Monday, October 8, 2012

Sunday Prayers - Ordinary 28B - October 14

Approaching God

Welcome & announcements

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Youth:                   The Lord is righteous; He frees us from fear and sin.
People:                 May the blessing of God be upon us, as we worship the Name of the Lord.
Youth:                   Let us praise God and glorify His works on Earth. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Almighty God, whose strength inspires us and whose presence can bring us peace, we worship Your ways and delight in Your words. You established the universe and created all life, therefore we humbly bow before You and seek to please You with our prayers.
People:                Gracious Father, each day we battle with temptation and sin; we struggle to overcome our desires and greed, as well as our bitterness and pride. We confess to our faithless and rebellious ways; we ask forgiveness for our wrong doing, our misdeeds, and our mistakes. Hear us now as we silently ask You for mercy.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                  Heavenly Father, we thank You for hearing our prayers and for blessing us with Jesus, Your Holy Son who is our Savior and Redeemer. Without Christ, our lives would be meaningless and our souls would be lost. In Him alone, we unite our spirits and continue to pray, saying, “Our Father, Who art in heaven...THE LORD'S PRAYER” (debts/debtors) 

Promise of the Gospel

Guide: Christ fulfilled all that God expected of Him. From the ancient patriarchs and the prophets of old, Christ’s coming was predicted and expected. Today, we can rejoice in the fact that He has come into the world to redeem sinners, as well as to restore His people to the loving presence of the Almighty and Everlasting God. 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:                  Our spirits seek the One, True and Living God. Here, in this place of hope and healing, we meet Him. We have often cried out to the Name of the Lord; He has felt our hurt and seen our tears.
People:                 As we pour out our souls in prayer, let us remember the times when we have experienced the power and presence of God. Let us remember those who have undergone breast cancer treatment. Let us be thankful for their courage and tenacity, as well as their love of life and the others around them.
Pastor:                  When they are downcast at times because of illness, worries, and burdens, strengthen their weary spirits. As they continue to put their hope in the Lord and pioneer new ways to overcome this cancer, may they be granted help, healing, and wholeness. Hear us now, O Lord, as we quietly pray.

                                Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:                  The Lord is with us at all times. He hear our prayers and grants us life. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

Singing of “Sanctuary.”

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:                Holy Spirit, teach us Christ’s ways from what we read and hear today. Open our hearts and minds to His ongoing ministry. Enable us to celebrate the Gospel by applying it in our lives every day. In Jesus’ Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message & the Apostles' Creed

Serving God
Offering & Offertory

Dedication (in unison – led by pastor):                 Lord Jesus, You have given us faith, hope, and the promise of eternal life. You have also blessed us with time, talents, and money. All that we own belongs to You. All that we gain comes from You. From these blessings, we have set aside this offering. Take our tithes and gifts and use them for the work of Your Church, as well as for the spreading of the Gospel in our church, community and around the world. In Your Holy Name, we cheerfully give and thankfully pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction (unison):    May Christ grant us peace of mind each and every day; may the Father find our hearts and lives pleasing to Him; and may the Holy Spirit keep us traveling in the light and love of the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and forever. Amen.              

Doxology & Postlude

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