Worship Order for
(Laughing Bird Version)
1 - Protect me, God, you are my place of refuge.
2 - I’m acknowledging you as the one in charge, LORD;
1 - you are the best thing that’s ever happened to me.
2 - I delight in the company of those who dedicate themselves to
you; they are the salt of the earth.
1 - Those who worship other things will have nothing but grief.
I will not buy into their futile devotions; I will not utter the
names they revere.
2 - You are all I want, LORD, and all I need; you hold my future
in your hands.
1 - You mark out the best of everything for me; you’ve set me up
with a bright future.
2 - I heap accolades on you, LORD, for you always give me wise
advice; even in the dead of night you fill my heart with your
1 - I’ll always stick close behind you, LORD; with you near by,
I’ll never be pushed off track.
2 - You fill me with delight, LORD; joy erupts from deep in my
bones; my body relaxes, safe in your care.
1 - You’ll never let the grave drag me down; your faithful
servants are never left for dead.
2 - You set my feet on a life-giving track, LORD. To be in your
presence is absolute bliss. All I could dream of comes from your
©2001 Nathan Nettleton
(quotes Luke 9:51 & 22:42, as well
as Psalm 16)
that “when the days drew near for him to be taken up, Jesus
set his face to go to Jerusalem.” With his disciples he
“marched to Zion,” just like pilgrims have for millennia. “Not
my will but thy will be done,” he later prayed in the garden
within sight of the hill of Zion, thus choosing his portion and
In his name
we come to you, O God, our refuge. Following Jesus on the road
to Zion, the journey of faith, we say, you are my Lord; I have
no good apart from you. We bless you for your good counsel, even
in the nighttime of our fears. Help us to stick close to the
path of life you have shown us. Empower us with your Spirit to
march, not to the drumbeat of earthly armies, but to the rhythm
of your heavenly call in Christ. In you, our hearts are glad,
our souls rejoice, our bodies rest secure. In your presence
there is fullness of joy. Open our awareness to your nearness,
not just in this hour or worship, but every moment of every day
this week. Amen.
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Please pray with me.
Amid his fears, Elijah heard
your "still, small voice," O God, and stepped out by faith to
throw his mantle over Elisha. In the field of his everyday life,
Elisha laid aside his oxen and put his hand to a brand new plow.
We may not be prophets like Elijah or Elisha, Lord, but still
you speak to us - not in wind, earthquake, or fire - but often
in the sound of sheer silence (…pause a moment…) and call
us to put our hands to something altogether new. Thank you for
the ability you give each of us to respond to your calling, and
for the peace you provide amid the storm of our daily struggles.
This we pray, singing, “It is well with my soul.” Amen.
Leader: We came to worship.
People: We go now to serve.
Leader: We have been given the light.
People: We go now to let it shine.
Leader: We have been blessed by God’s love.
People: We go now to share it.
Leader: We are Christ’s disciples.
People: We go now to witness to all.
by Jimmy Ross
from We Gather Together
copyright ©1979, Brethren Press, adapted
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)