Welcome & Announcements
Gathering Song and Prelude
Guide: Almighty LORD God of Hosts, whose Kingdom is everlasting and whose will shapes the history of humankind, we praise Your Holy Name and exalt on high Your wonderful deeds. You are the Father of the nations on Earth and Lord of the islands in the sea; we give glory to You alone. We seek to worship You with our prayers and praises, and to serve You our hearts and minds.
People: Merciful God, we have succumbed to sin and have been deeply troubled by temptation. Pride has painfully damaged our spirits and greed has diminished our faith. Instead of honoring You with Christian service, we have hindered Your work through our faithless love. Sometimes our paths have strayed from Your Presence and our ways have not been Your own. Forgive our mistakes and pardon our sinful deeds. Hear us now as we silently confess our wrongdoing and errors to You alone.
- SILENCE -
Guide: Compassionate Lord, we place our lives into Your hands by giving our hearts to Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son. His death on the Cross has bought us our salvation. His sacrifice has allowed us to seek Your favor and grace. We make these prayers in Jesus’ Name, and we unite 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. Therefore let us cheerfully rejoice, for our sins are completely forgiven, both now and forever. Amen.
Gloria Patri(sung): 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)
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 on our bodies, in our minds, and within our hearts. Arise to help us; look upon our plight!
People: O LORD God Almighty, You are the God of our people; please defend us from illness and disease; deliver us from sickness and pain. Loving Lord, become our Strength; 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, our refuge in times of trouble.
Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit
Pastor: O God, our Strength, we sing praises to You; O Lord, You are our stronghold, our loving God. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 59)
The Message: Part 1
Singing of Jesus, Draw Me Close
Prayer for Illumination :
Reader : Holy Spirit, may we hold on to the words of Christ and still be astonished by His deeds. May our hearts move quickly towards Him, and may our minds be filled with His Holy Peace. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
The Message: Part 2 & The Apostles’ Creed
Offering & Offertory:
Dedication (unison): Lord Jesus, we have seen Your work being undertaken, supported, and accomplished in this church. We have heard Your challenges to us through the preaching of the gospel. Take these simple gifts, the tokens of our gratitude, and bless them for the purposes of Your Kingdom in ministry, mission, service and stewardship to glory of Your Holy Name. Amen.
Benediction (unison): May Christ enable us to form one body of faithful believers in this holy place; may the Father give strength to our congregation and nurture our church; and may the Holy Spirit help us to see that we all belong to God and to one another in the service of His Everlasting Kingdom. Amen.
Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; & Postlude