Let us pray.
Let us adore the Father, the God of love.
He created us; He continually preserves and sustains us;
He has loved us with an everlasting love, and given us the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
You are God; we praise you; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.
Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor;
He was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin;
He went about doing good and preaching the gospel of the kingdom;
He became obedient to death, death on the cross;
He was dead and is alive for ever;
He has opened the kingdom of heaven to all who trust in him;
He sits at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father;
He will come again to be our Judge.
You, Christ, are the King of Glory.
Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life.
By him we are born into the family of God, and made members of the body of Christ;
His witness confirms us;
His wisdom teaches us;
His power enables us;
He will do for us far more than we ask or think.
All praise to you, Holy Spirit.
Let us humbly confess our sins to God.
God our Father, you have set forth the way of life for us in your beloved Son: we confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him, our failure to follow Him, our reluctance to bear the cross.
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
We confess the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibilities in your service, our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.
Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us.
As 2024 starts, a spiritual discipline is to bring our own confession to God. Take a moment in silence to do that now.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my sins. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.
This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Amen. Thanks be to God.
We are called to be a worshipping community,
offering all to God in prayer
We are called to be a missional community,
making known the redeeming love of God
We are called to be a sacrificial community,
generously giving from all that God has given to us
We are called to be a welcoming community,
sharing the hospitality of God’s Kingdom with all
We are called to be a prophetic community,
challenging powers that oppress and corrupt
we say together the following:
Creating and redeeming God, we give You thanks and praise.
Your covenant of grace was made for our salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord.
We come this day to covenant with You and with companion disciples:
to watch over each other and to walk together before You in ways known and still to be made known.
Pour out Your Spirit upon us. Help us to walk in Your ways that the promises we make this day,
and the life that we live together, may become an offering of love,
our duty and delight truly glorifying to You – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
we declare together the following to each other
This day, we give ourselves again to the Lord and to each other
to be bound together in fellowship, and to work together in the unity of the Spirit
for the sake of God’s mission. Amen!
Father, you have appointed our Lord Jesus Christ as Mediator of a new covenant: give us grace to draw near with fullness of faith and join ourselves in a perpetual covenant with You, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Old Covenant, God chose Israel to be His people and to obey His laws. Our Lord Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, has made a New Covenant with all who trust in Him. We stand within this Covenant and we bear His name.
On the one side, God promises in this Covenant to give us new life in Christ. On the other side, we are pledged to live no more for ourselves but for Him.
Today, therefore, we meet expressly, as generations of our ancestors have met, to renew the Covenant which bound them, and binds us, to God.
The peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.