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Memorial Church – Whitefield Fathers’ Day Service Presbyter: Rev. Chandra Kumar CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor: We thank you our Almighty God - for our Fathers who have touched our lives and shown us your life giving love. Help us to honour them and to remember them in our prayers - each and every day of our lives. Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And with Thy Spirit. Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us During the singing of this Hymn a child shall carry a tray with Roses to the Altar. He/She shall follow the Choir but precede the clergy and wait at the step of the Sanctuary. Once the Presbyter has completed his personal prayer he shall collect this tray from the Child and place it on the Altar. The child shall then return to his/her seat. OPENING AFFIRMATION AND PRAYER Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: See what love the Father has given us, That we should be called the children of God. You are my sons and daughters, this day I have begotten you. See what love the Father has given us. As many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the children of God. See what love the Father has given us. Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Consider the love our heavenly Father has given us, that we should be called the children of God. The Congregation shall kneel in prayer Pastor: God our Father, in Your wisdom and love You made all things. Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting. Strengthen them by Your love that they may become the loving, caring persons they are meant to be. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Congregation shall stand THE TEN COMMANDMENTS Pastor: God spoke these words and said: I am the Lord your God you shall have no other gods but Me. You shall not make for yourself any idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Message: Rev. Dr. J Jesudoss Congregation: Processional Hymn: Congregation: 2 Congregation: Pastor: Lord, have mercy upon us, and incline our hearts to keep His law. Honour your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness. You shall not covet. Lord, have mercy upon us, and write all these Your laws in our hearts. Silence be kept Pastor: Congregation: Let us return to the Lord our God and say to Him: Father, we have sinned against heaven and against You. We are not worthy to be called Your children. We turn to You again. Have mercy on us, bring us back to Yourself as those who once were dead but now have life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. May the God of love bring us back to Himself, forgive us our sins, and assure us of His eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord Amen The Congregation shall be seated. The Youth Fellowship: Song: Expressions: Play – A Gift For Dad Sunday School & Youth Fellowship By Children who wish to share… THE BLESSING OF THE ROSES The Congregation shall kneel Pastor: Heavenly Father, bless those who give and receive these roses, which are the symbol of love, unity and courage. May we love one another as God loves each one of us and forgive each other’s faults as you forgive our sins. Help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way, with support, forgiveness and courage, and help us to make our homes a place where love, peace and joy reign. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen The Congregation shall be seated and the children shall proceed to the Altar and collect a Rose from the Presbyter and hand the same to their respective fathers in the congregation. THE WORD Old Testament Reading: New Testament Reading: Hymn: The Gospel Reading: The Sermon: Pastor: Congregation: II Samuel 15 : 1 – 12 I John 2 : 28 to Chapter 3 : 1 – 3 Faith Of Our Fathers St. John 12 : 44 - 50 Rev. Dr. Jaideep Jesudoss THE NICENE CREED Let us stand and affirm our faith by saying together the Apostles Creed. I believe in one God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By Rev. Dr. Jaideep Jesudoss Mr. Dilranjan Jacob Mr. Bennett Thomas Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Congregation: 3 whom all things were made: Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us, under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day he rose again according to the scriptures: And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father: And he shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord, the Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church, I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins: And I look for the Resurrection of the dead: And the Life of the world to come. Amen. Pastor: Let us now boldly say together the prayer our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ taught us: Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come, thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. 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, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen. The congregation shall kneel/be seated INTERCESSION A Child: Congregation: A Child: Congregation: A Child: Congregation: A Child: Congregation: A Child: Lord God, bless all fathers this day with all the good things in life: health, joy, love and laughter. Keep them in your care always and protect them from harm. Loving Father, hear our prayer For our fathers who have given us life and love – that we may show them respect and love, we pray to the Lord Loving Father, hear our prayer For fathers who have gone from this life, that God may bring them into the joyful kingdom, we pray to the Lord Loving Father, hear our prayer For all the fathers out there, including men with no children of their own, but who play a nurturing, mentoring role for others. Loving Father, hear our prayer God our father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honour them always with a spirit of profound respect. Loving Father, hear our prayer Lord, may all fathers on earth always respond to your call to be like Our Father in heaven and love and cherish children deeply. We pray to the Lord Loving Father, hear our prayer The Congregation shall be seated Announcements: BREAKING OF THE BREAD Congregation: A Child: Congregation: 4 The Congregation shall stand Pastor: Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is Brethren, to dwell together in unity. Ps. 133:1 We, who are many, are one bread, one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 1 Cor. 10:17 Congregation: I will offer in His dwelling an oblation with great gladness, I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord. Ps. 27:6 PASSING OF PEACE Pastor: (The Presbyter will wait for the Peace Bearers to assemble before him and then shall say) In the Kingdom of God, eating and drinking are not important. The important things are living right with God, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit. Anyone who serves Christ by living this way is pleasing God and will be accepted by other people. So let us try to do what makes peace and helps one another. Rom. 14: 17 – 19 May the peace of our Lord be always with you. Congregation: Offertory Hymn: Pastor: Congregation: And also with you. The Congregation shall remain standing and sing Love Divine All Loves Excelling Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we do humbly present to you these our alms and pray for your acceptance and that they be used according to your