Order of Service
Cromarty Parish Church
3 June 2018
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome & Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, we have joyously come together to worship and to seek your blessing, fully realizing that we cannot summon you into our midst, because we are but servants, and you are our king, and are already present in this place. We humbly ask that you would send your Holy Spirit to search the secret places in our hearts, and to open our minds to our need for you and for Christ’s work on the cross.
May the faithful here humbly rejoice in their salvation.
May the doubting who are here find faith.
May the anxious and fearful among us find encouragement and hope.
May those of us who are sorrowful find comfort, and those who are weary find rest and peace.
Use the coming silence to free us from the chains that bind us to our worldly responsibilities, and the things that draw us away from you. Unstop our ears, and open our minds, so that we may know you, and can experience the power and work of the Holy Spirit, as well as the awe and wonder of being in your presence.
We ask all this in the mighty and 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 103:19-22*
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, my soul.
Opening Hymn: CH4 – 120 God We Praise You, God We Bless You (Ode to Joy)**
Prayer of Adoration**
Doxology (CH4-807**) and Presentation of the Offering
Profession of Faith*
God is not only supremely merciful, but also supremely just. His justice requires (as he revealed in his Word) that the sins we have committed against his infinite majesty be punished with both temporal and eternal punishments of the soul as well as the body. We cannot escape these punishments unless satisfaction is given to God’s justice.
Since we, however, ourselves cannot give this satisfaction or deliver ourselves from God’s anger, God in his boundless mercy has given us as a guarantee his only begotten Son, who was made to be sin and a curse for us, in our place, on the cross, in order that he might give satisfaction.
This death of God’s Son is the only and entirely complete sacrifice and satisfaction for sins; it is of infinite value and worth, more than sufficient to atone for the sins of the whole world. (Articles 1-3, Christ’s Death and Redemption; Canons of Dort, 1619 A.D.)
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Confession: Hebrews 9:11-14
Assurance of Forgiveness: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
- Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
- Congregation: And also with you.
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 605 Thanks to God Whose Word Was Spoken**
1st Reading: Isaiah 56:1-8
2nd Reading: Mark 2:23-3:6
Sermon: A Sabbath Rest
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 533 Will You Come and Follow Me**
- Prayers of Intercession
- Lord’s Prayer*
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 458 At the Name of Jesus**
Benediction: Jude, v.24-25
CH4 – 803, We Will Walk With God My Brothers**