Preparing Our Hearts

                        Opening Sentence of Scripture

Officiant:         Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:2

                             Confession of Sin

Officiant:          Dearly beloved, the Scriptures teach us the importance of acknowledging our many sins and offenses, not concealing them from our heavenly Father, but confessing them with humble and obedient hearts that we may obtain forgiveness by his infinite goodness and mercy. We ought at all times humbly to acknowledge our sins before Almighty God, but especially when we come together in his presence to give thanks for the great benefits we have received at his hands, to declare his most worthy praise, to hear his holy Word, and to ask, for ourselves and others, those things necessary for our life and our salvation.

                             Therefore, come with me to the throne of heavenly grace.


Silence is kept. The Officiant and People say the following.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

 For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your Name. Amen.


Officiant:          Amen and hear then the good news!  That all who are in Christ Jesus are a new creation.  The old is gone and the new has come.  By the power of Christ’s shed blood on the cross, I proclaim that you are forgiven ones, and your sins have been removed from you as far as the east is from the west!  Let us rejoice therefore and let us worship our King!

All                       Amen.


                     The Invitatory

Officiant           O Lord, open our lips.

People          And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Officiant           O God, make speed to save us;

People          O Lord, make haste to help us.

Officiant           Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy


People        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,

                     world without end. Amen.

Officiant           Praise the Lord.

People         The Lord’s name be praised.


Song of Worship – 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)


Hearing God’s Word


                        Scripture Readings – Genesis 1:1-2 &




              Responding to God’s Word


                      The Apostles’ Creed – All together

                       I believe in God, the Father almighty,

                      creator of heaven and earth.

                       I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

                       He was conceived by the Holy Spirit

                       and born of the Virgin Mary.

                       He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

                        was crucified, died, and was buried.

                        He descended to the dead.

                        On the third day he rose again.

                        He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                        He will come again to judge the living 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.                          




Officiant:          Here at The Mission Cincinnati, we practice an ancient method of call and

response prayer.  I will voice our collective prayers and petitions to the Lord, and after each section, I will say “Lord in Your mercy,” and you are invited to respond “Hear our prayer!”  Let us go together before the Lord in prayer.

People:              And with your spirit.

Officiant:          Let us pray.

Officiant:          And now as our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ taught us, we are bold to pray



               Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name.

              Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in


               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,

              forever and ever. Amen.


               The General Thanksgiving

Officiant and People all say together:


               Almighty God, Father of all mercies,

               we your humble servants give you thanks

               for all your goodness and loving-kindness

                to us and to all whom you have made.

                We bless you for our creation, preservation,

                 and all the blessings of this life;

                 but above all for your immeasurable love

                  in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;

                  for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.             

                  And, we pray, give us, such an awareness of your mercies,

that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with

our lips, but in our lives,

                   by giving up our selves to your service,

                   and by walking before you

                   in holiness and righteousness all our days;

                    through Jesus Christ our Lord,

                    to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,

                    be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.


A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom


Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplications to you; and you have promised through your well beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting.

People:            Amen.


Blessing God and Receiving His Blessing


The Blessing


Officiant:. The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.


The Dismissal 

Officiant:. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord


                             The people say the following in response to the dismissal:

People              Thanks be to God.


Thank you for joining us for worship today.