Order of Worship
First Congregational Church of Essex
Psalm Sunday April 5, 2020
Words of Invitation
The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer of Confession
Almighty and merciful God, while we may join in with the company of angels to sing praise to your name, we are also well aware that like that crowd of long ago who sang your praise on this day, we can quickly turn away from you, following the devices and desires of our own hearts. So we turn back to you as we come to worship and confess those places where we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Sermon “Lead Us Not into Temptation, but Deliver Us from Evil” (click & watch)
Time of Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord turn his face toward you and reveal to you his life-transforming peace.
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