Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sunday Worship Prayers - Lent 2 - March 4

Approaching God


Welcome and announcements
Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Pastor:             Let us come to the Lord and praise Him from our hearts.
People:           O Lord, today we ask You to be with us, for whenever You are here, we are renewed.
Pastor:             Jesus, Lord of Life, Healer of the world, come by here this day and bless us. Amen.

First Hymn:

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:              Almighty Father, who preserves our land, our planet, and our people, we gather together to worship You. We come before You as seekers of Your Truth and followers of Your Way. Lord of All Being, who sustains Time and shapes History, we humbly bow in Your presence and we dearly worship Your glorious Name.

People:           Gracious God, we confess to yielding to temptation and we acknowledge that our souls have been contaminated with pride and greed, as well lust and prejudice. We grieve all of our sins, for they have offended You. We regret the mistakes that we have made, the promises that we have broken, and the wounds that we have caused. Forgive our selfish and foolish ways. Hear us now as we silently ask for mercy.


Guide:              Sovereign Lord, forgive us for the acts of faithlessness that have wounded Your Son Jesus. Pardon us for the pain that our pride has caused Him, and for the scars that our sins have sustained upon Him. We know that without Jesus, we would have no everlasting joy; without His sacrifice, we would be punished forever. In His Name we confess our sins and through His words, we continue to pray, saying “Our Father, Who art in heaven...” THE LORD'S PRAYER  (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel:
Guide:              Christ opens our hearts and minds to the severity of our sins. By giving His life for us, He shows us how seriously God deals with our selfish and deceitful mistakes. Jesus also opens the gates of eternal freedom to those who come to Him sincerely seeking forgiveness, peace, and love. By the power of His blood, we receive mercy and are restored to God’s favor. Therefore, in Christ’s Name, let us rejoice and pray. Amen.

Gloria Patri (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.

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

Encountering God


Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:             O God, do not reject our prayers or afflict us with pain. Make peace with us and restore us to Your love. Our lives have been disturbed with disease and impounded with illness. Heal our broken bodies and mend our crushed spirits.
People:           In times like these, we need Your blessing. Throughout our troubles, we need Your peace. In the midst of our fears, be our Protector. Help us and all our loved ones to recover strength, to regain our health, and to renew our hope.

Pastor:             Save us from sickness and help us with Your infinite power. Deliver us from distress and despair, through the blessing of Your healing love. Speak softly to our souls as we lift up our personal prayers for healing on behalf of ourselves and all our loved ones.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:             With God, we will regain our strength. He will vanquish our fears and uplift our hearts. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.                       (Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 60)

Singing of '"Jesus Draw Me Close."

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:           Holy Spirit, lift up our hearts and help us to see the real Jesus in the midst of these scriptures. Reveal to us His teaching for our lives, and help us to apply what we learn from Him today.  In Christ’s Sacred Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message & The Apostles' Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory
Dedication (unison):  Lord Jesus, You take us from the dust of the Earth and make us into eternal beings of God’s grace. We can never repay our debt to You, but as a means of showing our gratitude, we bring before You our tithes and gifts. Take this offering and bless it for the holy work of the Gospel. In Your precious Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn:

Benediction (unison): May Christ’s glory challenge and change our ways; may the Father’s incomparable love inspire and encourage our choices; and may the Holy Spirit lead us each day to worship and glorify the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and forevermore. Amen.

Doxology and Postlude

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