In Supplication, we are led in a pastoral prayer.
"God of our hope and salvation, you have done marvelous things. You have rescued us from sin and worked salvation for your people. You are king over all of creation, and we join in the celebration of our rightful King. You alone are Lord and God, and all of our worship is reserved for you alone. As we wait for you to come, and we know that you will because you already have and have promised to return, teach us by your Word and through your Holy Spirit to grow in grace and prepare us for your coming. In the Name of Jesus, Amen."
Revelation is where we focus on the person and work of God. This tells us who He is and is our call to worship.
Psalm 96:1-13 (ESV)
Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Confession focuses on our admission of sin and guilt before God, and expresses repentant hearts. Expiation focuses on the removal and pardon of our sins through the cross of Jesus.
Father, we have just read a marvelous story, the story of your humble entrance into history. Today, in Psalm 98, we will be called to sing because you have done marvelous things. Yet we either forget them entirely, or we do not behold them as marvelous. We’ve become dazed and disoriented by our sin, by our own busy lives in this world, that we can so often become numb or indifferent to these marvelous works of yours. We confess our lack of zeal for you. We confess our forgetfulness and our distrust in a God who can and has done such marvelous things to redeem us. We ask your forgiveness, in Jesus’ name, for our sins, our shortcomings, and our transgressions.
We worship you now as the one who has created a marvelous universe; the one who has bestowed marvelous gifts to us; the one who has provided a marvelous redemption; and the one who can effect a marvelous transformation in us. We ask now, with a healthy balance of audacity and confidence, that as we move to hearing your Word preached you would do yet another marvelous work here. Conform us to the image of your marvelous Son, Jesus. It is in his name we pray. Amen.
Psalm 98 (ESV)
1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
2 The Lord has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
8 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
9 before the Lord, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
Proclamation is the preaching of God’s word.
Dedication is the committing of ourselves to God and His way.
The Commission is the sending of the church out into the world.
ROMANS 15:13 (ESV)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”