Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunday Worship Prayers Easter 7 - May 20

Approaching God

Welcome and announcements

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Youth:              Our souls long for Your salvation, O Lord, and we have put our hope in Your word.
People:           All Your commands are trustworthy, O God; help us in the midst of all that troubles us.
Youth:              Preserve our lives according to Your love; we will obey the statutes of Your mouth, by praising and glorifying Your Name forever.

First Hymn:

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:              Almighty God, Sovereign of the Universe, and King of all Creation, we humbly approach Your sacred presence and respectfully seek to please You with our praise. We gather in Your holy house to greet You with gladness and to worship You with our hearts and voices.
People:           Gracious Father, we confess to failing our faith and casually serving You. We admit to countering Your commands and waiving aside Your words. We fear  Your wrath and are shamed by Your rebuke; forgive us for being proud and foolish, as well as bitter and neglectful. Hear us now as we confess our faults to You alone.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:              Father God, only Jesus can save us from ourselves. Only He can restore us to Your favor and love. In Him, we place our lives and through Him, we seek Your peace. Christ shields us from Your consuming wrath and returns us to Your Kingdom. In His holy words, we continue to pray, saying:  "Our Father, Who art in heaven...THE LORD'S PRAYER" (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:              Christ reveals to us both the glory and the grace of God. He brings us into the presence of God and reclaims our spirits as His forevermore. Let us rejoice and be truly thankful, for Jesus Christ is our Everlasting Savior and Almighty King. Amen.

Gloria Patri (sung in 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:             Heal us, O LORD, and enable us to lead faithful lives; help us to trust in You without wavering. Look kindly upon us, LORD; pacify our troubled hearts and ease our anxious minds.
People:           For Your love is always with us; we gain strength from Your Saving Power and Eternal Truth. Heal us from all that harms us so that we may proclaim aloud your praise and tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Pastor:             May we experience Your Holy Presence in this house of prayer. May our loved ones know of Your healing Love at this time in their precious lives. Be near to our families and friends, Gracious Lord. Strengthen their souls, release them from pain, and restore them to health, hope, and happiness. Hear us now, as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:             May we lead faithful lives and be grateful for the mercy and compassion of the One, True and Living God. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen. (Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 26)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary.’

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:           Holy Spirit, forgive us for disrespecting and misquoting the sacred words of God. Teach us Christ’s ways and let Him rule over our lives, so that we may be judged by His mercy and grace. In Jesus' Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message & the Apostles' Creed

Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by the pastor)

Lord Jesus, we are made alive in You forever. You have blessed us with complete forgiveness and granted us God’s everlasting grace. With thankful hearts, we gather before You our tithes and gifts. We pray that You will bless them for the mission of hope, help, and healing that You brought into world, and will continue to express them through the life, work, and ministry of Your Church on Earth. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction (unison): May Christ remain the Lord of our lives; may the Father’s joy work great blessings within us; and may the Holy Spirit keep us firm in our faith as we serve and glorify the One, Triune and Living God, forever and ever. Amen.

Doxology         May God's Blessing & Postlude

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