April 5, 2020

Opening Declaration of Dependence

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Ezekiel 18:27 

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51:3 

Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Psalm 51:9 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Psalm 51:17 

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2 

Enter not into judgment with your servant, for no one living is righteous before you. Psalm 143:2 

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 to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8–9

Prayer of Confession

Almighty and most merciful Father, 

we have erred and strayed from Your ways like lost sheep, 

we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, 

we have offended against Your holy laws, 

we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, 

and we have done those things which we ought not to have done, 

and so we are helpless without You.

O Lord, have mercy upon us, miserable offenders, 

spare us, as we confess our faults, 

restore us, as we are penitent, 

according to Your promises declared to us in Christ Jesus our Lord, 

and grant, O most merciful Father, for His sake, 

that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and devout life, 

to the glory of Your holy name. 


All: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done inearth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliverus from evil: for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.Amen.

Assuranceof Grace

But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. Hebrews 9:26–28


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen.


In this common prayer, the people should come with a heart prepared to offer unto God adoration, thanksgivings, supplications, and intercessions.

The Hymn - Trinity Hymnal 30 "Our God, Our Help In Ages Past"     

The Old Testament Lesson - Exodus 12:1-13, 21-23

The Hymn - Trinity Hymnal 252 "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross"    

The New Testament Lesson - John 19:28-42



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 his countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24–26