Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sunday Worship Prayers - Ordinary 22C - Sept 01

Approaching God

Welcome and announcements

Gathering Song

Call to Worship

Liturgist:               Let us lift up our hearts to the One, True, and Living God, whose holy throne is in Heaven.
People:                 We will praise the Lord who has mercy upon us and worship His Sacred Name.
Liturgist:               Let us glorify God, for His blessings continue to sweeten our lives. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Almighty Lord, come down among us and bless us with Your Holy presence. Receive this worship from our hearts and these prayers from our souls. You have guided our people for countless generations and counseled our congregations throughout the centuries. Today we seek to please and honor You with our devotions.
People:                Merciful God, we have sinned against You and faltered in our faith. We have made foolish decisions and taken wrong paths. We are guilty of being proud and selfish, as well as being deceitful and dishonest. Forgive us for allowing these sins to blemish our lives. Hear us now as we personally make our confessions to You.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                  Loving God, You have given us faith in Jesus to overcome our fears. He has sacrificed His life to extinguish our sins and restore us to You. With Christ, we are reunited to You and welcomed in Your Kingdom. In His Name, we seek salvation and continue to pray, saying "Our Father...THE LORD'S PRAYER." (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:                  Christ’s words and promises are true and will be kept for eternity. We receive the blessings of His mercy through His sacrificial love. Let us rejoice and be glad, for Christ our King is the Savior of our souls. In Jesus’ Name, we give thanks. 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:                  We trust in You, O Lord, for You are good, and we seek to enjoy Your strength and salvation. We delight in you, O Lord, and we pray that You will grant us the desire of our hearts and the petitions in our prayers.
People:                 We commit ourselves and our loved ones to You, O Lord, for we trust that You will help us and heal us from all harm. You brighten our lives with the promises of Your love. We pray that You will listen to our concerns and cause our fears to diminish through having faith in You. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:                  Salvation comes from the Lord, for He is our stronghold in times of trouble. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.                  (Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 37)

Singing of “Sanctuary.”

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:                Holy Spirit, when Jesus came among us two thousand years ago, He revealed God’s message of love and grace. Today, we seek to hear and receive the same. Bless us now with His teaching and grant us the courage to apply this lesson in our lives.  In Jesus' Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message and the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God
Offering and Offertory

Dedication: (in unison – led by pastor) Lord Jesus, generations ago, Your followers sacrificed everything to build Your church and broadcast the good news around the world. Today, we are blessed by their obedience and faith. We bring before You our tithes and offerings, as well as our hearts and lives. Take and receive them for the glory of God’s Kingdom and the praising of Your Name.  Amen. 


Closing Hymn:

Benediction (in unison):               May Christ urge us to continue working for His ministry here on Earth; may the Father reaffirm His love for us each day, and may the Holy Spirit keep leading us, so that we may worship and serve the One, Triune, and Living God,  both now and always Amen.     

Doxology and Postlude

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