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The God of Joy in the Midst of Our Troubles

2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Service of the Word

Service of the Word

The God of Joy in the Midst of Our Troubles
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Cornelius Plantinga Jr., preaching


Opening Sentences

One:      The Lord be with you.
All:         And also with you.
              Our help is in the name of the Lord,
              the Maker of heaven and earth.
              The Lord's name be praised!

Opening Prayer

Song of Praise and Confidence: "How Firm a Foundation"


An Enactment Prayer

Habakkuk 1:2-4
...lamenting the violence in our hearts
...sing "Gbemi Jesu"

Habakkuk 1:5-7
...lamenting our gluttonous possession
...sing "Gbemi Jesu"

Habakkuk 2:9-11, 15-17
...lamenting our consumption of creatures and creation
...sing "Gbemi Jesu"

Habakkuk 2:18-20
...lamenting our grasping at idols

Song of Response: "How Can I Keep from Singing"


Prayer for Illumination

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:17-19

Sermon: Yet I Will Rejoice


Song of Response: "All Will Be Well"

Prayers of the People

Remembrance of Baptism and Profession of Faith: "Neither Death Nor Life"

Song of Praise: "What Wondrous Love"



Closing Sentences

One:        Bless the Lord.
All:          The Lord's name be praised!


We are grateful for the planning and leading of this service by the faculty, staff, and students from Western Theological Seminary, under the direction of Ron Rienstra. Sue Rozeboom, liturgist, with Megan Dalman and Seth VanderBroek; Hannah Barker Nickolay, embodied scripture reading; and Cornelius Plantinga Jr.,preaching.