Worship Preparation - 1/8/17
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 111
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 give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the congregation of his saints.
Great are the works of the LORD. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
The LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; to be worked out forever with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have knowledge from Him. His praise endures forever!
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.
Father, we come to you now in need of grace. We have transgressed your perfect law, both in weakness, and of our own deliberate fault. We have looked to people, situations, and experiences to give us identity, security, and hope that can only be found in you. Forgive us, and by your Holy Spirit awaken us to the only glory that truly satisfies, the glory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon - 1 Peter 1:3-7
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.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
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)