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Words for Worship – 7/25/21

For the fourth week of our series on the Lord’s Prayer, we’ll be digging into the phrase “forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” All the words that we’ll be using for worship are below or you can download a copy to print here.

You’ll also find some writing prompts as you explore ways to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer in your own words. We are digging into the meaning of the prayer so that you can make the prayer fresh and more meaningful for you.

PRELUDE                           He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands              

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 51

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
   and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
   and do not take your holy spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
   and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
   and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodshed, O God,
   O God of my salvation,
   and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.
O Lord, open my lips,
   and my mouth will declare your praise.

For you have no delight in sacrifice;
   if I were to give a burnt-offering, you would not be pleased.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
   a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

*HYMN #551     All Creatures of Our God and King

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you are a god of steadfast love and mercy. Even though you may find fault with us, your desire is to forgive. Sometimes we’re too hard on ourselves and wallow in guilt and shame even when you long to comfort us. Other times we avoid looking to closely at our faults even though you’re challenging us to grow. Bless us with your Holy Spirit and free us from both extremes. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM            Be Still and Know

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 6:14-15; 5:7

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

HYMN #610        Lord, I Lift Your Name On High

SCRIPTURE                        Matthew 18:21-35

Then Peter came and said to him, ‘Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.

‘For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.” And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, “Pay what you owe.” 

Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, “Have patience with me, and I will pay you.” But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, “You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you?” And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.’

SERMON             Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Part 4)  

*HYMN #693                    Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      A Thousand Thank Yous

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #950   Go Now In Peace

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

1.) Our Father in heaven, you created everything out of love to share with your children, let other see your love in us

2.) God of steadfast love, your provide for us and protect us, so let no one profane your name because of my life

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…

1.) Change our minds so that we can find our way out of the darkness and into the light of love

2.) Let Jesus rule as king over the earth so that everyone knows your will

Give us this day our daily bread…

1.) Teach what I need for today so that I can share the rest with others

2.) Help me not to worry about tomorrow so that I can be generous today

Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

1.) Let my mercy triumph over my judgments so that I can remain in your mercy

2.) You have forgiven us for so much. Help me to forgive others in the same way.

“Give Us This Day…” (worship video) – 7/18/21

Words for Worship – 7/18/21

We’re continuing our series on the Lord’s Prayer this week by focusing on the line “give us this day our daily bread.” All the words that we’ll be using in worship are below, but you can also download a copy to print here. Also, below are some sample alternatives to phrases of the prayer. As we unpack what it means, you’re being invited to rewrite the Lord’s Prayer in your own words to make it more meaningful to you.

PRELUDE                           Holy, Holy, Holy              

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 146

Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
   whose hope is in the Lord their God,
who made heaven and earth,
   the sea, and all that is in them;

who keeps faith forever;
   who executes justice for the oppressed;
   who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
   the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.

The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
   the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
   he upholds the orphan and the widow,
   but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

The Lord will reign for ever,
   your God, O Zion, for all generations.
Praise the Lord!

*HYMN #538     Holy, Holy, Holy

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, we are happy to know that you are here to help. When heaven seems far off or the world feels too troubled we are grateful to know that you remain faithful. But, we confess that we have a hard time sustaining such faithfulness to our neighbors in need. It’s easy to point the finger. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. So, we ask for your help once again. Bless us with your Holy Spirit so that we might be a blessing to those in need. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

HYMN #706        There Is a Balm

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Mark 1:14-15; I John 3:16-18

Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

ANTHEM            Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

SCRIPTURE                        2 Corinthians 8:1-15

We want you to know, brothers and sisters, about the grace of God that has been granted to the churches of Macedonia; 2for during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, 4begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing in this ministry to the saints— 5and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord and, by the will of God, to us, 6so that we might urge Titus that, as he had already made a beginning, so he should also complete this generous undertaking among you. 7Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you—so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.

8 I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. 9For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 10And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something— 11now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. 12For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has—not according to what one does not have. 13I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between 14your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. 15As it is written,
‘The one who had much did not have too much,
   and the one who had little did not have too little.’

SERMON             Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Part 3)  

*HYMN #608                    Salvation Belongs To Our God                  

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      You Say

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #950   Go Now In Peace

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

1.) Our Father in heaven, you created everything out of love to share with your children, let other see your love in us…

2.) God of steadfast love, your provide for us and protect us, so let no one profane your name because of my life…

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…

1.) Change our minds so that we can find our way out of the darkness and into the light of love…

2.) Let Jesus rule as king over the earth so that everyone knows your will

Give us this day our daily bread.

1.) Teach what I need for today so that I can share the rest with others

2.) Help me not to worry about tomorrow so that I can be generous today

“thy kingdom come…” (worship video) – 7/11/21

Words for Worship – 7/11/21

This week we continue our series on the Lord’s Prayer by focusing on the line “thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” You can find all the words that we’ll be using in worship below. You can also download a copy to print here.

Below you’ll also find some examples of how you might rewrite the lines of the Lord’s Prayer with other words. Remember you’re being invited to join the Profession of Faith class in rewriting the prayer as we unpack it’s meaning so that it can be more meaningful to you.

PRELUDE                           Down To the River to Pray                        

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 145

I will extol you, my God and King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day I will bless you,
   and praise your name for ever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud your works to another,
   and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendour of your majesty,
   and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed,
   and I will declare your greatness.

They shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness,
   and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
   and his compassion is over all that he has made.

