Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sunday prayers: Christ the King Sunday - Sun November 22

Approaching God

Announcements & Welcome

Gathering Song & Prelude


Confessional Prayer

Guide: Almighty and Everlasting God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, we gather before You as worshippers and servants, believers and disciples.
People: Eternal Sovereign of the Universe, we long to please You with our lives and hope to honor You with our praises.
Guide:  Loving Lord, we know that we are not all that we should be. We admit to making mistakes, surrendering to sin, and yielding to temptation. Pardon our pride and forgive our fallen ways. Hear us now as we silently confess our past mistakes to You alone.


Guide: Merciful God, we rely upon Jesus to save us from ourselves. We look to Him to cleanse our souls, acquit us of our sins, and restore us to Your favor. In His Holy words, we unite ourselves in prayer, saying: Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:  Only Jesus can give us eternal life through the forgiveness of our sins. He truly guides us each day and leads us to the point where we completely rely upon His grace. His body was broken for our mistakes; His blood was shed for our sins. He is our Lord and Redeemer, both now and for ever.  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


Minute for Mission: PW Thank Offering

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor: Hear us, O Living Lord as we call upon Your Name. Be our shepherd and guide us in the midst of our troubles. Come amongst us, Gracious God, and touch us with Your Healing hands. Save us from our sickness and deliver us from despair.
People:            Restore us, O Lord, to health and strength. Look favorably upon us and grant us hope with peace. Hear our prayers, LORD God and give us patience to wait upon Your answer.

Pastor: Listen to the cries of our hearts and heal us, and all our loved ones, from all that harms us in body, mind, heart and spirit. In the midst of our discomfort and pain, grant us rest. At the time of our greatest anxieties and deepest concerns, be our strength and solid foundation. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor: Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be healed.
In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 80)

Singing of “Jesus, Draw Me Close.”

Prayer for Illumination:
Reader:             Holy Spirit, no matter who we are or what we have done, You will always have a message for us each time we read the scriptures. Today, we humbly pray that You will touch our hearts and minds with God’s Word and Christ’s Teaching.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory:

Dedication(unison): Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your precious love and for the many ways You protect us from evil. We rejoice in Your Life, we celebrate Your Truth, and we are here to support Your Way. Take these gifts and bless them for the continuing ministry that You have ordained amongst us. May these tithes and offerings bring blessing to our community and glory to Your Most Holy Name, both now and forever. Amen. 


Benediction(unison):  May we serve Christ each day through our love, faith and devotion; may we worship the Father as dedicated disciples and devoted servants; and may the Holy Spirit govern our choices and guide all our decisions, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology         Praise God, from whom all blessings flow & Postlude

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