Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sunday Worship Prayers - Ordinary 33 - Nov 13

Approaching God


Welcome and Announcements

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Pastor:             O God, You are our God, and earnestly we seek You.
People:           Because Your love is better than life, our lips will glorify You.
Pastor:             Let us praise God as long as we live; in His Name, let us lift up our voices.


Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:              Living God, whose wondrous works are displayed across the Universe and whose glorious deeds will praised throughout eternity, we call upon Your Holy Name and seek Your Sacred Presence. You care for our lives and set purposes for our existence; we humbly approach Your Throne, praising Your almighty power and worshipping Your invincible ways.
People:           Heavenly Father, we know that we are weak and sinful, selfish and proud, as well as being arrogant and foolish at times. We make many mistakes and choose to neglect our responsibilities. We seek to be served, instead of helping others. We want to be personally glorified, instead of bringing honor to You. Forgive us for being impertinent and impatient. Pardon us for being angry and unkind, unfaithful and unfruitful as Christians. Hear us now, as we humbly pray.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:              Merciful Majesty, we are eternally indebted to Your Son Jesus Christ, who died for all our sins.  His sacrifice paid the price for our offenses. His death fully redeemed us forever.  We are truly thankful for our Savior and in His holy words, we unite our hearts to Him, praying, "Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER." (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:  We publicly proclaim Jesus to be the Savior of our souls and the Forgiver of our sins. He is the Christ who came into the world to lay down His life, so that we may be restored to God's favor and His Kingdom forever. So let us rejoice and be eternally glad, for Jesus is our Lord, and we are called to be His own, both now and always. 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 Mission

Family Sermon (parents and all children, including Elementary school students come forward)
Encountering God

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:             May Your unfailing love come to us, O Lord; may Your promised salvation heal us today. We will trust in Your words when trouble taunts us and we are faced with fear.
People:           Your word of truth will be on our lips, as we place our hope in Your hands. May we always seek Your help and accept Your holy ways. Liberate us from our anxieties and cares, O Living God, for we seek Your blessing of peace and strength.

Pastor:             May we delight in Your protection and may all our loved ones be touched by Your Holy Spirit, so that healing of body and soul, mind and heart, may occur at this sacred time. Hear us now as we personally pray.

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

Pastor:             We will lift up our hearts and glorify the Lord, whom we love. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 119:Waw)

Unison Singing of ‘Jesus, Draw Me Close.'

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:            Holy Spirit, strengthen our beliefs in Christ's ministry and mission today, so that we may go forth from this place of power and prayer, ready, able and willing to serve Him by inviting, attracting and encouraging other people to come and praise His Holy name. Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message and the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison):  Lord Jesus, bring order and peace into our lives through the praising of Your Name and the preaching of God's Word. Take our tithes and offerings for the use of Your church, and the advancement of God's Kingdom, in this community and throughout the earth. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen. 

Closing Hymn:

Benediction (unison): May Christ fill us with joy each day; may the Father continually grant us peace, as we trust in Him, and may the Holy Spirit enable us to overflow with hope to the everlasting glory of the One, Triune and Living God. Amen.         

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

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