The order of worship offered below is for you to use however you wish.
While there is much to be gained from moving through the service as we might on a typical Sunday morning, please feel free to read/pray through it slowly or quickly, to read parts of it multiple times, to start where you like and to finish where you like.
As you begin, as the Spirit to help you notice aspects of the service that particularly resonate with you, and ask for insight about why certain things stand out to you today.
Beneath the hymn titles are links to online renditions.
As is always the case, you probably won’t feel like very song is for you; hopefully everything here is for somebody. Again, feel free to avail yourself of them, to find other versions, to look up the words and skip the music (or vice versa), or to just move on to the next part of the service.
God bless you, God bless us all, as we give ourselves and this time as an offering to Christ.
I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise, that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies. I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day. The moon shines full at God's command, and all the stars obey.
I sing the goodness of the Lord who filled the earth with food. God formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good. Lord, how thy wonders are displayed, where'er I turn my eye, if I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky!
There's not a plant or flower below but makes thy glories known. And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from thy throne, while all that borrows life from thee is ever in thy care, and everywhere that we can be, thou, God, art present there.
Scripture Reading Psalm 135:3, 5-7
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good;
Sing to his name, for he is gracious
I know that the LORD is great; our LORD is above all gods.
Whatever the LORD pleases he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps
He it is who makes the clouds rise at the end of the earth; He makes lightnings for the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.
Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing to his name, for he is gracious
Prayer of Praise
We give you thanks, great God, for the hope we have in Jesus, who died but is risen and rules over all. We praise you for his presence with us. Because he lives, we look for eternal life, knowing that nothing past, present, or yet to come can separate us from your great love made known in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! For those who will follow this rule—peace and mercy be upon them.
Silent prayers of confession
Assurance of God’s pardoning grace
from Ephesians 2:8-10
Brothers and sisters in Christ, by grace, you have been saved through faith,
And this is not our own doing; it is the gift of God-- not the result of works, so that we may not boast.
In the name of Jesus Christ, be assured that we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Let us walk in newness of life.
For we are what he has made us,
We have been created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
Chorus: Well you know I'm alright now Yes I am, I am all right now since I fisted up with Jesus I'm all right now he taught me how to walk and he taught me how to talk since I fixed it up with Jesus you know I'm alright now once I was a stranger but the savior came on to me I was burdened down in sin for the savior came on to me said sinner come on in then he saved a soul from dying ever since that day I've been crying since I fixed it up with Jesus then I'm all right now
Chorus: … when I was in trouble I didn't have no Lord on my sight but Jesus spoke on to me said I am truth to the lie if you take me by my hand you'll pull me home send out to the promised land since I fixed it up with Jesus I'm all right now you know I am all right now let me tell you tell you the reason I am all right now I've been to the water, been baptized I feel alright, I feel alright feel all right, all right now stepped into the water water was cold pure the body, but not the soul and I said father, O father father, father, yes I'm alright now Chorus: … when I was in trouble I didn't have no God on my side But then Jesus came up unto me He said I am the truth and the life If you would take me by my hand We're going home Down to the promised land
Chorus, etc., …
Prayers of the People
pray for your loved ones, for our church, for our community, our country, our world.
pray especially for those who are suffering because of the Coronavirus:
pray for the sick and their families; for medical personnel; for researchers; for administrators and leaders;
pray for healing; for justice; for wisdom about how to respond personally and locally