Calls To Worship

Fear of the Lord

Adapted from Joshua 24

Pastor: Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away your false idols, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
All: Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD, for it is the LORD our God who saved us. Therefore, we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.
Pastor: You are not able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins. If you forsake the LORD and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.
All: The LORD our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.

Submitted by Dustin Ray

Psalm 19:7-11; 14 ESV

Leader: The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 

People: The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 

Leader: The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 

People: More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. 

Leader: Let the words of [our] mouth[s] and the meditation of [our] heart[s] be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, [our] rock and [our] redeemer.

Adapted from Psalm 77:16-20 

When the waters saw you, O God,  

When the waters saw you, they were afraid; 

The very deep trembled. The clouds poured out water; 

The skies thundered; your arrows flashed on every side. 

The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind; 

Your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 

Your way was through the sea, you path, through the mighty waters; 

Yet your footprints were unseen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron. We praise you for your mighty, wondrous deeds! 

Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Psalm 103

Leader: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all His benefits —

People: As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him. For He knows how we were made; He remembers that we are dust. As for mortals, their days are like grass; they flourish like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

Leader: But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments. Let us bless the Lord, with all we have within us, let us bless His holy name.

Adapted from Psalm 112

Leader:            Praise the Lord!  Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in God’s commands. 

People:           Their descendants will be mighty in the land;

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Leader             It is well with those who deal generously, who conduct their affairs with justice.

People:           They have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever!

All:                  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Proverbs 1:2-7

Leader:          For attaining wisdom and instruction,

                        for understanding words of insight,

People:        Let the wise listen and add to their learning,

                      and let the discerning get guidance

Leader:         for understanding proverbs and parables, the saying and riddles of the wise.

People:       The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

                     but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

All:               Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Proverbs 2:1-5

Leader: The Spirit calls: “My children, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you,
People: making your ears attentive to wisdom and inclining your hearts to understanding;.

Leader: If you cry out for insight, and raise your voices for understanding;

People: Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

All: Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Luke 1:44b-55, the Magnificat

Come, let us magnify the Lord, let us rejoice in God, our Savior. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of humble state.

He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his offspring forever.

Let us magnify the Lord. 

Scott Bullock

Adapted from Revelation 15:3-4

Leader:            Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty.  

People:           Just and true are your ways, King of the ages.

Leader:            Who will not fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name?  For you alone are holy.

People:           All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.

All:                  Let us worship God!

Submitted by Chip Hardwick

Adapted from Psalms 125, 128

Those who trust in the Lord

Are like Mount Zion

Which cannot be moved,

But abides forever.

Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,

Who walks in God’s ways.

Lord almighty, help us to trust in you today.

 Submitted by Austin D. Hill

Adapted from Psalm 111

Leader: Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord with your whole heart.

People: The Lord is gracious and merciful. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.

Leader: Holy and awesome is his name. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

All: His praise endures forever!

Darren Pollock

Adapted from Psalm 22:23-31

You who fear the Lord, praise him!

    All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!

    Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!

For he has not despised or scorned

    the suffering of the afflicted one;

he has not hidden his face from him

    but has listened to his cry for help.

From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;

    before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows.

The poor will eat and be satisfied;

    those who seek the Lord will praise him—

    may your hearts live forever!

All the ends of the earth

    will remember and turn to the Lord,

and all the families of the nations

    will bow down before him,

for dominion belongs to the Lord

    and he rules over the nations.

All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;

    all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—

    those who cannot keep themselves alive.

Posterity will serve him;

    future generations will be told about the Lord.

They will proclaim his righteousness,

    declaring to a people yet unborn:

    He has done it!

Submitted by Stuart Strachan Jr.


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