Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship
Liturgist: We have gathered in God’s House to worship Him. Let us praise His Holy Name.
People: We lift up our hearts and voices to glorify the One True and Living God.
Liturgist: May the songs we sing and the prayers we give, be acceptable to Christ our King. Amen.
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Guide: Almighty Father, whose sacred Word brought this universe into being, and whose divine Will sustains all life, we approach You as humble servants and children, as disciples and followers of Christ. Your ways are always fulfilled, and Your works magnify Your greatness. We applaud Your plan of salvation, and we exalt You above all else.
People: Gracious Father, before we truly knew You, we were enemies of Your kingdom, and even rebelled against Your Son. We have been reckless with our faith, and wasteful with our lives. We constantly submit to temptation and give way to our fears. Merciful Lord, save us from our sinful and selfish ways. Keep us from damaging our souls and blemishing our spirits. We ask You for forgiveness and seek Your grace. Hear us now as we silently confess to You.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: Heavenly Father, without Jesus as our Savior, we would be cast away from Your loving presence forever. Without His sacrifice, we would have no opportunity to be forgiven, nor would we ever be restored to Your everlasting kingdom. Thank You for giving Jesus to us, in whose words we continue to pray, saying, “Our Father….THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).
Promise of the Gospel
Guide: Jesus constantly challenged the people, rulers, and leaders of His day, asking them to repent of their sins, so that they could be restored to God. Today, we face the same challenge from Christ. We have humbly confessed our sins and sought His mercy. Let us rejoice and be glad, for Jesus is our Savior and through Him we are totally accepted by God.
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: We revere the Lord and seek His blessings; we come into His presence and abide in Him. May the Lord grant us health and healing, strength and support. May the fruits of our prayers enhance our faith and increase our devotion to Him.
People: May our loved ones and siblings, our families and friends receive help and power, energy and strength to overcome their illnesses and anxieties, as well as their troubles and worries. O Lord, we seek peace for our souls, health for our hearts, and tranquility for our minds. Hear us now as we silently pray, for our loved ones and neighbors, our families and ourselves.
Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.
Pastor: May the LORD favor us with His blessings of health and strength. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 128)
Singing of “Sanctuary”
Prayer of Illumination
Reader: Holy Spirit, You inspired Christ’s first disciples to spread the Good News and to proclaim the victory of God's Kingdom over all the Earth. Lift up our spirits in the same ways, and rekindle our faith through the lessons that we read, hear, and accept today. In Christ's Name, we pray. Amen.
The Message and the Apostles' Creed
Offering & Offertory
Dedication: (in unison – led by pastor) Lord Jesus, we have sang Your praises and received Your message. We have been empowered by Your Spirit and embraced by God. Take these gifts and tokens, tithes and offerings as our cheerful response to Your Word and our grateful thanks for Your Love. Bless them for the continuing work of the Gospel, the glorifying of God's kingdom, and the praising of Your Holy Name. Amen.
Benediction: (unison) May Christ continue to welcome us into His flock; may the Father enhance our faith and friendships in Him; and may the Holy Spirit challenge and convert our ways, so that we may glorify, worship, and serve the One, Triune, and Living God forevermore. Amen.
Doxology & Postlude