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Compatibility of Church Agreements
Charta Oecumenica
Leuenberg Agreement
One Lord - One Faith - One Church - A Longing for One Baptism
Fellowship of Grace
The Porvoo Declaration
Faith and Order statement on BEM


Plan for Christian Education (2009)
Strategic Plan for Sami Church Life
When believers meet
Consumption, Justice, Environment
Church of Norway Partner Fund
Plan for Diakonia (2007)
Mistreatment of women and Procedures for dealing with sexual Mistreatment
Leadership Development Course for Women
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  Order of worship

Prayer after a civil Marriage
Infant Baptism
The Order for Worship



  • The Order for Worship with Holy Communion in the Church of Norway (MS Word - PDF)



The Order for Worship with Holy Communion in the Church of Norway


{C} Congregation
{M} Presiding minister
{A} All

Introduction: Prayer and Praise

An organ prelude may be played as an introduction to the Entrance

Hymn - a hymn of praise or anthem, appropriate to the Church calendar, or a psalm.

{M} Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Confession of Sin

{M} Let us humble ourselves before God and confess our sins.

{A} Holy God, heavenly Father; look upon me in mercy, a sinful being, who has sinned against you in thought, word, and deed. I acknowledge my sin before you. For the sake of Jesus Christ be patient with me. Forgive me all my sins and grant me to fear and love you above all else. Amen.


{A} Kyrie eleison. God, Father, have mercy upon me.
Kriste eleison. Lord, Christ, have mercy upon me.
Kyrie eleison, Holy Spirit, have mercy upon me.

Praise (Gloria/Laudamus)
This section may be omitted during Lent.

{M} Glory to God in the highest.

{A} And peace on earth to those who enjoy his favour.
We praise you, we thank you, we worship you, we extol you.


The Collect (Prayer) for the Day

{M} Let us all pray.

The minister reads the Collect for the day.

{C} Amen.

The Proclamation of God's Word

{M} Let us hear the Word of the Lord.

{C} rises and sings: God be praised! Halleluja. Halleluja. Halleluja.

The First Lesson
A reading from the Old Testament or from one of the New Testament Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles, or the Revelation of John. The Congregation sits after the reading of the lesson.

Hymn of Praise
A hymn appropriate to the character of the day, or to one of the lessons, or a psalm.

The Second Lesson
A reading from one of the New Testament Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles, the Revelation of John or one of the Gospels. The Congregation stands before the reading of the lesson.

The Confession of Faith (Credo)

{M} Let us confess our holy faith.

The congregation, in unison with the reader or the presiding minister, says the Apostles' Creed:
{A} I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Hymn before the Sermon

The Sermon
The preacher may first pray a brief, extemporaneous prayer.
The congregation stands for the reading of the preaching text.

The sermon concludes with this doxology:
{M} Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Hymn after the Sermon

The Congregation's Intercession



{M} Let us turn to God in prayer!
The presiding minister leads the intercessions.

{C} Lord, hear our prayer!

After the last petition:

{C} Lord, hear our prayer! Amen.

During Lent the Litany is used as the prayer.
If the service does not include Communion, the prayers conclude with the Lord's Prayer.

The Lord's Prayer
{A} Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.

The Offering (optional)
The congregation may sing a hymn during the offering.
The offering is received either in the pew's or at the altar (processional offering). The offering may be concluded with a short prayer. If there is to be a baptism during the service, it should occur here.

The Sacrament of the Altar

Hymn before Communion

The Thanksgiving and Words of Institution

{M} The Lord be with you!
{C} And also with you!
{M} Lift up your hearts.
{C} We lift them to the Lord.
{M} Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
{C} It is worthy and right.
{M} It is indeed right and salutary that we should in all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, Almighty Father, eternal God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord,


The preface appropriate to the day or season is sung or said.

Conclusion throughout the entire church year:
Therefore the angels praise you for your glory, and your church in heaven and on earth join to praise your name. We also join our voices with theirs and sing in prayer:


{A} Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Sabbaoth, all the earth is full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

{M} Risen Lord and saviour, we worship and praise your holy name because you gave yourself for our sins. Glory be to you for love which is stronger than death. Grant us who come to your table to receive your body and blood that we may participate in this holy feast with humble and sincere hearts. Unite us with yourself as branches are united to the vine; teach us to love each other as you have loved us, and grant that we may one day be united with you in your perfect Kingdom.

{A} Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin
against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.

The Words of Institution

{M} In the night in which he was betrayed our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.

Agnus Dei

{A} Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace.

The Eucharistic Meal
The first group of communicants goes to the altar and kneels, the rest of the congregation sits. The congregation and choir sing suitable hymns during the distribution.
As the ministers give the bread and wine, they say these words to each communicant:
This is Jesus' body.
This is Jesus' blood.

The bread is placed in the communicant's open hand. When individual cups are used, each communicant holds his/her own cup.

After the distribution the Minister says:
The crucified and risen Jesus Christ has now bestowed upon you (us) his holy body and blood which he gave for the entire satisfaction of all your (our) sins. May he strengthen you (us) and preserve you (us) in the true faith unto everlasting life. Peace be with you!

Prayer of Thanksgiving for Holy Communion

{M} Let us give thanks and pray:
We thank you, heavenly Father, for your gracious gifts. We pray that through these same gifts you will preserve us in faith in you, unite us in your love, and confirm us in the hope of everlasting life, for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Conclusion and Blessing

Closing Hymn


{M} Let us praise the Lord!
{C} rises and sings: God be praised. Halleluja. Halleluja. Halleluja.
{M} The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favour and give you peace.
{C} Amen, amen, amen.

During the silent prayer which follows, the church bell is tolled three times three.

Organ postlude

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