CALL TO WORSHIP
Listen for the voice of the Good Shepherd!
Lord, help us to hear the Shepherd’s voice today.
Do you know the “goodness” of the Good Shepherd?
We know the Lord is good and his love endures forever.
PRAYER OF ADORATION
Almighty God, Source and Sovereign, Provider, Sustainer and Giver of all;
We praise you for your greatness and goodness;
And for your loving grip on our lives and the world.
in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
CALL TO CONFESSION
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned – everyone – to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
In humility and faith, let us confess together:
Merciful God, like sheep we are easily cast down,
overwhelmed with despair, fear and anxiety. Turn us around
and forgive us for failing to trust you completely.
In your mercy, lift us up and restore us
to the peace and security of following You.
We pray in the name of the Good Shepherd,
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Spend a few moments in silent confession –
ASSURANCE OF PARDON
The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
As far as the East is from the West, so far has God removed our transgressions.
Friends believe the Good News. In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
The Heidelberg Catechism, 1563, was written to teach and affirm the major truths of Scripture.
AFFIRMATION OF FAITH, Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 1
What is your only comfort, in life and in death?
That I belong – body and soul, in life and in death – not to myself
but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ, who at the cost of his own blood
has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me
from the dominion of the devil; that he protects me so well
that without the will of the Father in heaven
not a hair can fall from my head;
indeed, that everything must fit his purpose for my salvation.
Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life,
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.
“Perverse and foolish, oft I strayed, but yet in love He sought me,
And on His Shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.”
SPECIAL MUSIC “The King of Love My Shepherd Is” Dan Forrest (click)
Diane Combs, piano