Chapter Meetings – Order of Worship

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OPENING SERVICE

LEADER: (all standing)

As our Lord and Master Jesus Christ suffered death upon the cross that all who came after him should have light, we dedicate ourselves anew to the purpose of the Brotherhood, the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, not by our might but by the power of God’s Spirit.

MEMBERS:

THE DISCIPLINE OF PRAYER is to pray daily for the spread of Christ’s kingdom, especially among men and youth, and for God’s blessings upon the labors of the Brotherhood.

THE DISCIPLINE OF STUDY is to study the Holy Scriptures regularly and the teachings of the Church, to attain a better understanding of how to follow Christ and bring others into his kingdom.

THE DISCIPLINE OF SERVICE is to make continuous efforts, week by week, to bring others nearer to Christ through his Church.

LEADER:

We recognize our commitment faithfully to keep our disciplines of daily prayer, regular study, and continuous service for the spread of Christ’s kingdom among men and youth. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

MEMBERS:

The maker of heaven and earth.

LEADER:

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

MEMBERS:

From this time forth for evermore.

LEADER:

The Lord be with you.

MEMBERS:

And also with you.

ALL:

The Lord’s Prayer

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,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

ALL:

The Brotherhood Collect

Almighty God, who gave such grace to your apostle Andrew, that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ, and brought his brother with him: Give us, who are called by your Holy Word, grace to follow him without delay, and to bring those near to us into his gracious presence; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever.

Amen.

LEADER:

A Collect for the Spread of Christ’s Kingdom

Almighty and eternal Father, without you nothing is strong, nothing is holy, inspire and sustain the prayers and efforts of the members and associates of our Brotherhood, hallow our lives, and grant that men and youth everywhere may be brought into the kingdom of your Son, and may grow from strength to strength until they come into the fullness of eternal life; for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son Our Savior.

Amen.

LEADER:

A Collect for Guidance

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may direct and rule our hearts in this meeting and in all things; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

 

CLOSING PRAYERS

LEADER: (all standing)

The Lord be with you.

MEMBERS:

And also with you.

LEADER:

Let us pray. What we have now done we offer to you, O Lord, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

LEADER:

A Collect for Unity of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles, “Peace I give to you; my own peace I leave with you.” Give to us the peace and unity of that heavenly City, where with the Father and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign, now and forever. Amen.

ALL:

Visit this place, O Lord, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALL:

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus forever and ever. Amen.

LEADER:

Go on your way in peace. Be of good courage. Hold fast to that which is good; render to no man evil for evil. Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak; help and cheer the sick, honor all men, love and serve the Lord; and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all ever- more. Amen.

LEADER:

Let us bless the Lord.

ALL:

Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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