Order of Worship

Preparation Time

A time for quiet and getting ready for worship.

Invocation

To invoke or call upon God’s presence in our worship.

Prelude

Introductory music that sets the mood for worship.

Choral Introit

Musical calls to worship.

Call to Worship

Declares what God has done and is doing and who we are in God’s presence. An invitation to join in the worship service.

Hymns

Songs for everybody to sing. The hymns are chosen according to the Church year and the theme of the scripture and sermon. The first hymn in the service is usually a hymn of praise.

Prayer of Confession

We tell God of the things we have done wrong or of the things we should have done and did not do. We pray for God’s forgiveness and guidance.

The Lord's Prayer

A prayer Jesus taught his disciples:

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.

Assurance of God's Love

The minister assures us of God’s great love for us. God will guide us and we shall be forgiven.

Anthem

A special song sung by one of our choirs. Also selected to coordinate with the church year and the theme of the sermon.

Call to Prayer

An invitation to spend time in prayer.

Personal Prayer in Silence

A time for listening or talking to God by yourself.

Pastoral Prayer

The minister prays on behalf of all the people gathered for worship. The prayer usually includes some thanks for blessings we enjoy and asks help for others and ourselves as we try to live faithful lives.

Scripture

A reading from the Bible. Used as the background for the sermon.

Sermon

The minister tells us how the teachings from the Bible can be understood and become a part of our everyday life.

Offeratory

A musical presentation given during the offering by the choirs, the organ, or instruments.

Offering

Money used to do God’s work in our church and in the world around us.

Doxology

A song of praise and thanksgiving:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above, ye heavenly host; Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Prayer of Dedication

A prayer to dedicate our offering to God and God’s work in the world.

Benediction

A spoken blessing at the end of the worship service.

Choral Response

A blessing sung at the end of the worship service.

Postlude

Music at the end of the service to make you feel glad you came.

 

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