Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday Prayers - 26th Sunday in Ordinary time - 27 September

Approaching God

Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Gathering Song & Prelude
Confessional Prayer

Guide: Everlasting Father, in whose world we live, and by whose will we are sustained, we come to You as servants and seekers, pilgrims and followers, praising Your Name and glorifying Your works.
People: God of goodness and grace, Lord of life and love, who enhances our faith with purpose, and who blesses our worship with power, come among us today and teach us Your sacred ways.
Guide:  Heavenly Father, we know that we are sinful and unworthy of Your favor. We have allowed pride and prejudice, falsehood and foolishness to influence our choices and damage our spirits. Hear us now as we sorrowfully confess our personal sins to You alone.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: Almighty Lord, Christ is our Burden Bearer and Sin Destroyer. He is our One Hope and Living Sacrifice. We make these confessions and pleas in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son, in whose words we now pray, saying, "Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)
Promise of the Gospel
Guide:  In the past, God gave His people the Law of Moses to guide us. Because we could not keep the Law, He sent His Son Jesus to die for all our sins. In Him alone, we are restored to God's favor, so let us be glad and rejoice in the glorious power of our Lord and Savior forevermore. 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)
Encountering God
Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:            Let us praise the LORD for His protection and compassion. Let us commend and applaud Him for His works of healing and deliverance
People:            The LORD's love is great toward us; we will place our prayers and people in His Hands. We will call upon the faithfulness of the LORD, which endures forever.
Pastor:            The LORD is amongst us; His Holy Presence touches our hearts and souls. O LORD, our God, Giver of good and the Healer of health, restore strength and peace to us and all our loved ones. Hear us now as we quietly pray.

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

Pastor:            May we praise the LORD who heals us from all that harms us in body, mind, heart and spirit. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 117)
Singing of ‘Jesus, Draw Me Close’

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:           Holy Spirit, enhance our understanding by opening our hearts and minds to these sacred scriptures. Teach us Christ's ways and enable us to leave this sanctuary knowing what purposes He would have us fulfill through these holy words. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
Scripture Readings
The Apostles’ Creed
Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison):
Lord Jesus, You speak us through the scriptures and touch our souls with Your Spirit. We interpret Your teaching by applying Your words in our daily lives. As commanded, we bring before You our tithes and offerings, placing them in Your hands for the ministry of glorifying God and the mission of broadcasting His Kingdom to the world. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray.  Amen.

Closing Hymn:

Benediction(unison):  May Christ enable us to accept one another as partners in His grace; may the Father keep us praising His ways each and every day; and may the Holy Spirit guide and lead us throughout our lives, so that we may bring, glory, honor and blessing to the One, Triune and Living God, both now and forevermore.  Amen.

Doxology        Praise God, from whom all blessings flow  & Postlude

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