Order of Worship
Sunday, March 14, 2021
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Chiming of the Hour
Pouring of the Water
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing", Wilbur Held
Call to Worship:
Look to the Lord your God, and live.
Give thanks to the Holy One, our Savior.
For though we once were dead in sin,
now, by the grace of God, we live.
Opening Hymn 475: "Come, Thou Found of Every Blessing"
Come, thou Fount of every blessing; tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet, sung by flaming tongues above;
praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it, mount of God’s unchanging love!
O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart; O take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above.
Prayer of the Day:
Worthy of praise from every mouth,
of confession from every tongue,
of worship from every creature,
is your glorious name,
Holy God forever and ever.
Your might is beyond measure,
your wisdom beyond knowledge,
your love beyond all telling.
Help us to find life in you as we worship,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Call to Confession
Prayer of Confession:
you made us in your image,
bringing us from death to life,
with a mind to know you,
a heart to love you,
and a will to serve you.
But our knowledge is imperfect,
our love inconstant,
our obedience incomplete.
Day by day we fail to grow into your likeness;
yet you are slow to be angry with your children.
For the sake of Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Savior,
do not hold our sins against us,
but in your tender love, forgive.
Assurance of Forgiveness
Hymn of Praise: "Praise to the Lord"
Praise ye the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
Let the amen sound from his people again; gladly for aye we adore him.
Prayer for Illumination:
God of life,
breath your Spirit of life upon us
as we listen for your Word.
May they be for us words of life,
in the name of Christ. Amen.
Affirmation of Faith:
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 Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended into hell;
the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayers of the People:
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.
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Offertory Music: "Amazing Grace", Hal Hopson
Doxological Verse 606: "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow"
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures, here below;
praise him above, ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer of Dedication
Closing Hymn 463: "How Firm a Foundation"
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
is laid for your faith in God's excellent Word!
What more can be said than to you God hath said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
"Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
for I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no, never forsake."
Postlude: "Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness", Wilbur Held
Carillon: Three Bell Peal