Veritas Gathered: Liturgy Recap – February 1st, 2015

Welcome to the recap of the songs, hymns and readings of the Veritas worship gathering on February 1st, 2015

This week we starting a new series on the book of Acts! This Sunday’s message is titled “Waiting and Witnessing and the sermon text for this first week is Acts 1:1-14. Acts shows us the start of the Christian church and this book is unique because it links Christ’s time on earth with the growth of His church. As we go through this very historical book lets open our ears and our hearts to hear from God through His Word. We will start by singing “Everything is Yours”

Song: “Everything is Yours – Liz Vice”

:::ADORATION:::

L: The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made. All Your works praise You, Lord; Your faithful people praise You. They tell of the glory of Your kingdom and speak of Your might, so that all people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
C: The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

—Psalm 145:8-14

Song: “Holy Holy Holy”

:::CONFESSION/ASSURANCE:::

L: Christ is our peace. He came to earth proclaiming peace to those who are far off and those who are near.
C: This proclamation has reached our ears, but we confess it has not settled into our hearts.
L: Anxiety and fear haunt our frenzied days and our restless nights. We numb ourselves with mindless activities and shallow pleasures.
C: Forgive us, O Lord.
L: Christ is our peace. In His flesh, through His blood, He has taken those divided by hostility and made them one.
C: Forgive us for not seeking peace in Christ but in our divisions.
L: Grant us now, we pray, the grace to die daily to sin, and to rise daily to new life in Christ who lives and reigns with us.
C: Christ is our peace! Open us and fill us with this peace. For Your mercy we pray. Amen.

—Based on Ephesians 2:11-22

Song: “Oh God – Citizens & Saints”

:::PASSING OF THE PEACE:::

Because of Christ’s work on the cross, his death and resurrection, we have been brought back into communion with our God! Because of Jesus, we can sing out with confidence, “In life and death, Lord, Abide with me.”. Our God is with us! We have peace with our creator, our Father. And that same peace is among us this morning, because the Spirit of God unifies us together in Christ! Lets demonstrate this together as we take a few moments to greet each other.

:::PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD:::

Our Sermon was from Nick on Application IN | Waiting and Witnessing

Song: “Jesus at the Center – Israel Houghton”

:::COMMUNION:::

L: Jesus’ death brings us life and this meal reminds us that we are fed by Jesus and forgiven because of Jesus.
C: We rejoice that You have died, have risen, and are now with the Father advocating for us. Amen.
L: With our money, time, and talent we give generously, knowing that through Your Son, Jesus, You have generously given to us.
C: We rejoice that You have given everything and we joyfully give everything back to Your care. Amen.

Song: “Grace Alone – The Modern Post”

:::COMMITMENT:::

L: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, the privilege is ours to be called to share in the loving, healing, and reconciling mission of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, in this age and wherever we are.

C: Since without You we can do no good thing, may Your Spirit make us wise; may Your Spirit guide us; may Your Spirit renew us. May Your Spirit strengthen us so that we will be strong in faith, discerning in proclamation, courageous in witness, persistent in good deeds. This we ask through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, knowing that as we go, Your mighty presence will be with us! Amen.
—Based on Prayers Encircling the World: An International Anthology of 300 Prayers

Song: “Our God – Chris Tomlin”

:::BENEDICTION:::

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Go in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.

-Ephesians 3:20-21