This piece of spoken worship is particularly useful because it requires no printed or projected words to involve a whole congregation. We've used it at Spring Harvest, on our 'How would Jesus worship' tour and in regular Sunday services.

Explain to the congregation that you are going to say a line, to which you want them to respond 'Jesus is Lord'. The interested bit comes in that they say the response louder if your hand is higher, softer if your hand is lower. Start the paraphrase of the famous passage with your hand held high, and then gradually move it lower, so the crowd end up speaking the phrase in a hushed whisper. Then begin to raise your hand in the second half, builing the response to a joyful shout. We've often had the band begin building music under the second half to aid the crescendo and help us move into a song of praise.

This piece was written by the late Michael Perry, who penned stacks of great Bible prayer material. You can get hold of lots of it for free by going to www.jubilate.co.uk/find_liturgy/ and searching under his name.

(gradually getting quieter)
Equal with God:
Jesus is Lord
Emptied himself:
Jesus is Lord
Came as a slave:
Jesus is Lord
Found as a man:
Jesus is Lord
Humbly obeyed:
Jesus is Lord
Went to his death:
Jesus is Lord
Death on a cross:
Jesus is Lord

(getting louder)
God raised him up:
Jesus is Lord
Gave him the name:
Jesus is Lord
Higher than all:
Jesus is Lord
Every knee bow:
Jesus is Lord
All tongues confess:
Jesus is Lord

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