Special Service: Worshipping with the Fifth Gospel

On December 3, 2017, I and my student, Jessica Smoker, had privilege of leading worship for LCC’s International Christian Fellowship, which is an occasional English-language worship service led by staff and faculty.

Jess and I did an independent study on the Book of Isaiah that semester. We discovered that we are both musical, and decided that one of her assignments should be for us to craft a worship service structured around songs from Isaiah, and short teachings from the passages on which those songs are based.

I was partly inspired by the sorts of song-sermons that my father-in-law, Joe, used to lead. (The difference is that Joe would often compose all the songs in addition to the teaching! Jess and I didn’t write any songs this time…)

Here is the audio of the whole service (1:32:25; 126 MB). You can view the PPT slides here, with scripture readings and song lyrics. Below is a list of the teachings, readings and songs, with time-stamps, so you can skip around if you like. Be blessed!

0:00:00 Welcome Benjamin Giffone
0:00:50 Call to Worship Jessica Smoker
0:01:49 Holy, Holy Holy (Isa 6)
0:06:05 The Fifth Gospel Benjamin Giffone
0:16:44 Isaiah 7:10-17 Matthew Steinfeld
0:20:24 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Isa 7)
0:23:23 Isaiah 23:14-18; 47:1-3; 21:9 Benjamin Giffone
0:29:48 City of Doom (Isa 21:9; Rev 18)
0:33:16 Isaiah 40:27-31 Stanford Phiri
0:38:14 Everlasting God (Isa 40)
0:42:03 The Lord’s Prayer
0:42:45 Isaiah 43:1-4 Corrie Giffone
0:50:38 You Are Precious (Isa 43:1-4)
0:54:47 Isaiah 53; The Lord’s Supper Steve Van Zanen
1:01:58 Our God Reigns (Isa 52:7; 53; 1 Pet 2:11-15)
1:07:00 Isaiah 55:12-13 Jessica Smoker
1:11:19 The Trees of the Field (Isa 55:12-13)
1:13:47 Isaiah 60:1-5; First Advent Candle Greg Lawton
1:17:53 Arise and Shine (Isa 60)
1:20:34 Coda: Isaiah 6:8-13 Benjamin Groenewold
1:26:24 Here I Am, Lord (Isa 6)
1:31:02 Benediction Benjamin Giffone

Obviously, all of these songs are written by other songwriters besides me and Jess, and the copyrights for the music are held by the original artists. The teaching portions belong to the individual speakers. (I’m not going to go crazy trying to track down permissions, etc., because there’s not really a benefit to it, and “intellectual property” is a made-up concept, anyway. I’ll take them down if I get sued. I can’t imagine why someone would come after a blogging educator/worshipper, when all music is free on YouTube, but stranger things have happened.)

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, living and learning in Eastern Europe…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Hannah, Josh and Josh…uncle to Marshall, son-in-law to Claudia.
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