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A Liturgy from the Book of Hebrews 1

Inspired by Weekend Fisher, I’ve been fiddling around with the possibilities of constructing a traditional liturgy using (almost) exclusively language derived from the book of Hebrews. Here is a first draft of how the service might begin (with congregational responses in italics):

Greeting

Grace be with all of you. (Heb 13:25)
And also with you.

Scripture Sentence

(Advent)
In a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay.
But God’s righteous one will live by faith. (Heb 10:37-38)

(Christmastide)
When Christ came into the world, he said, “See, I have come to do your will, O God.” (Heb 10:5, 7, 9)
Let all God’s angels worship him! (Heb 1:6).

(Epiphany)
The message was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him. (Heb 2:3)
I will put my trust in him. (Heb 2:13).

(Lent)
Because Jesus himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Heb 2:18)
I will put my trust in him. (Heb 2:13).

(Holy Week)
Christ has appeared once for all at the end of the age to remove sin by the sacrifice of himself. (Heb 9:26)
I will put my trust in him. (Heb 2:13).

(Easter)
Jesus has now obtained a more excellent ministry, and to that degree he is the mediator of a better covenant. (Heb 8:6)
See how great he is! (Heb 7:4)

or:

Jesus is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. (Heb 7:25)
See how great he is! (Heb 7:4)

(Ascension Day)
When Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God. (Heb 10:12)
See how great he is! (Heb 7:4)

(Pentecost)
God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will. (Heb 2:4)
See how great he is! (Heb 7:4)

(Ordinary Time)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb 13:8)
I will put my trust in him. (Heb 2:13).

or:

I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters.
In the midst of the congregation I will praise you. (Heb 2:12).

Bidding Prayer

Brothers and sisters,
we have come to Mount Zion
and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to innumerable angels in festal gathering,
and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven,
and to God the judge of all,
and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,
and to the sprinkled blood
that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Heb 12:22-24)

Therefore,
since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
let us give thanks, by which we offer to God
an acceptable worship with reverence and awe;
for indeed our God is a consuming fire. (Heb 12:28-29)

Through Christ,
let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. (Heb 13:15)

Amen.

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2 Comments

  1. “Let all God’s angels worship him!” is actually a pretty good response to almost all of the Scripture sentences, but I decided to throw in a little more variety since there were some other good responses available in Hebrews.

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  2. […] to attempt a liturgy drawing solely on the letter to the Hebrews. His first two instalments are here and here. I find myself intrigued, but expect ultimately to be […]

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