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In Praise of our

King,
Jesus Christ,
for his gift to us
through the life and work
of his servant Daniel

Daniel:
Ambassadors for Christ
© K.E. Stegall 2006
Readers: Leader: Do not conform any longer
Narrator to the pattern of this world,
Narrator-2
People: but be transformed
Narrator-3
by the renewing of our minds.
The Prophet Daniel Then we will be able to test and approve
The King of Babylon what God's will is--
The Apostle John his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1-2)
Leader
People Sing Psalm 40E- 3,4.

Narrator: To these four young men God gave


Aliens & Strangers knowledge and understanding of all kinds of
literature and learning. And Daniel could understand
Narrator: In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of visions and dreams of all kinds.
Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to At the end of the time set by the king to bring them
Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered in, the chief official presented them to
Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with Nebuchadnezzar. The king talked with them, and he
some of the articles from the temple of God. These he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and
carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and Azariah; so they entered the king's service. In every
put in the treasure house of his god. matter of wisdom and understanding about which the
(Daniel 1:1-2) king questioned them, he found them ten times better
than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole
Sing Psalm 137- stanzas 1,3,5. (Red – Psalms for Singing) kingdom. (Daniel 1:17-20)

Narrator: Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of Leader: ...they admitted that
his court officials, to bring in some of the Israelites they were aliens and strangers on earth.
from the royal family and the nobility- young men
without any physical defect, handsome, showing People: We are aliens and stranger on earth.
aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed,
quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the Leader: People who say such things
king's palace. He was to teach them the language and show that they are looking for a country of their own.
literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned ... a better country--a heavenly one.
them a daily amount of food and wine from the king's
table. They were to be trained for three years, and People: We are looking for a better country–a heavenly one.
after that they were to enter the king's service.
Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Leader: Therefore God is not ashamed
Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. ... (Daniel 1:3-6) to be called their God,
for he has prepared a city for them.
Sing Psalm 119Q- 2. (Hebrews 11:13-16)

Narrator: But Daniel resolved not to defile himself People: God has prepared a city for us.
with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief
official for permission not to defile himself this way. Sing Psalm 48B- 6,7.

Sing Psalm 119B- 1, 4. Leader: But our citizenship is in heaven.

Leader: Therefore, I urge you, brothers, People: Our citizenship is in heaven.


And we eagerly await a Savior from there,
People: in view of God's mercy, the Lord Jesus Christ,
to offer our bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God-- Leader: who,
this is our spiritual act of worship. by the power that enables him
to bring everything under his control,
rejected by men
but chosen by God
People: will transform our lowly bodies and precious to him--
so that they will be like his glorious body.
(Philippians 3:20-21)

Leader: We are therefore Christ's ambassadors


Leader: you also,
People: All this is from God, like living stones,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ are being built into a spiritual house
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: to be a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices
Leader: that God was reconciling the world acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
to himself in Christ, For in Scripture it says:
not counting men's sins against them.
People: "See, I lay a stone in Zion,
People: We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, a chosen and precious cornerstone,
as though God were making his appeal through us. and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame."
Leader: We implore you on Christ's behalf:
Leader: Now to you who believe,
People: Be reconciled to God.
People: this stone is precious.
Leader: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,
Leader: But to those who do not believe,
People: so that in him we might become "The stone the builders rejected
the righteousness of God. (II Corinthians 5:18-21) has become the capstone, "and,
"A stone that causes men to stumble
Sing Psalm 45A- 1,2,4,5. and a rock that makes them fall."...
But you are a chosen people,
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People: We are a chosen people,
Christ, Our Rock a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
Narrator: In the second year of his reign, a people belonging to God,
Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled
and he could not sleep. During the night the mystery Leader: that you may declare the praises of him
was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel who called you out of darkness
praised the God of heaven and said: (Daniel into his wonderful light.
2:1,19,20)
People: Once we were not a people,
The Prophet Daniel: "In the time of those kings, the God of but now we are the people of God;
heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be once we had not received mercy,
destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will but now we have received mercy.
crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end,
but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning Leader: Dear friends, I urge you,
of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but as aliens and strangers in the world,
not by human hands -a rock that broke the iron, the to abstain from sinful desires,
bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. which war against your soul.
"The great God has shown the king what will take Live such good lives among the pagans that,
place in the future. The dream is true and the though they accuse you of doing wrong,
interpretation is trustworthy." (Daniel 2:44-48) they may see your good deeds
and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Leader: As you come to him, (I Peter 2:4-12)

People: the living Stone-- Sing Psalm 37E- 18,21.


