Liturgy for Imus October 7, 2012


For an explanation of the details of this liturgy, see “A Brief Walk-Through Our Liturgy.” This is based on John Calvin’s liturgy in the church in Strassbourg published in 1545. For a paper on the pattern of Biblical worship from “the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem,” see “The Heavenly Pattern of Worship” by Peter J. Wallace.

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Entering into God’s Presence

(* All those who are able, please stand.)

* Call to Worship  Psalm 24:1-6

* Invocation  Psalm 124:8

* God’s Greeting  1 Thessalonians 1:1

* Opening Prayer

* Psalm of Praise  The Earth and the Fullness (Psa 24) #41:1,2

Confession of Sin

Reading of the Law  Matthew 5:27-32

Confession of Sin

The psalmist testifies: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for me. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. In the strength of this assurance, let us confess our sins to God. (Psa 66:16-18).

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from Thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against Thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done; and there is no health in us. But Thee, O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders, spare us, as we confess our faults, restore us, as we are penitent, according to Thy promises declared unto us in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of Thy holy Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with Thee and the Holy Spirit be all honor and glory, world without end. Amen.

(Silent Confession)

Assurance of Pardon  1 John 1:8-9

Response of Gratitude

Minister: O Lord, open my lips.
People: And my mouth will declare your praise.Psalm 51:15

Minister: Praise the Lord.
People: The Lord’s name be praised.—Psalm 135:1

Gloria Patri
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Creed  Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 41

Offerings  Psalm 66:13-14

Congregational Prayer

Service of the Word

Scripture Lessons  Exodus 20:14; Judges 2:16-19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 (text)

* Song of Preparation  Not Unto Us, O Lord of Heaven (Psa 115) #226:1,2,4

Sermon: The Seventh Commandment for Everyone: Holiness

1. Duties Required for Men
2. Duties Required for Women
3. Duties Required by the Gospel

Leaving to Serve

* Song of Consecration  How Vast the Benefits Divine #386:1-3

* Doxology  All Creatures of Our God and King (stanza 5)

* Benediction  Numbers 6:24-26

* Amen!  Three-Fold Amen

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