March 22 Service1
Welcome to our first ever remote service! The instructions are simple--just scroll down this page and work throught material. If it's a video, click it. If it's text--a prayer or confession or scripture reading--find a way to read through it that works for your group. Occasional instructions are in italics.
Call to Worship: Psalm 100
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations. (ESV)
Song of Praise
If it is awkward to sing in a small group, you can simply listen.
Confession of Sin and Assurance of Pardon
This is a time to remember the heart of our relationship with God. We come to Him as sinners in need of grace. He came to us and gave His grace through the cross.
Jesus, forgive my sin.
Forgive the sins that I remember, and the sins that I have forgotten.
Forgive my many failures in the face of temptation, and those times when I have been stubborn in the face of correction.
Forgive the times I have been proud of my own achievements, and when I have failed to boast in Your works.
Forgive the harsh judgments I have made of others, and the leniency I have shown to myself.
Assurance: John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Confession of Faith: The Apostles' Creed
This is a historic summary of "the faith once and for all delivered to the saints." We recite it together during this uncertain time to remember that whatever else happens, these truths that have been passed down to us remain unchanged.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried,
he descended to the dead.
The third day he rose from the dead,
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic1 church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
How you decide to voice the prayers is up to your group; you may have one person pray out loud, or take turns, etc. The list below gives some suggestions of prayer concerns; you may certainly add your own.
- For the advancement of the Kingdom of God during this time
- Adjustment to the new normal
- Scientists and disease experts who are working on a vaccine for the virus
- Physicians, nurses, other medical professionals who are risking their own health to treat those in need
- Our governmental leaders--The President and Vice President, the Congress, our Governor and other state and local leaders
- Our church leaders who seek to minister to the congregation in unconventional ways
- Members and friends of our congregation who are vulnerable due to health, age, and other circumstances
Song of Praise
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
1. In lower case, "catholic" refers not to the Roman Catholic church but to the church made up of genuine Christian believers across time and space. It is similar to the term universal, and some churches substitute that word. But "catholic" is a theological term with a long history, and it's worth knowing and using.↩