Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday Worship Prayers - Ordinary 30 - 23 October

Approaching God


Announcements & A Word of Welcome

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Pastor:            The LORD has saved us according to His love, therefore we will rejoice and praise Him.
People:            We will greatly extol the LORD; in this sacred place, we will happily glorify Him.
Pastor:            The LORD stands with us, in the midst of our troubles and needs. Let us honor and worship Him.

First Hymn:
Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                         Lord God Almighty and Strong Deliverer of Your people, we approach Your throne of grace with thanksgiving and love, loyalty and devotion. You are the Holy One who creates our lives, who builds up the nations, and who sustains the universe, therefore we gather to worship and adore You.

People:           Gracious God, You offer us Your guidance and grant us Your perfect counsel, but we, as persistent sinners, continue to act without consulting You, and make choices that disappoint You. Instead of seeking Your strength, we rely upon our own. Instead of looking to You for help, we constantly follow our own understanding. We repeatedly set You aside, instead of centering You in our lives. Forgive us, Loving Father, and hear us as we confess our sins.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                         Everlasting God, You sent Your Son Jesus to save us from our sinful ways. His blood has atoned for all of our guilt. His death has completely purchased our salvation. We make these confessions and present these petitions in Christ's Name and, with His own words, we continue to pray, saying, “Our Father, Who art in heaven...THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:                         Jesus was constantly challenged to relinquish His claims and to conform to the world. Instead, He chose to follow God's bidding and completely obey His will. He earned the right to become the Savior of the world and in Him alone rests the universal authority to forgive sins and redeem sinners. Let us rejoice and be thankful for His great sacrifice and perfect obedience, which has delivered us from God's wrath and returned us to His everlasting love.  In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.

Gloria Patri(sung unison): 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.

Minute for Stewardship
Family Sermon (parents and all children, including Elementary school students come forward)

Encountering God

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:            We have gathered in God's House; we have assembled to praise and pray to the Lord. We will rejoice in our Maker; we will have confidence in the compassion of our King.
People:           We honor His Name by invoking His Spirit; we appeal to the Most High for healing. The Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns us with love and salvation.

Pastor:             O Merciful God, as we seek to praise You with our hearts, listen to our pleas. We pray that You will heal us and our loved ones, that You will calm our spirits, bring peace to our minds, settle our souls, and strengthen our bodies. Hear us now as we inwardly pray.

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

Pastor:             May the praise of God be on our lips as He answers our prayers in Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 149)
Singing of “Jesus Draw Me Close.”

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:           Holy Spirit, reveal to us the Gospel truth through these sacred words of hope and love. Teach us Christ's ways and empower us to live our lives according to His message. In Jesus' Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message & the Apostles' Creed

Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison): Lord Jesus, we speak to You with our prayers and praises; we show our love through our service and gifts. We bring before You our tithes and offerings, and ask Your blessing upon them. Receive these tokens of our gratitude and use them for the ministry of Your word and the mission of God's Kingdom. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.   

Closing Hymn:

Benediction (unison):                        May Christ reveal His unique purpose for each of our lives; may the Father make known to us all that He commands; and may the Holy Spirit build up our faith, so that we may continue to believe and obey the One, Triune and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology         Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; etc & Postlude

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