Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
Sunday, 9 September 2018
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome and Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, in your providence, the seasons are changing. Summer is ending, and autumn is just beginning. But as the days grow shorter, we remain distracted by the ordinary things of life. Simple things, yet things that keep us from spending time with you and with your Son, Jesus Christ. Which is why we ask that you would send your Holy Spirit, and turn our hearts more toward you. Use our silence to still and focus our thoughts, so that we can more clearly sense your presence, and experience your mercy and grace as we worship. Grant us wisdom and insight, so we better understand and grasp Your Word, and in turn, can obediently respond to it. Then stir our imaginations and move us to action, so that we witness to the truth of the Gospel, and pass on the gift of hope to the world around us through our daily lives. We ask all this in the name of Christ, our Saviour; who together with the Spirit, lives and reigns with you forever and ever, amen.
Silence in Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship: Psalm 126:1-3*
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Opening Hymn: CH4 – 61 O Sing a New Song to the Lord, v.1-4, 7**(Azmon hymn tune)
Prayer of Adoration
Doxology (CH4, Hymn 807)and Presentation of the Offering*
Profession of Faith: Colossians 1:15-20*
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Confession: Psalm 130:1-4
Assurance of Forgiveness: Psalm 130:7-8
Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 601 Look Upon Us Blessed Lord** (Liebster Jesu Wir Sind Hier)
Old Testament Reading: Jonah 1
New Testament Reading: Philippians 2:12-30
Sermon: The Inevitability of Change
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 702 Lord in Love and Perfect Wisdom** (Blaenwern)
Prayers of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 681 Send Out the Gospel! Let It Sound!** (Old Clarendonian)
Benediction: 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
CH4 – 813 All Praise and Thanks to God**