Liturgy for May 1, 2011


Entering into Worship
Call to Worship Psalm 66:1-4, 13-14, 20
Invocation Psalm 124:8
Salutation 1 Corinthians 1:2,3
Opening Prayer
Psalm of Praise Come, All Ye Peoples, Bless Our God (Psa 66) #120:1-4
Confession of Sin
Reading of the Law Matthew 22:34-40
General Confession
Lord God, eternal and almighty Father: We acknowledge before your holy majesty that we are poor sinners, conceived and born in guilt and in corruption, prone to do evil, unable of our own power to do good. Because of our sin, we endlessly violate your holy commandments. But, O Lord, with heartfelt sorrow we repent and turn away from all our offenses. We condemn ourselves and our evil ways, with true sorrow asking that your grace will relieve our distress. Have compassion on us, most gracious God, Father of mercies, for the sake of your son Jesus Christ our Lord. And in removing our guilt, also grant us daily increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, and produce in us the fruits of holiness and of righteousness pleasing in your sight: Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (from Calvin’s 1543 Geneva Liturgy)
Assurance of Pardon Psalm 51:7-12
Response of Gratitude
The Creed Heidelberg Catechism 96; Westminster Confession 21:1
Psalm of Thanksgiving God, Be Merciful to Me (Psa 51) #94:1-4
Congregational Prayer
Gloria Patri #492
Service of the Word
Scripture Lessons Isaiah 1:1-20; Isaiah 1:10-20 (text); Matthew 15:1-9
Psalm of Preparation I Waited for the Lord Most High (Psa 40) #71:1-4
Sermon Worship Wars
Leaving to Serve
Psalm of Consecration With Joy and Gladness in My Soul #263:1-3, 6
Doxology May the Grace of Christ Our Savior #487 :1-2
Benediction Hebrews 13:20-21
Amen! Three-Fold Amen


Heidelberg Catechism 96

Q. Minister: What does God require in the Second Commandment?
A. Congregation: That we in no way make any image of God, nor worship Him in any other way than He has commanded us in His Word.

Westminster Confession 21:1

Congregation: The acceptable way of worshiping the true God has been instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshiped according to the imaginations or devisings of men, or the suggestions of Satan, or under any visible representation, or any other way not commanded in Holy Scripture.

Sermon Outline: A Lawsuit Against False Worship

1. The Charge by a Holy Prosecutor
2. The Hypocritical Defendant
3. The Gracious Plea Bargain
4. The Just Sentencing

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