Worship Preparation - 1/22/17
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 63:1-8
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.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
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.
Heavenly Father, we admit that this week we have been anxious and fearful about many things. We have trusted in temporary things instead of your steadfast love; we have tried to numb ourselves with distractions; we have made comfort a priority instead of loving you and loving our neighbor. Lord, help us to find our rest and our hope in you, so that we might be a blessing for other people as well. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon - Psalm 62:5-8
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.
For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
Message - 1 Peter 1:22-25
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
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 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)