Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday Worship prayers - ordinary 12B - June 24

Approaching God

Welcome and announcements


Call to Worship

Youth:              Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights above.
People:           Praise Him all His people; praise Him throughout the world.
Youth:             Praise the Name of the Lord, for He alone is to be worshipped. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:              Gracious Lord, throughout our lives we seek opportunities to serve and worship You. On this holy day, accept our praises and thanksgiving. You are our strength and salvation, as well as our source of hope and healing. Each day we place our lives and dreams into Your hands; each time we do this, You do not disappoint us.

People:           Merciful Father, we know that our disobedience diminishes our faith. We understand that our spiteful words and deeds distress others and disappoint You. Forgive us for being self-centered and full of pride. Pardon our vanity and shallow ways. Help us to turn to You for mercy and grace, forgiveness and pardon. Hear us now as we humbly pray.


Guide:              Eternal King, we are indebted to You for sending Jesus into this world. He has given His life as the everlasting sacrifice for all of our mistakes, regrets, and sins. We pledge our lives to Him and place ourselves under His authority. Hear us now as we pray in Christ’s own words,
“Our Father... THE LORD'S PRAYER”  (debts/debtors)    

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:              Christ is the answer to all of our questions, and He is the One who fulfills all our obligations to God. In Him, we have the perfect Savior and the most merciful of all Lords. We will rejoice and declare our allegiance to Him alone, both now and forever. 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:             Hasten to us, O God; come quickly among us and give heed to our prayers. We seek Your love to remedy our fears; we ask for Your compassion and grace.
People:           Loving Lord, in the midst of our troubles, support us. In times of illness and crisis, be ever faithful. May we know of Your complete joy; may we be strengthened by Your kindness.

Pastor:             Almighty God, we are human and frail, prone to worry and sickness, fear and depression. Be near to us and all our loved ones. Heal us in body, mind, heart, and soul. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:             You are our Help and Redeemer. Come quickly to us, O God. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.      
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 70)

Singing of ’Sanctuary.’

Prayer of Illumination

Reader:            Holy Spirit, build up Your church and enhance our knowledge about God’s ways. Let the words that we read seep into our souls, softening our hearts, and reshaping our lives.  In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message & The Apostles' Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (in unison):         Lord Jesus, You are the source of our eternal well-being and the One who forgives our sins. We will always be indebted to You, therefore we gather this offering to honor and glorify You.  Help us to be generous with our gifts and responsible in our stewardship. Bless the tithes and gifts we place before you. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction (in unison): May Christ’s mercy fill our lives with favor and blessing; may the Father’s compassion bring purpose and meaning to our lives; and may the Holy Spirit keep us from despair and lead us to a greater glory, through our service, worship, and devotion to the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and forever. Amen.

Doxology May God's Blessing & Postlude

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