Liturgy for September 1, 2013

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

Liturgical Element of the Week: Offerings: “Treasures, Hearts, Tithes.” What is it, and why?

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God Speaks
People Respond

ENTERING INTO WORSHIP

* Call to Worship: Psalm 136:1-6, 23-26 (antiphonal reading)

Minister: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: Give thanks to the God of gods,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: to him who alone does great wonders,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: to him who by understanding made the heavens,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: to him who spread out the earth above the waters,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: and rescued us from our foes,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: he who gives food to all flesh,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever;
Minister: Give thanks to the God of heaven,
People: for his steadfast love endures forever.

* Invocation: Habakkuk 2:20
* Salutation: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-2
* Opening Prayer
* Song of Praise: Give Thanks to God, for Good is He #284:1-3

CONFESSION OF SIN

Reading of the Law:  Deuteronomy 5:6-21
General Confession:

Almighty God, we acknowledge and confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed; we have not loved you with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. Deepen within us our sorrow for the wrong we have done, and the good we have left undone. Lord, you are full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy; there is always forgiveness with you! Restore to us the joy of your salvation; bind up that which is broken, give light to our minds, strength to our wills, and rest to our souls. Speak to each of us, and let your word abide with us until it has wrought in us your holy will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be all honor and glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 111:1, 4, 9

RESPONSE OF GRATITUDE

* Song of Thanksgiving: G O Give the LORD Wholehearted Praise  #222:1, 3
* Creed: Nicene Creed
Offerings: Psalm 116:12-14
Congregational Prayer (ending in The Lord’s Prayer—Mat 6:9-13)

SERVICE OF THE WORD

* Scripture Lessons: Leviticus 9:17; 2:1-16 (texts); 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
* Gloria Patri
* Song of Preparation: My Heart was Glad to Hear the Welcome the Sound #38:1-5

Sermon: The Grain Offering: Thanksgiving to the LORD

1. For Provisions
2. For Holiness
3. For Hearing Prayers
4. For Preservation

LEAVING TO SERVE

* Song of Consecration: We Praise Thee, O God #313:1, 3, 4
* Doxology: May the Grace of Christ Our Savior #487:1, 2
* Benediction: 2 Thessalonians 3:16, 18
* Amen!  Three-Fold Amen

 

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