– – -Liturgy for Sunday, March 8th, 2015- – –
“Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught.
Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.”
let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Prelude: Revelation Song (Riddle)
Gathering Song: All Things New (Andrew Peterson)
Call to Worship – We believe God is who calls and enables us to worship Himself rightly, in Spirit and truth, so we go to His word in seek of that…
Psalm 92:1-5, 93:2, 4
Leader: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night,
to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.
All: For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
How great are your works, O Lord!
Your thoughts are very deep!
Leader: Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
All: the Lord on high is mighty!
Prayer of Invocation – We pray each week asking God to direct our hearts, “prone to wander” as they are, to Himself as we sing, speak, and listen in our worship gathering…
Forever Reign (Stanfill)
Only Hope (Depth Of Mercy) (Wesley/Goodgame)
Call to Confession:
Adapted from Ephesians 3:14, 16-19
[We don’t have the strength to save ourselves, therefore, we humbly confess that it is the work of Christ alone that we stand on… this is our confession]
“that according to the riches of his glory we may be granted to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in our inner being, so that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith—that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
[let us silently confess that it is the work of Jesus alone that we stand on]
Prayer Of Confession (time of silent confession)
Assurance In Christ
Passages from Hebrews 10:14-24
Leader: For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
All: And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us…saying, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Leader: Therefore, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God,
All: let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.
Song of Response: Nothing But The Blood (Lowry)
(Prayers for our City, Offering, and Doxology/Word of Praise)
Doxology (verse 2, Germany/Angstrom)
Praise God and raise your voice again
Praise Him be-ginning and the end
Praise Him the maker of all things
Praise Father all creation’s King
Hearing the Word: Matthew 25:34-40 (sermon audio posted separately)
Celebration of Communion
Sending: In Your Name (Miranda Dodson)
Benediction: (Numbers 6:24-26)
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Go in that peace!