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Worship Preparation - 12/18/16

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 - Hebrews 1

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.

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

To which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"?

When he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him." Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire."

Of the Son he says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions."

You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.

 

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

Hark, the Herald Angels Sing - audio / lyrics

He Who Is Mighty- audio and lyrics

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus - audio / 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.

Lord, left to ourselves, we are wretched and sinful beings. We are by nature children of wrath and daily seek to fill our own bellies. Comfort and pleasure are our gods. In the midst of such people, you came down to be with us. Jesus, you came while we were yet sinners. Help us to receive you, either for the first time, or once again in our struggling walks with you. Let us truly see the grace and light you bring, and to reflect this to the broken world around us. Come and reign, Lord Jesus.

 

Assurance of Pardon - Psalm 70:4-5

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.

May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, "God is great!" But I am poor and needy; come quickly, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay!

O Come, O Come Emmanuel - 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. 

 

What Child Is This - audio lyrics

All I Have Is Christ - 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)