Liturgy for the Sermon on the Mount


I’m preaching through the sermon on the mount and as always have liturgy to match the sermon series.  I’ve used Jesus’ sermon structure to pattern what we say: the beatitudes, the law, confession.

Remember us, O Lord,
When you come into your Kingdom.

Teach us the values of your Kingdom
and cause us to trust in all your ways.

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Teach us the values of your Kingdom
and cause us to trust in all your ways.

Remember us, O Lord,
when you come into your kingdom.

Summary of the Law

God spoke these words and said:
“I am the Lord your God
you shall have no other gods but me.
Do not worship idols or created things.
Do not take my name in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Honour your father and mother.”
Lord have mercy upon us,
and give us the desire to keep these laws.
You shall not murder
You shall not commit adultery
You shall not steal
You shall not bear false witness
You shall not covet
Lord have mercy upon us
And write all these your laws in our hearts.

Confession from the Beatitudes

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are blessed above all,
because you lived out God’s laws of love
and revealed his glory in the world.
In the light of your life and death
we see our failure to trust your ways,
our reluctance to obey your will
and our need for a greater poverty of spirit.
As we lose our saltiness
and hide your light under a bowl,
have mercy on us,
so that we might show mercy;
give us your purity,
so that we might have pure hearts;
bring us your peace,
so that we might be peacemakers.
Help us to endure persecution for your name’s sake.
Let us be glad and rejoice in you,
our great God and Saviour
In whose name we pray
Amen.

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4 Responses to Liturgy for the Sermon on the Mount

  1. Andy Long says:

    Hi, is it OK with you if I pinch this and use some of it this Sunday, my nephew is preaching on the SOTM and I’m leading worship at St Julians Baptist Church in Newport

  2. Andy Long says:

    Thanks, that’s great

  3. andylongbass says:

    Thanks Neil, I used part of your liturgy in a Keynote presentation, prior to my nephew preaching on the SOTM, he did a great job! If you want to hear his message it’s at http://www.sjbaptist.com/word.php ‘Jesus didn’t start with a disclaimer’.

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