What happens in worship – an outline

Each worship service at PFLC is based around this outline.  Each part of the service is a unique way that God can speak or come to you. There is flexibility in this as well; not all parts might be in each service, allowing God to speak in a different way.

Invocation:  “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”    We call upon God to be present.

Confession and Absolution (forgiveness)    We admit to God and to each other that we have sinned.  The absolution is God’s way of assuring us of God’s acceptance, forgiveness and welcome embrace.

Kyrie/Hymn of Praise:  “Lord, have mercy.”    We ask for God’s mercy and understanding about our lives, and then we thank God, the host of this gathering, for inviting and welcoming us.

Prayer of the Day    The conversation between God and us begins with this prayer asking God to change our lives through His Word.

Scriptures and Sermon    We listen to what God has to say to us through the Bible and its interpretation.

Creed:  “I believe.”    The creed teaches us the language of faith.  This becomes our response to all God has done for us.

Special Rites and Recognitions    There is a time for celebrating special occasions like baptisms, installations, confirmations, weddings and reception of new members.

Offering    We offer to God what is already God’s:  our selves, our time and our possessions. These are expressions of thanksgiving for all God has done for us, and giving helps God keep us from focusing on ourselves. We also offer our prayers for God’s action in the world.

Preparing and serving the Communion Meal    Forgiveness is announced in the bread and wine, and we express our thanks through songs, stories, scripture and prayer.  Finally, an invitation is extended to come when the meal is ready.

Benediction:  “The Lord bless you.”    God’s blessing is extended and we are assured of God’s grace and presence.

Sharing of peace      We share a handshake and an offering of the peace of God as a sign of God’s presence in our relationships.