ORDER OF SERVICE JANUARY 2ND
Welcome + Announcements
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Sunday, January 2nd
Leader: Let's begin with prayer...
Lord God, we give thanks that we have gathered to worship you. Better is one day in your courts than thousands elsewhere. We ask for you to be with us today in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Song of Praise
Congregation: simply find a comfortable spot, close your eyes, and listen to the music and words of the song.
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be
Great is Thy faithfulness
Great is Thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine with 10, 000 beside
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Leader: One of the defining characteristics of the church of Jesus Christ is that we continue to be carrying out His mission in sharing the gospel where we live, work, and play.
1. Who have you been loving for the sake of the Gospel this week? Any stories to share?
2. What ideas do you have to engage these people further and deepen relationship?
3. How can we pray for you? For these people?
Leader: Let's confess our faith using the words of the Apostles' Creed.
People: 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, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:4-15
4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. 13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”
15 And Solomon awoke, and behold, it was a dream. Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.
Reader: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
What about the reading stood out to you? What was one thing that challenged you? What questions did this raise for you?
1. What are you expecting to happen this year?
2. How did you see God at work in your life last year?
3. What beatitudes (cf. Matthew 5) or fruits of the Spirit (cf. Galatians 5) do you need to ask God to increase in your life this year?
Confession + Absolution
Leader: In light of what we've talked about today, let's take a moment to confess our sins to God.
(Pause for a moment of personal reflection)
Leader: Let's pray together...
People: Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought Word and deed by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us so that we may delight in Your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Leader: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for His sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ He gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2nd Corinthians 9:7
Leader: Let's continue worship today by giving an offering to the work of our church. As always you can go on the online toolkit and tap the link to give online. Now let's read our generosity liturgy together using the words of Psalm 116.
Leader: What can I offer the Lord for all He has done for me?
People: I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
Leader: I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord.
People: I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people—
Leader: in the house of the Lord in the heart of Jerusalem.
People: Praise the Lord!
The Lord’s Supper
Leader: Psalm 34:8 says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” The amazing thing about communion is that we get to literally taste His goodness as we eat and drink the body and blood of Christ and receive assurance of his grace, forgiveness and love. So now let’s celebrate.
On the night on which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to his disciples saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also after supper he took the cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them all saying, “Drink of it all of you. This cup is the new testament in my blood which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do as often as you drink it in remembrance of me.”
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
Leader: Now having received the very presence of Christ may we be strengthened and preserved in the one true Christian faith unto life everlasting. Amen.
1. What is God inviting you to believe today? What main thought stood out?
2. How might you apply that to your life this week?
3. Could you share this takeaway with someone this week? Who?
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever, amen.
Leader: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious unto you, the Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.
Thanks for worshipping with us!
We’d be happy to talk with you if you have any more questions.