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Order of Service

Cromarty Parish Church

10 March 2019

*Done as a congregation

**Please stand, or remain standing

Welcome and Intimations

Prayer of Approach*

Almighty God, whether the day dawns bright and sunny, or overcast with rain, you are worthy to be praised. Which is why we come before you, and ask that you send your Holy Spirit to help turn our hearts and minds away from the responsibilities that burden us, and more towards you. Allow us to sense your presence in a way that fills us with repentant humility, and enables us to more fully appreciate the mercy and grace we have in our Lord Jesus Christ. Use our time of silence to set aside the thoughts that distract us, and that overwhelm us with a false sense of urgency that seems to weigh us down, and then strips us of the joy kingdom life affords us. Fill us instead with a resolute peace that permits us to rest at your feet, and that simultaneously restores our hope, and strengthens our faith and trust in you, and in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. In whose mighty and precious name we have gathered this day, amen.

Preparatory Silence*

Call to Worship: Psalm 118:27-29*

The Lord is God and he has made his light shine upon us. 

With boughs in hand, join into the festal procession up to the horns of the altar.

You are my God and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Hymn of Praise: CH4 – 111 Holy, Holy, Holy **

Prayer of Adoration

Doxology(CH4, Hymn 807)and Presentation of the Offering*

Profession of Faith*

This is the good news that we have received, in which we stand and by which we are saved, if we hold fast: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, and that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses.  We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God – the first and the last, the beginning and the end – he is our Lord and our God. 

(Based on Matthew 16:16; John 20:28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-6; Revelation 22:13)

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

Confession: Psalm 66:16-20

Silent Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness: Colossians 2:13-15

Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 605 Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken**

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 60:18-22

New Testament Reading: Ephesians 5:1-11

Sermon: An Inherited Character

Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 594 Come Holy Spirit, Come** 

Congregational Prayer

Prayers of Intercession

Lord’s Prayer*

Closing Hymn: CH4 – 681 Send Out the Gospel Let It Sound** 

Peace**

The peace of the Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Benediction: Philippians 4:4-7

CH4 – 803 We Will Walk With God** 

Postlude

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