Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sunday prayers - Ordinary 10 - June 05

Approaching God

Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship

Pastor:                 Lord God, You have been our refuge and safe place for many generations.
People:                 Even before the mountains were created or this planet existed, You ruled the entire Universe.
Pastor:                 Billions of people from every nation, constantly praise and serve You, so we are glad to join them in worshiping You today. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayers of Adoration & Confession

Guide:                  Everlasting Father, whose Kingdom extends throughout Creation, we come to worship Your ways and honor Your Sacred Name. We pray that our heartfelt praises will please You, as we focus on Your words and seek to experience Your Holy presence.
People:                 Gracious Lord, we struggle with temptation and often fall into sinful habits. We fail Your expectations and constantly make avoidable mistakes. Forgive our foolish choices and selfish ways. Pardon us for being unfaithful and allowing pride to obstruct our compassion. Hear us now as we silently confess our sins to You alone.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                  Loving Lord, we look to Jesus to forgive our past sins and restore us to Your favor. He alone has the power to save our souls and sanctify our spirits. In His Name, we are fully forgiven; through His Words we are eternally united to You, therefore we pray: “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel

Guide:                  Jesus became involved in the lives of many people and invited them to become His followers. His words were full of healing and holiness, challenge and compassion. We have humbly come to Him with our confessions and He has graciously received our prayers. Let us give thanks and rejoice, for Christ is our Everlasting Savior and Merciful King. Amen.

Gloria Patri (sung - 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)
Children exit for Planet Worship

Encountering God

Prayers of Intercession

Pastor:                 Almighty God, there are many things in the world which trouble us and sometimes cause us anxiety. You know of our worries and fears, so please hear our prayers for ourselves, our loved ones, and our community. Grant healing to our church and nation. Help us to seek peace and justice in our world. Guide us with Your Spirit and bless us with Your Love.
People:                 We pray for the life, work, and ministry of Your Church throughout the world. We ask that You bless and protect those who are persecuted for their faith; whose lives are endangered because of their devotion to You. Keep us mindful of the religious freedom that we enjoy, compared to the religious oppression that Christian experience in other places. Hear us now as we silently pray for the Church across this planet.

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

Pastor:                  May God answer our prayers and set His people free from all their fears. In Jesus' Name, we humbly pray. Amen.

Singing of 'Sanctuary’

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:                Holy Spirit, may these sacred words touch our hearts and souls, so that we may apply their teaching in our lives. Enable us to grasp the meaning of today's message, so we can seek ways to practice its importance. In Jesus' Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings

The Message

Serving God
Offering & offertory

Dedication (unison – led by pastor):       Lord Jesus, we give You thanks for Your sacrifice which has granted us salvation. We respectfully bring before You our gifts as a holy offering. Bless it for the work of Your church, the well-being of our community, and the spreading of the Gospel throughout the world. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen. 


Closing Hymn

Benediction (unison):    May we always be faithful to Christ and seek to please Him each day; may we lovingly serve the Father throughout our lives; and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide and lead us, so that we may worship the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and always. Amen.

Doxology & Postlude

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