“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness…”

I Chronicles 16:29

Order for the Celebration
and Worship of God

The following liturgy is typical for Lord’s Day worship at the parishes of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church.

Prelude & silent preparation

(Immediately following announcements)

CALL to WORSHIP

Hymn 12 / Psalm 11: “I in the Lord Do Put My Trust,” Cantus Christi

We use the Cantus Christi hymnal, published by Canon Press, for corporate worship.

Confession of sin & Declaration of Absolution

Unison: O Lord our God, we come to You as Your sons and servants, grateful for the redemption that is ours in Jesus Christ, and yet aware of our continuing need of Your grace. We confess that we have sinned against You. We have broken Your commandments. We have fallen short of Your glory. We have not loved You with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We were born in sin and have continued to sin. We acknowledge our guilt. We rightly fall under Your curse and judgment. Blot out our transgressions, wash us from our iniquities, deliver us from bloodguiltiness. Forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.

Minister: “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the chastening for our wellbeing fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way, but the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him” (Isaiah 53:5,6).

Hymn 302: “Great God of Wonders”

CONFESSION of FAITH

The Apostles’ Creed

PRAYERS of the PEOPLE

Unison: Almighty and Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being; we, Your beloved children, offer to You our humble praises for having preserved us from the beginning of our lives to this day. Especially do we praise You for having delivered us from the dangers and uncertainties of this past week. For these mercies we bless and magnify Your Glorious Name, humbly beseeching You to accept this our morning sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, for His sake who lay down in the grave and rose again for us, Your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of Thy truth and in the world to come life everlasting. Amen.

Minister: I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for our confederation; for this church; and for all ministers and missionaries. Pray for the church.

Unison: Lord, hear our prayers.

Each request is followed by a period of silent meditation or individual response in prayer by congregants for specific needs.

Minister: I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the bereaved, the burdened and for the widows, orphans, and prisoners. Pray for those in any need or trouble.

Unison: Lord, hear our prayers.

Minister: I ask your prayers for those who do not know Christ and for those who seek a deeper knowledge of Him. Pray that they may find and be found by Him.

Unison: Lord, hear our prayers.

Minister: I ask your prayers for our children and future generations which will be born to them. Pray that the knowledge of the Lord will fill the earth through them./p>

Unison: Lord, hear our prayers.

Minister: Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.

Unison: Lord, hear our prayers.

READING & Preaching of the WORD

Scripture Reading

Prayer for Illumination

Sermon

TITHES & OFFERINGS

Offeratory Prayer

Gloria Patri (following offering)

Unison: 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.

CELEBRATION of the LORD’S SUPPER

Minister: The Lord be with you!

People: And also with you!

Minister: Lift up your hearts!

People: We lift them up to the Lord!

Minister: Let us give thanks to the Lord!

People: It is good and right so to do!

Minister: It is right, and a good and joyful thing, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Everlasting God; because You sent Your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in Him of everlasting life; that when He shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold His appearing. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we praise and magnify your glorious Name, evermore praising you and singing,

Sanctus

Unison:
Ho-ly, Ho-ly, Ho-ly Lord, God of pow’r and might,
Ho-ly, Ho-ly, Ho-ly Lord, God of pow’r and might.
Heav’n and earth are full, Full of Thy glo-ry.
Ho-san-na in the high-est, Ho-san-na in the high-est.
Blessed is He who come-eth, in the name of the Lord.
Ho-san-na in the high-est, Ho-san-na in the high-est.

Prayer of Consecration

Words of Institution

Minister (in closing): Therefore we proclaim the faith:

Unison: Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

Prayer of Approach

Unison: We do not presume to come to this Your table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in Your manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under Your table. But You are the same Lord, who always shows mercy; grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of Your dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink of His blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by His body, and our souls washed through His most precious blood, and that we may evermore dwell in Him, and He in us. Amen.

The Agnus Dei

Minister: Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us.

People: Therefore, let us keep the feast!

Minister: The gifts of God for the people of God.

People: Thanks be to the Lord!

(The people come forward to receive the sacrament.)

We partake of the Lord’s Supper every week. Just so you know, we use real bread and real wine are used for the sacrament — no wafers and no grape juice.

The children of our member households are welcome to the table.

To our visitors, if your children are allowed to partake of the Supper at your home church, they are welcome to partake with us. If they are not allowed to do so in your church, we wish to respect the authority of those who have been entrusted with the care for your souls. However, we encourage you to bring them forward that we might pray for them.

Communion Hymns

The congregation is invited to sing as the sacrament is observed except where otherwise noted.

Hymn 158: “What Wondrous Love”
Hymn 158 / Psalm 119: “Before Thee Let My Cry Come Near”
Hymn 258 (instrumental): “How Sweet and Awful Is the Place”
Hymn 258 (congregation singing)
Hymn 280 (instrumental): “For All the Saints”
Hymn 272 : “Now Let the Vault of Heaven Resound”

PRAYER of COMMITMENT & CLOSING HYMN

Unison: Almighty and everliving God, we thank You for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of Your Son, and heirs of Your eternal kingdom.

And O, Lord, grant us this other benefit: that You will never allow us to forget these things, but having them imprinted on our hearts, may we grow and increase daily in the faith which is at work in every good deed.

And now, Father, send us out to do the work You have given us to do, to love and serve You as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord. To Him, to You, and to the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn 351 / Stanza 8

Unison:
Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

BENEDICTION

Shalom

Unison:
Shalom, my friends. Shalom, my friends. Shalom, shalom.
May peace be with you; God’s peace be with you. Shalom, shalom.

May blessings attend you, angels defend. Shalom, shalom.
God’s mercies befriend you unto the end. Shalom, shalom.

Minister: Go in peace to love and serve the risen and reigning Lord Jesus Christ.

People: Thanks be to God!