Throughout the scriptures, God provides for salvation. Various stories and metaphors are used to describe this great grace. Recently I was struck by the trail of scriptures from Genesis to Revelation revealing the journey of the Lamb of God
- the ram sacrificed in place of Isaac foreshadowing God’s provision of Jesus
- Isaiah’s prophecy of God’s servant Messiah, who would be led like a lamb to the slaughter
- John proclaiming Jesus the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the world
- And finally the victorious Lamb of Heaven
God led me to bring these scriptures together in an extended contemporary worship resource with sung responses. The first sung response is Michael W. Smith’s classic praise chorus Agnus Dei (CCLI #626713). The second sung response is Darlene Zschech’s powerful worship song Worthy Is the Lamb (CCLI Song No. 3217555). The final sung response is a repeat of Agnus Dei followed by the chorus of Worthy is the Lamb.
This resource could be used as a whole or in selected portions as would best fit the worship service. However you chose to use the resource, I pray it would usher you and your congregation into a time of profound worship. – Lisa <><
For a PDF of this canticle, click here Canticle: Worthy is the Lamb
Canticle: Worthy is the Lamb
VOICE ONE: Genesis 22:10-14 (NRSV)
Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.
VOICE TWO: John 1:29, 35-37 (NRSV, adapted)
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus.
Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith (CCLI #626713)
VOICE ONE: Isaiah 53:3-5 (NLT)
He was despised and rejected — a man of sorrows, acquainted with bitterest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way when he went by. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God for his own sins! But he was wounded and crushed for our sins. He was beaten that we might have peace. He was whipped, and we were healed!
VOICE TWO: Isaiah 53:5-8 (NLT)
All of us have strayed away like sheep. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the guilt and sins of us all. He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led as a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth. From prison and trial they led him away to his death. But who among the people realized that he was dying for their sins — that he was suffering their punishment?
Worthy Is the Lamb by Darlene Zschech (CCLI Song No. 3217555)
VOICE ONE: Revelation 5:8 (NRSV)
In heaven the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song:
VOICE TWO: Revelation 5:9-10
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.
VOICE ONE: Revelation 5:11-12
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice,
ALL VOICES: Revelation 5:12
Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!
VOICE TWO: Revelation 5:13
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
ALL VOICES: Revelation 5:13
To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
VOICES ONE AND TWO: Revelation 5:14
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Agnus Dei in it’s entirety followed by the chorus of Worthy is the Lamb.
Compilation © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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