July 13, 2020

The Evangelical Liturgy-Example 2: FBC Edmonton, Alberta

Another good example of Evangelical/Protestant liturgy. This from the First Baptist Church, Edmonton, Alberta.

This one is a very complete example of the kind of Protestant liturgy I have in mind as we work through these components.

PRELUDE

Invocation to the Holy Spirit Lani Smith

Meditation on “Beecher” arr. Roger G Wilson

GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY

CALL TO WORSHIP

* HYMN OF ADORATION

#25 Let All Creation Bless the Lord MIT FREUDEN ZART

*INVOCATION AND LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
For ever and ever. Amen.

CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too
deep to undo.
Forgive what our lips tremble to name,
what our hearts can no longer bear,
and what has become for us
a consuming fire of judgment.
Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in
which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your
likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
(Silence for personal prayer and reflection.)

*GLORIA PATRI – R. Goodson

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.

FIRST TESTAMENT READING Al Henderson
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 Page # 670
Response to reading: “Thanks be to God”

*HYMN OF PRAISE
#20 Like a Mighty River Flowing

QUEM PASTORES LAUDAVERS

(At the conclusion of the hymn,
children up to Grade 6 may come forward.)

TIME WITH THE CHILDREN

SECOND TESTAMENT READING
James 2:1-17 Page # 247
Response to reading: “Thanks be to God.”

SERMON Rev. Dr. Ryan Sato

“A Live Faith Triumvirate”

HYMN OF APPROACH
#695 As We Gather at Your Table BEACH SPRING

GATHERING AT THE TABLE
*The Passing of the Peace
*Affirmation of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of Heaven and Earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead and buried;
He descended into hell;
The third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into Heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father
Almighty;
From there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
The communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.
Amen.

The Bread

The Cup

CELEBRATION OF OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS

Offertory

Children of the Heavenly Father arr. Don Hustad

Regular Offering and/or Communion Offering
– CBWC Retired Minister’s Benevolent Fund
(white envelope in pew may be used for CBWC offering)

Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.

*Prayer of Gratitude

*HYMN FOR THE JOURNEY
#393 Blest Be the Tie That Binds DENNIS

*THE SENDING OF THE COMMUNITY

Leader: May the compassion of God, the love of Christ and the peace
of the Holy Spirit be with you.
People: And also with you.

*The Blessing

*Congregational Amen

*POSTLUDE

Jesus Shall Reign arr. John Hatton

Comments

  1. I’ll be darned. Baptists singing the gloria patri. It isn’t the Greatorex arrangement in the ol ’91 Baptist hymnal, so I wonder what resource they use for singing it. A beautiful service it seems. But what is this “meditation” that they use? I see those in other liturgies online and in books, but none take the time to explain where they are or where they can be found.

  2. I’m delighted to see the Pater Noster. I’m even more delighted to see the Gloria Patri.

    *And* the Creed.

    Next thing, someone is going to slip the Gloria in there somewhere – are there any Protestant services that say it? Anglicans, I’m not looking at you 🙂

    • Lutherans do. I think the LCMS sometimes substitute “This Is the Feast”, but I could be wrong since I’ve only read about it and not observed it.

      • “This is The Feast” is one of two choices in the “Gloria” slot of one of our several settings of the Divine Service in the Lutheran Service Book. The other option is a “real” Gloria. (I’m not a huge fan of the “This Is the Feast” setting of the Divine Service myself.)

        The common service – the one many Lutherans call “page 15” although it’s now on page 184 in the new new hymnal- uses the more standard Gloria, “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.”

  3. First Baptist Edmonton is part of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. I haven’t heard of many of our churches using the “Baptist Hymnal”… they typically use other hymnals.

    Not all of our churches are “liturgical” to the extent that Edmonton is… but the use of things that would be considered “liturgical” (such as responsive readings, meditations, confessions, etc.) is strongly encouraged by the denominational leaders.

    They even have an adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary specifically for Canadian Baptists…

    Its a good denomination, not riddled with many of the problems that the SBC is…

  4. That’s all fine and well, but where is the socks-over-the-head ceremony?

    • Seeing as how St. Blaise is the patron saint of throats, there *has* to be a patron saint of feet.

      You could do the sock-twirling on his or her feast day 🙂

  5. I’m wondering if the commute from Georgia to Alberta is too far for a weekly drive? 🙂

  6. You’ve inspired me to pull out my old, red LCA hymnal and use it for my daily devotions!

    LCA = the former Lutheran Church of America.

  7. I love it! I want it!!! Please, someone from the CBWC come talk to the SBC!!!

    What holiness! Such a difference from our church services…

    It makes me sad.

  8. Bob Staghorn says

    Yawn.

  9. Yeah, it’s not for everyone. We are one of thirteen CBWC churches in edmonton and our “gift” to the city is being a church that still plays the organ, has a church choir and sings from a hymn book. It’s intriguing to see the intergenerational mix that is responding to our sunday morning gathering.