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 administration 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. We can also continue to worship God as a church throughout the week by participating in Family Worship and Private Worship in our homes, as outlined in their liturgies below.
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
This Is My Father’s World
O Fount of Love
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Anxiety and Your Heavenly Father
Song of Response
In Feast or Fallow
The Lord’s Prayer
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
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 1-2
(Or Genesis 1:26-31 and/or 2:15-25 if you need a condensed text)
Main Point: God created people in His own image, and He loves us.
Recap Questions: Who was in the story? What happened in the story?
Christ Connection: God created people in His own image. He loves us and gives us everything we need. People are special because God made us to know and love Him. Through Jesus, we can know and love God just as He planned.
God, we praise you for who you are,
and 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 1-2
This week, kids learn that on the sixth day of creation, God created man in His own image. God formed the man out of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Gen. 2:7) Man was set apart as different from the rest of God’s creation. God skillfully formed man out of dust as a potter forms a pot out of clay. (See Isa. 64:8.) He put His own breath into man.
God sustained and provided for the man. He planted a garden in Eden and put the man there to work it and keep it. (Gen. 2:8,15) Then God gave the man a command. God told the man, “You must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” Then God explained the consequences, “For on the day you eat from it, you will certainly die” (Gen. 2:17).
Then God made woman from the man’s rib. She was a suitable helper for him. Both man and woman were created in God’s image. The first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, lived in the garden and enjoyed God’s friendship.
This week, help your kids think about what it means to be made in the image of God. It means we are made like Him, or patterned after Him. God does not have a physical body; He is Spirit, and He has given each of us a spirit. God gives people the ability to think and to feel emotions and to make choices. He gives us the ability to understand right and wrong.
God created people in His own image and provides for everything He made. People are special because God made people to live forever in a relationship with Him. Through His Son, Jesus, we can have eternal life with God just as He planned. Out of His great love for the people He made, God sent His Son, Jesus—“the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15) and “the exact expression of his nature” (Heb. 1:3). God the Son became fully man, acting as the second Adam, to bring life to those who are in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:45-49.)
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.
O Father our Protector and Provider, cause our souls to rest in you, and to trust in your promise to care and provide for us your children. We confess that we can so often feel and live like orphans, forgetting about the life and identity you’ve won for us in your Son. Remind us again of your delight in us through your Son. In his name we pray. Amen.
ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR OCT 13TH
TODAY - LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR VERITAS: EQUIP
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 today at veritasdayton.org/equip.
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 20 - SUNDAY FRONTLINE PRAYER, 9:00AM
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 27 - NO PRE-K CLASS
On Sunday October 27th, there will be no Pre-K class offered in Veritas Kids due to the use of the gym for a school function.
NOV 3 - PRE-SERVICE KIDS CLASS BEGINS
Starting in November, Veritas Kids will be offering a School Age class directly before the Service for children ages 6 and up. This will begin at 9:40am in the front of the Sanctuary, and all kids who attend will be given a church notebook to use during the service.