Source Book for
Concerts of Praise:
100 Sample Liturgies
All Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible, Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1987, 1988, The Lockman Foundation. Used by Permission. Unless Otherwise Designated.
© 1995 Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D.
The Document is Published by the Author
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D.
All Saints' Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, PA, Pastor
Principles of the Concert of Praise x
Using the Concert of Praise Format xi
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 1 1
Blessed are the Righteous
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 8 2
How Majestic is Your Name!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 9 3
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 15 4
The Narrow Way
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 17 5
A Cry for His Lovingkindness
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 18 6
The Deliverance of Jehovah
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 19 7
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 21 8
Be Thou Exalted, O Lord, in Thy strength.
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 22 9
A Vision for Missions
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 23 10
The Lord is My Shepherd
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 24 11
The Earth is the Lord's
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 29 12
Ascribe Glory to God!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 32 13
Blessed is Man Who is Forgiven
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 33 14
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 40 15
A Song of Salvation
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 51 16
Create in Me a Clean Heart
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 57 17
Send Forth Thy Truth!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 67 18
Thy Salvation to All the Nations
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 68 19
The Lord Will Provide
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 71 20
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 72 21
Jesus Shall Reign!
A Concert of Prayer from Psalm 80 22
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 84 23
How Lovely is the Lord!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 86 24
Thou Art Good and Ready to Forgive
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 89:1-18 25
Send Forth Thy Truth!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 92 26
Thou Hast Made Me Glad
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 95 27
Come, Let Us Worship
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 96 28
Worship and Missions
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 98 29
The Victorious Deliverer
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 100 30
Make a Joyful Noise!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 103 31
Send Forth Thy Truth!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 105 32
Praise the Covenant Keeping God
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 108 33
Give Thanks for His Love, Faithfulness and Deliverance
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 110 34
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 119 35
The Law of God from A to Z: Part 1
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 119 37
The Law of God from A to Z: Part 2
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 119 39
The Law of God from A to Z: Part 3
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 119 40
The Law of God from A to Z: Part 4
A Concert of Praise from Psalms 123 & 124 42
Our Master in Heaven
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 128 43
Praise for Our Mothers
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 130 44
Forgiveness in Him
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 133 45
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 135 46
The Name of the Lord
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 136 47
His Lovingkindness is Everlasting
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 138 48
Thou Hast Magnified Thy Word
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 139 49
Worship Him Who Knows Us
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 145 50
Extol the King, Our God!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 146 51
Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 147 52
Hallelujah! Praise the Healer!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 148 53
Hallelujah! Praise the Creator!
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 149 54
Hallelujah! Praise the Lord in the Congregation
A Concert of Praise from Psalm 150 55
Hallelujah! Let Everything that has Breath Praise the Lord!
A Celebration of the New Year 56
That He Might have First Place in Everything
The Celestial City 57
His Throne, Our Hope
The Christian Home 59
The Covenant Family
One Body, One Bread, One Lord 61
The Table of Fellowship
Hallowed Be Thy Name 62
Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty
Thy Kingdom Come 63
The Rule of Messiah Jesus
He is Risen! 64
He is Risen Indeed!
Give Us Our Daily Bread 66
A Concert of Prayer for Our Needs
Great is Thy Faithfulness 67
A Concert of Praise for His Fidelity
Wisdom for Fathers 68
A Fathers' Day Celebration
One Nation Under God 69
Prayer and Praise For His Mercy
Heaven -- Our Eternal Dwelling 70
Where We'll See Him Face to Face
The Seal of the Spirit 71
The Mandate and Meaning of Baptism
Man of Sorrows 72
The New Covenant 73
In His Blood
The Five Cries of the Reformation 74
A Celebration of the Truths Recovered in the Reformation
A Celebration of the Gospel 80
Of First Importance
The God of Providence 81
Our Sovereign Lord
Thine is the Kingdom 82
Our Faith and Our Future 83
Gospel Belief and Gospel Hope
The Resurrection 84
To Be Disciples and To Make Disciples 85
The Calling of All Christians
The Lordship of Christ Over All of Life 86
Worship the Lord in Spirit and Truth 87
Cheerfully, Continually, and Congregationally
King of Kings and Lord of Lords 88
A Dramatic Reading from Revelation 19:7-16
Christ, Our Savior 89
Christ, Our Lord
Jesus, Our Salvation 90
Jesus, Our Lord
A Concert of Prayer in Jesus' Name 91
Rejoice, Repent, Restore!
The Glories of Heaven 92
The Reason for Earth
Of Holy Scripture 93
The Word of God Written
The Authority of Jesus Christ 94
He is Before All Things
The Faith Once for All Delivered 95
The Good News 96
The Gospel Faith
How Sweet and Awful is the Place 97
The Presence of the Lord
Thanksgiving Praise Service 98
The Purpose of Christ 99
To Seek and Save the Lost
The Kingdom of God 100
Righteousness, Joy, and Peace
Admonish One Another 101
The Body of Christ
Love One Another 102
The Body of Christ
Serve One Another 103
The Body of Christ
I Saw the Lord 104
A Dramatic Reading of Isaiah 6:1-8
The Law and Gospel 105
The Law which Leads to Christ
Christ the Lord 106
The Lordship of Jesus
Christ the Victor 107
Victory in Jesus
Jesus Our Prophet 108
The Life of the World
Jesus Our Priest 109
The Lamb of the World
Jesus Our King 110
The Lord of the World
Jesus Our Lamp 111
The Light of the World
The Second Advent 112
The Glorious Second Coming
This manual is a vivisection of the life of our church. It represents
a distinguishing feature of our Lord's Day services. As we have sought
to employ the Word of God to guide us in worship, the patterns that have
emerged fill this source book.
