June 11, 2023

[LITURGY] Psalm 33’s Great God

In this weekends liturgy, we centered ourselves on the Lectionary Reading of Psalm 33. South Bend City Church proudly calls itself a place for believers and doubters and those that are a bit of both, but this liturgy specifically lands on the belief side of things. We spend time thanking, praising, and proclaiming the greatness of God through song and reading. If this liturgy doesn’t resonate with you today, that’s okay, and we hope that you can still walk away feeling supported and seen by our community.

Follow along with the transcript below



Mariah: Hey, South Bend City Church, Mariah here, the Director of Art and Worship. In today’s episode of the podcast, we’re going to hear and engage in a liturgy that our community did this weekend. This liturgy was centered on Psalm 33, a lectionary text, and we often say that South Bend City Church is a place for believers and doubters and those that are a little bit of both. Today’s liturgy does focus more on that belief side, and you’ll hear that through the text and through the songs. I wanted to give you a heads up about that.

And also wanted to let you know that if you’re feeling a little bit more like a doubter today, that we welcome you, we see you, and we are so thankful that you’re a part of our community. Alright, let’s jump in with the rest of our community as we enter into this liturgy today.

I Thank God by Maverick City Music
Wandering into the night, wanting a place to hide
This weary soul, this bag of bones
And I try with all my might, but I just can’t win the fight
I’m slowly drifting, a vagabond

And just when I ran out of road
I met a man I didn’t know
And He told me that I was not alone

He picked me up, He turned me around
He placed my feet on solid ground
I thank the Father, I thank the Savior
Because He healed my heart, He changed my name
Forever free, I’m not the same
I thank the Father, I thank the Savior
I thank God

I cannot deny what I see, got no choice but to believe
My doubts are burning like ashеs in the wind
So, so long to my old friends, burden and bitterness
You can just keep it moving, nah, you ain’t welcome here


Mariah: Amen. We’re going to continue on with this lectionary reading. I’ve asked Alan to lead us and when you see the bold words on the screen I ask that you join in if you feel comfortable.

Lectionary Reading (Psalm 33:1-12)
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to God a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright, and all Love’s work is done in faithfulness. God loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth. God gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle and put the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of God. For Love spoke, and it came to be; Love commanded, and it stood firm. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

Great Are You Lord by All Sons and Daughters
You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
And great are You Lord

It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise, pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to you always


All the earth will shout Your praise
Our hearts will cry these bones will sing
Great are You Lord


How Great Is Our God by Chris Tomlin
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice
All the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb


Name above all names
You are worthy of our praise
And my heart will sing how great is our God


How Great Thou Art
Then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

Mariah: So God today, would you meet us in this place? The same God that created the earth sees us and knows us and loves us in totality. And we thank you for that great love this morning. Pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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