Worship Preparation - 1/15/17
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 89
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.
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; I will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations.
Steadfast love will be built up forever; you will establish you faithfulness in the heavens.
You have said, “I have made a covenant with David my servant, saying ‘I will establish your offspring forever and build your throne for all generations.”
Let the heavens praise your wonders, and angels proclaim your faithfulness.
For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? He is awesome and fearsome in the midst of angels.
Who is mighty as you are, Lord, with your faithfulness all around? You rule the waves of the raging seas.
The heavens are yours, as well as the earth and all that is in it. You have founded it, from north to south, with your strong arm.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
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.
Dear Father, even as your children, we have forsaken your laws and neglected your rules. In some cases, we know your commands and still do not keep them. In other cases we remain ignorant of your statutes, and violate them unknowingly. We refuse correction and do not seek your righteousness. Forgive us of our trite treatment of your holy law. Do not punish us for our transgressions, but have mercy, in Christ. Thank you for sending your Son to take our punishment.
Assurance of Pardon - Psalm 89:33-36
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.
But I will not remove from him my steadfast love or be false to my faithfulness. I will not violate my covenant or alter the word that went forth from my lips. Once for all I have sworn by my holiness; I will not lie to David. His offspring shall endure forever, his throne as long as the sun before me. Like the moon it shall be established forever, a faithful witness in the skies.
Message - 1 Peter 1:13-21
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
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.
Rejoice - lyrics
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 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)