********** Leader: Simon Peter answered,
"You are the Christ,
Christ, The Son of God, Our Savior
People: You are the Christ,
Narrator: King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of the Son of the living God."
gold, "This is what you are commanded to do, O
peoples, nations and men of every language: you Leader: Jesus replied, ...
must fall down and worship the image of gold that On this rock I will build my church,
King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not
fall down and worship will immediately be thrown People: and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. ...
into a blazing furnace." ... (Daniel 3:1-6)
Sing Psalm 2- 1,4. Leader: Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me,
he must deny himself and take up his cross
Narrator: At this time some astrologers ... said to King and follow me.
Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever! ... there are
some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the People: For whoever wants to save his life will lose it,
province of Babylon-Shadrach, Meshach and but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
Abednego-who pay no attention to you, O king. They What good will it be
neither serve your gods nor worship the image of for a man if he gains the whole world,
gold you have set up." yet forfeits his soul?
Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. ..and... said to (Matthew 16:16-18, 24-25)
them,
Narrator: Nebuchadnezzar then approached the
The King of Babylon: “... fall down and worship the image I opening of the blazing furnace and shouted,
made, ... But if you do not worship it, you will be
thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then King of Babylon: "Shadrach, Meshach and
what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out!
Come here!"
Narrator: Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the
king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend Narrator: ... the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a
ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown hair of their heads singed; their robes were not
into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand,
O king. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to King of Babylon: Then Nebuchadnezzar said,
know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and
worship the image of gold you have set up." Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his
(Daniel 3:8-18) servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's
command and were willing to give up their lives
Sing Psalm 44D, 3, and on page 44F-10. rather than serve or worship any god except their own
God. (Daniel 3:26-28)
Narrator: The king's command was so urgent and
the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the
soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Sing Psalm 118C- 10,12,13, 17.
Abednego, and these three men, firmly tied, fell into
the blazing furnace. ********
Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in
amazement and asked his advisers, Humble Yourselves
The King of Babylon: I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in
King of Babylon: "Weren't there three men that we tied up my palace, contented and prosperous. I had a dream
and threw into the fire?" ... that made me afraid.
"Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, ...Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none
unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for
son of the gods." (Daniel 3:22-25)
me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods
is in you." People: for we have one Teacher, the Christ.

Leader: The greatest among you will be your servant.


The Prophet Daniel: Then Daniel ... answered,
"My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies People: For whoever exalts himself
and its meaning to your adversaries! The tree you will be humbled,
saw,...you, O king, are that tree! ... Therefore, O and whoever humbles himself
king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your will be exalted. (Matthew 23:8-12)
sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by
being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your Sing Psalm 131- 1,2,3.
prosperity will continue."
Leader: All of you,
clothe yourselves with humility toward one another,
People: because,
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."

