Worship Preparation - 1/1/17
Below you'll find the scripture, prayers, and readings for this coming Sunday's worship gathering. These are here to help you and your family prepare for worshiping with the church community this Sunday. Read the scriptures. Think about the words to the prayers. Meditate on the lyrics to the songs. Then, when you arrive on Sunday, you can fully engage and participate in worship - having already internalized what we say and sing together. In this way, your worship on Sunday becomes an extension of your worship throughout the week.
Call to Worship - Psalm 95:1-7
Every week we start with a responsive reading from Scripture that focuses on God's holiness and greatness, as a way to focus our hearts and be invited into worship. The liturgy leader reads the text in the regular font, and the congregation responds with the text in bold.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Following the call to worship, we sing together as an expression of praise, wonder, and love for God.
Confession of Sin
Every week we confess our sinfulness and need for God together, using a prayer written by a member of our church. We then take a few moments of silence to privately confess our personal sins to God.
Lord, at the beginning of a new year, we look to you for help and forgiveness. We try to live by our own power and strength instead of following the guidance of your Word and your Spirit. We cannot live up to the standards we set for ourselves, much less the ones that you have set for us. Lord, help us to trust in the good work that Jesus has already done for us and rest in his righteousness. Let that fuel our hope and our obedience as we seek to glorify you this year. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon - 2 Corinthians 5:17-18
The liturgy leader then reads a passage of Scripture that reminds us of the grace and forgiveness we have in Jesus, and we respond afterwards with a song of thanksgiving and joy.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
At Kaleo, we take communion every week; if you are a baptized Christian who's a member of a church that loves and proclaims the gospel, you're welcome to join us! We have both wine and grape juice available, so you can take whatever your conscience allows. Every week we hear Paul's words about communion from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, and respond with words Christians have been using for centuries:
"For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.' For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes." Therefore, let us proclaim the heart of our faith together:
Christ has died! Christ is risen! Christ will come again!
Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.
Therefore, let us keep the feast!
The gifts of God are for the people of God. Come, eat and drink, remember and proclaim.
Confession of Faith - Apostles' Creed
We finish each service by reciting the Apostles' Creed, a statement of faith that Christians have used since the 5th century AD. We then join hands together as a symbol of our unity in Christ, then get sent out with a benediction, a good word from Scripture.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church*, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
(*that is, the church throughout time and in all places)