"Let the children come to me," said Jesus.As a congregation, we have a special responsibility to teach them to worship. Here are some things we each can do:
- Make a special effort to make the church a place of joy.
- Warmly welcome everyone possible, especially the children.
- Help children participate by sharing bulletins, hymnals and Bibles as they are used. Point to the words as they are read or sung.
- However small their offering might be, let them place it the offering plate. They will rejoice at being included. Also, let them sign their own name on the attendance registration pad or card.
- Be patient when children participate as a group in worship. Their singing or Scripture reading or little dramas mean a great deal to them. If they make mistakes, compliment them on their willingness to be in front of the congregation.
- While parents should accept responsibility for a child that disrupts worship, the rest of us need to accept interruptions occasionally as part of the joy of having children in worship with us.
- Pray for the children. They need all of the blessings of God possible ... as do we all.
The Order of Morning Worship Legend: Pastor Congregation ACTS OF GATHERING AND ENTRANCE Greeting Entrance Hymn Invocation and Confession In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The Confession of Sins Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God, our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness. Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord. And Thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess unto Thee that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against Thee by thought, word and deed. Wherefore we flee for refuge to Thine infinite mercy, seeking and imploring Thy grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. O most merciful God, who hast given Thine only begotten Son to die for us, have mercy upon us and for His sake grant us remission of all our sins; and by Thy Holy Spirit increase in us true knowledge of Thee and of Thy will and true obedience to Thy Word, to the end that by Thy grace we may come to Everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, hath had mercy upon us and hath given His only Son to die for us and for His sake forgiveth us all our sins. To them that believe on His name He giveth power to become the sons of God and hath promised them His Holy Spirit. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved. Grant this, Lord, unto us all. Amen. ACTS OF PRAISE 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. The Kyrie Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. The Gloria in Excelsis Glory be to God on high: and on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory. Oh Lord God, heav'nly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, That takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For thou only are holy; Thou only art the Lord. Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen. The Salutation The Lord be with you And with thy spirit. Let us pray together (The Prayer of the day) Amen. the people are seated THE SERVICE OF THE WORD The Lessons The Psalm The congregation shall rise for the reading of the Gospel. Glory be to Thee, O Lord! The Gospel Praise be to Thee, O Christ! 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, 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 and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; And the life everlasting. Amen The Sermon Hymn The Sermon The Response Hymn The Response to the Word Create in me a clean heart, O god, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen. The Tithes and Offerings are Gathered Music of Response The Rite of Fellowship A TIME OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER The Peoples' Prayers The Lord's Prayer 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. The Prayer of the Church Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, unto Thy Church Thy Holy Spirit and the wisdom which cometh down from above, that Thy Word, as becometh it, may not be bound, but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve Thee and in the confession of Thy name abide unto the end; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. sing: Amen. DISMISSAL The Benediction The Lord bless thee and keep thee. The Lord make His face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee and give thee peace. Amen. Amen. Amen. Closing Hymn
Confession and Practice Concerning Communion CONFESSION We believe and teach that Holy Communion is the true (real) body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ under the forms of bread and wine, instituted by Christ Himself for us Christians to eat and to drink. We further believe and teach that whoever believes the words of our Lord connected with this sacrament, "Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins...," and eats the bread and drinks the wine, receives what the words say, that is, the forgiveness of sins, as well as eternal life and salvation. PRACTICE We therefore invite to share Holy Communion at the Lord's Table:
- Those who have been instructed and concur in our confession stated above,
- Those who have been baptized in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit,
- Those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin,
- Those who are not living in open rebellion against God's Word,
- Those who do not hold willful and persistent hatred, resentment or anger against any other person.