Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sunday prayers - Jan 08

Approaching God

Welcome and Announcements


Call to Worship

Pastor:                 Let us approach the Lord with all of our hearts; let us think about His marvelous ways.
People:                 We will praise our God for granting us love and mercy; we will worship Him for being our Creator.
Pastor:                  Let us gladly delight in the Lord's deeds. Let us glorify His sacred Name forever. Amen.

First Hymn

Prayers of Adoration and Confession

Guide:                  Almighty Creator, we come to Your sacred house to praise You with our words and to pray to You from our hearts. We hope to devote our lives to Your work on Earth and pledge our faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ.
People:                Gracious God, we know that we are imperfect and often make mistakes. We are sorry for neglecting Your teaching and setting aside Your ways. We sometimes make faithless choices and allow our pride to damage our Christian witness. Forgive us for being foolish and arrogant, as well as self-centered and sinful. Hear us now as we make our personal confessions to You.

- Silent Confessions -

Guide:                 Loving Lord, You have sent Jesus to restore our lives and redeem our souls forever. His grace grants us complete forgiveness. His mercy allows us to regain our hope. Therefore, we rejoice in Jesus our Savior and unite our hearts with Him. In His Words, we continue to pray saying, “Our Father...THE LORD'S PRAYER” (debts/debtors).

Promise of the Gospel
Guide:  Jesus comes to us from God and redeems us to be with Him. He humbled Himself to become human, endured the pain of the Cross when He sacrificed His life for our sins. He is our One True Lord and Savior, for through Him we are cleansed of all our past mistakes and restored to God's delight, 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)

Choir Anthem

Encountering God

Prayers for Health and Healing

Pastor:                  Loving Lord, we bring our personal prayers to You, and embrace You as the Helper and Healer of all. When we are weary or broken in spirit, grant us comfort and peace. When we are fearful or anxious, bring solace to our hearts and calmness to our minds.

People:                 Gracious God, relieve us from any pain and carry us through our problems. Restore us to health and grant us wholeness. Encourage us to pray for all our loved ones, so they may also have faith in Your strength and depend upon Your power. Hear us now as we quietly pray.

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

Pastor:                  May the Lord shield us from all that harms us in body, mind, heart, and soul. May God gladly receive our prayers, given in Jesus' Name. Amen.

Singing of “Sanctuary.”

Prayer of Illumination
Reader:                Holy Spirit, feed us with Christ's words and nourish our souls with His sacred teaching. Influence our lives with His ways and encourage us to share His Good News with all whom we love and know. In Jesus' Name, we pray.  Amen.

Scripture Readings
The Message

Serving God

Offering & Offertory

Dedication (unison – led by the pastor):               Lord Jesus, Your Resurrection gave our world a new and everlasting hope. We have become the heirs to this amazing blessing, so we praise You for the precious gift of eternal life. In thankfulness, we bring our tithes and offerings, asking that You will receive and bless them for the continuing ministry of Your Gospel and the glorious mission of Your Church. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Benediction (unison):    May Christ continue to love and cherish us each day; may the Father grant us His peace and mercy; and may the Holy Spirit keep us thankful for the grace we experience, so that we may faithfully serve the One, Triune, and Living God, both now and always. Amen.        

Doxology & Postlude

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