Entering the Kingdom of God
Rev. Brian Hofman
ORDER OF WORSHIP
Prelude: Miriam Hector
* Call to Worship
* Song of Worship: Lead by the Sunday School children
“Jesus Loves the Little Children”
“Jesus Loves Me”
* God’s Greeting
* We Greet Each Other
Prayer of Confession
L: God of all mercy, in our baptisms you have marked us as your own;
P: you have given us a new identity and made us part of the body of Christ.
L: In doing so, you have called us to rise to new life and to live together as your new community.
P: However, we have not been so faithful to your call.
L: We confess that we have forged our own identity and held to destructive habits.
P: We have failed to welcome others, broken bonds we have had with brothers and sisters, and served ourselves more than you. Forgive us, we pray, for the sake of Christ, our Savior. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Call to Discipleship
* Song of Praise
“Behold the Lamb of God”
Offertory/Special Music: Tessa Hofman
Prayer of Preparation
Message: Pastor Brian
“Entering the Kingdom of God”
Response of Faith Heidelberg Catechism 86
Q. Since we have been delivered from our misery by grace through Christ without any merit of our own, why then should we do good works?
A. Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, is also restoring us by his Spirit into his image, so that with our whole lives we may show that we are thankful to God for his benefits, so that he may be praised through us, so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ.
* Song of Response
“In Christ Alone”
“My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less”
* Closing Song
“Go, My Children, with My Blessing”