Worship Preparation - 12/4/16
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.
Let the king, the royal son, rule in justice. May he judge in righteousness, and act fairly to the poor. May all of the land be fruitful in his reign.
Help him to defend and rescue those in need, and strike fear into those who are against his people. May his rule be like rain that refreshes and showers the earth.
May the godly flourish under his reign; may he reign from sea to sea. All kings will bow before him and all nations will serve him.
He will rescue the poor and needy – those who have no defenders – when they cry to him. He will redeem all from oppression and violence.
Long live the king! May his people bless him all day long. May there be abundance in the land, and his name endure forever! May it continue as long as the sun shines.
May all nations be blessed through him, and bring him praise.
Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things.
Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen, let it be.
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.
Lord, thank you for coming into the world. Our lives are often lived trying to rule over small, un-enduring kingdoms. We are petty and greedy for even a small taste of power or glory. We worship ourselves, our money, our belongings, and our relationships far too much. We confess that you alone are King. Give us a sense this season of your true kingship over this world and our lives. Help us to live as your ambassadors in this fallen world, and to show Christ to the nations that He alone may be glorified. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon - Micah 5:2,4
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 you, Bethlehem, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past. He will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord. His people will live undisturbed, and he will be honored around the world.
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)