Narrator: ...All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar. Leader: Humble yourselves, therefore,
Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of under God's mighty hand,
the royal palace of Babylon, he said, "Is not this the great People: that he may lift you up in due time. (I Peter 5:5-6)
Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty
power and for the glory of my majesty?" ************
The words were still on his lips when a voice came
from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King
Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken
from you. You will be driven away from people and
will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like
cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you
acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over
the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he
wishes." The Wages of Sin is Death
Immediately what had been said about Narrator: King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for
Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. ... a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them.
While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave
King of Babylon: At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that
raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple
restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his
and glorified him who lives forever....Now I, wives and his concubines might drink from them. So
Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken
King of heaven, because everything he does is right from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king
and all his ways are just. And those who walk in and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank
pride he is able to humble. from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the
(Daniel 4:4, 18-37) gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and
stone.
Leader: Jesus said, Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and
"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in
for you have only one Master the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it
wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened
People: and we are all brothers. that his knees knocked together and his legs gave
way. ...
Leader: And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' The queen, ... said. ... "Call for Daniel, and he will
tell you what the writing means." (Daniel 5:1-10)
People: for we have one Father, and he is in heaven.
The Prophet Daniel: Then Daniel answered the king, ...
Leader: Nor are you to be called 'teacher,'
You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, anyone who prays to any god or man during the next
iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be thrown
understand. But you did not honor the God who holds into the lions' den. ... So King Darius put the decree
in his hand your life and all your ways. Therefore he in writing.
sent the hand that wrote the inscription. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been
..."This is what these words mean: published, he went home to his upstairs room where
Mene : God has numbered the days of your reign and the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a
brought it to an end. day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving
Tekel : You have been weighed on the scales and thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel
found wanting. 6:4-10)
Peres : Your kingdom is divided and given to the
Medes and Persians." (Daniel 5:23-28) Sing Psalm 5A- 1,3.

Narrator: ...That very night Belshazzar, king of the Narrator: Then these men ...
Babylonians, was slain, and Darius the Mede took found Daniel praying and asking God for help. ...
over the kingdom, ... (Daniel 5:30-31) So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel
and threw him into the lions' den. The king said to
Leader: What shall we conclude then? Daniel, "May your God, whom you serve continually,
Are we any better? rescue you!"

People: Not at all! ... Sing Psalm 144, verse10-11(green book)


...
Leader: "There is no one righteous, King of Babylon: At the first light of dawn, the king got up
and hurried to the lions' den. ... he called to Daniel in
People: not even one; an anguished voice, "Daniel, servant of the living
God, has your God, whom you serve continually,
Leader: there is no one who understands, been able to rescue you from the lions?"

People: no one who seeks God. The Prophet Daniel: Daniel answered,
"O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he
Leader: All have turned away, shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me,
because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I
People: they have together become worthless; ever done any wrong before you, O king." (Daniel
6:11-22)
Leader: there is no one who does good,
Leader: For in the gospel
People: not even one." (Romans 3:9-12) a righteousness from God is revealed,

Leader: For the wages of sin is death,... (Romans 6:23) People: a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,

People: The wages of sin is death. Leader: just as it is written:

Sing Psalm 5A- 2,4. People: "The righteous will live by faith."(Romans 1:17)

********** Narrator: The king was overjoyed and gave orders


to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was
The Gift of God is Eternal Life lifted from the den, no wound was found on him,
because he had trusted in his God. (Daniel 6:23)
Narrator: ...the administrators and the satraps tried
to find grounds for charges against Daniel... They Sing Psalm 5A- 5.
could find no corruption in him, because he was
trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. Finally Leader: But now a righteousness from God,
these men said, "We will never find any basis for apart from law,
charges against this man Daniel unless it has has been made known,
something to do with the law of his God." ... the king
should issue an edict and enforce the decree that People: to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
"So he told me and gave me the interpretation of
Leader: This righteousness from God these things: 'The four great beasts are four kingdoms
comes through faith in Jesus Christ that will rise from the earth. But the saints of the
to all who believe. Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess
it forever-yes, for ever and ever.' ... " 'But the court
People: There is no difference, will sit, and the beasts’ power will be taken away and
completely destroyed forever. Then the sovereignty,
Leader: for all have sinned power and greatness of the kingdoms under the
and fall short of the glory of God, whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the
people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an
People: and are justified freely by his grace everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. obey him.' (Daniel 7:15-27)
(Romans 3:21-24)
Sing Psalm 22I- 12, 13.
Leader: When you were slaves to sin,
you were free from the control of righteousness. Leader: But because of his great love for us,
What benefit did you reap at that time God, who is rich in mercy,
from the things you are now ashamed of?
Those things result in death! People: made us alive with Christ

