Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sunday prayers - 20th in ordinary Time - 17 Aug 2008

Approaching God

Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Prelude & Gathering Song


Confessional Prayer

Guide: Eternal Lord of Heaven and Earth, whose power fortifies our spirits and whose love sustains our lives; we come before You as chosen children and elected worshippers, as humble servants and blessed heirs. You have never abandoned Your faithful people nor forsaken Your sacred promises. You have allowed us to abide in Your Presence and to seek refuge in Your sanctuary.
People: Merciful God, we have sinfully taken You for granted. We have placed our own wants above Your will. We have selfishly made our own foolish choices, opposing Your perfect counsel. Have mercy upon us and forgive our reckless acts of disobedience, disinterest and disdain. Pardon us for being uncaring, unfaithful and unholy. Hear us now as we silently seek Your forgiveness for all our faults and fallen ways.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide: Gracious Father, we seek salvation from Your Holy Jesus Christ, our Lord. By His supreme sacrifice, our mistakes are pardoned and our sins are absolved. Through His Grace, we are restored to Your Favor and set free from the past.
People: We make these confessions in Christ’s Name and place our lives into His Hands. In His holy words, we now pray, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel
Guide: We are not afraid to worship Jesus and broadcast His Name in the world, for He alone has the power on earth to grant us God’s everlasting peace He is the High Priest of our hearts and the sacred Savior of our souls. So let us rejoice and express our faith in the praising and glorifying of His Name 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: Let us extol the Lord with all our hearts in this place of holiness and healing. Great are the works of the LORD; we will recall His words and delight in them.
People: Glorious and majestic are the deeds of God; His righteousness endures forever. We remember His wonderful ways, for the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
Pastor: May He provide strength and sustenance for those who need Him; may He remember the prayers of our people for health, hope and healing. May the Lord show us the power of His works to us and our loved ones; may he set us free from all that harms us in body, mind, heart, and spirit. Hear us now, Gracious God, as we silently pray.

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

Pastor: The works of God’s hands are faithful and just; we will trust all of His merciful ways. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 111)

Singing of ‘Jesus, Draw Me Close’

Prayer for Illumination:

Reader: Holy Spirit, You know us by name and call us into Christ’s service. Let His words and teaching challenge our lives, so that we may better honor and glorify His sacred Name. Amen.

Scripture Readings, Sermon & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication: (unison)

Lord Jesus, You speak to us everyday in our lives and grant us many blessings. From the fruits of our work and the plenty of our resources, we place our tithes and offerings before You. Take these gifts and consecrate them for the ministries You want to accomplish by our church, in this community and throughout the world. In Your Holy Name, we give our lives and seek Your blessing. Amen.

Closing Hymn:

Benediction: (unison) May Christ be all the strength that we need each day; may the Father support us in times of weakness and failure; and may the Holy Spirit teach us to delight in the Lord by pleasing 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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