Veritas Gathered: Liturgy Recap – June 14th, 2015

Welcome to the recap of the songs, hymns and readings of the Veritas worship gathering on June 14th, 2015

This week we broke from our summer walk through the Psalms to hear from a guest speaker on Racial Reconciliation. This is a topic near and dear to the heart of Veritas, and it was a privilege to hear it taught on so eloquently and passionately. So, as we approach this important topic lets open our ears and our hearts to hear from God through His Word and follow Him boldly! We will start the gathering by singing a song called “You Alone”.

Song: “You Alone”

:::ADORATION:::

C: Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
– Psalm 117

Song: “Praise To The Lord”

:::CONFESSION/ASSURANCE:::

L: Father God, in light of a world that is filled with sin and hate, we confess our own weakness, the sin in our heart, and our need for a Savior. We lament and mourn the effects of sin in our lives and in our world. In our confession and lament, lead us to repentance, remind us of the grace that You have given us through the work of Jesus Christ, and cause us to trust, rest in, and join with Your Spirit’s reconciling and restoring work through the Gospel of Jesus in our world and in our hearts.
L: We lament the broken relationships, the wars, and violence in our world, our neighborhoods, and our homes.
C: Lord, in Your mercy, bring peace. 
L: We lament and grieve over death and sickness that seems ever present.
C: Lord, in your mercy, bring healing and hope.
L: We confess the racism and hatred in our cities and neighborhoods.
C: Lord, in Your mercy, bring reconciliation and peace. 
L: Father God, give us eyes to see and ears to hear Your truth. Give us a renewed faith. Empty us of our selfishness and pride and lead our hearts back to the beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ.
C: We confess our need for You, our Savior, and trust in the work You accomplished for us on the cross. Amen. 

Song: “Empty Me Out”

:::PASSING OF THE PEACE:::

:::PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD:::

Our Sermon was from Dr. Russell Moore on The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation

:::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: “Jesus Is”

:::COMMITMENT:::

L: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
C: All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
L: Through the death and resurrection of Christ, those who were far off have been brought near. Christ is our peace!
C: Now, we are no longer strangers, but by the Spirit of God, we are fellow citizens with the saints and joined together as brothers and sisters through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Praise be to God! 
L: We go from here, ambassadors for Christ, God working through us to reconcile the world to Himself.
C: Spirit of God, empower us to live in unity and demonstrate your peace to all around us. 

– Based on  2 Corinthians 5:17-21 and Ephesians 2:13-22

Song: “Oh Fount of Love”

:::BENEDICTION:::

Go as the reconciled church of God, unified as the adopted sons and daughters of the Father, through the blood of the Son, Jesus, and kept by the power of the Holy Spirit. Peace be with you.