Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sunday prayers: 13th in Ordinary Time June 29

Approaching God

Welcome & Announcements

Prelude & Gathering


Confessional Prayer
Guide: Almighty God, who knows all our secrets and who sees all that we do, we humbly approach You, with awe and reverence, seeking to please You with our worship and hoping to delight You with our love. We have sinned against You and fought against Your ways. We have put You to the back of our minds and diminished Your influence over our decisions.

People: Gracious Father, we have fled from Your presence and sought refuge in our own understanding. We have fallen into temptation and become ensnared with our own sinful works, words and ways. Forgive our foolish faults and selfish stupidity. Pardon us for being distracted by our own desires and deceived by our own delusions. Help us to turn to Jesus, to receive His joy and experience His mercy, to be restored by His grace and reclaimed by His blood. Hear us now as we sincerely confess our sins to You alone.


Guide: Loving Lord, You have opened the floodgates of forgiveness to us and granted us the opportunity to be restored to Your Favor and Kingdom through our Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him alone, we are indebted. By Him alone, are we pardoned of our sins and protected from Your justified wrath.

People: We are humbled by Your mercy and truly thankful for our Savior, in whose precious words, we now pray, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: Jesus invites us to come to Him, to receive His blessings of forgiveness and redemption, peace and eternal life with God. He is our bread of life which sustains us and our fountain of faith which refreshes us. Let us rejoice and be thankful, for Jesus is our Savior and Healer, 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: Our souls find rest in God alone; our salvation and healing comes from Him. God alone is our rock and salvation; He is our strength and we will never be shaken.

People: At times, fears and illness, sickness and despair assault our hearts, minds and bodies. We are weak and vulnerable, unsteady and unsure, anxious and afraid. We find rest and peace, healing and harmony in God alone; our hope comes from Him.

Pastor: God alone is our rock and salvation; He is our strength and we will never be shaken. May healing and dignity be restored to us and all our loved ones in distress. May You, O God, become their mighty rock and refuge, their healing source and perfect help. Hear us now as we pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

All: Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. In Jesus’ Name. Amen. (Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 62)

Singing of Jesus, Draw Me Close

Prayer for Illumination :
Reader : Holy Spirit, may we gladly receive Jesus Christ as the Holy and Righteous One in our lives; may we accept His teaching in our hearts and apply His words each and everyday. In His Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings & Sermon & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory:

Dedication : Lord Jesus, each one of us is very important to You and to Your continuing ministry through this church. We have different talents and gifts, different resources and treasures, different commitments and pursuits. By Your wisdom and grace, You enable us to blend all of these blessings into one body; You permit us to share our offering so that Your work may be accomplished by this church, to this community and throughout the world. Take these tokens and also our lives. May all be used in the service of God’s Kingdom and to the glory of Your Sacred Name. Amen.

Hymn :

Benediction: May Christ encourage us to encourage other people to faith; may the Father enable us to generously give of our lives to the needs of others; and may the Holy Spirit empower us to be diligent, merciful and cheerful in our Christian witness to the world; to the glory of the One, Triune and Living God forevermore. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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