God's Call For Us To Worship Him
Be Still and know that I Am God”
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. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. - 1 Peter 1:3-9
*His Call to Us to Worship Him - Psalm 66:1-5
Leader: Shout for joy to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!
People: Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you."
Leader: "All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name."
People: Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
Leader: The Lord dwells among you; the Lord is dwelling among His Congregation.
People: Let us worship Him!
*Hymns of Our Procession Into the Presence of God
Prayer of Invocation
The Father Reaffirms His Covenant with Us
Reading of the Law
Call to Confession
When we gather to praise God, we remember that we are people who have preferred our wills to his. Accepting his power to become new persons in Christ, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
Prayer of Adoration and Confession Silent and Elder-led Prayer
Assurance of His Pardon —based on Romans 8:34; 2 Corinthians 5:17
Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven, and be at peace. Thanks be to God.
*Hymn of Thanksgiving
Intercessory Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer
Christ is Made Known to Us
Hymn of Prayer