Liturgy for March 17, 2013

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“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”” (Luke 22:42 ESV).

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* All those who are able, please stand.

Entering into Worship

* Call to Worship: Psalm 119:137-144

* Invocation: Psalm 124:8

* God’s Greeting: Ephesians 1:1-2

* Opening Prayer

* Psalm of Praise O LORD, Thy Perfect Righteousness (Psa 119:137-144) #253:1-4

Confession of Sin

Reading of the Law: Excerpts from Ephesians 5:1-21

Minister: 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
People: 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.
5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8a for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. 8b Walk as children of light…10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
ALL: 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Confession of Sin: 

Almighty and most merciful Father, we are thankful that your mercy is higher than the heavens, wider than our wanderings, deeper than all our sin. Forgive our careless attitudes toward your purposes, our envy of those who have more than we have, our obsession with creating a life of constant pleasure, our indifference to the treasures of heaven, our neglect of your wise and gracious law. Help us to change our way of life so that we may renounce our wicked will, desire your perfect will, and do what you command, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 1:8-9

Response of Gratitude

Psalm of Thanksgiving: Thy Lovingkindness, LORD, is Good and Free (Psa 69) #129:1-2

Creedal Response: Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 124

Q. 124. What is the third petition?
A. “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven”; that is, grant that we and all men renounce our own will, and without murmuring obey Your will, which alone is good; so that every one may fulfill his office and calling as willingly and faithfully as the angels do in heaven.

Offerings: Psalm 116:12-14

Congregational Prayer (ending with the Lord’s Prayer)

Service of the Word

* Scripture Lessons: Psalm 103:20-21; Matthew 6:10 & Luke 22:42 (text); Romans 7:14-25

* 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: I Waited for the LORD Most High (Psa 40) #71:1-4

Sermon: The Third Petition: War of Wills

1. Praying to Renounce Our Wicked Will
2. Praying to Love Our Father’s Perfect Will

Leaving to Serve

* Song of Consecration: Our Father, Clothed with Majesty #431:1-4

* Doxology: May the Grace of Christ Our Savior #487:1-2

* Benediction: Hebrews 13:20-21

* Amen! Three-Fold Amen

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