People: But now that we have been set free from sin Leader: even when we were dead in transgressions--
and have become slaves to God, it is by grace you have been saved.
the benefit we reap leads to holiness,
and the result is eternal life. People: And God raised us up with Christ
and seated us with him
Leader: For the wages of sin is death, in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

People: but the gift of God is eternal life Leader: in order that in the coming ages
in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:20-23) he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,
expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
Sing Psalm 16A- 7,8,10.
People: For it is by grace we have been saved,
********** through faith--
and this not from ourselves,
it is the gift of God--

Leader: not by works,


so that no one can boast.
People: For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
(Ephesians 2:4-10)

Sing Psalm 22I- 14.


Raised With Christ
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Narrator: In the first year of Belshazzar king of
Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed
through his mind as he was lying on his bed. (Daniel
7:1)
A Prayer of Confession
The Prophet Daniel: "I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and
the visions that passed through my mind disturbed The Prophet Daniel: In the first year of Darius son
me. I approached one of those standing there and of Ahasuerus (a Mede by descent), who was made
asked him the true meaning of all this. ruler over the Babylonian kingdom- in the first year
of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the
Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given
to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Leader: ...he saved us,
Jerusalem would last seventy years. So I turned to the not because of righteous things we had done,
Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and
petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. People: but because of his mercy.
(Daniel 9:1-3)
Leader: He saved us
Sing Psalm 143A- 1,3. through the washing of rebirth
and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
The Prophet Daniel: I prayed to the LORD my God
and confessed: People: whom he poured out on us generously
through Jesus Christ our Savior,
Leader: "O Lord,
the great and awesome God, Leader: so that,
who keeps his covenant of love having been justified by his grace,
with all who love him and obey his commands,
People: we might become heirs
People: we have sinned and done wrong. having the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)
We have been wicked and have rebelled;
we have turned away from your commands and laws. Sing Psalm 51E- 5,6,7.
We have not listened to your servants the prophets,
who spoke in your name to our kings, Leader: O Lord, listen!
our princes and our fathers,
and to all the people of the land. People: O Lord, listen!

Leader: "Lord, you are righteous, Leader: O Lord, forgive!


but this day we are covered with shame ..
People: O Lord, forgive!
People: O LORD ,
we and our kings, our princes and our fathers Leader: O Lord, hear and act!
are covered with shame
because we have sinned against you. People: O Lord, hear and act!

Leader: The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, Leader: For your sake, O my God,
even though we have rebelled against him;... do not delay,
(Daniel 9:1-9)
People: because your city and your people bear your
People: we have sinned, Name." (Daniel 9:19)
we have done wrong.
Sing Psalm 143B- 4, 5, 7.
Leader: "Now, our God,
hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. Leader: Therefore confess your sins to each other
People: For your sake, O Lord, and pray for each other
look with favor on your desolate sanctuary. so that you may be healed.

Leader: Give ear, O God, and hear; People: The prayer of a righteous man
open your eyes is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
and see the desolation of the city
that bears your Name. Sing Psalm 4- 1, 2.

**********
People: We do not make requests of you
because we are righteous,
but because of your great mercy. (Daniel 9:15-18)

Sing Psalm 51D- 1,2.


When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said,
"Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength."
So he said,
“...Soon I will return... (Daniel 10:7, 8, 12, 18-19)
Christ, The King, is Coming

Narrator: In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia,


a revelation was given to Daniel ...

