Holiday Confessions

With Advent already being started, there are still a few things you could add to your service this holiday season. We have a unique time that Christmas and New Years day falls on Sunday’s, so here are some corporate confessions to add to your holiday service schedule.

The leader will read the regular font and the entire congregation would read the bold.

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Sunday, Dec 11, 2016

Call to worship:

We gather this morning as a people waiting for the Lord.
The one who died, rose, and will come again.
Yes, this is the truth, and the great mystery of our faith!
Yes!  Lord Jesus, come into our hearts again this Advent Season!

 

Communion Confessions:

Everlasting God, we confess that we haven’t been watching.  We haven’t been looking out for you.  We have forgotten to look for you in the faces of our children, of the homeless around us, in the immigrants who struggle as they serve even us.  Forgive us, we pray, and make us ready to greet you in everyone we see on the street as we leave this place.  Amen.

 

Benediction: May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him. May Christ Jesus be praised. (Ps 72)

 

Sunday, Dec 18, 2016

Call to Worship:

With joy we call Emmanuel, God with us, down to meet with us this morning!
Christ be with us!
Through the birth of Christ, we know God’s love for us.
Thanks be to God!

 

Communion Confession

Merciful God, though your prophets still call out to us, millennia later, we still don’t change our lives.  As John the Baptist shouts to the people, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven as come near!”, we know that you are here, and still we don’t change.  Still we don’t hear the cries of the needy. Still we don’t prioritize serving the poor. Still we refuse to meet the needs of those who are truly hungry and thirsty around us.  Yet, merciful God, you still count on us to carry out your mission, you still encourage us to follow you, you still are near.  Help us, Lord, as we seek your way.  Amen.

 

Benediction: In accordance with his promise, we wait for a new heavens and new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot of blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. (2 Peter 3:13-15)

 

Christmas Sunday, December 25, 2016

Call to worship:

Luke 2:10-11 – “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see–I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

 

Communion Confession:

God of our salvation and author of our hope, it’s hard for us to see the blessings you have for us.  We think that our plans are better and that the things of the world are higher than your ways.  You, Lord, are the great interrupter and sometimes we can feel inconvenienced by the calls you put on us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with you.  Remind us that this season that leads to Christmas wouldn’t be here at all if it weren’t for you loving this world that you made.  Thank you for loving us, God.  Amen.

 

Benediction

May the Lord make you increase and bound in love for on another and for all, just as we about in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)

 

New Years Day, January 1, 2016

Call to Worship:

The Word of God has been with us from the start!
Praise the Lord!
 The Word of God is with us even now! 
Praise the Lord! 
May the Lord’s grace and peace be with us in the start of this New Year! 
Amen!

 

Communion Confession:

Merciful God, though your prophets still call out to us, millennia later, we still don’t change our lives.  As John the Baptist shouts to the people, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven as come near!”, we know that you are here, and still we don’t change.  Still we don’t hear the cries of the needy. Still we don’t prioritize serving the poor. Still we refuse to meet the needs of those who are truly hungry and thirsty around us.  Yet, merciful God, you still count on us to carry out your mission, you still encourage us to follow you, you still are near.  Help us, Lord, as we seek your way.  Amen.

 

Benediction:

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Adaptations from The Worship Handbook, Treasury of David, Tenth Presbyterian Church, The Doctrine of the Christian Life by John Frame, & Reformed Confessions.

 

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