Announcements & A Word of Welcome
Prelude, Gathering & Introit
Acclamation (based on words from Psalm 52)
Leader: Let us trust in the LORD's unfailing love.
People: We will praise God forever, for the great works He has done.
Leader: We hope in His Holy Name. Let us worship and glorify the LORD
Guide: Eternal Lord, whose power is limitless and whose works are glorified throughout Creation; we come before You, seeking to please Your Spirit, and faithfully blessing Your Holy name.
People: Almighty Father, whose ways still astound us and whose love strengthens our hearts, we turn to You for hope and renewal, for comfort and peace.
Guide: Loving God, You know us completely and comprehend all of our ways. You see the mistakes that we make and observe all of our foolish and selfish choices.
People: Merciful Lord, You bring us here to confess our sins and silently admit our guilt. You lead us to this moment where we ask for pardon and seek Your grace. Hear us now as we privately pray.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: Immortal Father, we are gathered in Christ' Name, for only He can cleanse us of the past and restore us to Your Kingdom. His sacrifice is our salvation; His obedience is our offering. His perfection is our prayer. His cross is our confession.
People: We make these prayers in the Holy Name of Jesus and through His everlasting words, we now pray, saying, “Our Father, etc.” (Isaiah 27v12)
Promise of the Gospel
Guide: Jesus amazed His own people with His knowledge and preaching of the Gospel. Those things still amaze us today, but we are also astonished by His bravery and courage, which led Him to the Cross-to suffer and die for our sins. Only He can restore us to God. Only He can take us into the glorious, eternal Kingdom. So let us rejoice and give thanks for Christ our Savior is supreme and His grace is more than sufficient for all our needs. Amen. (John 7: 15)
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)
Prayers for Health and Healing
Leader: Throughout the day, from beginning to end, we will praise the Name of the Lord.
People: He is exalted over all the nations; His glory extends from heaven to earth.
Leader: Our God is sovereign of all that we know; His power is displayed among His people.
People: The Lord looks down upon the earth and sees all of our problems and troubles.
Leader: He raises us from the pits of despair; in the midst of our pain, He fulfills our needs.
People: May the Lord hear our prayers for all our loved ones and ourselves. May He bring healing to our hearts, peace to our minds, strength to our bodies and comfort for our souls.
Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.
Leader: May the Lord restore our hopes and accept our prayers. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 113)
A Time to recognize our Sunday School Teachers (Past & Present)
Singing of ‘Sanctuary’
Prayer for Illumination:
Reader: Holy Spirit, fill our hearts with Christ's teaching and love. Enable us to understand and retain today's message, so that we may apply these lessons each day of our lives. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen. (Acts 5:3)
Scripture Readings & Sermon & The Apostles’ Creed
Offering & Offertory
Lord Jesus, You have enabled our church to come together to sing praises to God, to pray for one another and to receive the blessings of Your words. We now bring to You our thankful response. Take these gifts and tithes for Your continuous ministry amongst us and Your mission throughout the world. In Your Holy name, we give and pray. Amen. (1 Corinthians 14:23)
Benediction: May Christ continue to direct our lives each day; may the Father encourage us to devote more of our time to His Kingdom; and may the Holy Spirit inspire us to go out into the world expressing our faith, with joy, hope and love. To the glory of the One, Triune and Living God, both now and evermore. Amen. (Romans 15:3)
Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; etc & Postlude