The† Covenant† Service


 

CSI  LITURGY

Eucharist

Order of worship 1

Order of worship 2

Order of worship 3

Baptism of Infants

Baptism of Adults

Confirmation

Covenant Service

Marriage

Burial service

Burial service-cemetery

INTRODUCTION

The following hymn or some other suitable hymn or lyric is sung:

COME, let us use the grace divine,

And all, with one accord,

In a perpetual covenant join

Ourselves to Christ the Lord:

Give up ourselves through Jesusí power,

His name to glorify;

And promise, in this sacred hour,

For God to live and die.

The covenant we this moment make

Be ever kept in mind;

We will no more our God forsake,

Or cast his words behind.

We never will throw off his fear

Who hears our solemn vow;

And if thou art well pleased to hear,

Come down and meet us now.

To each the covenant blood apply,

Which takes our sins away;

And register our names on high,

And keep us to that day.Amen.

The minister says, while the people stand:

Let us pray

ALMIGHTY God, unto whom all hearts be open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy name; through Christ our Lord.Amen.

Then the people sit, and the minister says:

DEARLY beloved, the Christian life, to which we are called, is a life in Christ, redeemed from sin by Him and, through Him, consecrated to God.Upon this life we have entered, having been admitted into that New Covenant of which our Lord Jesus Christ is Mediator, and which he sealed with His own blood, that it might stand forever.

On Godís part, the covenant is His reconciliation of the world to himself in Jesus Christ and His promise that He will fulfil in and through us all that He declared in Him, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith.That His promise stands we are sure, for we have known His goodness and proved His grace in our lives day by day.

On our part we have received this covenant through faith, and stand pledged to live no more unto ourselves, but unto Him who loved us and gave Himself for us and has called us to serve Him to the praise of His glory.

From time to time we renew our vows of consecration, especially when we gather at the Table of the Lord; and on this day we meet expressly, that we may joyfully and solemnly renew the covenant which binds us to God.

Let us then, remembering the mercies of God, and the hope of His calling, lift up our hearts to Him in adoration.

INTRODUCTION

ADORATION

Let us pray

All kneel.

Let us adore the Father, the God of love;

Who created us;

Who every moment preserves and sustains us;

Who has loved us with an everlasting love, and given us the light of the knowledge of His glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

We adore thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.

Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Who, though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor;

Who was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin;

Who went about doing good and preaching the gospel of the kingdom;

Who became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross;

Who was dead and is alive for evermore;

Who has opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers;

Who sitteth at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father;

Who shall come again as Judge and King.

Thou art the King of glory, O Christ.

Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, by whom we are born into the family of God, and made members of the body of Christ;

Whose witness confirms us;

Whose wisdom teaches us;

Whose power enables us;

Who is ready to do for us exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.

All praise to thee, O Holy Spirit.

Here follows a period of silent prayer.

THANKSGIVING

Let us give thanks to God for His manifold mercies.

O GOD our Father, the Fountain of all goodness, who hast been gracious to us [ not only in thee year that is past, but1] through all the years of our life: We give thee thanks for thy loving-kindness which has filled our days and brought us to this time and place.

We praise thy holy name, O Lord.

Thou hast redeemed us and called us with a high calling in Jesus Christ. Thou hast given us a place in the fellowship of thy Spirit and the witness of thy Church.

We praise thy holy name, O Lord.

In darkness thou hast been our light; in adversity and temptation a rock of strength; in our joys the very crown of joy; in our labors the all-sufficient reward.For all thy long-suffering and the abundance of thy grace.

We praise thy holy name, O Lord.

1 The words in brackets are omitted except at an Annual Covenant Service.

CONFESSION

And now let us examine ourselves, asking God to search our hearts.

INTRODUCTION

Silent confession.

Let us humbly confess our sins to God, lest by self-deceit we shut ourselves out from His presence.

Let us pray

O GOD our Father, who hast set forth the way of life for us in thy beloved Son: We confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him, our failures to follow Him, our reluctance to bear the cross.

Have mercy upon us and forgive us, O Lord.

Forgive us, we beseech thee, the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of our responsibilities in thy service, our imperfect stewardship of thy gifts.

Have mercy upon us and forgive us, O Lord.

Forgive us that so little of thy love has reached others through us, that we have been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our neighbor as we ought.

Have mercy upon us and forgive us, O Lord.

Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new right spirit within me.†††††††††††††††††† Ps. 511, 2, 10

The people still kneeling, the minister rises and says:

This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.†††††††††††††††††††††† 1 John 1: 5, 7-9

Amen. Thanks be to God.

The Lord be with you:

And with thy spirit.

Let us pray

O GOD, who hast appointed our Lord Jesus Christ as Mediator of a new covenant, grant us grace, we beseech thee, to draw near with fullness of faith and join ourselves in a perpetual covenant to thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

All stand, and the lessons are read:

Old Testament:†††††††††††† Jeremiah 31: 31-33

Epistle: †††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††† Hebrews 12: 22-25a

Gospel:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Matthew 11: 27-30

A sermon may be preached.

THE COVENANT

All remain standing, and thee minister says:

And now, beloved, let us with all our heart renew our part in the covenant that God has made with His

People, and take the yoke of Christ upon us.

This taking of His yoke means that we are heartily content that He should appoint us our place and work, and that He alone should be our reward.

Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honor, others bring reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and temporal interests, others are contrary to both.In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.Yet the power to do all these things is assuredly given us in Christ, who strengtheneth us.

Therefore let us make the covenant of God our own.Let us engage our heart to the Lord, and resolve in His strength never to go back.

Being thus prepared, let us now, in sincere dependence on His grace and trusting in His promises, yield ourselves anew to Him, meekly kneeling upon our knees.

All kneel.

The minister says in thee name of all.

O LORD God, Holy Father, who hast called us through Christ to be partakers in this gracious covenant, we take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and engage ourselves, for love of thee, to seek and to do thy perfect will.We are no longer our own, but thine.

Here all the people join.

I am no longer my own, but thine.Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low for thee; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou art mine, and I am thine.So be it.And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.Amen.

Silence.

If a celebration of the Lordís Supper is to follow, the minister and people rise, and the minister says:

Jesus said: ĎThis is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for thee forgiveness of sinsí. Matt. 26: 28

Praise be to thee, O Christ.

Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is, brethren, to dwell together in unity.

The service of the Lordís upper continues from this place.

If there is no celebration of the Lordís Supper, the service ends as follows:

Silence after the Covenant.

The Lordís Prayer.

Hymn or lyric, during which the offerings are collected.

Dedication of offerings.

Ascription:

GLORY be to thee, O God the Father, who hast loved us and made us accepted in thy beloved Son.

Amen. Glory to thee, our Father.

Glory be to thee, O God the Son, who hast loved us and loosed us from our sins by thine own blood.

Amen. Glory to thee, our Savior.

Glory be to thee, O God the Holy Spirit, who sheddest the love of God abroad in our hearts and dost free us from the law of sin and death.

Amen. Glory to thee, our Guide and Strengthener.

O one true God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to thee be all love and all glory for time and for eternity.

Amen.Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever.Amen.

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