Orders of Service: Worship

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 66.1-4)
(For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm.) Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, "How awesome are Thy works! Because of the greatness of Thy power Thine enemies will give feigned obedience to Thee. "All the earth will worship Thee, and will sing praises to Thee; They will sing praises to Thy name."
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY (All in unison)
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 95.1-3)
O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
WORSHIP IN SONG (this is a protracted time of worship, from 15 min. to 30 min.)

Musical Meditation
Call to Worship
Hymn: All Glory, Laud, and Honor
Hymn: How Sweet Are the Tidings
Offering (for church budget)
Musical Selection
Responsive Hymn
Sermon: Two Good Things About Dying

Eastern Orthodox

Ed. Note: This liturgy is listed for educational purposes. It contains some good elements mixed with some that run contrary to Protestant theology (e.g., praise and magnification of Mary, assertion of her perpetual virginity, and implication of her sinlessness).

The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, Begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; And he shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, Who spoke by the Prophets; And I believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the Resurrection of the dead, and the Life of the world to come. Amen.

The Anaphora (Sacrifice-Offering)

Priest:Let us stand well; let us stand with fear; let us attempt that we may offer the Holy Offering in peace.

Choir:An offering of peace, a sacrifice of praise.

Priest:The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. And the love of God the Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Choir:And with your spirit.

Priest:(While saying ďand the communion of the Holy SpiritĒ the Priest turns towards the people and blesses them; he lifts up his hands and says aloud:) Let us lift up our hearts.

Choir:We lift them up unto the Lord.

Priest:Let us give thanks to the Lord.

Choir:It is fitting and right.

Choir:Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord of Sabbaoth; heaven and earth are full of your glory: Hosanna in the highest: Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Choir:We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, O Lord, and we pray unto you, O our God (the Priest makes a low bow before the altar, and continues with the Prayer of Consecration).


Choir:It is truly right to bless you, O Theotokos, ever blessed and most pure, and the mother of our God. More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim, without defilement you gave birth to God the Word, true Theotokos: we magnify you.

The Lordís Prayer

The Great Litany

Priest:Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages.


Priest:In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord, have mercy.

Priest:For the peace from above, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For the peace of the whole world; for the welfare of the holy churches of God, and for the union of them all, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For this holy House, and for those who enter with faith, reverence, and the fear of God, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For our Metropolitan Philip, for the honorable Priesthood, the Diaconate in Christ and for all the clergy and the people, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For this nation, the President, civil authorities, and Armed Forces, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For this parish, this town, the surrounding countryside, and the faithful living therein, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For seasonable weather, for abundance of the fruits of the earth, and for peaceful times, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For those who travel by land, by sea and by air; for the sick and the suffering; for those under persecution and for their deliverance, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:For our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need, let us pray to the Lord.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:Help us; Save us; have mercy on us; and keep us, O God, by your grace.

Choir:Lord have mercy.

Priest:Remembering our most holy, most pure, most blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and ever virgin Mary, with all the Saints, let us commend ourselves and one another, and all our life unto Christ our God.

Choir:To you, O Lord.

Priest:For unto you are due all glory, honor, and worship: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: now and ever and unto ages of ages.