Worship at Faith
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This link will allow you to view an example of our Sunday Morning Worship Service liturgy.
To better understand our liturgy, please read our Liturgy Rationale.
Our triune God is omnipresent. Therefore, wherever His people are they live coram Deo, in His presence. However, there is a sense in which God is present with His church in a special way when they gather to worship on Sunday, the Lord’s day. The instrumental selection which opens the liturgy is the beginning of the transition from the world with all its distractions to the place of corporate communion with God. The prelude is a time to be prayerful and reverent in preparation for the worship of our holy God.
The pastor continues the transition of the congregation from the world to worship with a welcome to all whom the Lord has brought together, with an especial emphasis on visitors to the church.
The pastor presents to the congregation announcements and prayer needs concerning missionaries whom our church sponsors and lists opportunities of service to the world, the community, to one another, and of fellowship within the body.
Call to Worship in Song
The transition from the world is complete. The choir sings an invitation for the congregation to turn their attention toward God and prepare to praise and worship Him.
Call to Worship in Word and Prayer
Worship In Psalm
Believing that the Psalms constituted the hymnal of the Old Testament church, the choir, and congregation sing a metrical psalm from the Trinity Psalter set to a familiar hymn melody by the music director. These psalms appear within the bulletins for the Sunday Morning Worship Service.
Corporate Scripture Reading
Assurance of Pardon
The pastor assures the members of the congregation, on the authority of God’s word, that the one who confesses and repents of his sin and believes the gospel – that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures – is freely pardoned by God.
1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1
Affirmation of Faith
Reading from a statement of doctrine printed in the bulletin, the congregation corporately affirms what we believe. The affirmation will be a section of the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Westminster Larger Catechism, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Apostles’ Creed, or the Nicene Creed, and will be an expression of the Reformed faith, which in turn is the apostolic and biblical faith, once for all delivered to the saints.
1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Jude 4
Response in Praise
The congregation and choir respond to the affirmation of faith by singing together the Gloria Patri, an ancient Trinitarian doxology in praise of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Faith Presbyterian Church firmly supports a covenant family ministry model in which our very youngest can grow in wisdom and knowledge of our Lord alongside congregation members of all ages. Accordingly a pastor invites the younger children to the front of the church where he teaches them an age-appropriate lesson often based on the sermon which will be preached that morning.
Giving of God's Tithes and Offerings
The pastor offers a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s many blessings, after which members of the congregation have the opportunity to return gratefully and cheerfully a portion of the material goods with which God has so graciously blessed them. The offertory is an instrumental selection which accompanies the ushers’ passing of the collection plates for this purpose.
Malachi 3:10, 1 Corinthians 9:7
Response in Praise
The congregation and choir respond to the giving of God’s tithes and offerings by singing together another Trinitarian doxology, the Old Hundredth, praising the triune God from whom all blessings flow.
Hymn of Praise
The pastor prays to Almighty God on behalf of the congregation and himself. This prayer includes adoration of God for who He is, confession of our sins against Him, thanksgiving for all of His manifold benefits to us, and supplication for our needs. The prayer is especially designed to help prepare the hearts and minds of God’s people for the preaching of God’s word which is to follow.
The Lord's Prayer
Prayer for Illumination and Sermon
Hymn of Response
Receive God's Benediction
To close the worship service and send us back into the world, the pastor reminds us of our position as the saints of God by pronouncing God’s blessing on His people.