Watchword for the Week
God says, “I will establish my covenant between
me and you, and your offspring after you throughout
their generations.” (Genesis 17:7)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2015)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
Praise the Lord, you servants of the Lord!
Honour him, you descendants of Jacob!
Worship him, you people of Israel!
He does not neglect the poor or ignore their
suffering; he does not turn away from them,
but answers when they call for help.
In the full assembly I will praise you for what you
have done; in the presence of those who
worship you I will offer the sacrifices I promised.
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
those who seek him shall praise the Lord.
All nations will remember the Lord;
future generations will serve him.
From every part of the world they will
turn to him; all peoples will worship him.
Hymn 198 * Let us build a house
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
(Children may leave for Kids’ Church in the halls next door)
PRAYER of APPROACH
In the name of the Father;
in the name of the Son;
in the name of the Holy Spirit, Three in One:
God, make us holy,
Christ, make us holy,
Spirit, make us holy, Three, all-holy.
Count us not as nothing, O God;
count us not as nothing, O Christ,
count us not as nothing, O kind Spirit,
nor abandon us to eternal loss.
We confess our sins to you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Compassionate God of life,
your kindly pardon give:
for our careless talk,
our broken oath, our empty speech;
for all that we have left undone;
for all that we have done amiss.
ASSURANCE of FORGIVENESS
Jesus, only begotten Son of God the Father, you
gave the blood of your body to save us from the
grave; as we receive the word and knowledge of
your forgiveness, shield us, encircle us, each
day, each night, each dark, each light. Uphold
us, be our treasure, our triumph everlasting;
strong Son of God most high. Amen.
Hymn 65 * Jubilate, everybody [repeated ad lib]
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 OT p. 16
St. Mark 8:31-38 NT p. 57
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God – Thanks be to God!
Hymn 347 Unless a single grain of wheat
(Hymn of the Month, March 2015)
SERMON Rev. James Brown
APOSTLES’ CREED (No. 628)
Hymn 533 * Will you come and follow me?
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
Each thing we have received came from you.
Each thing for which we hope will come from
you. Each thing we enjoy is of your giving.
Each thing for which we ask comes from
your disposing. Amen.
INSTITUTION and THANKSGIVING
The Lord be with you, and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
… with the whole company of heaven we praise
you in the angels’ hymn:
Hymn 769 * Holy, holy, holy
Now we celebrate the feast of our redemption…
… and is worshipped and glorified with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God for ever. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be
thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as
we forgive those who trespass against us. And
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
BREAKING of BREAD
Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world: grant us peace.
COMMUNION (please come forward to share)
Hymn 661 Eat this bread, drink this wine;
come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup;
trust in me and you will not thirst.
SHARING GOD’S PEACE
Hymn 555 * Amazing grace!
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)