Daniel: I looked up and there before me was a man The Apostle John: I saw heaven standing open and
dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around there before me was a white horse, whose rider is
his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and
lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his
legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice head are many crowns. He has a name written on him
like the sound of a multitude. (Daniel 10:1-6) that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a
robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of
Sing Psalm 97A- 2,4. God. The armies of heaven were following him,
riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,
Narrator-2: After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp
and John .. up a high mountain by themselves. There sword with which to strike down the nations. "He
he was transfigured before them. His face shone like will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the
the sun, and his clothes became as white as the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
light. ...a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!" (Revelation 19:11-16)
When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to
the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched Sing Psalm 103D- 13-15.
them. "Get up," he said. "Don't be afraid." When they
looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. The Apostle John: Then I saw the beast and the kings of the
(Matthew 17:1-8) earth and their armies gathered together to make war
against the rider on the horse and his army.
Narrator-3: As he neared Damascus on his journey, (Revelation 19:19)
suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He
fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Sing Psalm 33C, 8,9,10.
Saul, why do you persecute me?"
"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked. The Prophet Daniel: There will be a time of
"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he distress such as has not happened from the beginning
replied. ... The men traveling with Saul stood there of nations until then. But at that time your
speechless; they heard the sound but did not see people-everyone whose name is found written in the
anyone. (Acts 9:3-7) book-will be delivered. ... But you, Daniel, close up
and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the
The Prophet Daniel: I, Daniel, was the only one who saw end. ...
the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such Then I, Daniel, looked, ...
terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My
themselves. So I was left alone, gazing at this great lord, what will the outcome of all this be?”
vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly (Daniel 12:1-8)
pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him
speaking, ..."Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first Sing Psalm 110- 2, 3.
day that you set your mind to gain understanding and
to humble yourself before your God, your words The Apostle John: Then the angel showed me the
were heard, and I have come in response to them. ... river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the
gave me strength. "Do not be afraid, O man highly middle of the great street of the city. On each side of
esteemed," he said. "Peace! Be strong now; be the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of
strong." fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of
the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer
will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the our Lord's patience means salvation, ...
Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve
him. They will see his face, and his name will be on Leader: Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this,
their foreheads. There will be no more night. They be on your guard
will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the so that you may not be carried away
sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they by the error of lawless men
will reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-6) and fall from your secure position.

People: But grow in the grace and knowledge


of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and forever!
Amen. (II Peter 3:14-18)

Leader: They will say, Sing Psalm 50A- 3,4,5,6


"Where is this 'coming' he promised? ...
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: ..
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,
as some understand slowness.
He is patient with you, Leader: Jesus said,
not wanting anyone to perish, "Behold, I am coming soon!
but everyone to come to repentance.
People: "Behold, I am coming soon! (Revelation
People: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. 22:7)
The heavens will disappear with a roar;
the elements will be destroyed by fire, Leader: We are therefore Christ's ambassadors,
and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
People: as though God were making his appeal through us.
Leader: Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be? Leader: We implore you on Christ's behalf:

People: We ought to live holy and godly lives People: Be reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5:20)
as we look forward to the day of God
and speed its coming. Leader: "Blessed are those who wash their robes,

Leader: That day will bring about People: that they may have the right to the tree of life
the destruction of the heavens by fire, and may go through the gates into the city. ...
and the elements will melt in the heat.
Leader: "I, Jesus,
People: But in keeping with his promise have sent my angel
we are looking forward to give you this testimony for the churches.
to a new heaven and a new earth,
the home of righteousness. (II Peter 3:4-13) People: I am the Root and the Offspring of David,
and the bright Morning Star." (Revelation 22:7-16)
Sing Psalm 17C- 13.
Leader: Come to me,
**********
People: all you who are weary and burdened,
The Invitation and I will give you rest.

Leader: So then, dear friends, Leader: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
since you are looking forward to this, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
make every effort to be found spotless, blameless
and at peace with him.

People: Bear in mind that


People: let him take the free gift of the water of life.
People: and you will find rest for your souls. (Revelation 22:17)
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:28-30) Sing Psalm 36B- 6,7 & (same tune)37A, 4,5

Leader: The Spirit and the bride say, Leader: He who testifies to these things says,
"Yes, I am coming soon."
People: "Come!"
People: Amen.
Leader: And let him who hears say, Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)

People: "Come!" Sing Psalm 24 - green book.

Leader: Whoever is thirsty, Leader: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people.
Amen. (Revelation 22:21)
People: let him come;
Sing Psalm 145B- 5, 7, 8, and on next page-145C- 13.
Leader: and whoever wishes,