October 1, 2014

The Evangelical/Protestant Liturgy: Example 1

ordA reader has sent along an order of service from a shared worship gathering of two Protestant churches, and you can see many of the elements we are discussing.

I’d love to see other orders of service from the Protestant/evangelical side illustrating all or parts of the evangelical liturgy, especially if you are a Baptist or other evangelical using moderate amounts of formal liturgy in your worship.

You can see the entire list of components at the introduction post in this series.

I did not attempt to reformat this, so it’s a bit clunky, doesn’t have boldface, etc.

Sunday Morning, September 6, 2009 at 10 a.m.
Union Service held at the First Baptist Church
125 South Main Street ( Route 33 ), Hightstown, NJ 08520
Together with the congregations of the First Presbyterian
Church and the First United Methodist Church of Hightstown

9:45 a.m. – Pre-service Prayer Meeting in the Pastor’s Study
10 a.m. – Worship, Preaching, and the Holy Communion

PRELUDE Pianist / Organist: Dana Shamy
CHIMING of the BELL Jim Grbac

We are using the Celebration Hymnal in the pew racks.
* – We stand where indicated by asterisks if able to do so.

CALL to WORSHIP # 61 “Bless the Lord, Your God”
Nehemiah 9:5-6 Liturgists: Bob Haase or Ray Naylor

*HYMN # 2 “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name”

*PRAYER of INVOCATION Deacon Clifford Pullen
*OUR LORD’S DISCIPLES’ PRAYER (Our Father) Unison

CHORUS # 70 “A Perfect Heart” ( sing twice )

OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE Responsive Rdg. # 71
From Psalm 103 “Bless the Lord, O My Soul”
Lector: Deacon Harry Bohrs and Congregation

*HYMN “God’s Salvation” [Tune: Count Your Blessings]
bulletin insert God has always labored human lives to win.

GREETINGS, ANNOUNCEMENTS, TESTIMONIES

TITHES / OFFERINGS See note concerning two offerings

SPECIAL MUSICAL SELECTION Dana Shamy

*DOXOLOGY PRAYER

NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE Portions of Luke ch. 8

SERMON “Three Questions that Jesus Asks Us”
Where is your faith? What is your name? Who touched Me?
Preacher: Pastor Robert S. Turton III

*INVITATIONAL HYMN back of bulletin
“Is Thy Heart Right With God?”

THE LORD’S SUPPER
SCRIPTURE First Corinthians 11:23–33
*PRAYERS of CONFESSION and CONSECRATION

Pastors: Bryan Franzen, Carl Trahan-True, Bob Turton
Servers: FBC – Charlotte McCallum, Larry Cheshier
FUMC – Walter Hewitt FPC – John Grover

*HYMN # 460 “Let Us Break Bread, and Drink the Cup
Together on Our Knees”

All who repent and confess our sins and believe in Jesus
Christ as our Savior, Lord, and Messiah, are invited to
receive the Holy Communion.

*PRAYERS of THANKSGIVING and INTERCESSIONS
Led by Evangelist Desiree C. Gray
Congregants are also encouraged to participate audibly.

HELPING HAND FUND Second Offering

*HYMN # 426 “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”

*BENEDICTION POSTLUDE

Comments

  1. Just one note for a couple of people: we aren’t critically bombing what people do in their church.

  2. I’m having such a rough time finding a church and what to look for anymore, I just feel like crying.

    • I’m so sorry. We all end up in the desert at some point. All you can do is keep searching, even if it feels mechanical, and know that God is always with you, and that when you cry He cries with you.

      The Holy Spirit is working in you for a reason or you would not find yourself on this journey. Hang in there.

  3. As you know, iMonk, I’m an Anglican these days. What’s interesting to me is how many of these elements are present even in our “casual” service, though not always identified by name.

    Recently I experience a qualm, wondering whether I should vary the prayer with which I open the casual service, since it varies very little from week to week, though it isn’t from a prayer book. Your posts helped me decide to stick with it as-is.

  4. I don’t know about anyone else – and sorry if this is a bit off topic – but the sermon included in the example sounds VERY intriguing…

    NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE Portions of Luke ch. 8
    SERMON “Three Questions that Jesus Asks Us”
    Where is your faith? What is your name? Who touched Me?
    (Preacher: Pastor Robert S. Turton III)

  5. Now THAT’s what I’m talking about. Examples. I always collect these when I visit other churches, which I seldom get the opportunity to. I love observing and learning from other people’s different expression of the same faith I share with them. Brings different things out, ya know?

  6. Now, that’s interesting to see.

    Do I take it that the Presbyterian and Methodist influence is responsible for the shaping of the liturgy?

    • Well….sure. I mean both Presbys and Methodists are in the reformed tradition (Not Calvinistic, but reformed. Wesley was C of E) and that liturgy is Calvin’s simplified liturgy. The form we are discusses picks up some things from the Lutheran/Catholic side as well as develops some of its own.

  7. I like the “All who repent and confess our sins and believe in Jesus
    Christ as our Savior, Lord, and Messiah, are invited to
    receive the Holy Communion.”

    • No kiddin. Dropping the “R” bomb (repent) is enough to keep plenty of Christians away from the table!