This Lord’s Day at CURC

 

THE MORNING DIVINE SERVICE

The Lord’s Day ~ Octo­ber 19, 2014 ~ 9:30am

Rev. Michael Brown, preach­ing and lead­ing worship

* Indi­cates stand­ing if you are able

CALL TO WORSHIP

*INVOCATION

* GOD’S GREETING

* SONG OF PRAISE
(#138) Psalm 73: “In Sweet Com­mu­nion, Lord with Thee”

READING OF THE LAW

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

DECLARATION OF PARDON

DOXOLOGY

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Pene­lope Jane Brassington

*SONG OF RESPONSE
(#415) “O God, Great Father” [tune: Duke Street]

OFFERING

PASTORAL PRAYER

*SONG OF PREPARATION
(#38) Psalm 23: “The Lord’s My Shep­herd” [tune: Crimond]

*PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE READING
1 Peter 2.18–25

SERMON
“For to This You Have Been Called”

PRAYER OF APPLICATION

* SONG OF RESPONSE
(#456) “Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken”

* GOD’S BENEDICTION

 

THE EVENING DIVINE SERVICE

The Forty-Second Lord’s Day of 2014 ~ 6:00pm

Rev. Michael Brown, preach­ing and lead­ing worship

CALL TO WORSHIP

* INVOCATION

* GOD’S SALUTATION

* GLORIA PATRI

* SONG OF PRAISE
Psalm 113 [tune: “Take My Life and Let It Be”]

* CONFESSION OF FAITH
Hei­del­berg Cat­e­chism Lord’s Day 42

OFFERING

* SONG OF PREPARATION
(#302) Psalm 147: “Praise Ye the Lord, for It Is Good”

*PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE READING
Ruth 1

SERMON
“Which Road Will You Take?”

SACRAMENT OF LORD’S SUPPER

PRAYER OF APPLICATION

* SONG OF RESPONSE
(#314) “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

* GOD’S BENEDICTION

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4 thoughts on “This Lord’s Day at CURC

  1. Dear Vasil,

    I’m encour­aged to hear that the term is used in Mace­do­nia. May God equip you to help oth­ers under­stand the proper inter­pre­ta­tion. As you said, it is a dif­fer­ent way of under­stand­ing the wor­ship service.

    Every bless­ing to you in 2013!

    Mike

  2. Mr. Brown,

    thank you for the answer! In Mace­do­nia, we also use the same word­ing (like the orig­i­nal “Gottes­di­enst”) but it’s often inter­preted as “we come to serve God” and not in a way that “God serves us.” It’s a whole new way of under­stand­ing… and thanks be to God for His service!

    May God bless you even more tonight!
    Vasil

  3. Hi Chris­tine,

    The term “Divine Ser­vice” is much older than CURC. It was used fre­quently in the Protes­tant Ref­or­ma­tion dur­ing the six­teenth and sev­en­teenth cen­turies to empha­size that God is the pri­mary actor in wor­ship, serv­ing his peo­ple with Word and sacra­ment. The main rea­son God calls us to wor­ship (and thus the main rea­son we go) is not for us to serve but to be served by God. The same Lord who once laid aside his outer gar­ments and stooped down to wash the feet of his dis­ci­ples is the same Lord who con­de­scends to us every Lord’s Day to serve us and feed our souls with the nour­ish­ment of the Gospel. Our wor­ship of God is the response to his serv­ing us every week. Thus, it is a *Divine* ser­vice, and not *our* service.

  4. Why do you name your church ser­vices Divine? This sounds odd and some­what mys­ti­cal. Please explain.

    Thanks so much

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