Order of Service
Cromarty West Church
13 May 2018
*Done as a congregation
**Please stand or remain standing
Welcome & Intimations
Prayer of Approach*
Almighty God, although being here fills us with joy, it also leaves us wondering and insecure after a week of focusing on everything but you, and on Jesus’ work of the cross. More often than not, we have put the most mundane things first because we saw them as more important than prayer, or simply and quietly, spending time in your presence. Whether purposefully or inadvertently, we have failed to live out the Gospel in a way that the world could recognize, and then be drawn to it. Forgive our neglectful attitude, and send your Holy Spirit to help us set aside life’s distractions, and to turn our hearts and minds toward seeking and worshipping you. Let us experience a strong sense of your presence that renews our hope and joy, as well as the humility to recognize our need for your daily, and providential care. Use our moment of silent as preparation to humbly sing, profess our faith, learn from your word, and pray as we gather here this day. We ask all this in the mighty and precious name of Christ our saviour, who along with you, lives and reigns forever and ever, amen.
Silence in Preparation for Worship
Call to Worship: Psalm 108:1-5*
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.
Opening Hymn: CH4 – 110 Glory Be to God the Father**
Prayer of Adoration**
Doxology (CH4-807**) and Presentation of the Offering
Profession of Faith*
The grace of faith, by which the elect are enabled to believe to the saving of their souls, is the work of the Spirit of Christ in their hearts, and is ordinarily produced through the ministry of the Word. This faith is increased and strengthened by the same means, and also by the administration of the sacraments and prayer.
By this faith, a Christian believes to be true whatever is revealed in the Word, because of the authority of God himself speaking in it. He also responds differently to what each particular passage contains—obeying the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come. But the principal acts of saving faith are accepting, receiving, and resting upon Christ alone for justification, sanctification, and eternal life, by virtue of the covenant of grace.
(Sections 1 & 2, Chapter 14, Westminster Confession of Faith – MESV)
Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness
Confession: Psalm 25:6-8, 11-18
Assurance of Forgiveness*
When we were dead in our sins and in the un-circumcision of our sinful nature, God made us alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
(Based on Colossians 2:13-15)
Minister: The peace of the Lord be with you.
Congregation: And also with you.
Hymn of Illumination: CH4 – 495 Spirit of God Descend Upon My Heart**
1st Reading: Proverbs 12:18, 17:9, 19:11
2nd Reading: Matthew 18:21-35
Sermon: A Radically Different Way
Responsive Hymn: CH4 – 694, Brother, Sister Let Me Serve You**
Prayers of Intercession
Closing Hymn: CH4 – 519, Love Divine, All Love Excelling**
Benediction: Titus 2:11-14