Worship Order for
1 - We begin worship with a reading from the end of the Bible, a
last vision of John in the book of Revelation.
2 - …and the last shall be first. Listen.
1 - Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no
more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down
out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
2 - “Behold, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell
with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God
himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their
eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will
be no more, for the first things have passed away.”
1 - And the one who was seated on the throne said,
2 - “Behold, I am making all things new.”
1 - Also he said,
2 - “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
1 - Then he said to me,
2 - “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and
the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the
spring of the water of life…”
1 – Please rise in body or spirit and put into song what we
behold, a first word from our lips in response to our mighty
Wondrous God, the Alpha and the
Omega, the beginning and the end, we hunger and thirst for your
kingdom, that your will be done on earth even as it is in
heaven. Grant us this hour a foretaste of “home.” If there be
tears, wipe them away in this eternal moment. Rise in us that we
might rise in you on this resurrection day. Help us to hear in
the words spoken, as well as within the silences between the
lines, your Word for this time and this place. May this Word to
us not return to you empty, but rather accomplish what you
intended. This we pray in the name of the Lamb who was slain for
us, and who has risen and begun his reign. Alleluia. Amen.
Unison Confession of Sin
Let us join our voices now in a time of confession, revealing
our hope as well as our fears, doubts, and sins. Please turn in
your hymnal to #692, or look to the screen, and read with me…
you rule the world from end to end
and for all time.
You alone are God. In you alone we hope.
Forgive our sins.
Heal our diseases.
Save our lives from destruction.
We repent of our stubbornness and pride.
We desire to yield ourselves more fully to your will.
Keep us in your presence
that we might serve and witness in
through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Hymnal #692 - written by Ernest
adapted from A Book of Pastoral Prayers,
Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York and Nashville, © 1951
our Tithes and Offerings
Every day we are
summoned by God to live larger than we imagine possible. This
does not mean that we are called to spend and spend, living
beyond our means, grabbing for everything we can get. That is
the message of every advertisement we see, with its own promise
that buying a particular product will bring happiness and
fulfillment – a false revelation. In God’s realm, however, we
are invited daily to envision a world larger than our own needs,
where all of creation – all of which is included in the new
heaven and new earth – all God’s “critters” have a place in the
What we do with our wealth now, all of it a gift
from God, is colored by this vision. When we look at the world
around us, our money becomes an extension of God’s kingdom, what
the Lord is doing. We become part of God’s response. That is
huge! Are you willing to live large as part of God’s mission in
the here and now?
Thank you, Lord, for
summoning us to live out our praise through the work of these
hands, minds, and hearts. You have provided for us the means to
not only survive, but also thrive and pass along the gift. You
encourage us daily to step out by faith into a life much bigger
than we dare imagine. Here is yet another step along the way. In
Jesus, we pray. Amen.
written closer to the time (if not at the
Indeed, may God go with you now
And may God be your beginning and your end;
down from this holy hill.
Join with all creation in praise,
mixing words with deeds,
resurrection songs with random acts
of kindness and mercy,
telling and showing love,
just as you have been told and shown
the love of the One who will
wipe away every tear.
May Christ Jesus make his home among you;
And may the Holy Spirit give you a vision
........of the all-embracing
love and goodness of God.
second paragraph borrowed from and
©2001 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net
(para traducir a español, presione la bandera de España)