Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
Sunday, 4 November 2018
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome and Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, we have come to you as we are: rushed for time and out of reasons for failing to seek you and to rest in your presence; let alone to be ready to listen for your voice, and be obedient to your call. And for that we seek your forgiveness. But now, in this place, and at this time, we long for your presence, and to experience the wonder of your redemptive mercy and grace. Use our silence to calm and centre our hearts on you, and to take away any thoughts that may distract us from worshipping you. Fill us now with a sense joy and hope, and then guide us as we lift our voices to sing, to declare your praises, and to rejoice in the truth and power of your word, and in Christ’s work on the cross. Grant that all we do this day would be fragrant and pleasing offering in your sight. We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Him who saved us, amen.
Silence in Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship: Psalm 96:6-9*
Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.
Opening Hymn: CH4 – 173 Sing to God New Songs of Worship**
Prayer of Adoration*
Doxology (CH4, Hymn 807)and Presentation of the Offering*
Profession of Faith*
What is justifying faith?
Justifying faith is a saving grace, wrought in the heart of sinners, by the Spirit and word of God, whereby they, being convinced of their sin and misery, and of their own inability to recover from their lost condition, not only grasp the truth of the promise of the gospel; they also receive and rest upon Christ and his righteousness for pardon of their sins, and granting of their salvation and righteous in God’s eyes.
How does faith justify a sinner in the sight of God?
Faith justifies a sinner in the sight of God, not because of those other graces which always accompany it, or by good works that are the fruits of it, nor as if the grace of faith, or any act thereof, were imputed to him for his justification; but only as it is an instrument by which he receives and applies Christ and his righteousness.
(Questions 72 & 73, Westminster Larger Catechism; Adopted by the Church of Scotland, 1648)
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Confession: Romans 5:6-8
Assurance of Forgiveness: Romans 5:10-11
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 189 Be Still**
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9
New Testament Reading: Romans 5:6-11
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 419 Thine Be the Glory**
Prayer of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 198 Let Us Build a House Where Love Can Dwell**
Blessing of the Peace*
The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Benediction: Ephesians 3:16 - 19
CH4 – 813 All Praise and Thanks to God**