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Fair use almost certainly would protect you, particularly if you're not charging for individuals to attend the service.
You may receive some nasty letters from CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International), the main group that handles copyright issues for Christian songs. But they don't tell you that CCLI doesn't sue churches (bad for business, and certainly non-biblical). Furthermore, even if they would, fair use would almost certainly be a valid basis to defend such a lawsuit.
I wish I could give you some case law that supports what I'm telling you, but in this situation, silence is deafening. That is, there is no case law, which indicates that there have been no lawsuits.
So while you could get a CCLI license to reproduce words, sing the songs, etc... you almost certainly would be covered by fair use (which technically is a defense to trademark infringement, rather than a complete bar to being sued in the first place...) if you were to be sued. But the likelihood that you would be sued would be next to zero.
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