Morning worship at IWS is based on the three-fold monastic model of praises/word/prayers in which we seek to embody the following worship values:

  • Christocentric
  • Trinitarian
  • Scriptural
  • Evangelical
  • Ecumenical
  • Communal
  • Simple, user-friendly liturgical forms
  • Welcoming
  • Congenial
  • Dependable (few, if any, surprises)
  • Pastoral
  • Vibrant

Opening Rite (standing)

Call to Worship

One: Open our lips, oh Lord.
All: And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.

One: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.

Gospel Affirmation

Leader reads or says a Christocentric verse of scripture (e.g., John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Colossians 1:19-20)

Invitation to Worship

One: Let us draw near with confidence and worship him.

Praises (standing)

Memorial Acclamation (sung)

All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Sung Praise

Well-known hymn or well-known contemporary worship song


Chant setting of Psalm(s) from the Daily Office ending with sung Gloria in Excelsis

Word (sitting)

Scripture Reading

One: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.

Pastoral Application of Scripture

Prayers (standing)

Preparation for Prayer

One: Let us prepare our hearts for a season of silence before the Lord.
All: Be Still (or other appropriate short song that speaks of peace or silence)

Silent Prayer

This may alternatively occur at the beginning of the order, following Scripture reading, or following the meditation.

One: Always give us ears to hear you, Lord (or other words to conclude).

Bidding Prayer

One: Let us stand together. In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
All (prompted by biddings of One):

  • Thanksgivings
  • Prayers for the Church and the world
  • Prayers for ourselves and those closely related to us

The Lord’s Prayer

One: And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray:
All: Our Father (sung or spoken)

Concluding Rite (standing)

Memorial Acclamation

One: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
All: Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Passing of the Peace

One: The peace of the Lord Jesus be always with you.
All: And also with you.