|Opening Order of Service
||Updated March 30, 2006|
|Greetings & Announcements|
|Call to Worship|
(Words printed in bulletin, led by Worship Leader)
|*Invocation & Lord’s Prayer|
(Worship Leader may be seated)
- Please gather in the Pastor’s office at 10:15 for prayer with the Elders, Diaconate and
Pastor. We will process from the back of the sanctuary during the Prelude, and you may
be seated by the lectern.
- The Pastor will have a time of announcements and then invite the congregation to greet
one another. The chimes will let people know they should return to their seats.
- Following the Introit rise (on Sundays when the choir is not singing please read the
bulletin to see if there is music at this moment or if the Call to Worship follows the
Chimes). Begin with the Call to Worship. The Call to Worship is an invitation to join
together in a time of worship. The Psalms or other scriptures are appropriate as are other
introductory words which prepare the congregation to be open to God’s Spirit. Please
keep the Call to Worship under two minutes.
- Announce the Opening Hymn. Ask those who are able to stand.
- Continue with the Responsive Reading found in the Order of Service.
- Continue with the Invocation. The Invocation is a prayer of the recognition of the
presence of God in our midst. It is also a time to ask God to make us open to that
presence and spirit. It is not a prayer of thanksgiving, petition or intercession. Please
keep it to approximately one minute.
- Conclude the Invocation by inviting people to join in the Lord’s Prayer with words
such as: “Let us join together in the prayer our Lord taught us, saying…”
- As we sing the Gloria Patri turn toward the large cross above the communion table.
Following the song please invite the children to come forward for the Children’s
Message. Then you may either be seated behind the lectern or return to the congregation.
- Please feel free to call Tim (352-1292) or visit the office with any questions or for
assistance in the planning process. We have many resources here at the church.