Welcome to the recap of the Veritas worship gathering on October 7, 2012. Below are the songs and liturgy from our gathering. You can also find a link to this set and the sets of many other churches at www.theworshipcommunity.com.
Song: Bless the Lord (Son of Man) by: Tye Tribbett
Reading: Call to Worship
We have gathered here this morning because we have been called to worship GOD!! And so our gathering, our singing, our prayers, our worship is in response to this call from scripture to worship and praise the almighty God, the creator of the universe! Psalm 145 says this about our God:
L: Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.
(Psalm 145:3 ESV)
And so we come here today to see and know his greatness even more. As we read scripture and sing these songs that declare his glory, our prayer should be that his glory would invade every aspect of our lives, so that as we sing, we would sing out in worship, in response to his greatness, and that our affections, our lives, our hearts, would be turned to the Lord! Lets pray this prayer together as we begin this morning, read the underlined parts with me:
L: O Lord Most High, who dwells beyond the heavens, Your greatness is incomparable and Your glory is far beyond our loftiest thoughts.
C: Gather us together in the name of Jesus, whom the angels adore, whose name is above every name.
L: Lead us in our worship, that all we do might be filled with Your grace, directed by Your wisdom, informed by the truth, and accomplished to Your glory.
C: We ask all this through Christ, our Lord, whom with You, our Father, and the Holy Spirit, we constantly seek to glorify. Amen!
—Adapted from “Leading in Prayer” by Hughes Oliphant Old
Song: All Creatures of Our God and King by: David Crowder, William Henry Drap…
Song: Holy, Holy, Holy by: Reginald Heber
1 John, chapter 1, says this about our condition before a holy God:
L: This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
—1 John 1:5-9
Lets pray together this prayer of confession, taking time to “confess our sins” remembering that he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us!! After we read this, lets take a few moments of silent prayer to personally confess our sins – remembering and celebrating that we have a Savior – Jesus Christ – who has brought us into the LIGHT!!
L: Gracious God, we are guilty of rejecting You, our Maker. We have loved the works of our hands and despised the One from whose hands we were made. Show us the fullness of our sin and lift up our wandering eyes to Jesus.
C: By Your mercy, cleanse us from our filth and restore us as Your redeemed children. It’s in the name of Jesus that we pray.
Song: Shine Into Our Night by: Joel Sczebel
Passing of the Peace:
What we rejoice in this morning is that God has not left us in our darkness! But he has shined his light into our hearts, that he has drawn us to himself and given us his peace!! Lets take a few moments to physically demonstrate the effects of that peace by turning to our neighbors and greeting them and welcoming each other this morning!
Our Sermon this week was from Romans 1:13-15
Listen to the sermon online here.
Please read with me the underlined portion:
L: Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.
C: We rejoice that You have died, rose again, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.
L: With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.
C: We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.
Song: Alas and Did My Savior Bleed by: Isaac Watts
Song: Rock of Ages by: Thomas Hastings and Augustus Mont…
As we go from here, finding our security in the cross of Christ, our refuge in the rock of ages, lets pray this prayer together asking Christ to transform us into his people, living for his glory! Lets pray together:
C: Father, help us to be a church that builds our lives upon the gospel; your promises and truths and that places our identity in the death and resurrection of Christ. Through the power of Your Holy Spirit and by Your perfect grace transform us into a people that is characterized by humility, gentleness, patience, and an eager willingness to bear with one another in love and live for your glory.
—Based on Colossians 2:13-15 and Ephesians 4:1-3
Song: Be Thou My Vision by: Mary Elizabeth Byrne and Eleanor..
Here this benediction as we go:
May the light of God Illuminate your heart and soul. May the flame of Christ kindle you to love. May the fire of the Spirit Free you to live for the Glory of God This day and forevermore. Peace be with you. And also with you.
-adapted from a Celtic Benediction.
L: Peace be with you. C: And also with you.