Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Worship Prayers for 26th Sunday in ordinary time: Ordinary 26 - September 26

Approaching God

Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Gathering and Prelude


Prayer of Adoration and Confession

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. You enhance our faith with purpose, and bless our worship with power. Come among us today and teach us Your sacred ways.

People:            Heavenly Lord, 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. We are in need of forgiveness for all our faults. We humbly crave pardon for all our mistakes. Hear us now as we sorrowfully confess our personal sins to You alone.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                         Almighty God, Christ is our Burden Bearer and Sin Destroyer. He is our One Hope and Living Sacrifice. Without His Sacred Blood, we have no blessing of forgiveness. Without His Passionate Death, we have no destiny in Your eternal Kingdom. Hear our  confessions and humble 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 them. Because they could not keep the Law, He sent His Son Jesus to die for all 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: 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, we ask these prayers. 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 Message  & The Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison): Lord Jesus, You speak to 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; etc & Postlude

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