Welcome & Announcements
Prelude & Gathering Song
Guide: Creator God, whose Spirit hovered above the waters of chaos and whose almighty word brought this universe into being, we come before You as Your servants and children, seeking to please You with our praise and serve You with our lives. Throughout the years You have sustained our people and delivered us from our enemies. You have grown Your church through the seeds of faith which Your Son Jesus Christ has sown in our hearts and minds.
People: Gracious Lord, the harvest of holiness which You desire from us is not always fulfilled or abundantly clear in our lives. We allow ourselves to cheat our faith by falling prey to temptation; by sustaining our pride; by making selfish choices, and doing sinful acts. Precious God, be patient with us and have mercy on our souls. Forgive our faults and pardon our foolish ways. Challenge our choices and change our lives. Hear us now as we come to You individually with our prayers of confession.
- SILENCE -
Guide: Merciful Father, without Your compassion, we would not have any everlasting hope. Without Your redeeming love, we would have no opportunity to escape eternal punishment. You have given us Jesus, Your Only Son and He has laid down His life for us. We know that we are unworthy to receive such a wonderful and amazing love, yet we are truly grateful for all that we have been given.
People: In Jesus’ Name, we praise You forever and through His words of prayer, we unite our hearts, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: Jesus comes into our world and dwells with us. He seeks to influence our spirits with God’s everlasting love. We are blessed through Him because He sacrificed His life for us. Let us rejoice and be glad, for Christ, our Messiah and Redeemer reigns. Amen.
Family Sermon: Children and parents come up to the front of the Church
Prayers for Health and Healing
Pastor: The LORD is our shepherd; He knows all of our needs. He allows us to rest in His presence; He gives us peace in the midst of our troubles.
People: He heals our wounded souls and guides us through our fears. Throughout all that deeply troubles us and in the face of all that harms us, we will not be afraid, for the LORD is with us; His strength and power can restore us to health.
Pastor: Lord, spread out the bounty of Your Love before us and anoint us with healing. May your goodness and love be granted to our families and friends. May Your peace be restored to their lives and may You heal them of all that harms them. Hear us now as we silently pray.
Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit
Pastor: May we dwell in the Holy Presence of God from this time forth and forevermore. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words from Psalm 23)
Singing of ‘Jesus, Draw Me Close’
Reader : Holy Spirit, may the words of our Lord Jesus Christ always go before us and be at the front of our minds. May His teaching be our strength and may His gospel equip us to overcome our troubles and fears. In Jesus’ Name. Amen
Scripture Readings, Sermon and Apostles’ Creed
Offering & Offertory
Dedication : Lord Jesus, by bringing this offering before You, we hope to please You with our giving. We do this to glorify Your Holy Name and to bring faith, hope and love into the lives of other people through Your message, ministry and mission so that many of them may be saved. Amen.
Benediction: May Jesus keep us from being influenced by the pleasures and riches of the world; may the Father protect us from sin and loss; and may the Holy Spirit enrich our lives with faith to overcome fear, hope to bring us health, and love to defeat all loneliness, both now and forevermore. Amen.