We work to have services at TCBC that are intentional, allowing us to read the Bible, sing the Bible, pray the Bible and preach the Bible on a particular theme each week. It’s certainly preferable to just “winging it.” I used to plan the services. Now Joe Tyrpak, our assistant pastor, does it, and he does a great job.
Sunday’s service order may very well have been my favorite ever. We sang several of the songs written by Charles Wesley. Now, often services which are organized around a particular song-writer can be very man-centered. However, Joe organized this service around the person and work of Christ, and it was ideal. I commend it to you. The songs will wear out your voice, but they’ll stir your heart and point your mind Christ-ward!
Celebrating the Person and Work of Jesus Christ: Hymns of Charles Wesley
- Call to Worship: Hymn 2, Come, Christians, Join to Sing
- Prayer to Prepare our Hearts
- Jesus’ Birth: Hymn 199, Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Jesus’ Death: Hymn 134, And Can It Be
- Jesus’ Resurrection: Hymn 273, Christ the Lord is Risen Today
- Jesus’ Session: Hymn 299, Arise, My Soul, Arise
- Jesus’ Second Coming: Hymn insert, Lo! He Comes (sung to the tune from Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah)
- Corporate Prayer of Adoration
- In Christ Alone
- Concluding Hymn 15, O For a Thousand Tongues
A couple notes:
- The hymn numbers are for our Majesty Hymnal.
- In Christ Alone obviously fit our theme focusing on Christ, though it’s not Wesleyan. We sang it today in part because it’s our hymn of the month.
- O For a Thousand Tongues would be a great call to worship as well. We sing Come, Christians, Join to Sing weekly, however, and have found it to be a great way to start our service.
- Our corporate prayer of adoration is a time during which several people from the church—usually between 5 and 8—respond to what we’ve been meditating on with an “extemporaneous” prayer of thanksgiving. This non-scripted portion of our service has become a favorite time during our service.
- We post our service orders on-line (here), allowing those who would like to prepare their hearts ahead of time to do so.