will. Amen Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below, Praise Him above the heavenly host, Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen THE HOLY EUCHARIST: The Congregation shall kneel Pastor: Holy Father, who through the blood of thy dear Son hast consecrated for us a new and living way to thy throne of grace, we come to thee through him, unworthy as we are, and we humbly beseech thee to accept and use us and these, our gifts for thy glory. All that is in heaven and earth is thine, and of thine own do we give to thee. Amen Be present, be present, O Jesus, thou good High Priest, as thou was’t in the midst of thy disciples, and make thyself known to us in the breaking of the bread, who livest and reign'est with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen It is verily meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord, Holy Father, almighty and everlasting God; Through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, through whom thou didst create the heavens and the earth and all that in them is, and didst make man in thine own image, and when he had fallen into sin didst redeem him to be the first fruits of a new creation Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High Blessed be he that hath come and is to come in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: 5 Pastor: Truly holy, truly blessed art thou, O heavenly Father, who of thy tender love towards mankind didst give thine only Son Jesus Christ to take our nature upon him and to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there, by his one oblation of himself once offered, a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction, for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again: Who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you: do this in remembrance of me. Likewise after supper he took the cup, and, when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of this; for this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins: do this as oft as ye shall drink it, in remembrance of me. Amen. Thy death, O Lord, we commemorate, thy resurrection we confess, and thy second coming, we await. Glory be to thee, O Christ. Wherefore, O Father, having in remembrance the precious death and passion, and glorious resurrection and ascension, of thy Son our Lord, we thy servants do this in remembrance of him. As he hath commanded, until his coming again, giving thanks to thee for the perfect redemption which thou hast wrought for us in him. We give thanks to thee, we praise thee, we glorify thee, O Lord our God And we most humbly beseech thee, O merciful Father, to sanctify with Thy Holy Spirit us and these, thine own gifts of bread and wine, that the bread which we break may be the communion of the body of Christ, and the cup which we bless the communion of the blood of Christ. Grant that, being joined together in him, we may all grow up in all things unto him who is the Head, even Christ, our Lord, by whom and with whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be unto thee, O Father almighty, world without end. Amen We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy: Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the Flesh of thy Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, that our sinful bodies and souls may be made clean by his most precious Body and Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen The bread which we break, is it not a communion in the body of Christ? O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us O Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us thy peace. The Lord’s Table is a point for a new beginning for us this day. No matter where we are in our journey, here we recognise that we are successful only when we remain in Jesus and that we are failures only when we leave His Presence. Let us affirm that we are in Christ, by faith at this table today. Come and partake of it. The Choir followed by the Congregation shall proceed to the steps of the Sanctuary and receive the Blessed Sacrament. Communion Hymns: Father Of All Mercy / Fairest Lord Jesus The Congregation shall kneel Pastor: Having now by faith received the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ let us give thanks. Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: (Sung) Pastor: 6 Congregation: O Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who has accepted us as thy Children in thy beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord, and hast fed us with the spiritual food of his most precious Body and Blood, giving us the forgiveness of our sins and the promise of everlasting life: We thank and praise thee for these inestimable benefits, and we offer and present unto thee ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be a holy and living sacrifice, which is our reasonable service. Grant us grace not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, that we may learn what is thy good and perfect will, and so obey thee here on earth, that we may at the last rejoice with all thy saints in thy heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever. Amen. Blessing, and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be unto our God forever and ever. Amen Let us pray to almighty and ever living God, our heavenly Father. Father of us all hear your children's prayer. Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, to be born of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father. Bless all fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience; support them in the work they have to do, protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and our redemption, through Jesus Christ our rock and defender. Congregation: Pastor: Amen. In darkness and in light, in trouble and in joy, help us, heavenly Father, to trust your love, to serve your purpose, and to praise your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen The Lord God almighty is our Father: He loves us and tenderly cares for us. The Lord Jesus Christ is our Saviour: He has redeemed us and will defend us to the end. The Lord, the Holy Spirit is among us: He will lead us in God's holy way. To God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Be praise and glory today and forever. Amen. BENEDICTION: Pastor: Remember the Lord’s presence often and take strength from the knowledge that the One who calls and sends, also sustains. May the Lord bless you as you walk the way of Jesus Christ in thought, word and deed. May His life be yours now and always. Amen. The Congregation shall arise and sing Recessional Hymn: This Is My Father’s World A Child: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Pastor: Congregation: Congregation: BIDDING 7 Pastor: May the blessing of the God of Abraham, the God of Mary and Jesus and of the Holy Spirit - who watches over the world as a Mother watches over her children, be upon you and remain with you now and always. Amen. Congregation: ....... What is a Dad? A dad is a person Who is loving and kind, And often he knows What you have on your mind. He’s someone who listens, Suggests and defends, A dad can be one Of your very best friends! He’s proud of your triumphs, But when things go wrong, A dad can be patient And helpful and strong. In all that you do, A dad’s love plays a part There’s always a place for him Deep in your heart. And each year that passes You’re even more glad, More grateful and proud Just to call him your dad!
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