Liturgy for March 10, 2013

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“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14 ESV).

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* All those who are able, please stand.

Entering into Worship

* Call to Worship: Psalm 96:1-3

* Invocation: Psalm 124:8

* God’s Greeting: Revelation 1:4-7

* Opening Prayer

* Psalm of Praise Sing to the LORD, Sing His Praise (Psa 96) #187:1, 2, 5, 6

Confession of Sin

Reading of the Law: 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Confession of Sin: Excerpted from Psalm 106

Minister: Remember us, O LORD, when You show favor to Your people; help us when You save them.
People: Both we and our fathers sin; we commit iniquity & wickedness.
M: We do not consider Your wondrous works; we do not remember the abundance of Your steadfast love, but always rebel.
P: So You saved us from slavery to sin and redeemed us from the power of death.
M: But we soon forget Your works; we do not wait for Your counsel. We exchange the glory of God for the desires of the flesh.
P: We forget You, our God and Savior, who had done great things for us.
M: Then we despise Your good gifts and our inheritance, having no faith in Your promises. We murmur, complain, and do not obey the voice of the LORD.
ALL: Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise.

Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 25:1-5

Heidelberg Catechism Q. 76. What does it mean to eat the crucified body and drink the shed blood of Christ?
A. It means not only to embrace with a believing heart all the sufferings and death of Christ, and thereby to obtain the forgiveness of sins and life eternal; but moreover, also, to be so united more and more to His sacred body by the Holy Spirit, who dwells both in Christ and in us, that, although He is in heaven and we on earth, we are nevertheless flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone, and live and are governed forever by one Spirit, as members of the same body are governed by one soul.

Response of Gratitude

Psalm of Thanksgiving: Grace and Truth Shall Mark the Way (Psa 25) #45:1-3

Creedal Response: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 123

Q. 123. What is the second petition?
A. “Thy kingdom come;” that is, so govern us by Your Word and Spirit, that we submit ourselves to You always more and more; preserve and increase Your Church; destroy the works of the devil, every power that exalts itself against You, and all wicked devices formed against Your Holy Word, until the fullness of Your kingdom come, wherein You shall be all in all.

Offerings: Psalm 116:12-14

Service of the Word

* Scripture Lessons: Luke 17:20-30 (text); Daniel 7:13-14

* Gloria Patri: 2nd century hymn

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

* Song of Preparation: The LORD Unto His Christ Has Said (Psa 110) #221:1-3

Sermon: “Your Kingdom Come”

1. Praying for the Preservation of the Kingdom
2. Praying for the Fullness of the Kingdom

Service of the Lord’s Supper

Minister: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them up to the LORD! (Psa 25:1)

Congregational Prayer (ending with the Lord’s Prayer)

Leaving to Serve

* Song of Consecration: Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun #399:1-5

* Doxology: Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow #493

* Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 3:16

* Amen! Three-Fold Amen

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