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Worship Preparation - 12/11/16

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 72

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.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Following the call to worship, we sing together as an expression of praise, wonder, and love for God.

Joy to the World - audio / lyrics

O Come, All Ye Faithful - audio / lyrics

Christ is Coming - audio and lyrics

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.

Merciful God, we confess before you that we have sinned against you in our thoughts and speech. We have sinned in the wrongs we have done, and the good we have neglected to do. We have sinned in ignorance and in weakness, and by our own deliberate fault. We repent and turn to you. By your Spirit, transform our desires, renew our affections, and strengthen our obedience for the glory of your name. Amen. 

Assurance of Pardon - Isaiah 61:10-11

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.

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a
beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.

Angels We Have Heard On High - audio / lyrics

Communion

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. 

 

The Son of God Came Down - audio lyrics

Man of Sorrows - audio / 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 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)