Order of service

 Worship service

5 February 2023

Gathering to worship

 

Prelude

Introduction

Hymn: Pass me not, O gentle Savior

Pass me not, O gentle Savior,

Hear my humble cry;
While on others You art calling,
Do not pass me by.

 

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others You art calling,
Do not pass me by.

 

Let me at Your throne of mercy
Find a sweet relief;
Kneeling there in deep contrition,
Help my unbelief.

 

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others You art calling,
Do not pass me by.

 

Trusting only in Your merit,
Would I seek Your face;
Heal my wounded, broken spirit,
Save me by Your grace.

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others You art calling,
Do not pass me by.

 

You the spring of all my comfort,
More than life to me;
Whom have I on earth beside You?
Whom in heaven but You.

 

Savior, Savior,
Hear my humble cry;
While on others You art calling,
Do not pass me by.

 

Confession

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.

Silence is kept

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Praise

 

Taizé chant Bless the Lord my soul (4 times, 600)

 

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.

Bless the Lord my soul, who leads me into life.

 

Collect (The prayer of the day)

God of our salvation,

help us to turn away from those habits which harm our bodies

and poison our minds

and to choose again your gift of life,

revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Hearing and responding to God’s Word

         
 

Old Testament reading     Isaiah 58:1-9a

“Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion  and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;  they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right  and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions  and seem eager for God to come near them.
‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,  and you have not noticed?’

“Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please   and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today  and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,  only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,  a day acceptable to the Lord?

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice   and   untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free   and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry  and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn,  and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,  and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;   you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

 

         

Psalm 112: 1-9

Praise the Lord. Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures forever.
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.

They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.

 

New Testament reading  1 Corinthians 2: 1-12

And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—  10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

 

Hymn: Father, we adore you (274)

 

Gospel reading       Matthew 5: 13-20

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Sermon

Music (The collection is taken)

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in God the Father,

from whom every family

in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,

who lives in our hearts through faith,

and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

who strengthens us

with power from on high.

We believe in one God;

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 

Prayers (followed by Lord’s Prayer)

                                                                                                                                    The peace

God will speak peace to his people, to those who turn to him in their hearts. The peace of the Lord be always with us.

 

Going out to serve God

Postlude

Announcements

The blessing

God the Father watch over us

God the Son walk with us

God the Spirit work through us

Until we meet again.

 

Hymn             From everlasting

O God, before the mountains were brought forth, or days of spring and summer filled the earth,
from everlasting, you are God.

We dwell beneath the stars in ancient skies, a thousand years are nothing in your sight,
from everlasting, you are God.

And all our days are held within your hands
your perfect love and favor have no end,
we rest within the wisdom of your plan,
everlasting God.

O God, when joy and tragedy collide and loss reminds us life is but a sigh,
from everlasting, you are God.

O God of light our ways are known to you,
but by your grace you’re making all things new,
so satisfy us in our numbered days, establish every effort while we wait.
From everlasting, You are God.

And all our days are held within your hands
y
our perfect love and favor have no end,
we rest within the wisdom of y
our plan,
everlasting God.

 

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen

 

Worship leader and preacher: Valdis Tēraudkalns

Assistant: Pāvels Ņizins

Musicians: Larisa Carjkova, Rolands Jurēvics, Agris Perro

Please, stay afterwards for refreshments and a chat.

On Wednesday at 13.00 you are welcomed to our weekly lunchtime concert:

Anastasija Dolgonenko (soprano), Larisa Carjkova (piano)

 

Thanks in advance for your financial support! It helps us to continue our ministry.

St. Saviour’s account no.  LV17HABA000140J030656

Swedbank, Swift code HABALV22

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