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Service for a Day of Repentance

Service for a Day of Repentance

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Repentance Church Service Liturgy examples for clergy to hold their own National Day of Repentance event. Next National Day of Repentance is on the historic date of April 30th, 2014. On this date in history, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln called for National days of Prayer, Humiliation and Fasting.
Repentance Church Service Liturgy examples for clergy to hold their own National Day of Repentance event. Next National Day of Repentance is on the historic date of April 30th, 2014. On this date in history, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln called for National days of Prayer, Humiliation and Fasting.

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 National Day of Repentance Three models of a church service for a day of repentance
Suggested service #1
Welcome, opening prayer Worship: Liturgy: Reverend /Pastor _________
Leader:
 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14.  The Lord says there is nothing we can do that will separate us irrevocably from Him, but we must turn from self-adoration to the worship of God alone. It is a process, but it is also the greatest privilege ever granted.
Congregation:
 The Lord has posted watchmen on the walls. We are the watchmen. Day and night He calls us to give ourselves no rest
 and to give Him no rest
 until He has established Jerusalem in our midst and makes her the praise of all the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7.  The Lord says we are to give neither ourselves nor Him rest as we call upon Him to establish His Kingdom in our midst. He wants us to pester Him as He wants us to learn to be faithful to Him. It is a process, but it is also the greatest privilege ever granted.
Leader:
 For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to do you good, plans to give you a hope and a future. You will call to me and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you.  Jeremiah 29:11-14  The Lord says when we seek Him with all our hearts we cannot fail to find Him.
Congregation:
 We choose to follow You, Lord. We believe in Psalm 139 which
says: “
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
 
and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
 
READING OF THE NEW TESTAMENT PASSAGE
 JAMES 4:1-10
4 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires  for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your  pleasures. 4 Adulterers and
 
adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5
 
Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6
 
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,But gives grace to the humble.”
 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8
 
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
 
AMAZING GRACE
 
 All Sing Together
Congregation:
 The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it
is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of
you, who will prepare your way. A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord; ma
ke His paths straight.” John came baptizing in the
wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:1-4. We thought repentance was how we got ready to receive the Good News. Now we see that the privilege of repentance is itself the Good News. Praise Him!
READING OF THE GOSPEL PASSAGE
 
MATTHEW 28:16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18
 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in
heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore
 
and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
 
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the
end of the age.” Amen.
 
BRIEF SERMON:
 [e.g. REPENTANCE AS A LIFESTYLE TO CARRY OUT THE GREAT COMMISSION]
 
THE LITANY
THE PEOPLE PASS GOD’S PEACE TO ONE ANOTHER
 THE MINISTER PRAYS OVER THE COMMUNION ELEMENTS
 
The shape of the prayer is discretionary, but it should include thanksgiving for all that God has given in creation, the various leaders He has sent from time to time, and honest admission that we have rejected and distorted and even destroyed His gifts; the Words Jesus used over the Last Supper should be included and a prayer for the Holy Spirit to fill and bless and commission the congregation should conclude.
SINGING TOGETHER CLOSING
…….
All Sing Together Closing with two or three songs might include traditional hymns such Be Thou My Vision, Alleluia Sing to Jesus, or Lead on O King Eternal, or contemporary songs such as Alleluia He is Coming, As the Deer, More Love, More Power, or They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love.
A DISMISSAL OR SENDING ACCLAMATION
**************
Suggested service #2-
------------this second model, the Great Litany, also comes from Reverend Jim Wilson, Director, National Day of Repentance
 praynorthstate@charter.net
 
THE LITANY OF REPENTANCE [
The Litany is an Abridged Version of the Great Litany
 
Found in the American Book of Common Prayer]
 
Oh God the Father, Creator of Heaven and earth, Have mercy upon us.

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