The Use of the Psalms in Worship

One of the topics I covered in my presentation was the use of the Psalms in worship and how that can bring a coherence to worship. For example, if we are going to sing Psalm 103, then we can utilize it in worship this way:

Call to Worship: Psalm 103:19-22

The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

Confession of Sin (Responsive Reading): Psalm 103:8-14

Leader: The LORD is compassionate and merciful,
People: Slow to anger and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins;
He does not repay us according to our iniquities.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
So the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

Promise of Forgiveness: Psalm 103:11-12

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Psalm of Thanksgiving: Psalm 103 [Tune: Coronation]

O thou my soul, bless God the Lord; and all that in me is
Be stir-red up his holy name to magnify and bless.
Be stir-red up his holy name to magnify and bless.

Bless, O my soul, the Lord thy God, and not forgetful be
Of all his gracious benefits he hath bestow’d on thee.
Of all his gracious benefits he hath bestow’d on thee.

All thine iniquities who doth most graciously forgive:
Who thy diseases all and pains doth heal, and thee relieve.
Who thy diseases all and pains doth heal, and thee relieve.

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