New Life Church Vicenza
THE ORDER FOR DIVINE WORSHIP September 26, 2021 10:30 a.m. 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Greeting

Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.

 

The Announcements

 

The Prelude

Well for Me that I Have Jesus

Christopher Parkening, guitar

 

The Call to Worship

1 Peter 2:4-5; Hebrews 13:15

As we come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, we ourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

The Ascription of Praise

Isaiah 28:16; Psalm 118:22–25, 29

Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will lay for the foundations of Zion a precious, choice stone, a highly valued cornerstone for its foundations, and the one who believes in him will not be put to shame.

The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Save us, we pray, O Lord! O Lord, we pray, give us success!

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!

 

The Hymn

Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation

 

The Prayer of Adoration

 

The First Reading

Isaiah 53:1-12

 

The Hymn

It Was Finished Upon that Cross

 

The Question for Reflection

What is the nature of Christ’s love for his people?

 

The Call to Confession    

Psalm 119:174-176

I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

 

The Silent Confession of Sin

 

The Corporate Confession of Sin

Search us, O God, and know our hearts! Try us and know our thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in us, and lead us in the way everlasting! O Righteous Father, you read our hearts; they lie open before you like a book. You know our sins even better than we do: the willful offenses from which we must be saved, the trespasses in which we are so often, even if unwittingly, taken, the faults which we are slow to confess even to ourselves, our fearful hesitation and apathy in doing the work of your Kingdom.

Forgive us Lord, we pray, for the sake of Jesus Christ, your beloved Son. Help our infirmities, take away our selfishness, and fill our hearts with the strength and courage of a perfected love, which casts out all fear. Hear now our private confessions for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

 

The Assurance of Pardon

1 Peter 2:24-25

Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

The Hymn

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

 

The Congregational Prayers

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. AMEN.

 

The Offering

 

The Doxology

 

The Second Reading

Mark 8:22-33

 

The Sermon

 

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

 

The Invitation and the Fencing of the Table

 

The Hymn

O Sacred Head Now Wounded

 

The Confession of our Faith

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate; Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven; And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy catholic Church; The communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. AMEN.

 

The Peace

You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

And also with you.

 

The Words of Institution           

1 Corinthians 11:23-30

 

The Preface

The Lord be with you.

and with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up unto the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right and good so to do.

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving and of Consecration

 

The Serving of the Bread and Wine

 

The Prayer of Thanksgiving and of Dedication

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!

 

The Hymn

Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners

 

The Dismissal and Benediction

2 Corinthians 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with you all. AMEN.

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