(Pastor) O Lord, open thou our lips.
(Answer). And our mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
(Pastor). O God, make speed to save us.
(Answer) O Lord, make haste to help us.
(Pastor) Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
(Answer). As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Pastor Praise the Lord.
(Answer). The Lord’s Name be praised.
(Pastor) “Hear God’s people, the Lord is one
(All) We shall love the Lord our God with all that we are and our neighbours as ourselves.
(Pastor) The Christian life to which we are called is a life in Christ, redeemed from sin by Him and consecrated to God through Him. 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 for ever. On one side the Covenant is God’s promise that He will fulfil in and through us all that He declared in Jesus Christ, who is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. On the other side we stand pledged to live no more unto ourselves but to Him who loved us and gave Himself for us and has called us so to serve Him that the purposes of His coming might be fulfilled.
From time to time we renew our vows of consecration, especially when we gather at the table of the Lord; but on this day we meet specially to renew the Covenant which binds us to God.
Let us then, remembering the mercies of God, and the hope of His calling, examine ourselves by the light of His Spirit, humbly confessing our sins and watching our hearts, lest by self-deceit we shut ourselves out from His presence.
Let us pray:
(Together) O God our Father, who set out for us the way of life in Your beloved Son: we confess with shame our slowness to learn of Him and our reluctance to follow Him. You have spoken and called, and we have not given heed; You have stretched out Your hands to us and we have passed by; we have taken great benefits with little thanks; we have been unworthy of Your changeless love.
Have mercy upon us and forgive us, O Lord.
Forgive us for the poverty of our worship, the formality and selfishness of our prayers, our inconstancy and unbelief, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace. Forgive us that so little of Your love has reached others through us, and that we have borne so lightly the wrongs and sufferings that surround us. Forgive us that we have harboured thoughts that divide us from others; that we have made it hard for others to live with us; that we have been thoughtless in our judgements, hasty in our condemnation and grudging in our forgiveness. Forgive us that we have been unwilling to overcome evil with good, and that we have been unmindful of Your work on the cross for our sins.
(Pastor) Let each of us in silence make our own confession to God.
After a period of silent prayer the pastor and People shall say together,
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 51:1-2,10)
(Pastor) This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But 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, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Amen. (1 John 1:5-9)
The Covenant (all standing)
Pastor) And now let us respond gladly to our covenant God once more, and take the yoke of Christ upon us. This means that we are content for Him to direct our lives and be our only reward. Christ has many services to be done. Some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others bring reproach; some are acceptable to our personal tastes and 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 Jesus.
Therefore let us make the Covenant of God our own and in sincere dependence on His grace and trusting in His promises, yield ourselves anew to Him.
(Pastor) O Lord God, Holy Father, who has called us through Christ to be partakers in this gracious Covenant, we take upon ourselves with joy the yoke of obedience, and engage ourselves to seek and do Your perfect will. We no longer belong to ourselves, because we are Yours.
(All together) I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will; put me to doing, put me to suffering; let me be employed for You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low for You; let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing; I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, You art mine, and I am Yours. So be it. And the Covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.
WE BELIEVE in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.
Now may the Lord Bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
And be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you
And give you his peace
(Together) May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
And the Love of God the Father
And the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
Be with us all, evermore