Monday, November 9, 2015

Sunday Prayers - Ordinary 33B - November 15

Approaching God

Welcome & Announcements


Call to Worship

Pastor:                  May we dedicate this time to God, as well as devoting our lives to His Son.
People:                 We will sing praises to the Living Lord and offer our prayers to Him.
Pastor:                  Let us freely and cheerfully worship the One, Triune, and Living God! Amen.

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Lord of every bounty and blessing, we have come to Your holy house of prayer, seeking refuge in Your presence and looking for hope from Your words. We lift up our hearts and voices to praise and honor You. We know that we are called to be disciples and servants of Your Kingdom, so we rejoice in this sacred place of peace and power.

People:                 Almighty Father, You know everything about us. You are aware of our sinful deeds and selfish ways. You have witnessed our bitterness and shallowness, as well as our indifference and lack of compassion. Forgive our sins and pardon our foolish mistakes. Save us from temptation and rescue us from doing wrong. Hear us now as we humbly approach You with our personal confessions and individual prayers.


Guide:                  Everlasting God, we are eternally indebted to You. Only Your Son can heal the breach between us; only Jesus can restore us to the joy of Your Kingdom. We place our lives into His hands and seek the blessing of His forgiveness. In His words, we now pray saying:  “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:                  Jesus saves us from our sins by giving His life as a ransom for our own. His blood cleanses us from all our mistakes. His sacrifice on the Cross allows us to be forgiven and restored to God’s favor and grace. So, let us rejoice and be thankful, for Christ our Savior has fulfilled all that was needed to save our souls, 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.


Family Sermon (parents and all children, including Elementary school students come forward)
Praise Song

Encountering God

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                 How long, O LORD, must we endure pain and experience discomfort? How long will our illnesses continue? Please do not leave us without hope. May Your mercy come quickly to us, for we are in real need of Your compassion. Graciously send forth Your Holy Spirit to touch us and all our loved ones with Your healing power, Your bountiful blessing, and Your everlasting love.

People:                 May the cries of our hearts and the prayers of all our loved ones come before You; may You strengthen and preserve them, delivering them from despair and healing them from all that harms them in body, mind , heart, and soul. Hear us now as we silently pray.

Silent Prayers for ourselves and others. A candle is lit

Pastor:                 Living Lord, We are blessed to be Your people, therefore we will praise You forever. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
(Healing Prayer based on words & phrases from Psalm 79)

Singing of “Sanctuary.”

Prayer for Illumination
Reader:                 Holy Spirit, come among us today in this sacred place and enable us to encounter Jesus through these holy words. Penetrate our hearts and minds with the true meaning of these scriptures, and help us to apply their eternal truths in our daily lives. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by pastor):       Lord Jesus, from the bounty of our resources, we give back to You these gifts. You have blessed us each day and encouraged us to offer our time, talents and treasures to the glory of God. We seek Your approval of our gifts and offering, praying that we may use them for the life, work, and ministry of this church in Your Sacred Name, both now and forever. Amen. 


Benediction(unison):  May we submit to Christ’s authority each day; may the Father preserve us from evil by giving us His grace; and may the Holy Spirit keep us conscientious and faithful as Christian people, who worship, glorify, and adore the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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