Worship night format
Hello and welcome to …………….! We hope that tonight is a both a blessing and a challenge to you. We trust that the Spirit of God is present and invite you to fully receive His work in you tonight. This is a participation-based night, during which we invite you to fully embrace the uncomfortable and the unfamiliar, while at the same time being blessed by the actions of blessing and unity.
We invite you to sing along with all songs, and have included the words.
Call and Response
The Speaker will read aloud the normal text. We invite you to read aloud the bold text, in unison, with everyone else. This is an old tradition, where we lift up one voice to the Lord.
This is a time to share what God has done this week. We seek to glorify Him in all things. We simply ask that anything you share brings Him glory. If you want to share but are unsure how, simply start with, “I want to thank God for …” You can bring what comes to your heart.
We offer to all to take part, but if you are uncomfortable, we do not require it. Simply ask to be passed when it comes to you. This is a judgement-free zone, as we understand that there could be any number of reasons to not be involved in communion.
For those taking part, the Worship Leader and Speaker will start and set the example. We all are served and will serve. As the elements come to you, the host will say, “ The body and blood of Jesus, broken and shed for you.” The proper response is, “Thanks be to God.” Once you take the elements, you become the host and serve the person next to you. Recite the blessing, “ The body and blood of Christ, broken and shed for you.” Give the receiver a moment to take the elements, then pass the elements to them.
You are welcome to join the chorus of Amazing Grace if you choose.
Amazing Grace Lyrics
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun