Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Sunday prayers 15th in Ordinary Time 13 Jul 2008

Approaching God

Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Prelude & Gathering

Confessional Prayer
Guide: Lord of all our days and Sustainer of all our lives, come and fill our hearts with Your Spirit, taking root within our minds and souls. Plant seeds of faith within us that will blossom and grow into service and action, loyalty and devotion to Your Kingdom.

People: Heavenly Creator, whose fruitful ways bring hope, healing and wholeness to all Your people, we acknowledge Your Sovereignty over all lives; we proclaim You as King of our community. We know that we have contaminated our souls with sin; we have damaged our spirits with unkind deeds and rebellious words. We have neglected to strengthen our faith and have allowed our beliefs to wither. Hear us now, as we seek Your pardon, for all of the foolish and selfish things we have done.


Guide: Loving Lord, Your Tender mercies are what we seek. Your favor and compassion, Your forgiveness and reassuring words are what we need in our lives.

People: We ask for the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, for only He can save our souls and redeem us from our sins. In His words, we now pray, saying “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel
Guide: Jesus came into our world at the right moment in history. God decreed that His Son would give His life as a ransom for our own lives and a sacrifice for the whole world. We benefit from Christ's obedience; therefore we rejoice and continue to be glad for His sake and glory, both now and forevermore. 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)

Baptism of Mia Avery Quinn

Encountering God

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor: Let us give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. We will proclaim the mighty acts of God; we will fully praise Him with our hearts.

People: As we seek to pray for healing, may the LORD bless us for being faithful. Come to our aid when we cry to You, O God; show favor to us as Your people.

Pastor: As we enjoy the sacred presence of God, may He touch our hearts and free us from our fears. May the Lord share His blessings amongst us and be gracious to all our loved ones. Hear us now, Living God, as we silently bring our prayers for healing to You alone.

Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.

Pastor: The LORD, our God is the One who can save us. May we give thanks to Him and glory in His blessings. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 106)

Singing of ‘Jesus, Draw Me Close’

Prayer for Illumination:
Reader: Holy Spirit, may the great power of God fall upon us, so that we may confidently testify to Christ's resurrection and the good news of His grace, through the scripture lessons we read today. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings & Sermon & the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory
Dedication: Lord Jesus, You speak to our spirits and give us the words of life. In response and with thankful hearts, we gather these tithes and tokens before You. We pray that You will bless them for the continuing work of God's Kingdom, both in this place and throughout the world. In Your Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn:

Benediction: Make Christ help us to make every effort to spread peace throughout the world; may the Father lead us in paths which lead to unity and love; and may the Holy Spirit enhance our lives so that we may fully serve the One, Triune and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

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

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