MAY 3, 2020

An Order for Personal or Family Worship

May 3, 2020

This order of worship is designed for individuals and families who are worshipping alone or with family due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. This is an adaptable worship aid; it can be rearranged and its parts can be skipped. Even though we cannot meet together, our goal is to find unity as a church by using the same texts and songs for worship.

If you are worshipping as a group, choose someone to read the included texts and prayers out loud. Texts in bold may be read by everyone in unison. 

Call to Worship: Psalm 95:6

O come, let us worship and bow down,

    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

Prayer of Confession

Merciful God,

we confess that 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 and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

Take a moment to silently confess your sins before God. 

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.

Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press

Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 65 

1 Praise is due to you,

    O God, in Zion;

and to you shall vows be performed,

2  O you who answer prayer!

To you all flesh shall come.

3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us,

    you forgive our transgressions.

4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near

    to live in your courts.

 We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,

    your holy temple.

5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance,

    O God of our salvation;

you are the hope of all the ends of the earth

    and of the farthest seas.

6 By your strength you established the mountains;

    you are girded with might.

7 You silence the roaring of the seas,

    the roaring of their waves,

    the tumult of the peoples.

8 Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs;

you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.

9 You visit the earth and water it,

    you greatly enrich it;

the river of God is full of water;

    you provide the people with grain,

    for so you have prepared it.

10 You water its furrows abundantly,

    settling its ridges,

softening it with showers,

    and blessing its growth.

11 You crown the year with your bounty;

    your wagon tracks overflow with richness.

12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,

    the hills gird themselves with joy,

13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,

    the valleys deck themselves with grain,

    they shout and sing together for joy.

Hymn: All Creatures of Our God and King (#431 in the Psalter Hymnal)

1 All creatures of our God and King, 

lift up your voice and with us sing 

alleluia, alleluia! 

Thou burning sun with golden beam, 

thou silver moon with softer gleam, 

O praise him, O praise him, 

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

2 Thou rushing wind that art so strong, 

ye clouds that sail in heav'n along, 

O praise him, alleluia! 

Thou rising morn, in praise rejoice, 

ye lights of evening, find a voice, 

O praise him, O praise him, 

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

3 Thou flowing water, pure and clear, 

make music for thy Lord to hear, 

alleluia, alleluia!

Thou fire so masterful and bright, 

that givest man both warmth and light, 

O praise him, O praise him, 

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

4 And all ye men of tender heart,

forgiving others, take your part, 

O sing ye, alleluia! 

Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,

praise God and on him cast your care,

O praise him, O praise him, 

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! 

5 Let all things their Creator bless,

and worship him in humbleness,

O praise him, alleluia!

Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,

and praise the Spirit, three in one, 

O praise him, O praise him, 

alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Prayer for Illumination

            If you are worshipping with a child, consider having them read this prayer.

God, as we read the Bible, let us hear your voice, 

And use your voice to change our hearts.


New Testament Reading: Hebrews 10:1-23

1 Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,

    but a body you have prepared for me;

6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings

    you have taken no pleasure.

7 Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’

    (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).”

8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10 And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” 13 and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them

    after those days, says the Lord:

I will put my laws in their hearts,

    and I will write them on their minds,”

17 he also adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 

Old Testament Reading: Leviticus 16:1-5, 15-16, 20-22

Recorded Sermon: “The Two Goats”

 The Old Testament Reading is read aloud by Pastor Andrew in the sermon recording.

1 The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they drew near before the Lord and died. 2 The Lord said to Moses:

Tell your brother Aaron not to come just at any time into the sanctuary inside the curtain before the mercy seat that is upon the ark, or he will die; for I appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. 3 Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4 He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and shall have the linen undergarments next to his body, fasten the linen sash, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy vestments. He shall bathe his body in water, and then put them on. 5 He shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering.

15 He shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the curtain, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. 16 Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their transgressions, all their sins; and so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which remains with them in the midst of their uncleannesses.

20 When he has finished atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21 Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness by means of someone designated for the task. 22 The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness.




Joys/Concerns and Prayers of the People

Spend some time taking prayer requests (if you’re in a group) and praying through the needs of our congregation, community, and the world. Finish by praying the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts,

as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

forever. Amen.

Hymn: Arise My Soul Arise

Hymn Score:

1 Arise, my soul, arise; shake off your guilty fears;

The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:

Before the throne my surety stands,

Before the throne my surety stands,

My name is written on His hands.

2 He ever lives above, for me to intercede;

His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead:

His blood atoned for every race,

His blood atoned for every race,

And sprinkles now the throne of grace.

3 Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;

They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:

“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,

“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,

“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”

4 The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;

He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;

His Spirit answers to the blood,

His Spirit answers to the blood,

And tells me I am born of God.

5 My God is reconciled; His pard'ning voice I hear;

He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:

With confidence I now draw nigh,

With confidence I now draw nigh,

And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry.

Closing Prayer: Ephesians 3:14-21 (Adapted from the ESV)

As we bow our knees before you, heavenly father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name, we pray that, according to the riches of your glory, you will grant that we be strengthened in our inner being with power through your Spirit, and that Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith, as we are being rooted and grounded in love.

We pray that we will have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.