This weeks liturgy focused in on Communion. We do communion every week, but this week we felt led to give it some more time and preparation. We also were able to put into practice the teaching from the sermon, which was to believe in the gospel and repent. This was and is for everyone. It is not just a one time thing when God saves us, but we are called to daily believe in the gospel and repent. The liturgy reading is below. We read the last part together to show our unity as a church family in Christ.
Beloved in the Lord: Our Savior Christ, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood as a sign and pledge of his love, for the continual remembrance of the sacrifice of his death, and for a spiritual sharing in his risen life. For in these holy Mysteries we are made one with Christ, and Christ with us; we are made one body in him.
Having in mind, therefore, his great love for us, and in obedience to his command, his Church renders to Almighty God our heavenly Father never-ending thanks for the creation of the world, for his continual providence over us, for his love for all mankind, and for the redemption of the world by our Savior Christ, who took upon himself our flesh, and humbled himself even to death on the cross, that he might make us the children of God by the power of the Holy Spirit, and exalt us to everlasting life.
Examine your lives and acknowledge your sins before Almighty God; believe the gospel; confess and repent; turn from evil to good; Turn to Jesus.
1 John 1:8-9
8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Almighty and most merciful father,
We have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep,
We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts,
We have offended against your holy laws,
We have left undone those things which we ought to have done,
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
But you, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
Spare those who confess their sins,
Restore those who are penitent,
According to your promises declared unto mankind
In Christ Jesus Our Lord;
And grant, O merciful Father, for his sake,
That we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life,
To the glory of your holy Name. Amen.