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A Liturgy from the Book of Hebrews 2

Continuing with my draft liturgy drawn from the language of the book of Hebrews, after the Bidding Prayer comes the Introit, followed by the following penitential rite:

Call to Confession

Since we have a great high priest
who has passed through the heavens,
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses
but we have one who in every respect
has been tested as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness,
so that we may receive mercy
and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:14-16)

Confession of Sin

(Silence may be kept, then:)

Father of spirits,
looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
we lay aside every weight
and the sin that clings so closely,
that we may run with perseverance
the race that is set before us. (Heb 12:1-2).

Declaration of Forgiveness

The Holy Spirit says,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds,”
and, “I will remember their sins
and their lawless deeds no more.” (Heb 10:15-17)

Hymn of Praise

(Instead of a hymn, a psalm such as Psalm 2, 8, 40, 95, 104, 110, or 118 may be appropriate at this point. All of these psalms figure prominently in the book of Hebrews.)

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1 Comment

  1. Anne says:

    Oh Darrell you must have had so much fun with these. I’m really liking it! I’m glad you started with Hebrews; that book obviously calls to you.

    May your offering here bless many worship services!

    Take care & God bless
    Anne / WF

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