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Liturgy for September 8, 2013, 2nd Anniversary Service

Come, join us as we worship a holy and gracious God with reverence and joy!

Liturgical Element of the Week: This week, we begin focusing on each of the liturgical elements. We start with the singing the Psalms. What is it, and why?


* Those who are able, please stand.Download PDF liturgy (booklet with a 1/2-page insert)

God Speaks
People Respond


* Call to Worship:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all the generations (Psalm 90:1).
You, O Lord, have been a dwelling place for us and our children.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God (Psalm 90:2).
You, O Lord, have been with us for these two years!
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
You, O Lord, have been our Refuge and our Strength!
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:7).
You, O Lord, are always with us as our Fortress.
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22, 23).
You, O Lord, have been our Loving, Merciful, and Faithful One!
Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of death will not overcome it”
(Matthew 16:18).
You, O Lord, have blessed us when you built your church in this place.
ALL: Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
(Psalm 96:9)

* Invocation: Psalm 124:8
* Salutation:  1Timothy 1:2; 1Peter 1:2
* Opening Prayer
* Song of Praise: O God, Our Help in Ages Past #176:1-3, 6


Imus 2nd Anniversary 2013 Bulletin Cover by Ariel Crisostomo
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Reading of the Law:  Ephesians 5:1-10
General Confession:

Our Father, we are sinful and you are holy. We recognize that we have heard in your Law difficult words, knowing how often we have offended you in thought, word and deed, not only by obvious violations, but by failing to conform to its perfect commands, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.

There is nothing in us that gives us reason for hope, for where we thought we were well, we are sick in soul. Where we thought we were holy, we are in truth unholy and ungrateful. Our hearts are filled with the love of the world; our minds are dark and are assailed by doubts; our wills are too often given to selfishness and our bodies to laziness and unrighteousness. By sinning against our neighbors, we have also sinned against you, in whose image they were created. In this time of silent confession we bring you our particular sins.

[Silent Confession]

Our Father, although you are a holy God who cannot look upon sin, look upon Christ our Savior and forgive us for his sake. Give us your pardon by your mercies, dear Father, for you have clothed us in Christ’s righteousness. We ask also that you would give us an increase of the grace of your Holy Spirit, so that we may learn the wisdom of your ways and walk in your holy paths, for your glory and the good of our neighbor.

Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 103:8, 11-13


Song of Thanksgiving: O My Soul, Bless Thou Jehovah  #201:3, 4
Creed: Apostles’ Creed
Offerings: Psalm 116:12-14
Congregational Prayer (ending in The Lord’s Prayer)


* Old Testament Lessons: Psalm 119:17-24; Isaiah 52:7
* Gloria Patri
(Tune: Meineke)

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!

* New Testament Lessons: Matthew 7:15-20; 1Timothy 1:3-7; Jude 3-4 (text)
* Song of Preparation: Thy Servant, Blest by Thee, Shall Live  #238:1-4

Guest Preacher: Rev. Lance Filio, Associate Pastor, Baclaran Unida Evangelical Church


* Song of Consecration: The Church’s One Foundation #398:1-4
* Doxology: O Day of Rest and Gladness #321:1, 4
* Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
* Amen!  Three-Fold Amen


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