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Order of Service

11 July 2021

*Done as a congregation

Welcome and Announcements

Prayer of Approach*

Almighty God, this morning as we gather to worship you, we come together, each of us from our own lives, with our own thoughts, and hopes, and worries. All which weigh heavily on us. Which is why we ask that you send your Holy Spirit to unburden us, and to renew our hearts and minds so that we’re clearly focused on you, and on the grace we have in Jesus Christ. 

It’s here as your children, that we quietly seek you in prayer, and ask that you take away the fatigue, loneliness, and strain of life, and replace it with a Christ-centered love and hope that enables us to experience and celebrate the joy of our redemption. Allow us to know the reality of your presence, and to experience the wonder of you majesty, and the awe of your infinite glory. May all we do this day be a fragrant offering, and pleasing in your sight.

We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ our Saviour, amen.

Preparatory Silence

Call to Worship: Psalm 149:1-5

Hymn of Praise: Sing to God New Songs of Worship*

Prayer of Adoration

All Age Talk

Profession of Faith*

Pastor: How did Christ humble himself in his death?

Congregation: Christ humbled himself in his death by being betrayed by Judas, forsaken by his disciples, scorned and rejected by the world, condemned by Pilate, and tormented with physical persecution. He struggled with the terrors of death and the powers of darkness; he felt and bore the weight of God’s anger. Finally, enduring the painful, shameful, and cursed death on the cross, he laid down his life as an offering for sin. (Q.49, Westminster Larger Catechism – MESV) 

Confession and Assurance of Pardon

  • Prayer of Confession

Heavenly Father, it is all too tragic how poorly we reflect your love, and how often we shrink from the inheritance of being your children. Even worse, is that readily we shirk the responsibility to love as we have been loved. There can be no excuse for our faults; there can be no justification for the ways we inhibit the fruitful living of others; or for the damage we do to this world and to ourselves.

We confess that we have sinned. We have no hope but your forgiveness; and so we ask it: in hope and in trust that your love, your perfect love – made human in Jesus Christ would speak quietly to our troubled souls, and restore sense of hope and peace, and then shape our lives so they exemplify the truth of the Gospel. We ask all this in the name of Christ, our Saviour, amen.

  • Silence
  • Assurance: Hebrews 7:23-25

Reflective Hymn: To God Be the Glory*

Liturgy of the Word

  • Old Testament Reading: Psalm 32:8-11
  • New Testament Reading: Colossians 3:1-4
  • Sermon: Christ: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Responsive Hymn: Before the Throne of God Above*

Congregational Prayer

  • Prayer of Intercession
  • Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn: Christ Our Hope In Life and Death*

Peace*

Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.

Congregation: And also with you.

Benediction: 1 John 5:20

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