Let us keep the feast

Social Distance Worship (Second Sunday of Easter), April 19, 2020 | Psalm 118:14-24


Social Distance Worship [SDW] is not a livestream, but a liturgy that can be followed from the comforts of your home, or any other place beyond the sanctuary, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This liturgy features prayers, Bible readings and recordings of a sermon and worship songs from our regular services. Each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (CET) we will post a new SDW liturgy to our website, and you can find today’s liturgy on this page.


I. Greeting


II. Opening

(Listen in silent meditation or sing along)

Christ, You are the fullness of God, Firstborn of everything.
For by You all things were made; You hold them up.

You are the Head of the church, which is Your body.
Firstborn from the dead, You in all things are Supreme!

Since we have been raised with You, Lord, help keep our hearts and minds
Pure and set on things that build Your rule o’er all the earth.

All our life is now hidden with You in God.
When You come again, we will share Your glory.

Help us live in peace as true members of Your Body.
Let Your Word dwell richly in us as we teach and sing.

Thanks and praise be to God through You, Lord Jesus.
In whate’er we do let Your name receive the praise!


III. Adoration

Prayer of Adoration

O Christ the Fullness of God and Firstborn of everything, I come again to bless Your name for conquering all sin and death. Because You rose to life I too can rise anew this day, and with Your Church in heaven and on earth I offer You my thanks and praise. Lord, be glorified as we teach and sing Your gracious Word, and find delight in all our prayers of faith and hope and trust in You. Give us Your presence as we worship You with open hearts, and take away our wayward hopes that we might place our hope in You. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.

Song of Adoration (In Christ Alone)

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my Light, my Strength, my Song
This Cornerstone, this Solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! – Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe.
This Gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save

Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.


IV. Confession

Prayer of Confession

O Risen Christ, with my brothers and sisters around the world, I confess that we have failed to be a people who are known by love. Instead of listening we turn from the Apostles’ words, and instead of seeking fellowship we often seek to walk alone. We have taken Your Good News and kept it to ourselves indoors, and failed to treat it as a gift and blessing meant for all the world. Lord, in Your mercy, forgive us for our selfish way, and let us walk Your humble way which makes us people known by love. Amen.

(Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession (Trisagion)

Holy God
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One
Have mercy, have mercy on us.

Confession of Forgiveness

(Read this aloud)

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits,
Who forgives all your iniquity, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Bless the Lord, O you His angels,
You mighty ones who do His word, obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all His hosts,
His ministers, who do His will!
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Song of Forgiveness (We Are One In The Spirit)

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord,
And we pray that our unity may one day be restored.

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand.
We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand.
And together we’ll spread the News that God is in our land.

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.

We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
We will work with each other, we will work side by side.
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride.

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.

All praise to the Father, from Whom all things come,
And all praise to Christ Jesus His only Son,
And all praise to the Spirit Who makes us one.

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love
Yes, they’ll know we are Christians
By our love.


V. Message

Scripture Reading (Psalm 118:14-24)

14 The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. 15 Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16 the right hand of the Lord exalts, the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord has disciplined me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord; the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This is the Lord‘s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Sermon

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Title: Let Us Keep The Feast

Prayer of Spiritual Communion

O Christ, I believe that You are present when the bread is broken and the wine is poured, and I love You above all things and desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You through Your Sacrament, come to me by the Holy Spirit and fill my heart with Your presence of love. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself completely to You. Never permit me to be separated from You, You Who are with us always, now and forever, and world without end. Amen.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended to the dead;
On the third day He rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
And He is seated at the right hand of the Father;
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy *catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.

*The word catholic means “universal” (not the Roman Catholic Church), and shows that Christ and His Gospel are for all people.

Blessing

May the presence of our Risen Lord strengthen and keep you as you follow Him.

And may it set your mind on life and peace as you worship Him this Eastertide.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


VI. Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

My Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your promises, and especially the promise to be Your people always. Thank You for the unity that I have with others believers, and thank Your Sacrament which one day we will share again. But until that day comes remind us of Your constant presence, and let us, like the saints of old, rest on You our one Foundation. I ask all this in Your precious name, You Who live and reign with Father and the Holy Spirit, as one God, both now and forever. Amen.

Song of Thanksgiving (The Church’s One Foundation)

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.

From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.

Elect from ev’ry nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation
One Lord, one faith, one birth.

One holy name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one Hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder
The world sees her oppressed,
By schisms rent asunder,
By heresies distressed.

Yet saints their watch are keeping,
Their cry goes up, “How long?”
And soon the night of weeping
Shall be the morn of song.

‘Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore.

Till with the vision glorious
Her longing eyes are blessed,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.


VII. Closing

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
Forever and ever.

Amen.

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The concept of this service is © All Souls.