ASSEMBLING IN GOD’S NAME
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
* CALL TO WORSHIP (from Rev. 1:4b, 5)
One: Grace to you and peace from the one who is and who was, and who is to come,
All: and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings on earth.
One: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts.
All: The whole earth is full of God’s glory. Let us worship God!
* OPENING PRAYER
* HYMN Gather Us In
CALL TO CONFESSION
UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him as we should, and are slow to acknowledge his rule. We trust too much in the promises of earthly rulers instead of the power of your love…silent prayers of confession…Forgive us. Help us to turn our hearts toward you. Restore us in your love, and set us free to forgive as we have been forgiven. Amen.
* ASSURANCE OF PARDON
One: Friends, the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting – it cannot be contained but must be poured out. So believe this good news: God loves us, forgives us, and frees us from our sins; therefore, be at peace and live as people set free!
All: Thanks be to God; Amen!
* GLORIA PATRI
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
* PASSING OF THE PEACE
HEARING AND RESPONDING TO GOD’S WORD
SPECIAL MUSIC: Purple Hymnal #175 Seek Ye First
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14
Gospel: John 18:33-37
One: The Word of God for the people of God!
All: Thanks be to God!
TIME WITH YOUNG DISCIPLES
MESSAGE Rev. Melissa Upchurch
* AFFIRMATION OF FAITH (from A Brief Statement of Faith – PC (USA))
In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. Amen.
* HYMN Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
SHARING THE GIFTS OF GOD
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Holy God, you call us from every tribe, language, people, and nation to share in your everlasting Kingdom. Bless these gifts that we offer, that through them your blessing is extended to others. In the name of Christ our King we pray, Amen.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S TABLE
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING AND LORDS PRAYER
One: May the peace of God be with you.
All: And also with you.
One: People of God, lift up your hearts.
All: We lift them to the one who has favored us with grace.
One: God’s beloved children, sing of your hopes and dreams.
All: We bless the One who remembers us and redeems us to new life.
The minister continues…It is truly right…who forever praise the glory of your name:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!
The minister continues…You are holy, O God of majesty… Praise
to you, Lord Jesus:
All: Dying, you destroyed our death;
rising, you restored our life;
Lord Jesus, come in glory.
The minister continues…As we come to this Table of peace…
As ourSavior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:
All: 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. Amen.
BREAKING THE BREAD
SHARING THE MEAL
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
GOING FORTH IN GOD’S NAME
* HYMN Purple Hymnbook #363 Rejoice, the Lord Is King!