AN ORDER OF SERVICE FOR DIVINE WORSHIP; DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE DEVOTIONS, FAMILY GATHERINGS AND CHURCH MEETINGS.

A Call To Worship

King David wrote in Psalm 13:5,6: “I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation. I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”

Hymn—“Come, Christians, Join To Sing”

Scripture Reading—1 Peter 2:25, 5:4; Psalm 23:1-3; Isaiah 40:10,11; John 10:14-18, 27-30; Hebrews 13:20,21

“For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls…And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

“Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father…My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

“Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Opening Prayer

Hymn—“Our Great Saviour”

Testimonies

In Psalm 34:6, King David testified—“This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Only those that know themselves to be poor will seek from the Lord provisions for their need. Although there is a natural and material poverty that may attend God’s people, and they have a right of access to the throne of grace to obtain help in time of distress, yet it is the impoverishment of the soul which most grips the people of God with mourning, hunger and thirst. Truly, the poor in spirit are blessed, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven; they that mourn are blessed, for they shall be comforted; they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness are blessed, for they shall be filled. Yes, they shall be filled with Christ, their righteousness and sanctification! The Lord does save His people out of all their troubles, and so brethren, do you not have a testimony to share on how the Lord has saved you out of your trouble?

Hymn—“Sweet The Moments In Blessing”

Sermon—“Bible Covenants”

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Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• A review of the definition and purpose of a covenant
• Showing the difference between Dispensationalism, Reformed Theology and Hyper-calvinism as it relates to the covenants
• Showing the major differences between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, as it relates to the covenants
• Showing the difference between Moderate-calvinism and High-calvinism as it relates to the covenants
• Asserting the correct view of Hyper-calvinism as it relates to the covenants
• Showing the clear and definitive responsibilities of the unregenerate and the regenerate, depending on the covenant under which they are subject (either the covenant of works or the covenant of grace)

Hymn—“’There’s Not A Sparrow”

Closing Prayer

Benediction

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

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Guidance Notes
[1] The proceedings of the worship service should be conducted by one person. If it is a family gathering, then the head of home (Father or Mother) should assume the leadership. If it is a church gathering, then the Pastor, Deacon or an elder should assume the oversight. If it is a gathering with friends (peers), then one of these persons should take the lead. It is the responsibility of the leader to maintain order and discipline during the meeting. This important position should not be delegated to a person on the basis of his/her musical ability. Just because someone has a good voice or can play an instrument does not qualify him/her to lead a worship service.
[2] The leader should set a time for the worship service, making it known to all who will be attending. The leader should ensure the worship room is clean and clear of anything that might distract. The leader should give a five minute notice before the service begins. At the scheduled time, the leader should start by calling the group to worship.
[3] Children of all ages should be attending the family and/or church gathering. It is the responsibility of the parents to train their children how to be respectful and attentive during a worship service. The leader should ensure all toys and devices are put out of sight. It sends the wrong message to young children if they are allowed to play during a worship service. The leader (and group) should exercise patience and gentleness if some of the children are a little disruptive. In certain circumstances, one of the parents may need to take the child out of the room until discipline of the child is regained.
[4] Here is an example on how the proceedings should go:
• A CALL TO WORSHIP
“Let us worship almighty God, by standing together and singing our opening hymn-‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING OPENING HYMN
Read the statement after the opening hymn, under ‘A Call To Worship’.
“Let us stand together as we sing our first hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FIRST HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us continue to worship the Lord by hearing what He has to say to us from the Holy Scriptures. Please turn in your Bible to the (Scripture Text) and I will read from the opening verse.” The Scripture should be read by the family or church leader.
• READ THE SCRIPTURE
“And may the Lord add a double blessing upon the reading of His Word. Let us now come before the Lord in prayer.” Although the opening prayer may be delegated to someone else in the group, it is a good policy for the family or church leader to assume this responsibility.
• THE OPENING PRAYER
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our second hymn—‘Name of the Hymn.’”
• SING SECOND HYMN
“You may be seated.” Read the statement under “Testimonies”.
• SHARE TESTIMONIES
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our third hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING THIRD HYMN
“You may be seated. We will now come under the teachings of God’s Word. Let us be attentive to the gospel minister. He has prepared food for our souls. May it please the Lord to edify us in the gospel.”
• WATCH THE SERMON
“Let us stand together and continue to worship the Lord by singing our fourth hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING FOURTH HYMN
“You may be seated. Let us close our meeting in prayer.” It is a good policy to delegate this responsibility to another leader in the group. For instance, if the father is leading the family worship, then he may ask the mother to close in prayer; or, if the Pastor is leading the church worship, then he may ask a Deacon or an elder to close in prayer.
• LEAD IN THE CLOSING PRAYER
“Before we are dismissed, let us stand together once more and sing a final hymn—‘Name of the Hymn’.”
• SING CLOSING HYMN
• READ THE BENEDICTION



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