Liturgy for August 18, 2013

Come, join us as we worship a holy and gracious God with reverence and joy!

Liturgical Element of the Week: The Prayers (Part 1). What is it, and why?


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God Speaks
People Respond

"Noah Sacrificing after the Deluge" by Benjamin West, ca 1800 (click picture to enlarge)
"Noah Sacrificing after the Deluge" by Benjamin West, ca 1800 (click picture to enlarge)


* Call to Worship: Psalm 50:1-6, 14-15
* Invocation: Psalm 124:8
* Salutation: 1Corinthians 1:2-3
* Opening Prayer
* Song of Praise: The Mighty God, Jehovah Speaks #92:1-3, 6


Reading of the Law:  Ephesians 5:1-10
General Confession:

Our Father, we are sinful and you are holy. We recognize that we have heard in your Law difficult words, knowing how often we have offended you in thought, word and deed, not only by obvious violations, but by failing to conform to its perfect commands, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. There is nothing in us that gives us reason for hope, for where we thought we were well, we are sick in soul. Where we thought we were holy, we are in truth unholy and ungrateful. Our hearts are filled with the love of the world; our minds are dark and are assailed by doubts; our wills are too often given to selfishness and our bodies to laziness and unrighteousness. By sinning against our neighbors, we have also sinned against you, in whose image they were created. In this time of silent confession we bring you our particular sins. [Silent confession]All of this we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit, the only God, deserves eternal praise and glory. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 51:16-19


Song of Thanksgiving: Gracious God, My Heart Renew #95:3, 4
Creed: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 37 and 43
Offerings: 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Congregational Prayer (ending in The Lord’s Prayer)


* Scripture Lessons: Leviticus 9:12-17 (text);  Lev 1:1-11, 14; Heb 10:5-14
* Gloria Patri
* Song of Preparation: I Waited for the LORD Most High #71:1-4

Sermon: The Burnt Offering

1. Atonement and Substitution
2. Whole Consecration
3. Pleasing Aroma


* Song of Response: What Shall I Render to the LORD #230:1, 2, 4, 5
* Doxology: Now Blessed Be Jehovah God #488:1, 2
* Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21
* Amen!  Three-Fold Amen