Friday, October 8, 2010

A Suggested Worship Format

Worship Format

In The Name Of The Triune God – Father, Son And Holy Spirit:


Prayer for All People and Especially for Those in Authority

"I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty." -- 1st Timothy 2:1-2

Hymn and / or song

THE OLD TESTAMENT READING:

PRAYER: [“ACTS”] – Adoration of the Lord and Confession of sins to
the Triune God:

Suggested Prayer of Confession:

"Oh almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess to You, all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being." [TLH - CPH - 1941]

Response to the congregation of believers:

God in His Mercy offered up His Son, Jesus Christ to be sacrificed for the world's sins. To those of us who have been graced to believe in Christ as our only Savior from sin, we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit to be His children. May the Lord who began His work in us, sustain us to Life everlasting. Amen.

THE APOSTLES’ CREED

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, [Spirit] 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 [living] and the dead.I believe in the Holy Ghost; [Spirit] the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Note: The following Nicene Creed may be confessed on alternate Sundays

THE NICENE CREED

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost [Spirit] of the Virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven; and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge both the quick [living] and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost [Spirit], the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe (in) one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead; and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE GOSPEL READING:

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Hymn and / or song

THE EXHORTATION (MESSAGE) FOR THE DAY:

THE EPISTLE READING:

PRAYER: [“ACTS”] — Thanksgiving and Supplication (petitions) to the Lord

Please Note: At this point during this suggested format for home worship, "The Lord's Supper," may be celebrated once a month or every other week, according to the Scripture's direction found, in: Matthew 26:26-29 ; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20; and, 1st Corinthians 11:23-26


Also: At this time during this suggested form of worship [on non Communion (Lord’s Supper) Sundays], the Baptism of new believers and their families, can be freely exercised in accordance with Christ’s [most necessary] Command. Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16 ; Acts 8:26-40 and Acts 16:1-34

For further understanding of the above 2 "Sacraments," please access: Grace for the sinner -- An explanation of the "Means of Grace" -- Christian Baptism and the Lord's Supper

HYMN AND / OR SONG LYRICS:

CLOSING PRAYER (“BENEDICTION”):
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Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service

The Order of Matins

Please note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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