians have always defined their corporate worship activities by prayer, the Apostle’s doctrine, Scripture reading and fellowship. Here is a selection materials from church history to direct your fellowship with one another and really with the saints of by-gone years. Our fellowship might not be in person, but it is nonetheless so in spirit.
“How Great Thou Art”
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy hands have made;
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.
And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;Swedish poem from 1886 A.D., translated to English in 1927 A.D.
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then shall I bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”
Lord, high and holy, meek and lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory. Let me learn by paradox that the way down is the way up, that to be low is to be high, that the broken heart is the healed heart, that the contrite spirit is the rejoicing spirit, that the repenting soul is the victorious soul, that to have nothing is to possess all, that to bear the cross is to wear the crown, that to give is to receive, that the valley is the place of vision.Puritans (~1600-1800 A.D.), The Valley of Vision, “The Valley of Vision”
Lord, in the daytime stars can be seen from deepest wells, and the deeper the wells the brighter thy stars shine; Let me find thy light in my darkness, thy life in my death, thy joy in my sorrow, thy grace in my sin, thy riches in my poverty thy glory in my valley.
Psalm 20David (~1000 B.C.)
“Take My Life and Let It Be”
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pourFrancis Havergal (1836-1879 A.D.)
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.
“Holy, Holy, Holy”
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who wert, and art, and evermore shall be.
Holy, holy, holy! Tho’ the darkness hide Thee,
Tho’ the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power, in love, and purity.
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!Reginald Heber (1783-1826 A.D.)
All thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
PRAYER OF WORSHIP
O God whose will conquers all, there is no comfort in anything apart from enjoying thee and being engaged in thy service. Thou art All in all, and all enjoyments are what to me thou makest them, and no more. I am well pleased with thy will, whatever it is, or should be in all respects. And if thou bidst me decide for myself in any affair, I would choose to refer all to thee, for thou art infinitely wise and cannot do amiss as I am in danger of doing. I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal, and it delights me to leave them there. Then prayer turns wholly into praise, and all I can do is to adore and bless thee.
What shall I give thee for all thy benefits? I am in a strait betwixt two, knowing not what to do. I long to make some return, but have nothing to offer, and can only rejoice that thou doest all, that none in heaven or on earth shares thy honour. I can of myself do nothing to glorify thy blessed name, but I can through grace cheerfully surrender soul and body to thee. I know that thou art the author and finisher of faith, that the whole work of redemption is thine alone, that every good work or thought found in me is the effect of thy power and grace, that thy sole motive in working in me to will and to do is for thy good pleasure.
AmenPuritans (~1600-1800 A.D.), The Valley of Vision, “God the All”
“Maturity 101: Pray for Everyone“Andrew Zekveld, 2020 A.D.
1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
PRAYER FOR HOLINESS
Thank You, Father, that You have given the Lord Jesus to be our great High Priest. He has given us confidence to enter the holy place by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil. We stand in utter awe before Christ’s glory. We praise Him for the infinite value of His sacrifice, the wonderful example of His humility, the tenderness of His grace toward us, and the blessed assurance we gain by His ongoing intercession before Your throne.
We are profoundly indebted for the grace You pour out upon us at all times. It encourages us not to grow weary in our trials. It calms our fears. It removes our guilt. It unfetters us from shame. It strengthens us in our infirmities. It teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Thank You that this grace restores, leads, guards, supplies, and strengthens us. It also encourages our hope in a world of difficulty. although once poor, we are now rich, once bound we are now free, once defeated we are now triumphant. Our duties call for more grace than we possess, but not more than is found in You. We know that in Christ we have been made complete, and that in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form. How grateful we are that in Him You give us grace upon grace, cover every sin, and forgive every iniquity!
Help us, dear Lord, to experience all You would have for us—whether prosperity or adversity, loss or gain, darkness or light, sickness or health, blessing or suffering. May we follow joyfully wherever Christ leads us, knowing Your providence is at work in it all, Your purposes will be fulfilled, and Your grace is always sufficient. In that confidence we come before Your throne to offer these petitions in the exalted name of Christ.
AmenSelection taken from John MacArthur (~1970 A.D. – present), At the Throne of Grace, “Experience all that God would have for us”
“He is Lord, He is Lord”
He is Lord, he is Lord!
He is risen from the dead, and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord!
He is King, he is King!
He will draw all nations to him, he is King;
and the time shall be when the world shall sing
that Jesus Christ is King!
He is Love, he is Love!
He has shown us by his life that he is Love;
all his people sing with one voice of joy
that Jesus Christ is Love!
He is Life, he is Life!Marvin Frey (1918-1992 A.D.)
He has died to set us free and he is Life;
and he calls us all to live evermore,
for Jesus Christ is Life.
May we shout for joy over your salvation,Psalm 20:5 (ESV)
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfil all your petitions!