Friday, May 1, 2015

Easter 6 - Sunday Worship prayers - May 10

Approaching God

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship

Pastor:                  We have gathered in this holy house, so let us praise God’s Sacred Name.
People:                 We are blessed to be called God’s people and are pleased to be God’s children.
Pastor:                  Let us humbly worship together and proclaim God’s greatness forevermore. Amen.


Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Eternal Creator of Life, whose precious words gave birth to the Universe and whose wonderful ways sustain this planet that we call Earth, we approach You with our prayers and praises, asking that You will hear our petitions and be pleased with our songs of salvation.
People:                 Loving Lord, Your power is displayed throughout this planet, for Your presence can never be diminished nor ignored. We give You thanks for being mindful of our needs, our concerns, as well as our cares. We confess that we are guilty of wrongdoing and have omitted to do what is right. We have nursed our wrath and spoken unkind words. We have disappointed our loved ones and broken our promises to them.
Guide:                  Gracious God, forgive our selfish ways by granting us Your pardon. We regret the mistakes we have made, the disappointments we have caused, the duties we have neglected, and the opportunities we have wasted. Help us to rediscover Your goodness in our lives by humbly yielding our hearts to Your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior. Hear us now as we confess our sins to You alone.


Guide:                  Merciful Lord, thank You for hearing our prayers of confession. Thank You for bringing Jesus into our lives, whose sacrifice has canceled all our sins and created clean hearts, new lives, and faithful spirits within us all. Hear us now as we pray Christ’s own words saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER.” (Debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:                  Jesus is the Source of Life for our souls, which strengthens our spirits. He alone has the power and authority to forgive our sins, so we may be restored to God’s favor and grace. Therefore, let us celebrate His goodness and glorify His love, both now and 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.

Children’s Sermon

Encountering God

Stewardship Minute for Mission


Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                 Be merciful to us, O God, for our worries constantly burden us.  Each week, we have different pressures, so when we are anxious, help us to trust in You. Diminish our fears and grant us peace of mind. We place our lives, our loved ones, our prayers and concerns into Your healing hands.
People:                 As we pledge ourselves to Your Kingdom, we humbly ask that You will heal us, and all whom we pray for, from all that harms us in body, mind, soul, and spirit. Deliver us from despair and keep us from being fearful or frustrated. Hear us now as we personally pray.

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

Pastor:                 May we walk before the Lord in the light of life and God’s love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.               
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 56)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary.’

Prayer for Illumination
Reader:                Holy Spirit, may we walk with Christ as we read and hear these sacred scriptures. May we be drawn nearer to Him, so that we may praise and glorify His wonderful ministry on Earth. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message & the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by pastor):       Lord Jesus, we all belong to Your body of believers and so we are each called to honor and bless Your continuing work in the world. Take our gifts and set them apart for the life, ministry, and mission of this congregation, as well as Your Church here on Earth. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.


Benediction (unison):    May Christ’s grace keep us humble and faithful; may the Father’s blessings keep us thankful and grateful; and may the Holy Spirit keep us loving and serving the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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