*HYMN #652     I Lift My Eyes Up

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you sit on your throne over the heavens and over the earth. Your greatness is beyond our sight and even our imagination. But, that’s no excuse to be silent. In world of death and division, in times of hate and hostility, the world needs good news of your mercy and grace. Forgive us for keeping quiet. Bless us you’re your Holy Spirit so that our hearts and mouths flow with words of steadfast love and compassion. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM            Go Down Moses

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from Colossians 1:9-14

Lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 

He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

*HYMN 537        Open the Eyes of My Heart

SCRIPTURE                        I Samuel 8:1-20

When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beer-sheba. Yet his sons did not follow in his ways, but turned aside after gain; they took bribes and perverted justice.

Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, ‘You are old and your sons do not follow in your ways; appoint for us, then, a king to govern us, like other nations.’ But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to govern us.’ Samuel prayed to the Lord, and the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Listen to the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. Just as they have done to me, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so also they are doing to you. Now then, listen to their voice; only—you shall solemnly warn them, and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.’

So Samuel reported all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said, ‘These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen, and to run before his chariots; and he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plough his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his courtiers. He will take one-tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and his courtiers. He will take your male and female slaves, and the best of your cattle and donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take one-tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves; but the Lord will not answer you in that day.’

But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations, and that our king may govern us and go out before us and fight our battles.’

SERMON             Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Part 2)  

*HYMN #575                    Praise To the Lord, the Almighty              

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      All the Days

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #950   Go Now In Peace

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…

1.) Our Father in heaven, you created everything out of love to share with your children, let other see your love in us…

2.) God of steadfast love, your provide for us and protect us, so let no one profane your name because of my life…

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done…

1.) Change our minds so that we can find our way out of the darkness and into the light of love…

2.) Let Jesus rule as king over all the earth so that everyone knows your will

Coming To the Table – STX

Good afternoon everyone,
I have been away for a couple of weeks, so I’m late in getting this notice out. But, I’m excited for our next CTTT gathering this Sunday at 5pm because WE’LL BE MEETING IN PERSON(!!!) at St. Croix Reformed Church.


At our previous meetings we became an official affiliate of the national CTTT movement, we worked out a Purpose Statement, and agreed that many of CTTT’s Touchstones are vital to our gatherings. We’ll go over them on Sunday if you’re joining us for the first time.


More importantly, we’ll be joined by Chalana Brown who will speak with us about her exhibit exploring sugar mills and the history that she’s uncovered through her work (Uncover History is one of CTTT’s 4 Pillars). So, whether you’ve been with us from the beginning or have been waiting for the right time to make your first appearance, this Sunday will be a good time to start!


Thank you, Peter


P.S. If you’d like to see Chalana’s exhibit before the gathering, you can view it at Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, Inc in Frederiksted.

Our Father in Heaven… (worship video) – 7/4/21

Words for Worship – 7/4/21

This week we’ll begin answering the question, “how should I pray?” be taking a look at the Lord’s prayer. This week we focus on the line: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” All of the words that we’ll be using in worship are below. Or, you can download a copy to print here.

PRELUDE                           America, the Beautiful                

CALL TO WORSHIP – from Psalm 82

God has taken his place in the divine council;
   in the midst of the gods he holds judgement:
‘How long will you judge unjustly
   and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the orphan;
   maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
   deliver them from the hand of the wicked.’

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
   they walk around in darkness;
   all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I say, ‘You are gods,
   children of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,
   and fall like any prince.’

Rise up, O God, judge the earth;
   for all the nations belong to you!

*HYMN #529     Gather Us In

PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Most High and holy God, you have gathered us into your family. You have adopted us as sons and daughters. We are humbled and grateful for this good news. But, you have also called us to be as complete in our love for others as you have for us. We confess that we have fallen short. Whether that means tolerating oppression of the weak and needy or contemplating revenge toward our enemies, our love is incomplete. We ask for your Holy Spirit to help us become as perfect in love as you are. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

ANTHEM            I Turn To You

ASSURANCE OF PARDON – from I John 3:1-3, 14

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.

What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 

And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure… We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. 

HYMN #607        Beautiful One                  Jesus Loves M

SCRIPTURE                        Matthew 5:43-48

‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

SERMON             Lord, Teach Us to Pray (Part 1)  

*HYMN #830                    Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ                      

GREAT PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

The Lord be with you.

AND ALSO WITH YOU.

Lift up your hearts.

WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE.

O Holy God… we lift our hearts in joyful praise:

HOLY, HOLY, HOLY LORD, GOD OF POWER AND MIGHT, HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF YOUR GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST.

(cont.)

We praise you… until we feast together in your eternal Kingdom

THROUGH CHRIST, WITH CHRIST, IN CHRIST, IN THE UNITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, ALL GLORY AND HONOR ARE YOURS, ALMIGHTY GOD, NOW AND FOREVER.  AMEN

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER    Behold the Lamb (see #840)

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION & THE 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.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever, Amen.

OFFERTORY                      America, the Beautiful  

*BENEDICTION

*SENDING SONG #950   Go Now In Peace

How Do I Know What God Wants For Me? (worship video) – 6/13/21

While the Pastor is away…

Pastor Peter and his family will be taking a little trip up to the states to see their families this month. He’ll be away from June 18 until July 2. We’re grateful that Nate and Andrea DeWard will be spending some family time on island and fill in while he’s away. Nate is a pastor and director of a non-profit called “Reach the Forgotten Jail Ministry.” The ministry sends chaplains and volunteers to visit incarcerated people and provide them resources for personal and spiritual growth. His hobbies are kayaking and disc golf. Andrea has served as a specialized transitional minister at several churches during seasons of staff vacancies. She is energized by guest preaching in new places. More recently she has been exploring chaplaincy opportunities, with an interest in hospice work. Nate and Andrea will be arriving on June 17 with their children Noelle and Micah. Please extend a warm welcome and good Crucian hospitality.