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Order of Worship—John 12.20-36
Announcements and Call to Worship
(Rev. 4:8-11) 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
Song—Hymn #68 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Welcome and Prayer of Confession and Hope
O Lord, you indeed are holy! The whole earth is full of your glory. We confess that some of our mornings have not been filled with songs to you and we have not treated you as holy. We have found ourselves distracted too easily by worthless things and some good things. In our weakness, please find us. We confess that we have not adored you and have thought of ways to keep our crowns. In your grace Lord, pry our hands loose and may we lay up our treasures in heaven.
We come this morning, by the mercies of God, to present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to you. We can only do this as enemies on whom you have poured out your amazing grace so that we would receive the free gift of forgiveness in Christ who paid our penalty. May we offer thanksgivings and praises in worship to you. Let us not be conformed to this world, but we plead for you to transform us by renewing our minds. May we love you with our minds…in how we think…in what we give attention to in our minds…let us take every thought captive…may our minds be guarded by the helmet of salvation.
And now Lord we are about to sing a prayer to you. We ask that you would take our lives and let them be set apart for you. May our hands move at the impulse of your love. Cause us to serve Christ gladly and to follow him no matter the cost. Jesus has bore the cross for us. The penalty has been paid. Now may we take up our cross and follow him. Let us not live this life which is but a vapor with regrets. Our lives are yours. You have bought us with blood of your son. We are yours. Do with us as you please. Make Jesus known through us.
And in name of Jesus, we pray, amen.
Song—Hymn #541 “Take my life, and Let it Be Consecrated”
(Lk. 9:23) “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
Song—Hymn #438 “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”
Song—Hymn #611 “On Jordon’s Stormy Banks”
(Rev. 22:1-4) Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face