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Worship Service Guide

 

February 28, 2021

 

INTRODUCTION

We gather on Sundays to worship Jesus through our singing, the preaching of Scripture, through the reading of liturgy, taking communion together, and the fellowship we experience through that time of corporate gathering. The liturgy, meaning order of worship, at Legacy Church is a way of telling the gospel story. Our liturgy is the good news that by His grace Jesus Christ saves sinners like us from death to life. This is the story of God making all things good, the world and humanity turning against him, and God’s persistent counter-conditional love rescuing his people through His Son, Jesus Christ, who offers forgiveness to all who call on His name and is making all things new in himself. Every Sunday when we gather to worship we rehearse the story of the gospel together in our singing, prayers, preaching, communion, and benediction to teach us the gospel afresh. In this way, our hearts are refreshed as Jesus redeems us and shapes us into a new people for His glory and the good of the world.

While some of the ways we worship might be new or foreign to you, we encourage you to try them on for a while and see if you can’t benefit from them. Written prayers read in unison are meant to work the same way songs do — to give a common voice to our personal devotion as we each meditate on their meaning. Learning liturgy, C.S. Lewis said, is like learning to dance. It may be awkward at first, but after a while you focus not on the individual steps, but on the One you are worshiping. May we be caught up together in the wonder of who God is and all that he has done.

 
GOD CALLS US TO WORSHIP

(Bold words read aloud in unison)

We will give thanks to the Lord with our whole hearts;
We will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
We will be glad and exult in you.
We will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
(Psalm 9:1-2, ESV)

 

Christ Is Mine Forevermore

Mine are days that God has numbered
I was made to walk with Him
Yet I look for worldly treasure
And forsake the King of kings
But mine is hope in my Redeemer
Though I fall, His love is sure
For Christ has paid for every failing
I am His forevermore

Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes his work in me

Mine are days here as a stranger
Pilgrim on a narrow way
One with Christ I will encounter
Harm and hatred for His name
But mine is armour for this battle
Strong enough to last the war
And He has said He will deliver
Safely to the golden shore

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore

Come rejoice now, O my soul
For His love is my reward
Fear is gone and hope is sure
Christ is mine forevermore

And mine are keys to Zion city
Where beside the King I walk
For there my heart has found its treasure
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore
Christ is mine forevermore

 

WE RESPOND IN CONFESSION
(Bold words read aloud in unison)

Have mercy on me, O God,
    according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
    blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
    and cleanse me from my sin!

For I know my transgressions,
    and my sin is ever before me.

Against you, you only, have I sinned
    and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
    and blameless in your judgment.

Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
    and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.

Hide your face from my sins,
    and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
    and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
    and uphold me with a willing spirit.

ʉ۬(Psalm 51:1-4, 6, 9-12, ESV)

Please take a few minutes to silently confess your sin to God.

 

GOD GRANTS US FORGIVENESS
(Bold words read aloud in unison)

Church, hear this good news afresh today!

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

 I acknowledged my sin to you,
    and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.
(Psalm 32:3-5, ESV)

For those who are in Christ, your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God!

 

WE RESPOND IN FAITH

Be Thou My Vision

Be thou my vision O Lord of my heart
Not be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence, my light

Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise
Thou my inheritance, now and always
Thou and Thou only are first in my heart
High King of Heaven, my treasure thou art

Great God of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach heavens joy, O bright Heaven's Sun
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all

 

The Apostles' Creed

(Bold words read aloud in unison)
Christian, what do you believe?
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and born of the Virgin Mary. 
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified, dead, and buried. 
He descended into the grave 
but on the third day He rose again from the dead. 
He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand 
of God the Father Almighty. 
From there He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the One, Holy, Christian and Apostolic Church, 
the communion of the saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH HIS WORD

“Rest For The Weary"
Matthew 11:25-30

 

WE RESPOND IN WORSHIP  

The Lord's Supper

 

Doxology

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below,
Praise Him above ye Heavenly Hosts,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
Amen!

 

GOD SENDS US INTO THE WORLD

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
(Numbers 6:24-26, ESV)

 

 

GIVING

We encourage you to continue to make giving a part of your worship. We believe that cheerful and sacrificial giving is part of offering holistic worship to God. You can give to Legacy Church securely online using the link below.

 

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