Liturgy Lessons

Worship will be our eternal occupation. In the meantime, here are some thoughts about the way we practice it at Church of the Servant.

Liturgy Lesson: Magnificat

On this first day of the liturgical New Year, and throughout Advent, we’ll be singing a Magnificat instead of the...

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Liturgy Lesson: A New Hymnal?

Churches mark time with hymnals, their collective memory shaped by each new season of song. This summer a new era...

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Liturgy Lesson: On Your Behalf

Attentive worshipers will have noticed that we have been using a variety of musical settings of the Lord’s Prayer throughout...

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Liturgy Lesson: Alas! and Did My Savior Bleed

We modern Christians have mixed feelings about singing “blood” songs. We understand Christ’s blood to be a necessary part of...

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Liturgy Lesson: Perfect Harmony?

Forty or fifty years ago, there wasn’t much question of what one would find when opening a hymnal: congregational songs...

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Worship Services: leaders’ edition

This page includes anything a COS worship leader could ever want: links to song lists and liturgies, a list of...

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Liturgy Lesson: Liturgical Germs

There are two kinds of people in church: those who say “I’m not dipping my bread into this cup after...

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Liturgy Lesson: Beneath the Tree of Life

When Ron Rienstra first showed me Marty Haugen’s song “Beneath the Tree of Life” I knew we had to sing...

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Liturgy Lesson: Confessions of a Co-Pilot

A number of years ago it was in vogue for Christians to sport bumper stickers on their cars that said,...

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Liturgy Lesson: Worship in Four Movements

Astute observers of Church of the Servant’s printed liturgy will notice four large-type words in each week’s liturgy: Gathering, Word,...

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Liturgy Lesson: I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song

What is worship? A while back in Reformed Worship, John Witvliet created a diagram to show the different meanings of...

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Liturgy Lesson: Worship with Guts

Last week I was talking to a fellow minister of worship. In his church, the sermon dominates the worship service,...

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