A fresh start - joyful worship
A Fresh Start
Doxology Hymn no 149: “To the Name of our salvation”
Only verse 1 followed by “AMEN”
Call to worship
Thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)
Prayer of Adoration, Invocation, Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn No 76: “Come, let us all unite and sing”
Scripture Reading Revelation 5:6-14
Prayer of Confession of sin
Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land. (Isaiah 1:18-19)
Hymn No 396: “God be merciful to me”
Tithes, offering and dedication
Prayer for others
Ordination and Induction into the eldership: Kwang-Ho Song
I. Do you believe the Word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the only rule of faith and practice?
II Do you own and accept the Westminster Confession of Faith, as amended by the General Assembly and read in the light of the Declaratory Statement contained in the Basis of Union adopted by this Church on the 24th day of July 1901, as an exhibition of the sense in which you understand the Holy Scriptures and as a confession of your faith; and do you engage firmly and constantly to adhere thereto, and to the utmost of your power to assert, maintain and defend the same?
III Do you own and accept the purity of worship as practised in this church?
IV Do you own the Presbyterian form of government to be founded on the Word of God and agreeable thereto; and do you promise that through the grace of God you will firmly and constantly adhere to, and to the utmost of your power, in your station, assert, maintain and defend the same?
V Do you adhere to your acceptance of the Call of this congregation, to exercise among them the office of Ruling Elder?
VI Do you engage through Divine Grace to discharge with diligence and faithfulness the various duties of your office, watching over the flock showing yourself a pattern of good works, and giving a conscientious attendance on the meetings of session, Presbytery, and Assembly, when duly called so to do?
VII All these things you profess and promise through grace, as you shall be answerable at the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Signing of the formula:
I own and accept the Subordinate Standard of this Church, with the explanations given in the Articles contained in the Declaratory Statement as an exhibition of the sense in which I understand the Holy Scriptures, and as a confession of my faith. I further own the purity of worship practised in this Church and the Presbyterian government thereof to be founded on the Word of God and agreeable thereto, and I promise that through the grace of God I shall firmly and constantly adhere to the same, and to the utmost of my power shall, in my station, assert, maintain, and defend the doctrine, worship, and government of this Church.
Eternal God, who has established your Church on earth with the promise that the gates of hell will not prevail against it and who, by your Holy Spirit, has blessed and guided your Church in all generations, we thank you for your church in this land. We thank you especially today for your Church in this parish, and for those whom you have called to serve you here in the past. We praise you for Kwang-Ho, whom we now ordain and induct into the office of the eldership. Bless him with your Holy Spirit. Deepen his faith in you, our God and Saviour. Enable him to set a good example in his daily life. Give him wisdom in the courts of your Church and love in the service of your people.
Keep him zealous for the glory of God and the extension of your Kingdom, and grant that when his labours are ended, he may hear the welcoming words of his
Redeemer and Lord, saying: “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord”, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Hymn 352 “The Lord bless you and keep you”
Scripture Reading Ezra 6:13-22
Hymn No 339: “Christ whose glory fills the skies”
(Tune 270 – 3 verses)
Sermon Joyful Worship
Hymn No 333: Almighty God your word is cast“
(Tune 539 – 4 verses)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)