Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sunday Worship Prayers - Easter 6C - May 05

Approaching God

Welcome & announcements


Call to Worship

Youth:                   Loving God, we freely gather to worship You this day. Bless our prayers and praises.
All:                         You are the One, True, and Living God. May our songs of faith and words of worship honor and glorify Your sacred Name.
Youth:                   May our hearts be cheered and our spirits be uplifted. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.                               


Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Almighty God, whose power upholds the Universe and whose Kingdom never ends, we humbly approach You as servants and children of Your grace, as seekers and followers of Your ways.
People:                 Merciful Father, sometimes we neglect our faithful commitment to You. We omit to support the needs of other people. We forget to set aside time to worship You each day. We follow our own selfish impulses and to choose to fulfill our sinful desires. Be patient with us and pardon us for the mistakes that we make, the faults that we have, and the sins we commit. Hear us now as we silently make our confessions.


Guide:                  Compassionate Lord, You graciously allow us to seek forgiveness from Jesus Christ, Your Holy Son. His mercy endures forever through His sacrificial obedience to You, making us thankful for His grace. In Christ's Name, we pray and with His own precious words, we unite our hearts saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors)

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:  Christ is our shelter from sin and we abide in His mercy. He deletes our past mistakes and opens our lives to the love of God. He calls us by name, so that we may celebrate, feast, and rejoice in His goodness, grace, and glory. So let us be truly glad and worship our Savior 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

Choir Anthem

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                 The LORD reigns over all the nations. He sits enthroned above the Earth. Great is the LORD throughout the world. He is exalted above all others. Let us praise the great and sacred Name of God. We seek His holiness and healing. The LORD is our mighty King. We pray for His favor, help, and strength
People:                 As we praise the LORD, may He hear and bless our prayers. As we worship His ways, may He heal us by His love. O LORD our God, we ask that You will answer our heart-felt requests. Release us from our restless ways. Save us from sickness. Deliver us from distress and disease. Heal us and all our loved ones from all that harms us in body, mind, heart, and soul. Hear us now as we quietly pray.

Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit

Pastor:                 Let us praise and worship our God in this holy sanctuary, for He is gracious and merciful, benevolent and compassionate. In Jesus' Name, we ask. Amen.                (Healing Prayer based on words and phrases from Psalm 99)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary.’

Prayer for Illumination

Reader:                 Holy Spirit, may we take our stand with Jesus, the King of all the Earth. May these scriptures help us to gather our thoughts together, so that we can focus on His Teaching, His Truth, and His Life. In the Name of Jesus, our Lord and Anointed One, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message and the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering and Offertory

Dedication: (unison – led by pastor):     Lord Jesus, You have spoken to us through Your gospel. We have interpreted Your words and seek to apply Your ways in our daily lives. In response to Your love, we bring You our gifts and tithes. We humbly ask that You will bless these tokens of gratitude for the purposes, works and ministries of Your Kingdom in this community and throughout the world. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.


Benediction(unison):     May Christ enable us to give our lives to Him alone; may the Father keep us accountable for all that we seek to do in His Name; and may the Holy Spirit lead, guide, and counsel us each day, so that we may glorify God both now and always. Amen.

Doxology and Postlude

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