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Divine Glory: The Glory to Be Revealed - Romans 8

An order of worship planned around Romans 8, originally held at the Calvin Symposium on Worship.

Worship Service

Theme of the Service

Gathering Song

Led by the children's choir

Greeting: "The Lord Be with You"

Sung in unison, then in canon as directed.

Text and music: Ron Rienstra
© 1999 Ron Rienstra Used by permission. CCLI # 400063.


Call to Worship: "All Creatures of Our God and King"

Text: Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), 1225; tr. William H. Draper (1855-1933), c. 1910, alt.
Music: Lasst uns erfreuen; Auserlesen Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesng, Cologne, 1623; adapt. and harm. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

Celebration: "Almighty"

Text: Is. 6:3; Lam. 3:22-23; Rev. 4:8; Wayne Watson
Music: Wayne Watson
© 1990 Material Music/Word Music, LLC Used by permission.

Adoration: Prayer

Confession and Assurance

Confession: "Perdón, Señor" Sing! A New Creation 59

Led by cantor and congregation

Redemption: "Jesus, I Come (Out of My Bondage)"

St. 1 soloist
Words of Assurance: Titus 2:11-14
St. 2-4 congregation

Text: William Sleeper
Music: Greg Thompson
© 2000 Greg Thompson Used by permission.


Preparation: Prayer for Illumination

Scripture: Romans 8:18-25

Sermon: The Glory to Be Revealed
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Lamentation /Intercession: "In Labor All Creation Groans" Sing! A New Creation 270

Led by soloist and liturgical dancer; follow screen for instructions.

Prayer of Intercession

Profession: Our World Belongs to God, st. 58:

With the whole creation we wait for the purifying fire of judgment.
For then we will see the Lord face to face.
He will heal our hurts, end our wars, and make the crooked straight.
Then we will join in the new song to the Lamb
without blemish who made us a kingdom and priests.
God will be all in all, righteousness and peace will flourish,
everything will be made new, and every eye will see at last
that our world belongs to God!
Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus.

Our World Belongs to God-A Contemporary Testimony
© 1987, CRC Publications, Grand Rapids, MI Reprinted with permission.

Celebration: "Let the Earth Resound"

Text and music: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend
© 2005 Thankyou Music Admin. by songs Used by permission.

Isaiah 55:12-13

"Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come"


Blessing: Romans 15:13

Benediction: "My Friends, May You Grow in Grace" Sing! A New Creation 288

Postlude: "Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come"

This service was led by members of L.O.F.T. (Living Our Faith Together), a God-centered, Christ-led, Spirit-driven service bringing together the best of Christian worship through a variety of music, scripture, prayer, art, and dance. Participation in praying, singing, and listening to God's Word are essential components to every L.O.F.T. service as students express the broad range of human experience.

Various student worship teams directed by Paul Ryan and the Worship Apprentices assist in leading L.O.F.T. services. Calvin College faculty/staff and local Grand Rapids-area pastors are regular guest speakers. The public is welcome to join us Sundays at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel.


Artwork: Bethlehem's Star © James Fissel / Eyekons
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