Monday, January 28, 2013

Sunday worship Prayers - Ordinary 5C - Feb 10

Approaching God

Welcome and Announcements

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Youth:   Living God, You have called us to be in Your House of praise and prayer.
All:         We have obeyed Your summons and now seek to please You with our worship.
Youth:   Allow us the presence of Your Holy Spirit, so that we may bless and honor You. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Everlasting Lord, who speaks to all Creation, sustaining the entire Universe with Your Word, we come here to worship and adore Your wonderful ways. We are blessed with Your peace and strengthened by Your love.

People:                 Gracious Father, You command us to listen to Your voice and to follow Your ways. We confess that we have been disobedient and rebelled against Your ways. We are weak, mortal, and imperfect whereas You are holy, immortal, and almighty. Forgive our faithless and selfish ways; pardon our wrong acts and sinful deeds. Hear us now as we silently pray.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                  Loving God, enable us to be attentive to Your commands, and obediently listen to what You have to say through Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son. In Christ alone, our spirits can be reunited with You forever. Through Him, we are saved from eternal separation and destruction. In His Name and by His words, we make these prayers, saying,
 "Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER" (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:                                  We thirst for Jesus and His soul-refreshing words. He is the Savior of our spirits and the Healer of our hearts. Let us rejoice and be glad, for Christ has overcome sin and death, bringing to us eternal blessings of faith, hope, and love. 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

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                 We call to You from all of our hearts, O LORD; answer us and we will obey Your decrees. We call out to You to save us and heal us. We will earnestly follow Your divine counsel and accept Your ways.
People:                 Each day, Living Lord, we ask You for help. We place our hopes in Your promises and sacred words. Hear our prayers, given in accordance with Your love. Preserve and sustain us, in accordance with Your great compassion.

Pastor:                  You are near to us, O Lord, and Your promises are reassuring. We bring before You our loved ones, our neighbors, other people, and ourselves. We ask You to heal us of everything that harms us in body, mind, heart, and soul  Hear us now, as we faithfully pray.

Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.

Pastor:                  Lord God, long ago Your words were established in scripture, and our people faithfully followed You by applying them in our lives. Grant us healing through Your promises, for in Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 119:Qoph)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary’

Prayer of Illumination

Reader:                 Holy Spirit, let these words of scripture send us a meaningful message today. Enable our hearts to receive Christ's teaching and open our minds to His ways. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.         

Scripture Readings

The Message and Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (in unison – led by pastor):  Lord Jesus, You come to display God's good works in our lives and throughout the entire world. You call us to faithfully serve You in ministry and mission. Take these tithes and gifts as our cheerful response to that invitation.  Bless them for the life, work, and tasks that our church undertakes and fulfills to the glory of God and His Kingdom. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction (in unison):  May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: One God forevermore. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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