Monday, November 2, 2015

Sunday Prayers - Ordinary 32B - Nov 08

Approaching God

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship

Pastor:                  Let us come into the holy presence of God to worship His Holy Name.
People:                 We are called to be here, where we can praise and honor the Lord.
Pastor:                  May our hearts be filled with God’s love and our lives be blessed with His grace. Amen.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Almighty Father, who created the land, sea, and air, we gather here to worship Your wonderful ways and praise Your Everlasting Name. You are the King of Glory, whose words produce Life, and whose thoughts sustain the entire Universe.
People:                 Gracious Father, become a river of life to us, cleansing us of our past mistakes, freeing us from our personal sins, and pardoning us of our selfish deeds. We know that we have disappointed You with our poor choices and mistaken ways. Hear us now as we personally confess our faults to You.


Guide:                  Father God, without Jesus, we have no hope of forgiveness. Without His sacrifice, we have no way to be forgiven. We therefore place our sinful selves into His Hands, and pray that His power will restore us to Your Favor and Eternal Kingdom. In Christ’s own words, we pray, saying “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:                  Jesus has the authority to forgive our sins, to purify our souls, and to give us God’s blessings. When we truly believe that He is the Son of God and place our lives into His Keeping, we are guaranteed absolution for our sins and given God’s everlasting love. So let us rejoice and be glad, for Jesus is our One, True, and Living Savior, both now and always. 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

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                  We will exalt you, O LORD, for You lift us out of the depths of our despair, and will not let our troubles overwhelm us. We cry out to You for help, for You alone can truly heal us. We feel secure in Your Presence and safe in Your Love. Strengthen our faith and diminish our fears. Fill us with peace and free us from pain.

People:                 O Lord, show Your favor to our friends and families. Grant them health and healing; release them from dismay and depression. Bring to them hope and happiness. Be merciful to us and all our loved ones, for You alone have the power to help us. Turn our worries into cheers; remove our sadness and replace it with joy. Hear us now as we silently pray.
Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:                  O LORD our God, may our hearts constantly sing to You and never be silent. May we give You praise and thanks forevermore. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 30)

Singing of ‘Sanctuary’

Prayer for Illumination
Reader:                                Holy Spirit, You know the future of each of our lives. You know the joys we will celebrate and the problems we have yet to encounter. Prepare our hearts and minds for those forthcoming times by enabling us to hear Christ’s words, to receive them in our hearts, and apply them in our daily lives. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings                         


Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by pastor):                       Lord Jesus, may we all give of our lives to Your ministry in this church, community, and nation. May we freely give to You of our time, talents, and money in ways and means that will honor and glorify Your Name. May You favorably bless these tokens and pledges, these gifts and offerings for the life, work, and mission of Your church at Erin, and throughout the world. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen. 



Benediction (unison):    May Christ enable us to go out into the world in service, ministry, and mission; may the Father establish strong and firm roots of faith in our hearts, souls, and minds; and may the Holy Spirit empower us with godly gifts, so that we may witness to Christ’s grace, God’s love, and the Spirit’s compassion, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology and Postlude

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