MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
November 26, 2023
“I was glad when they said to me,
‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’”
OUR PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP
Prelude – As the instruments play, let us prepare ourselves for worship as we enter into the presence of the Lord. Take time to read the “Puritan Prayer” on the back of the bulletin in preparation for worship, and the Silent Prayer here in the order of worship.
Silent Prayer —
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things
in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords:
Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together under his gracious rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
OUR ADORATION OF GOD
Call to Worship – Psalm 63:2-5
Pastor: I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.
Congregation: Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise You.
All: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.”
Trinity Psalter — Psalm 63
OUR PROCLAMATION OF FAITH
The Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day, he rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
of God the Father, the Almighty.
From there, he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy, universal church, the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Prayer for Unity
Hymn 194 – O Come O Come Emmanuel
Reading of the Heidelberg Catechism Questions 123
123 Q. What does the second request mean?
A. “Your kingdom come” means,
rule us by Your Word and Spirit in such a way
that more and more we submit to You.
Keep your church strong, and add to it.
Destroy the devil’s work;
destroy every force which revolts against You
and every conspiracy against your Word.
Do this until Your kingdom is so complete and perfect
that in it You are all in all.
Hymn 197 – Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
OUR CONFESSION OF SIN AND THE MEANS OF GRACE
Psalter Reading — Psalm 141
A Psalm of David
Lord, I cry out to You; / Make haste to me!
Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.
Let my prayer be set before You as incense,
The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice wicked works
With men who work iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
Let the righteous strike me; / It shall be a kindness.
And let him rebuke me; / It shall be as excellent oil;
Let my head not refuse it.
For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.
Their judges are overthrown by the sides of the cliff,
And they hear my words, for they are sweet.
Our bones are scattered at the mouth of the grave,
As when one plows and breaks up the earth.
But my eyes are upon You, O God the Lord;
In You I take refuge;
Do not leave my soul destitute.
Keep me from the snares they have laid for me,
And from the traps of the workers of iniquity.
Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I escape safely.
OUR RESPONSE AND BLESSING
Hymn 218 – Angels from the Realms of Glory
Benediction followed by Silent Prayer