Welcome and announcements
Call to Worship
Liturgist: Your Word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
People: Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the Earth, and it endures.
Liturgist: Your laws remain to this day, and all Life serves Your purposes. Hear us, O Living God, as we worship and glorify You. Amen.
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Guide: Almighty Father, Who rejoices in our praises and delights in our songs, we applaud Your amazing works and glorify Your astounding deeds. We bring to You our worship and celebrations, our devotions and adorations. We exalt Your Name on high and testify to Your abounding love.
People: Gracious God, we confess to frequently ignoring Your guidance and sometimes defying Your commands; we express our regret over the sinful things we have thought, said, and done. Today we seek Your forgiveness and compassion; we need Your acceptance and approval; and we yearn for Your favor and pardon. Hear us now as we silently pray.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: O Rock of Israel, You are our Redeemer and the Restorer of our souls. You have given Jesus to us as our Christ, our Savior, and Healer. By Him, our sins are forgiven and in Him, our spirits are united to You. We bring our prayers to You through Him, saying: "Our Father, Who art in heaven...THE LORD'S PRAYER" (debts/debtors)
Promise of the Gospel:
Guide: Sin kills our relationship with God and separates us from His favor. Jesus is our truth, way, and life, who leads us back to God and restores us to faithful service in the Everlasting Kingdom. Let us rejoice and glad in the salvation Christ has won for us through His sacrifice, both now and forevermore. 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: The LORD is our light and our salvation-- whom shall we fear? The LORD is the stronghold of our lives-- of what shall we be afraid? In the day of trouble He will keep us safe in His dwelling.
People: Hear our voices when we call, O LORD; be merciful to us and answer our prayers for healing. We seek Your grace and mercy, O Lord; heal us of all that harms us. May our families and friends be confident of Your power and care; may they know of Your goodness in their lives. Grant them peace instead of pain, serenity instead of suffering, happiness instead of hopelessness. Hear us now as we silently bring them to You.
Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit
Pastor: Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 28)
Singing of “Sanctuary.”
Prayer of Illumination
Reader: Holy Spirit, sometimes when we are anxious, we run away from Your goodness and grace. Empower us this day, with Christ’s words, so that we may be strengthened in order to overcome our fears and insecurities. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
The Message and the Apostles’ Creed
Offering & Offertory
Dedication (in unison – led by pastor): Lord Jesus, at the end of Time, You will offer all of Creation, restored and reconciled, back to Your Father in Heaven. On this holy day, we offer from our resources and labors, the tithes and gifts of our lives, so that You may receive and bless them for the continuing life, work, and ministry of Your church here on Earth. In Your Holy Name, we cheerfully give and pray. Amen.
Benediction (unison): May Christ keep us free from grief and loss; may the Father make our hearts strong and glad; and may the Holy Spirit strengthen our testimony and widen our witness, to the glory of the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and throughout eternity. Amen.
Doxology and Postlude