Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church
The Order for the Worship of God
The Lord’s Day, August 19, 2018, 10:20 a.m.
We Prepare to Worship God
The Gathering Praise “Go Up, My Heart”
Welcome and Announcements
The Prayer of Preparation
O God the King of Glory, who has exalted Your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to Your kingdom in heaven, and yet did not leave Your Apostles comfortless; grant, we beseech You, to give us Your Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us; that being sober, and watching in prayer, and above all things having a fervent love among ourselves, we may be exalted into the same place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
We Worship God
The Votum and Salutation Psalm 124:8; I Corinthians 1:3
+ The Call to Worship Psalm 47:1,2, 5-7
+ The Gloria Patri (Greatorex)
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.
+ The Prayer of Praise and Adoration
+ The Praise Hymn 73 “Rejoice, All People, Homage Give”
+ The Catechetical Confession of Faith
Q. How does Christ’s ascension to heaven benefit us?
First, He is our advocate in heaven in the presence of His Father. 1
Second, we have our own flesh in heaven as a sure pledge that Christ our head will also take us, His members, up to Himself. 2
Third, He sends his Spirit to us on earth as a corresponding pledge. 3
By the Spirit’s power we seek not earthly things but the things above, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. 4
The Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 18, Question 49
1 Rom. 8:34; 1 John 2:1; 2 John 14:2; 17:24; Eph. 2:4-6; 3 John 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; 4 Col. 3:1-4
The Law of God Philippians 4:4-9
The Corporate Confession of Sin
Almighty God, who is rich in mercy to all those who call upon You; Hear us as we come to You humbly confessing our sins and transgressions, and imploring Your mercy and forgiveness. We have broken Your holy laws by our deeds and by our words, and by the sinful affections of our hearts. We confess before You our disobedience and ingratitude, our pride and willfulness; and all our failures and shortcomings toward You and toward our fellow men. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; and of Your great goodness grant that we may hereafter serve and please You in newness of life; through the merit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Assurance of Pardon Psalm 103:17-18
+ The Thanksgiving Hymn 455 “And Can It Be That I Should Gain”
We Hear God’s Word Proclaimed
The Scripture Lesson Colossians 3:1-4
(pew Bible pg. 158 New Testament)
The Prayer for Illumination
The Sermon “Living the Resurrection Life — Now”
The Prayer of Dedication
We Respond to God’s Word
+ The Response Hymn 642 “Be Thou My Vision”
The Prayers of Petition and Intercession
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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, for ever. Amen.
The Presentation of Tithes and Offerings
The Offertory Hymn 562 “All to Jesus I Surrender”
The Offertory Prayer
+ The Doxology (Old Hundredth, L.M.)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
+ The Benediction
+ The Response “Now Blessed Be the Lord Our God”
Psalm 72:18; Scottish Psalter 1650; Tune: Dundee, C.M.
Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,
for He alone does wondrous works, in glory that excel.
And blessed be His glorious Name to all eternity;
The whole earth let His glory fill. Amen, so let it be.
(+ If you are able, please stand)
BAPC uses the New American Standard Bible, Copyright © The Lockman Foundation, www.lockman.org.
All printed hymns and songs are used by permission of CCLI License No. 1936971.