Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
11 March 2018
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome & Intimations
Prayer of Approach
Father we come to you after a week of where our days have been both ordinary and plain, as well as extraordinarily busy and frustrating. We also know our hearts have strayed from your Word, and that our thoughts and actions have reflected our sense of self-reliance and exposed our weaknesses and failings. Which is why we seek you now, and ask that you would renew our faith, and strengthen our hope and trust in you, and in your Son Jesus Christ. Use our silence to re-centre our lives on you, and to make us more dependent on the power and leading of the Holy Spirit, so that our lives honour and glorify you, while simultaneously reflecting the wonder and truth of Gospel. Be with us now as we worship you. Fill us with a reverent sense of peace, and allow us to experience the overwhelming awe of being in your presence. We ask all this in the precious name of Christ our Saviour, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever, amen.
Silence in Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship: Psalm 47:1-2, 5-8
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.
Opening Hymn: MP – 24 All Things Praise Thee, Lord Most High (Heathlands)**
Prayer of Adoration**
Doxology (CH4-807**) and Presentation of the Offering
Profession of Faith*
What further advantage do we receive from Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross?
Through Christ’s death our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with him, so that the evil desires of the flesh may no longer rule us, but that instead we may dedicate ourselves as an offering of gratitude to him.
How does Christ’s resurrection benefit us?
First, by his resurrection he has overcome death, so that he might make us share in the righteousness he won for us by his death. Second, by his power we too are already now resurrected to a new life. Third, Christ’s resurrection is a guarantee of our glorious resurrection. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q.43 & 45; 1563A.D.)
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. Instead of relying on your Word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have followed the desires of our own hearts, and grasped at what the world is offering us. So we have left undone the things you ask of us, and shown too little love and concern for those around us. Our hearts are filled with ugliness and weakness, and we are ashamed at the way we have offended you, and tarnished the image of your kingdom. Remind us of your covenant faithfulness, and the hope we have in Christ, and then forgive us our faults and failings, and replace our cold disobedient hearts, with repentant hearts, and a willingness to readily share the wonder of your mercy, grace, and love with a desperate and fallen world. We ask all this in the precious name of Christ our Saviour, who is King of kings and Lord of lords, now and forever, amen.
Assurance of Forgiveness: Romans 5:9-11
Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 606 Lord You Sometimes Speak in Wonders**
1st Reading: Psalm 121
2nd Reading: John 3:1-17
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 192B All My Hope of God is Founded (Groeswen)**
Prayers of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 465 Be Thou My Vision**
Benediction: Acts 20:32
CH4 – 819, Threefold Amen**