LITURGY OF THE WORD

CALL TO WORSHIP

We acknowledge that God himself calls us to worship him, and that we are gathered in his presence.

 

SONGS OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING

We sing songs that extol God’s grace and truth, and encourage our love and faith.

A time to prepare our hearts and make ourselves fully present to God.

 

CONFESSION OF SIN

God’s holiness exposes our corporate and individual sins; God’s kindness enjoins our honest and willing confession of them.

 

ASSURANCE OF PARDON

God declares from his Word and through his Church that all who repent and believe in Jesus Christ are forgiven of their sins.

PASSING OF THE PEACE

We remind each other of the peace given to us in Christ, that by being reconciled to God our Father, we are reconciled to one another as brothers and sisters. (We take a short break at this point of the service to dismiss children to children’s ministry.)

 

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

We invoke the Holy Spirit to illuminate and apply God’s Word to our hearts in the reading and preaching of Scripture.

 

SCRIPTURE READING AND SERMON

God addresses his people through the reading and preaching of his Word to edify believers and exhort unbelievers to make sense of, much of, and use of, the good news of Jesus Christ.

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

We intercede before God on behalf of our church, our neighborhood and city, other gospel-centered churches, and the nations.

LITURGY OF THE TABLE

INVITATION

Christ presides over the table and invites his people – baptized members in good standing of a local church that proclaims the gospel – to partake in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.

 

COMMEMORATION

We rehearse Christ’s words of institution and remember the atoning death and resurrection of Christ.

 

CONSECRATION

We pray for the consecration of the bread and grape juice by the Holy Spirit, so that as we partake physically in faith, we might partake spiritually in the body and blood of Christ.

COMMUNION

As we partake in the body and blood of Christ, we acknowledge that we, the Church, are together the body and blood of Christ.

 

OFFERING

All that we have comes from God, and we gratefully give back to him a portion of what he has generously given.

 

COMMISSION AND BENEDICTION

The members of the body of Christ are sent into the world with God’s blessing to love God, one another, and share the love of Christ with others.

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