Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sunday prayer: 32nd Sunday in ordinary Time: November 8

Approaching God

Gathering Song & Prelude


Confessional Prayer

Guide: Almighty God, whose ways are mysterious and whose works are marvelous, we humbly ask that You place Your Hand upon us that we may have rest and peace in our lives.
People: Patient Lord of Power and Love, we gather beneath Your throne and seek to please You with our praise and delight You with our devotions.
Guide:  Everlasting Father, whose justice brings joy to the oppressed and despair to the wicked, we confess our mistakes and misdeeds, our falsehoods and failures, our selfish and stubborn ways. Hear us now as we personally confess our sins to You alone.


Guide: Immortal Majesty, Your love and grace, through Your Holy Son Jesus, save us from Your wrath and delivers us from our sins. We bow in Your Sacred Presence and unite our spirits with Christ our Lord by praying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:  Christ is our living bread and He promises us eternal life. If we accept His ways and apply His words, if we receive Him as Savior and know Him as our Lord, then His Sacrifice at Calvary pays the full price for our sins and completely pardons us of our past mistakes. So let us rejoice and be glad, for Christ is our King, both now and always.  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


Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor: We are called to be God’s people, to listen to His words and to apply His teaching. For generations, our people have known the bounty of hope and the blessing of healing from the LORD.
People:            O LORD, we seek to experience Your Holy touch; we pray for recovery, renewal, and restoration. We call upon You, O Living God, to show us Your wonders by healing our hearts, mending our minds, and strengthening our spirits
Pastor: Eternal Lord, let miracles of hope and health, of blessing and healing be granted to us now, and all whom we pray for, on this holy day. May all our loved ones and neighbors, our friends and colleagues trust in Your word and experience deliverance from pain, discomfort, suffering, and disease. Hear us now as we quietly pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor: May the Lord shepherd us to salvation and lead us towards an abundance of health, wholeness and healing. In Jesus’ Name, we ask and pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 78)

The Message: Part #1

Prayer for Illumination:
Reader:             Holy Spirit, as we read and hear this sacred message, may we fully believe and receive its teaching. Open our hearts and fill our minds with Christ’s ways so that our faith may be enhanced and our trust in God increased. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message: Part 2 & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory:

Dedication(unison): Lord Jesus, in response to Your loving ways, we freely give to You our pledges, tithes, and offerings. We seek to please You with these gifts and pray that You will bless them for the continuous ministry of this church. We ask that You will help us to patiently grow our faith and grant us the confidence to truly place our time, talents, and resources in to Your Hands. In Your Holy Name, give and we pray Amen. 

Gathering of the 2009 pledges – placed on the Communion table and given special prayer.


Benediction(unison):  May Christ keep us focused on serving God’s Kingdom; may the Father prevent us from diminishing our faith; and may the Holy Spirit steer us from all wrong and guide us to do good, in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, One God forevermore. Amen.

Doxology         Praise God, from whom all blessings flow & Postlude

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