Monday, August 10, 2015

Sunday Prayers - Ordinary 20B - August 16

Approaching God

Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship
Pastor:                  The Lord has brought us to His Holy House to worship and glorify His Name.
People:                 We are the servants of God, seeking His Love and looking for His favor.
Pastor:                  May our songs of praise and heartfelt prayers be acceptable to You, O Lord our God. Amen.


Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Eternal Lord of Heaven and Earth, whose power strengthens our spirits and whose love sustains our lives; we come before You as humble servants and devoted disciples. Your sacred promises have always been fulfilled. You have allowed us to abide in Your Presence, so we now seek refuge in Your sacred sanctuary.
People:                 Merciful God, we have often taken You for granted. We have out our own wants and desires above Your will and direction. We have selfishly made foolish choices, which often oppose Your perfect counsel. Pardon us for being uncaring, unfaithful, and unholy. Hear us now as we silently seek Your forgiveness for all our sins and fallen ways.
- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                  Gracious Father, we seek salvation from Your Holy Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. By His supreme sacrifice, our mistakes are pardoned and our sins are absolved. Through His Grace, we are restored to Your favor and set free from our past sins. In His holy words, we gratefully pray, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:                  We are called to worship Jesus and broadcast His Name to the world, for He alone has the power on Earth to grant us God’s everlasting peace. He is the High Priest of our hearts and the sacred Savior of our souls. So let us rejoice and express our faith in the praising and glorifying of His Name 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)

Praise Song

Encountering God

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                 Let us exalt the Lord in this place of holiness and healing. Great are the works of God, therefore we will recall His words and delight in them. His deeds are glorious and majestic; His righteousness endures forever. We remember God’s wonderful ways, for the LORD is both gracious and compassionate.
People:                May God provide strength and sustenance for those who need Him. May He hear the prayers of our people for health, hope, and healing. May the Lord display the power of His works to us and our loved ones. May He set us free from all that harms us in body, mind, heart, and spirit. Hear us now, Gracious God, as we silently pray.

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

Pastor: The works of God’s hands are faithful and just; we will trust all of His merciful ways. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.  (Healing prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 111)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary.’

Prayer for Illumination

Reader:                 Holy Spirit, You know each of us by name and You call us into Christ’s service. Let His words and teaching challenge our lives, so that we may honor and glorify His Sacred Name. Amen.                                 

Scripture Readings
The Message and the Apostles’ Creed

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by pastor):       Lord Jesus, You speak to us each day of our lives and grant us many blessings. From the fruits of our labors and the bounty of our resources, we place our tithes and offerings before You. Take these gifts and consecrate them for the ministries that You want to accomplish through our church, in this community, and across the world. In Your Holy Name, we give our lives and seek Your blessing. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction(unison):  May Christ be all the strength that we need each day; may the Father support us in times of weakness and failure; and may the Holy Spirit teach us to delight in the Lord by pleasing the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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