Announcements & A Word of Welcome
Call to Worship
Youth: May the LORD teach us His ways; may we keep His word throughout our lives.
People: God grants us meaning and purpose, when we obey Him and praise His deeds.
Youth: May the LORD direct us as we delight in worshipping and glorifying His Name. Amen.
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Guide: Sovereign Lord, we gather here in Your sacred house; we come to honor Your authority over all Creation. We seek to please You with our praise and want to serve You throughout our days.
People: Merciful Father, we are weary of our sins and sorry for our mistakes. We regret offending You with our selfish ways and tarnished lives. Instead of finding rest in Your salvation, we fret over our failures. Instead of trusting in Your strength, we weaken our souls through our inconsistency and despondency, our foolish pride and unfaithful moments. Forgive us for casting aside Your influence over our lives. Hear us now as we humbly pray.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: Heavenly Father, thank You for allowing us to confess our sins; for granting us mercy; and for giving us Your Son, Jesus Christ, as our One, True and Holy Savior. In His Hands, we place our souls; in His Name, we make our confessions; and in His words we continue to pray, saying, "Our Father...THE LORD'S PRAYER" (debts/debtors)
Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: The world wonders who Jesus is, but we know that He is all that He claimed to be. He is the Holy Son of God, the Savior of our souls, and the Ruler of the Universe. In Him, we are granted forgiveness and through Him, we can receive eternal life. Let us rejoice and worship Christ, 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)
Prayers for Health and Healing
Pastor: How long, O God, will we experience sickness and pain? How long will we endure illness and anxiety? How long must we wrestle with our worries, and find sadness in our hearts? How long shall we strive and be subjected to stress?
People: Look upon on us, O LORD, our God, and mercifully answer us. Lighten our loads and save us from despair. When our hopes seem to fail, heal our hurts. When we falter through fear, restore our faith.
Pastor: Come among us, Gracious God, and to all our loved ones. Heal us from all that harms us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Hear us now as we silently pray.
Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.
Pastor: We will praise the Lord, for He has been good to us. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 13)
Singing of “Sanctuary.”
Prayer of Illumination
Reader: Holy Spirit, each time we visit God's house, we learn more about the truth of Jesus Christ. His words and ways come to us across the centuries, from the events and experiences of His amazing earthly life. Open our hearts and minds, our spirits and souls to Him today. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
The Message and the Apostles' Creed
Offering & Offertory
Dedication (in unison, led by pastor): Lord Jesus, You come among us and grant us Your peace. You forgive our sins and restore us to God's love. In response, we give our lives to You, and we ask that You will bless them, so that we may honor God throughout our days. We also bring before You our tithes and gifts. Bless these tokens of our gratitude to the continuing life, work, and mission of Your Church on Earth, in this community, and all over the world. In Your Precious Name, we give and pray. Amen.
Benediction (unison): May Christ continue to help us as He intercedes for us; may the Father keep us thankful for the favors He grants us each day; and may the Holy Spirit guide us as we worship, serve, and glorify the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and forevermore. Amen.
Doxology & Postlude