Thursday, January 24, 2008

Elders' ordination service 01-27-08

(Elders are being ordained and instaled at our church this Sunday)

Approaching God

Announcements & A Word of Welcome
Prelude, Gathering & Introit

Call to Worship
Leader: We trust in Jesus Christ our Savior, and acknowledge Him as Lord of all and the Head of the Church.
People: Through Him, we believe in one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Leader: Then let us worship together the One, Triune and Everlasting God.

First Hymn:

Prayers of Confession

Guide: Eternal God, whose sacred words and almighty ways are revealed to us in the Old and New Testaments, we gather before You as covenanted members of the Church universal.
People: Lord of Life, whose ancient wisdom and gospel teachings uniquely witness to Christ’s authority over all creation, we humbly bow before Your holy throne.

Guide: Gracious God, although we have received many traditions from the Reformed faith and have expressed our beliefs through the confessions of the church, we admit to leading lives that are sometimes inauthentic and unreliable.
People: Loving Lord, we have frequently disregarded Your instructions and have been constantly misled by our vanity. We have deliberately chosen selfish ways, instead of being Your caring people. Hear us now as we personally confess our sins to You alone.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide: Compassionate Creator, Your Word ministers to us through promises of forgiveness and acts of reconciliation. By the obedience of Jesus Christ, we are sacramentally redeemed and graciously restored to Your everlasting favor.
People: We are guided to make these confessions in Christ's Name, and we willingly place ourselves under His continual authority. Together, in Christ’s words, we now pray, "Our Father, Who art in heaven...THE LORD"S PRAYER"

Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: Christ governs our souls and disciples us through His abiding Church. He forgives our sins and returns us to God’s friendship and love. He works amongst us, in ministry and mission, through compassion and caring, to subject us to God’s Word and reconcile us to His Spirit. So let us rejoice and be glad for Christ is our Savior, Redeemer and Lord. 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.

Children's sermon

Encountering God

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing
Leader: O Lord, we seek to faithfully follow You and lovingly help our neighbors.
People: We prayerfully ask for health and healing, reconciliation and recovery for all who are sick and suffering, injured or ill, depressed or diseased in the world.

Leader: We pray for peace of mind to those who are wearied by anxiety and burdened with troubles.
People: We pray for unity of heart, mind, body and soul of those who are stressed and stretched beyond their limits, who are burned out and bruised by separation, isolation, and deprivation.

Leader: We pray for purity and strength, restoration and dignity to those who are afflicted by addiction, despair and misery.
People: Hear our prayers, O Lord and grant us healing, holiness, and wholeness. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.

Leader: May the Lord work through His church and the prayers of His people. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Singing of "Jesus Draw Me Close". (Choir leads this)

Prayer of Illumination: Reader: Holy Spirit, fill our minds, hearts and souls with energy, intelligence, imagination and love as we read these sacred scriptures. May God’s Word inspire, captivate, challenge and change us. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings & Sermon & The Apostles' Creed

Ordination and Installation of Elders

Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Lord Jesus, You have faithfully ministered to us through the proclamation of good news and the teaching of God’s Word. You have cared for our people and in response, we gather before You our tithes and gifts. Receive and bless them for the continuing life, work, and mission of Your Church here on earth. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn:

Benediction (unison): May we be active as Christ’s disciples in the world today; may we serve the Father by faithfully working in His church; and may the Holy Spirit keep us showing the love and justice of the One, Triune and Living God to all whom we meet, both now and forever. Amen.

Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; etc & Postlude

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