Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Sunday prayers - June 03, 2007

Approaching God
Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Prelude, Gathering

Acclamation (based on words from Psalm 145)
Pastor: We will exult You, our God and King; we will praise Your Name for ever and ever.
People: Great are You, O Lord, and most worthy of praise; Your greatness no one can fathom.
Pastor: Let us commend the works of the Lord to one another; let us worship our mighty God. Amen.

First Hymn:

Prayers of Confession
Guide: Almighty God, who sustains the seasons and commands the weather, whose power upholds the forces of nature and the climate of our world, we glorify Your mighty deeds and honor Your eternal words.
People: Everlasting King, whose plans are never thwarted and whose promises are always fulfilled, we covenant this time to praise You; we set aside this hour to glorify Your Holy Name.

Guide: Loving Father, we confess to being unfaithful and disloyal to Your ways. We admit to allowing temptations to overcome our resolve and letting troubles weaken our faith.
People: Gracious Lord, we know that we have disappointed You on numerous occasions and we have harbored grudges, made selfish choices, and allowed pride to over rule our hearts. We have failed to attain Your standards, so we are guilty of offending You by our sins. Hear us now as we make our personal confessions to You alone.


Guide: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Jesus Christ, our Savior and Your Son. He covers us from our sins and shields us from Your wrath. His sacrifice has obtained forgiveness and restoration. His resurrection has given us hope and salvation.
People: May we be united to His Spirit and remain in His enduring love. In His words, we continue to pray, saying, Our Father... (THE LORD'S PRAYER” debts/debtors)
(Isaiah 32:19)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide: Jesus is the Holy Son of God, who challenges our ways and confronts our sins. He alone has the power to reclaim us for God and to return us to His Kingdom. So let us rejoice and be glad, for Jesus is our everlasting Savior and glorious Lord, both now and always. Amen. (John 9:16)

Gloria Patri: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Family Sermon (parents and all children, including Elementary school students come forward)

Encountering God


Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor: May God be gracious to us and bless us with health and healing.
People: May His holy ways be made known among us; may His salvation be experienced by all His people.
Pastor: May we praise the Lord at all times; may we know of His abundant love and abiding strength.
People: May our loved ones know of Your healing presence; may they be glad of Your compassion and care.
Pastor: O Lord, we pray that You will heal our hearts and spirits, our bodies and minds. .
People: Bless us with Your grace and bestow Your mercy upon all our loved ones. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor: God will bless us and all the earth will know of His love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 67)
Singing of '"Jesus Draw Me Close." (Choir leads this)

Prayer of Illumination:

Reader: Holy Spirit, we seek Your approval over all that we do; grant us Your guiding presence. Open our hearts and minds to the message of these scriptures and grant us ways to apply them in our church. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen. (Acts 7:60)

Scripture Readings & Sermon & The Apostles' Creed

Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Dedication: Lord Jesus, we offer to You our tithes and gifts. We take them from the resources and finances that You have already given to us. So, we return the fruits of our lives to You and ask that You will bless them for the life, work, and ministry of this church. Amen. (1 Corinthians 15:53)


Closing Hymn:

Benediction: May Christ help us turn to Him each day for guidance, approval, and love; may the Father be pleased with our faith and protect us from our fears; and may the Holy Spirit bless our souls, so that we may continue to worship, honor and glorify the One, triune and Living God, both now and always. Amen.
(2 Corinthians 3:16)

Doxology May God's Blessing & Postlude

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