Grace to you, and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN.
O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
The Call to Worship
Psalm 99:1, 9
The Lord reigns as King; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!
The Ascription of Praise
The Lord reigns as King; he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt. Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the Lord on high is mighty! Your decrees are very trustworthy; holiness befits your house, O Lord, forevermore.
The Prayer of Adoration
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (John 15:16)
Almighty God, our Father, who built your church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone: Gather your people here in the unity of Christ, by your Holy Spirit, that we may know and feel your power and then make it known in our words and deeds, to the glory of your name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
The First Reading
The Question for Reflection
What does it mean to say that God is Holy?
The Call to Confession
Romans 2:4; Isaiah 44:22
Do you presume on the riches of God’s kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that his kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
I have blotted out your transgressions like a cloud and your sins like mist, says the Lord. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.
The Silent Confession of Sin
The Corporate Confession of Sin
O Righteous Father, Most Holy God: You have shown us in Jesus your Beloved Son the life that we ought to be living, and the faith that is our strength and salvation. We confess that we have shut our eyes to the light you have given us. Too often we have despised your provision for our utmost need. We have drunk at defiled streams and eaten ashes for bread; we have wandered, weak and helpless, restless and unsatisfied. We confess our love for the things of this present age, our shrinking from self-denial and sacrifice, our yielding to temptation, .our deliberate repeated sins. For the sake of Jesus Christ our Atonement have mercy on us and forgive us, we pray, and help us from now on to walk in your ways with an undivided heart. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
The Assurance of Pardon
Zephaniah 3:14, 15, 17
Sing for joy, O daughter of Zion; shout in triumph, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall not fear evil any longer. The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who delivers. He will rejoice over you with joy; he will be quiet in his love; he will exult over you with songs of joy.
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 Second Reading
The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
The Invitation and the Fencing of the Table
The Confession of our Faith
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who for us, and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried; and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father; and he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets; and we believe one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
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
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 Prayer of Thanksgiving and of Dedication
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted, s. 4
The Dismissal and Benediction
taken from 1 Thessalonians 5
Go forth into the world in peace.
Be of good courage.
Hold fast that which is good.
Render to no one evil for evil.
Strengthen the fainthearted.
Support the weak.
Help the afflicted.
Honor all people.
Love and serve the Lord,
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.
and the blessing of God the Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,
be upon you and remain with you always. AMEN.