As we will not be having a regular service at our church building due to the coronavirus, I implore you to remain obedient in regular worship, both as families and as individuals, not only on the Lord’s Day, but also every other day. The people of God are a people who worship; and, though we may not be able to worship together at the church building, we are still joining all the saints on earth and in heaven and a myriad of holy angels in praising our glorious God! We worship not merely because it is our duty, but because God is our delight! While we are physically separated, we are still united in Christ; so, just as we do every Lord’s Day morning, let us lift our hearts unto Almighty God!
What follows is a recommended (that is, not mandatory) order of service for you and your family to utilize as you worship together this Lord’s Day:
Call to Worship Psalm 125
After this, whoever is leading worship (regularly the father or grandfather of the family) should pray for himself and his family as they join together to worship the Lord, that their attention would be captivated by the glory of God, and that they would rejoice together in the Lord.
The Apostle’s Creed recite together the essential tenets of our faith
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Hymn “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRIVbdsi4c
Confession of Sin
As is our custom, begin with a few moments of silent, personal confession, and then join together in our corporate confession:
Almighty, everlasting God and Father, we acknowledge and confess that we indeed were conceived and born in sin and, therefore, inclined to all evil and slow to all good; that we unceasingly transgress Your holy commandments, and corrupt ourselves more and more. But we are sorry for this and desire Your grace and help. Therefore, have mercy upon us, most gracious and merciful God and Father, through Your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant to us and increase in us Your Holy Spirit, so that we may recognize our sin and unrighteousness from the depth of our heart, feel true contrition and grief for them, die to them completely, and please You wholly in a new, godly life. Amen.
At the end of this confession it is appropriate for the person leading to read 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The Gloria Patri either spoken or sung
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.
Family or Personal Prayer
Please spend this time in prayer for one another, for the church; for our community, our county, our state, our nation, our world; pray for our leaders; pray for all those who are being impacted by this crisis, and for all those who have contracted the virus or have lost someone who has; pray through the prayer requests that are shared via our OneCall system; pray freely in the Spirit and lay your anxieties and concerns at the feet of our gracious Lord in full confidence that you are heard through Jesus Christ our Mediator.
The Lord’s Prayer to be prayed together
Scripture Psalm 33
Hymn “To God Be the Glory” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CeBoSQsBR0
It is appropriate at this point for the father to bless his family, the husband to bless his wife, and all to bless each other. Afterward, as it is the Lord’s Day, I recommend that you spend the rest of the day in the Word, in prayer, worship, and rest. God bless you all!