Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Sunday prayers: 9th Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 June

Approaching God

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude & Gathering


Confessional Prayer
Guide: Almighty LORD, Your Kingdom is everlasting, and Your power shapes the history of this planet. We exalt Your Holy Name and praise Your wonderful deeds. You are Father of the nations and Lord of all the islands, therefore we give glory to You alone and seek to serve You with our prayers, praises, hearts, and souls.

People: Merciful Father, we have succumbed to sin and have been deeply troubled with our regrets. Pride has damaged our spirits and greed has tested our faith. Instead of honoring You in Christian service, we have glorified ourselves and hindered Your work through our faithless ways. Our paths have strayed from Your Presence, nor have our ways been Your own. Forgive our foolish mistakes and pardon all our selfish deeds. Hear us now as we silently confess our sins to You alone.


Guide: Compassionate God, we place our lives into Your hands by giving our hearts to Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son. His death on the Cross has purchased our salvation. His sacrifice has allowed us to seek Your favor and grace. We make our prayers in Jesus’ Name, uniting our souls with Him, saying, “Our Father …THE LORD’S PRAYER – (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: Jesus, through the love of His Father, gives us the Bread of Heaven. By Christ’s wounded body, our broken ways are healed; by His perfect obedience, we are reclaimed by God. Let us cheerfully rejoice, for our sins are completely forgiven, both now and forever. Amen.

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: Deliver us from our fears, O God; protect us from those things which deeply trouble us. We are frail, O Lord, and vulnerable to attacks upon our bodies, in our minds, and within our hearts. Arise and help us; look upon our plight!
People: O LORD God Almighty, defend us from illness and disease; deliver us from sickness and pain. Become our Strength, O Lord, and as we seek Your favor and blessing, be our Great Healer.
Pastor: Go before us, O God, heal us and all our loved ones; restore our health and enable our loved ones to recover. May we know of Your strength and praise You for all of Your love, for You are our fortress, and our refuge in times of trouble. Hear us now as we pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

All: O God, You are our Strength, and we sing praises to You. O Lord, You are our stronghold, and our loving God. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 59)


Prayer for Illumination :
Reader : Holy Spirit, may we dearly hold the words of Christ to be true in our minds, and still be astonished by His deeds. May our hearts move quickly towards Him, and may our spirits be filled with His Holy Peace. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings & Sermon & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory:
Dedication : Lord Jesus, Your Holy work is undertaken, supported and accomplished in this church. We have heard Your challenges through the preaching of the gospel. Take these simple gifts and sacred tithes as true tokens of our gratitude. Bless them for the purposes of Your Kingdom through ministry, mission, service and stewardship, to glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.


Hymn :

Benediction: May Christ enable us to form one body of faithful believers in this holy place; may the Father give strength to our spiritual body and nurture our church; and may the Holy Spirit help us to see that we all belong to God in the service of His Everlasting Kingdom. Amen.

Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; etc & Postlude

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