Liturgy for home worship on Sunday 5 April 2020

Liturgy for home worship on Sunday 5 April 2020

:: 9.30am ::

* The following liturgy is intended to be used by all: those who can access the LiveStream on YouTube (I will send out a link by 9am on Sunday; the channel is Simon Jooste) and those who cannot

** Psalms text and tunes from Trinity Psalter Hymnal can be found here

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Call to worship/ Call on God’s name for help by reading: Psalm 18:1-3

And praying:

“Eternal, Almighty, and most gracious God: heaven is your throne, and earth is your footstool; holy and reverend is your name; you are praised by the angels of heaven, and in the gathering of your church on earth. Despite our unworthiness, you have invited us through our Mediator, Jesus Christ, to present ourselves and our prayers to you. Receive us graciously. Help us by your Spirit. Let us stand in awe of you. Put your law into our hearts, and write it on our minds. Let your word come to us in power, and help us receive it in love, with attentive, reverent, and teachable minds. As you serve us with your gifts through your word, allow us to taste the flavor of eternal life. Make us fervent in prayer and joyful in praise. Enable us to offer up of sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving to you this day without distraction, that we may find that a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere, and that it is good for us to come near to God; through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.” (By Richard Baxter)

Song of Praise: Psalm 80 (p80B) (Tune: here)

Corporate confession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He endured the sufferings of hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

*The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Sing: Doxology – Gloria Patri (Tune: here)

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.

Reading of the Law: Deuteronomy 5:6-21

Prayer of Confession (use Psalm 32 as a guide)

Assurance of Pardon: 1 John 1:8-9

Song of thanksgiving: Psalm 134 (p134) (Tune: here)

Prayer of illumination

Reading and Sermon: Psalm 74

If you cannot stream from YouTube:

Please listen to a sermon here or read here

Congregational prayer (pray for you needs and needs of congregation)

Offering (banking details are here)

Concluding song: Psalm 91 (p91A) (Tune: here)

Liturgy for home worship on Sunday 22 March 2020

[If you don’t have a Psalter hymnal at home, please see your email and WA for copies of the Psalms; please delete Psalms after use for copyright reasons]

** Please try to keep in mind your brothers and sisters in Christ as you worship on Sunday: we will be worshipping as families/ individually and as a congregation from a distance **

>> The Council encourages you to engage in worship both morning and evening;  consider reading a portion of Scripture and the Heidelberg Catechism, plus listening to/ reading a sermon in the PM <<

:: Call on God’s name for help by reading: Matthew 11:28-30

And praying:

“Our Father, with the Psalmist we lift up our eyes to the hills and we cry: Where does our help come from? And we confess that our help comes from you O Lord, who made heaven and earth. You will not let our foot be moved; you who keep us will not slumber. Behold, you who are the keeper of you people will neither slumber nor sleep. You, Lord, are our keeper; the shade on our right hand. The sun shall not stike us by day, nor the moon by night. You, heavenly father will keep us from all evil; you will keep our life. Your Father, Son and Holy Spirit, will keep our going out and our coming in from this time forth and forevermore.” Amen. (adapted from Psalm 121)

:: Sing or read: Psalm 19 (p19A) (please see here for tune)

:: Corporate confession of Faith: Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord: Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He endured the sufferings of hell. The third day He arose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy *catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

*The word “catholic” refers not to the Roman Catholic Church, but to the universal church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

:: Sing or read: Doxology – Gloria Patri (please see tune here)

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.

:: Reading of the Law: Deuteronomy 5:6-21

:: Prayer of Confession

:: Assurance of Pardon: Hebrews 9:27-28

:: Sing or read: Psalm 104 (p104A) (please see tune here)

:: Sermon (please listen to/ watch a sermon here or here, or read here)

:: Congregational prayer (pray for your needs and needs of congregation)

:: Sing or read: Psalm 25 (p25B) (please see tune here)