It is my earnest desire that we see a revival of the Psalms in congregational
worship and the focus of worship be Bible-based rather than emotionally
driven. I would not want to be misunderstood as disparaging emotionally
vibrant praise, prayer, and worship. Far from it! Only that our vision
of the Lord as He truly is becomes the cause of our emotional expression.
Where better may we learn to give heart praise to God than from the ancient
inspired worshipers in the Psalms. Worshiping according to the Word is
the only sure path to a transparent experience before God in the assembly
of His people. By using the Word as the guide, "score," or "blueprint"
of our service, we are sure to invoke the presence of the Spirit. It is
my conviction that until the church seeks to worship God on the basis of
His Word in spirit and truth, we will be driven by endless tyranical extremes.
...With all the attention on "new forms" of worship in the modern church,
little reclaiming of the riches of the Psalms in their fulness has yet
been realized. On a limited scale the Psalms are sung in the cadences of
the old psalters. In a previous generation, public worship almost always
included a "responsive reading" from the book of Psalms. More recently,
countless choruses have centred on a repetition in song of one verse, or
even one phrase, of one psalm. But the full-orbed testimony of the Psalter,
as it touches every possible experience of weal and woe in the life of
God's people has not found a voice in the current worship of the church.
I pray that this resource aid the people of God in reclaiming "regulative
worship" (2) and making the Psalms our Book
of Common Praise, that by the Son of God, in the power of the Spirit of
God, according to the Word of God, they might give glory and acceptable
worship to the most holy and majestic triune God.
For we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God
and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians
The Concerts of Praise in this book, while not including the sermon
information, are substantially what we have used for the past five years
in our 10:00 a.m. Family Worship Hour at Audubon Drive Bible Church, Laurel,
MS. We have repeated many of these services with variations and many others
were not included in this first list of Concerts of Praise. What is presented
here, unpolished as they may be, are worship "scores" as they have been
developed for use in our congregation. I have collated them with very little
editing. It will be clear to the reader that when these are exported to
other congregations some adaptations may be needed. It will also be clear
that the order in which they are presented in this book was not the original
order as used in the congregation. It appears that there are many repetitions
in the song selections; however, in the actual order in which these were
developed the repetition of songs within a year was very minimal.
When we have had soloists or ensembles included in the service I have
left the information. I have done so for several reasons: (a) to maintain,
as much as possible, our actual blueprints for services, (b) to permit
the original flow of the service to be seen, but most importantly (c) to
illustrate the place of such music in the congregation -- to "teach and
admonish one another" (Col. 3:16) or "speak to one another" (Eph. 5:19)
with music in accordance with the Word in the assembly. The new songs that
have originated in our congregation, for our congregation, are also included.
The hymn numbers are keyed to the Trinity Hymnal (Great Commission: Atlanta/Philadelphia, 1961), the hymnal we use in the congregation and in parentheses () the Hymnal for Worship and Celebration (Word: Dallas, 1986), the hymnal that our musicians use for many of the songs not in the Trinity Hymnal. Unfortunately, there is no one source for many of the praise choruses. I suggest as sources the following: the songbook series Praise Worship (Hosanna's Integrity Music, 1987; vol 1, et al) and the 2nd Edition, Praise! Chorus Book (Maranatha! Music, 1990). I have removed the copyrighted song texts from this publication because of copyright infringement. It is our current practice to print the text of all the songs not in the hymnal in the Sunday bulletin and to display them on the overhead. To facilitate this I have developed a database of song texts. For copyrighted songs (for use in the congregation) we are very thankful for the service of the Christian Copyright License, Inc. (5) by which we can print and display songs and credit the writers.
Principles of the Concert of Praise
2. The "regulative principle" of worship is the concept of finding biblical warrant for all that forms a part of worship. It has its roots in Reformation theology and was most definitively articulated by the Scottish Puritans.
3. For biblical and theological study of the basis for the Concert of Praise format, see my Toward a Biblical Theology of Worship and Worship Services.
4. My songs are indicated by the initials (GS); Dr. Ken Grafton's (elder at ADBC) songs are indicated by (KG). Several of these are in the Family Worship Songbook and Tape.
5. CCLI may be contacted at 800/234-2446. They also have a computer program which includes 5000 song texts and information, Song Select.
6. The name was patterned after David Bryant's Concert of Prayer ministry and I have greatly benefited from attending a Concert of Prayer led by Bryant. The title stretches back to Scotland and found its articulation the writings of Jonathan Edwards and the days of the Great Awakening in the mid 18th Century when people began to pray "in concert" (together in different locations at an appointed time for revival).
7. I have found the metrical Psalms from The Psalter, 1912, to have a lyric quality like classical hymns and easy meters for finding alternate tunes, although it is out print. Fortunately, many of these and other fine Psalter settings are in the Trinity Hymnal and the Trinity Psalter (Great Commission: Grand Rapids, 1994), as well as the Book of Psalms for Singing (Crown and Covenant: Pittsburgh, 1973). For more Psalm resources call Crown and Covenant at 412/241-0436.
8. Alphabetic paraphrase of Psalm 119 by the author.