First Order of Worship (The Green Sheet)
(Compiled by Ron Lawson)
Songfest (See announcement page for list of hymns)
Leader: speaking in the name of Christ Jesus:
"Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened.
and I will give you rest.
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart.
and you will find rest for your souls.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
All sing: Hymn 661 Schubert's Sanctus [in harmony]
Let the word of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
Leader: [read the Call to Worship set for the day]
Splendor and honor an kingly power
are yours by right, O Lord our God,
For you created everything that is,
and by your will they were created and have their being;
Blessing and honor, glory and power
are yours by right, O Lamb that was slain,
For with your blood you have redeemed for God,
from every family, language, people, and nation,
a kingdom of priests to serve our God.
And so, to him who sits upon the throne.
and to Christ the Lamb,
Be worship and praise, dominion and splendor,
for ever and for evermore.
Opening Hymn [as listed on announcement page]
Scripture readings [listed on announcement page]
Hymn of Meditation or Special Music: [as listed on announcement page]
Sermon, Discussion, or Worship Recital [see announcement page]
All: Stand, form a circle, and then sing Merbecke's "Lord Have Mercy":
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, grand us peace.
Leader: Let us all, in silence, confess our sins.
Most merciful God,
we confess that 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 your with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.
We are promised that "If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Let us claim this promise, and leave this time of worship with the joy of assurance that because Christ died and was resurrected God has indeed forgiven our sins.
Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. Let us claim the promises of the Shepherd's Psalm.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want:
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.
Even though I walk thought the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for He is with me;
His rod and crook, they comfort me.
He spreads a table for me in the sight of my enemies;
He has richly bathed my head with oil, my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Leader: Let us share our personal, communal, and social concerns with one another
and with the Lord.
All: [a time of sharing]
Leader: [pray] [express unity in prayer by joining hands while we pray]
All say: [the Lord's Prayer]
Offering & Closing Hymn [see announcement sheet]
All join in the Benediction:
Lord, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
whom you have prepared for all the world to see:
A Light to enlighten the nations,
and the glory of your people Israel.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
All sing: Shalom [Hymn 674] [Sing as a round, if possible]:
Shalom, my friends, shalom, my friends, Shalom, shalom.
May peace be with you, God's peace be with you. Shalom, shalom.
May blessings attend you, angels defend, Shalom, shalom.
God's mercies befriend your until the end. Shalom, shalom.
Till we meet again, till we meet again, Shalom, shalom.
May God be with you, His peace be with you. Shalom, shalom.
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