ACTS: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication


Call to Worship


Opening Prayer

Prayer concludes with singing:

"Lord, Listen to Your Children
[PsH 625]

A Psalm of Praise: Psalm 146

Hymn: "What Shall I Render to the Lord"
[PsH 178, TH 637]

A Message for Children


A Psalm of Adoration:

"I Will Exalt My God and King"
[PsH 145]

Prayer of Adoration

Prayer begins with singing:

"O Come let us adore him, (3x)
Christ, the Lord"
[PH 41, PsH 340, RL 195, TH 208]

Prayer concludes with singing:

"Father, We Love You"
[PsH 634]


What is your only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own,
but belong—
body and soul,
in life and in death—
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with
his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny
of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in
in fact, all things must work together
for my salvation.
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing
and ready
from now on to live for him.

Heidelberg Catechism Q & A 1

Hymn: "Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound"
[PH 280, PsH 462, RL 456, TH 460]

Time of Personal Confession (silent, concluded by singing)

Hymn: "My Faith Looks Up to Thee,"

stanza I
[PH 383, PsH 262, RL 446, TH 528]

Time of Communal Confession

Time of Confession as Participants in a Broken World


"He Is Lord" (see box)


A Call to Thanksgiving

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Hymn: "Wholehearted Thanksgiving to You I Will Bring"
[PsH 9]



The Promises of Scripture

Hymn: "The Lord's Prayer"
[PH 571,589, 590, PsH 207, TH 725]

Prayers of Petition:

Prayers for the Home
Prayers for the Church
Prayers for the World

Closing Hymn: "How Great Thou Art!"

Closing Prayer

Moment of Silence



He is Lord, he is Lord!
He is risen from the dead
and he is Lord!
Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord!

He is King, he is King!
He will draw all nations to him,
he is King;
and the time shall be
when the world shall sing
that Jesus Christ is King!

He is Love, he is Love!
He has shown us by his life
that he is Love;
all his people sing
with one voice of joy
that Jesus Christ is Love!

He is Life, he is Life!
He has died to set us free
and he is Life;
and he calls us all
to live evermore,
for Jesus Christ is Life.

Text: anonymous; based on Philip-pians 2:10-11.

The hymns in this service were selected from the most recent editions of the following hymnals: The Presbyterian Hymnal (PH), Psalter Hymnal (PsH), Rejoice in the Lord (RL), and Trinity Hymnal (TH).

Reformed Worship 22 © December 1991 Worship Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church. Used by permission.