WORSHIP & LITURGY
Veritas Community Church is a family of Christians that gather together every Lord’s Day morning to participate in the liturgy of God’s people. Liturgy is simply what people do when they come together. Our Gathered Worship Liturgy is modeled after what we see God’s people doing when they gather in the Bible which includes the public reading and preaching of Scripture, the practices of baptism and communion, and the response of God’s people in prayer and praise. Since Veritas’ Sunday Gatherings are not a performance, but a participation of all people, we can all prepare for the Gathering by reviewing the liturgy ahead of time and praying that God would use it to build us up as his church.
GATHERED WORSHIP LITURGY
Call to Worship
Song of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Word of Assurance
Song of Grace
Song of Assurance
Passing of the Peace
Be Thou My Vision
All I Have is Christ
House of God Forever
Where is Your Treasure?
Song of Response
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
The Lord’s Prayer
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
FAMILY WORSHIP LITURGY
God tells parents to talk with their children about God in their homes as they raise them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Deut 6, Eph 6). At Veritas, we believe the best way to start this ongoing conversation is with regular Family Worship. This guide is meant to help parents take 5 minutes, a few times a week, to read, pray, and sing together with their children. If you have time and your children are able, retell the story with your children and show them how it connects to the big story of the Bible; God saving sinners through His Son Jesus. If not, just skip the Discussion session and continue praying and singing together.
1. READ GENESIS 1
(Or Genesis 1:1-3, 1:11-12, 1:20-25 if you need a condensed text)
Main Point: God created everything, and it was good.
Recap Questions: Who was in the story? What happened in the story?
Christ Connection: Jesus is Lord over everything. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him. Jesus holds everything together.
God, we thank you for who you are.
We thank you for creating us in your image.
We pray that we can glorify you as your creation in everything we do. Amen.
Holy Holy Holy, Lord God Almighty
Early in the morning, our song shall rise to Thee
Holy Holy, Holy, merciful and mighty
God in three persons, blessed trinity
Commentary For Parents : Genesis 1
In the beginning, God created everything. God created the universe ex nihilo, or “out of nothing.” All of creation began with a word. When God spoke, it happened: light, land, sky, stars, plants, and animals. God made them all, and they were good. Creation was perfect, just as God intended.
The first story—in fact, every story in the Bible—is a small piece of a much bigger story: God’s redemptive story. Sin would enter the world and affect everything, but God already knew. He already had a plan to show His grace to people through His Son (2 Tim. 1:9), to rescue and restore.
The Bible says that God’s plan existed before He created the world. (Eph. 1:4-6) The Bible tells the story of how a great God redeemed rebellious people by sending His Son, Jesus, to be the perfect sacrifice for sin.
The story of Jesus does not begin in a manger. Jesus is Lord over all of creation. The Son has always existed. The Bible says everything was created by Him and for Him, and He holds everything together. All of creation exists to bring God glory. Through creation, we see and understand God’s eternal power and divine nature. (Rom. 1:20)
As you talk to your kids this week, help them discover who God is. Remind boys and girls that God created everything with a purpose: to bring Him glory. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.” The Book of Genesis is the beginning of the greatest story ever told. It is a true story, and at the center of it all is the true hero: our Savior, Jesus Christ. This story changes everything.
PRIVATE WORSHIP LITURGY
We continue worshiping God as a church by devoting time each morning to reading and praying the Bible in private. We can participate in this by following the readings and prayers found in Sunday's bulletin.
Father, direct our eyes and hearts to you, that we may treasure what is truly valuable and live for what is eternal rather than temporal. Make us healthy, whole, and holy followers of Jesus for the glory and fame of his name. Through Christ, in Christ, and for Christ we pray. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR OCT 6TH
TODAY - MEMBER MEETING, 4:30PM
Our next quarterly member meeting will be tonight here at Emerson in the gym! If you are a covenant member of Veritas, please make it a priority to be there, as we will be discussing a number of important topics including voting on the budget for next year. Members-in-process who are taking Foundations class are invited to join us as well. Childcare will be provided, and meal is potluck style so please sign up to bring a dish at veritasdayton.org/potluck.
OCT 20 - FRONTLINE PRAYER, 9:00-9:40AM
On Sunday October 20th, Veritas will restart Frontline Prayer meetings for the six weeks leading up to Advent. We invite you to grab a chair and join us in the upstairs hallway before service from 9:00-9:40am as we cry out to God to see him move mightily in, among, and through his people. Each Sunday from Oct 20th to Nov 24th, we will take one of the marks of renewal (see veritasdayton.org/frontline) and pray for them to come to fruition in our church and city. Ultimately, in our praying, we want to worship and enjoy our God, and to participate in what he’s doing in our midst.
OCT 20 - VERITAS IN 10, AFTER SERVICE
On Oct 20th, we will be holding a brief interest meeting right after service in the Parent Room for anyone wanting to meet our leaders and learn more about Veritas or covenant membership! Whether you're a new visitor or regular attender, the pastors would love to get to know you more and help answer any questions you might have about our church!
OCT 26 - GROWTH: REDEFINING MISSION, 9AM-3PM
Join us for our last fall Veritas: Equip class on Oct 26th from 9AM-3PM at Arbor Church. Pastor Dan Turner will lead us in "Growth: Redefining Mission," as we look to God's Word to grow in our understanding of mission and in our practice of evangelism. Lunch and childcare provided, so please register by October 13th at veritasdayton.org/equip.
Also, if you missed our first class on discipleship - "Growth: Redefining Ministry," you can now access recordings here!