Worthy of Worship will set the theme for our service this week:
Worthy of worship, worthy of praise,
Worthy of honor and glory;
Worthy of all the glad songs we can sing,
Worthy of all of the offerings we bring.
You are worthy, Father, Creator.
You are worthy, Savior, Sustainer.
You are worthy, worthy and wonderful;
Worthy of worship and praise.
Our God–our Father, Creator, Savior, and Sustainer–is worthy. He is deserving of all our worship, all our praise, and all our offerings, whether financial gifts, our time and talents, or, ultimately, ourselves. In the light of who God is, our whole lives become acts of praise and worship, including our giving…which leads to one of my favorite lines from the hymn Speak, O Lord: Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your purity.
There aren’t a lot of hymns specifically about financial giving, but there are many that speak of the themes that guide our attitudes toward giving: that God is worthy of our offerings, that God has a plan for us, that we must be willing and obedient and yield our wills to His.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience, holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes in the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see Your majestic love and authority.
Words of power that can never fail, let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds; help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us–
Truths unchanged since the dawn of time that will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built and the earth is filled with Your glory.
For the prelude, I’ll be playing Enough by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio.
All of You is more than enough for all of me.
For every thirst and every need,
You satisfy me with Your love.
And all I have in You is more than enough.
You’re my supply, my breath of life.
Still more awesome than I know,
You’re my reward worth living for,
Still more awesome than I know.
More than all I want, more than all I need,
You are more than enough for me.
More than all I know, more than all I can say,
You are more than enough.
Finally, our first two songs this Sunday will be in recognition of Veterans Day as we honor those who have served, those who are serving, and those who have given their lives.
O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved and mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine!
Worthy of Worship: words by Terry W. York and music by Mark Blankenship. Copyright 1988 Van Ness Press, Inc. Speak, O Lord: words and music by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. Copyright 2006 Thankyou Music. Enough: words and music by Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. Copyright 2002 worshiptogether.com Songs/sixsteps Music. America the Beautiful: words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward. CCLI #3163058.