CALL TO WORSHIP
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, with mercies that are new every morning.
Great is your faithfulness, O God, and the source of all hope.
You are good to those who wait upon you, O God, and whose souls seek the Lord.
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Let us worship God!
*HYMN: When We Are Tested (783)
CALL TO CONFESSION
PRAYER OF CONFESSION:
O God, who by your Spirit can rekindle the embers of faith, purge us of all sin and make of us obedient servants. We are guilty of pushing you to life’s periphery. We serve you only when it seems convenient. We follow the Christ when it is to our benefit. We call on the Spirit when our own effort fail. Remake us in your image of righteousness, and teach us the meaning of discipleship. Amen.
ASSURANCE OF PARDON:
PASSING THE PEACE (you are invited to share the Peace of Christ as you feel comfortable doing)
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:14
You shall not commit adultery.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27
1In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel with him; they ravaged the Ammonites, and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem.
2It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful. 3David sent someone to inquire about the woman. It was reported, “This is Bathsheba daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4So David sent messengers to get her, and she came to him, and he lay with her. (Now she was purifying herself after her period.) Then she returned to her house. 5The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, “I am pregnant.”
6So David sent word to Joab, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” And Joab sent Uriah to David. 7When Uriah came to him, David asked how Joab and the people fared, and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” Uriah went out of the king’s house, and there followed him a present from the king. 9But Uriah slept at the entrance of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house. 10When they told David, “Uriah did not go down to his house,” David said to Uriah, “You have just come from a journey. Why did you not go down to your house?” 11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.” 12Then David said to Uriah, “Remain here today also, and tomorrow I will send you back.” So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day. On the next day, 13David invited him to eat and drink in his presence and made him drunk; and in the evening he went out to lie on his couch with the servants of his lord, but he did not go down to his house.
SERMON: Commandments VII: Solemn Vows
* LITANY OF AFFIRMATION: (from Westminster Shorter Catechism, 7.070-.072)
What is the Seventh Commandment?
The Seventh Commandment is, “Thou shall not commit adultery.”
What is required in the Seventh Commandment?
The Seventh Commandment requireth the preservation of our own and our neighbor’s chastity, in heart, speech, and behavior.
What is forbidden in the Seventh Commandment?
The Seventh Commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts, words, and actions.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
(Joys): Lord, we praise you. Thanks be to God.
(Concerns): Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayers.
PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE/THE LORD’S PRAYER
INVITATION TO SHARE:
*PRAYER OF DEDICATION
Invitation to the Lord’s Table
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Blessed are you, O God, Maker of heaven and earth. … For your love and faithfulness we give you thanks and praise, joining the hymns of our ancestors.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of you glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed are you, O God, Savior and Sovereign of all. … As we receive this holy meal we remember Christ our Passover, proclaiming the mystery of faith:
Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
Blessed are you, O God, … With heart and soul and might we will love and serve you alone, glorifying your holy name. Amen.
Words of Institution
Prayer after Communion
*HYMN: Praise Ye the Lord, the Almighty (35)
*CHARGE AND BENEDICTION