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Unite Us Together – Storytellers

When North Side started the “5 Things That Will Kill This Church” series, I wanted a worship song for a church to sing together.  Most worship songs are written to sing together, but I really wanted it to be something you sang acknowledging those singing around you.

To write it, I went to the descriptions of the early church in Acts 2 and 4:

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

Acts 4:32 And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them.33 And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all.34 For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales

Here are some of the lines of the song to see how very un-creative I was for this song (but you don’t need to be clever when you got the Word, somebody preach!):

VERSE 1:
F            Dm                 Bb        F    C/E
May this church forever stand in awe
Dm      C/E          Bb F/A Gm F
At Your power, O Mighty God
F          Dm                 Bb      F      C/E
May we stand together in one accord
Dm             C/E              Bb F/A Gm F
Hearers and doers of Your living Word
Eb                  Bb/D
Take away our selfish pride
Bbm/D     C
Spirit, come and abide
CHORUS:
F/A Bb    Dm     C
O God, unite us together
F/A   Bb      Gm       C
Your church living as one
F/A     Bb              Dm  G
Giving ourselves to one another
Bb                       C        F
And this world will know us by our love
VERSE 2:
F          Dm                 Bb      F      C/E
May we never have an unmet need
Dm       C/E                     Bb F/A Gm F
May we walk our strongest on our knees
F          Dm                  Bb          F     C/E
Encouraging each other day after day
Dm         C/E             Bb F/A Gm  F
Use us to see lives forever changed
Eb                 Bb/D
As we gather in Your name
Bbm/D        C
Help us learn to give away
BRIDGE:
Bb
For Your gospel, for Your truth
Dm
For the glory that belongs to You
Gm                F/A
For Your Kingdom, for Your renown
Bb               C
Help us to lay our very lives down

Eric Bryant and Richenda Brown took this song to a whole nother place with their wonderful take on it.  It will be available in a few days!  Here is a snippet to listen to:

Unite Us Together by tagnew

Looking Out for #1

Passionate, honest day about being the church at North Side.  2nd week into our “5 Things That Will Kill This Church” series and we stated the 2nd thing that could kill this church: “Looking Out for #1.”  When selfishness infests a church, it is a dangerous place to tread.

Today, we worshiped to:

Some of my favorite things about today:

  • Eagerness to Worship – Each week, I just see a deeper desire to focus on Jesus from moment one.  I love it.  You people sing out so much.  I love to hear it, and I can’t imagine what God thinks about it!
  • David Little Testimony – Before taking the offering, it was great to hear of one of our missionaries who we support as he leads churches to reach this community and people all over the world.  Love me some David Little and his team as they impact this area.
  • Pastor Prayer Time – We gave every person a church and pastor to pray for during the service (list of 12, each got their prayer request by what is their birthday month).  So great to be a part of the larger body of Christ and lift up our family in prayer.
  • Jeff’s Message – He preaches on anything great, but when he talks about the church something extra happens.  I can’t describe it – you just got to listen to it.
  • Invitation Time – It was great watching people come to the altar and pray for their role in this church.  I wrote the song, “Unite Us Together,” a few weeks ago because we needed a worship song that we could sing together committing ourselves to God and each other.  It was so great to hear our congregation sing beside each other, “O God, unite us together; Your church living as one; giving ourselves to one another; and this world will know us by our love.”

Can’t wait for the following 3 weeks.  Today, tonight, don’t go to church – BE THE CHURCH!