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Psalm 130 - A Psalm of Confession

A sample service from the Calvin Symposium on Worship planned around Psalm 130, a psalm of confession.

Worship Service

Theme of the Service


Prelude: musical settings of Psalm 130
Gathering Music: In the Lord, I'll Be Ever Thankful (SNC 220)
*Call to Worship and Greeting, then Holy, Holy, Holy (PsH 249)
Psalm 5, translated and read by Calvin Seerveld
For You, O Lord, My Soul in Stillness Waits (SNC 95, refrain only; keep book open)


Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:1-3)

A Reading from Genesis 2 and 3, then "For You, O Lord . . ."
A Reading from Romans 5, then "For You, O Lord . . ."
A Reading from Matthew 4, then Salmo 130

De Lo Profundo (Salmo 130), Clay Schmit
Text: Psalm paraphrase; Edgardo Colon
Copyright © 2003 Clayton J. Schmit.

Sermon: Out of the Depths
Quiet Reflection

Prayer of Confession, ending with Give Me a Clean Heart (SNC 64)
Assurance of Pardon


But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning,
more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:4-6)

In You, O Lord, I Have Found My Peace (Psalm 131)
Text: Psalm 131; verses, David Haas, © 1985, GIA Publications, Inc.; refrain tran. © ICEL
Music: David Haas, © 1985, GIA Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.

Prayers of the People, concluded with Lord's Prayer

*Guide Me, O My Great Redeemer (PsH 543)


O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. (Psalm 130:7-8)

*Passing of the Peace, followed by In the Lord, I'll Be Ever Thankful (SNC 220)

Music key: PsH, Psalter Hymnal; SNC, Sing! A New Creation

Cover art by Steve Prince: Living Epistle © Steve Prince/Eyekons, 2005 from 'Urban Epistles' series (All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission.)

The Scripture quotations contained herein are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.