A Different Kind of Service

We had a wonderful worship service today at Woodford and First Baptist Church Meaford.  It was a service like I had never been to before and I thought I would share about it here.  We have been going through a series at church on worship and I thought I would experiment with something different.  Normally we have three or four songs.  Today we had eight songs but that was not what was different.  Here is the order of service from First Baptist:

Welcome and Announcements

Scripture – Luke 1:26-38

Hymn 123 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Hymn 133 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Scripture – Mark 1:14-28

Hymn 350 – ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Hymn 435 – What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Tithes and Offering and Pastoral Prayer

Scripture – Matthew 27:27-50

Hymn 185 – When I Survey the Wonderful Cross

Hymn 186 – The Old Rugged Cross

Scripture – John 20:1-18

Hymn 216 – Christ Arose

Hymn 217 – Christ the Lord is Risen Today


It was an amazing experience to go through the Jesus story in song.  I have never been to a service that included both Hark! the Herald Angels Sing and Christ the Lord is Risen Today (both Charles Wesley classics).  The truth is that we do not have many stories but many stories that include Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurrection.  These great songs do not have to be limited to Christmas or Easter.  I encourage you to try something like this at your church.  You could just as easily do it with more contemporary songs, although the traditional Christmas hymns are the best.  We did not have a sermon, but there is no reason why you could not.  It was a worship service that I was thoroughly touched by.

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