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I.   WORSHIP SERVICES

I.1.  SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

A. The time of the service

    The time usually is at 11 a clock at Sunday morning. There are some exceptions where the congregation requires at 10 am. The worship starts after three bell ringing  (10am, 10,30am, 11am for the 11th worship service, or 9am, 9,30am, 10am for the 10th worship service). There are other exceptions, depending on the village: 10,30am, 10,45am, 11am.  There are special occasions when the service is held in the afternoons, evenings.

B. The liturgy of the service

    Until the end of the third bell ringing the members enter in the church and sit in the pews. When the bell ringing stops, the minister enter in the church (sanctuary) and sits in the minister's pew; the congregation remain sited or stands up, as the local custom requires.

    1. Beginning song.  The members stand.

    2. Main song. The members sit. Everybody is singing.

    3. After the end of the song, the minister goes up to the pulpit. The members stands up, because it follows the minister' prayer, which length is around 5-6 minutes.

    4. Lord's Prayer. It is said by the minister: Mt 6,9-13.  Where the members want, they can say together with the minister.

    5. Middle song. The members stand.

    6. Reading from the Bible. It is an introducing, defined text by the minister as follows: "Believers gathered to worship, sisters and brothers, dear friends! My sermon' main idea it is written in ... (text: in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 5, verse 10); In the .... (again the text...) as follows: (reading the text twice).

    7.  Sermon. Length 20-25 minutes.

    8. Closing prayer. 2 minutes.  Is has to be encouraging, stimulating, urging style.  The members stand, at the end of the prayer they sit down.

    9. Silent prayer or meditation.. The defined, introducing text is: "God is Spirit and those who worship, must worship in Spirit and truth" (John 4,24), let us hear the voice of the spirit, and pray in silent, deeply inside.         After one minute the minister ends with a loud "Amen". 

    10. Announcements: what kind of services happened last week, what happened in the life of the congregation and what is coming.

    11. Benediction: the minister asks God blessing to the life of the congregation. For example: "The love and blessing of God, be and remain with all of us for ever. Amen."   The minister comes down from the pulpit, sits in the pew.

    12. Closing song. The members sit.

    13. Leaving the church, sanctuary following the local customs. Usually the minister leaves first and at the entrance of the church greets the members and shakes their hands.

 

I.2.  HOLIDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

    The holiday worship services are identical with the Sunday worship service, which is followed by the communion.

 

I.3.  WEEKDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

A. Morning worship service

    The time is after the local custom, and the bells are inviting the members in the church. After the bells stops ringing the minister enters in the church and sits in the minister's pew.

    1. Beginning song. The members stand.

    2. Main song. The members sit. After the end of the song the minister goes up to the pulpit.

    3. Beginning prayer. Defined text: "Show us, O, Lord your way, let us walk in your truth and let us worship you from our whole heart. Amen."

    4. Reading from the Bible. Defined introducing text: "Sisters and brothers, at the occasion of the morning worship service I read to you: .... reading the text...."    The members stand.

    5. Prayer. Length 5-6 minutes.

    6. Lord's Prayer. It is said by the minister, but those who want to recite with the minister they can do so.

    7. Silent prayer - as for the Sunday worship service.

    8. Benediction. Identical with the Sunday service. Than the minister comes down from the pulpit and stands in the minister's pew.

    9. Closing song.

 

B. Evening worship service

    The evening worship service is the same like in the morning, just the content, essence is adapted to the occasion.

II.  Other services, ceremonies