Sunday, April 5th
CALL TO WORSHIP
"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger."
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor."
"You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas."
"O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
Prayer of Confession
Almighty, eternal God and Father,
We confess and acknowledge that we were conceived and born in sin, and are therefore inclined to all evil and slow to do all good; that we transgress your holy commandments without ceasing, and evermore corrupt ourselves. But we are very sorry for the same, and implore your grace for help. Therefore have mercy upon us, most gracious and merciful God and Father, through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant to us and grow in us your Holy Spirit, that we may recognize our sin and unrighteousness from the bottom of our hearts, attain true sorrow and repentance for them, die to them wholly, and please you entirely by a new and Godly life. Amen.
Adapted from the Strassburg Liturgy, Second Alternative Confession
Assurance of Forgiveness
"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."