Announcements & A Word of Welcome
Call to Worship
Pastor: It is good to praise the LORD and to worship His Holy Name.
People: We proclaim Your love for us and Your faithfulness, O God, to all Your people.
Pastor: You make us glad, Almighty God, with Your wonderful deeds. We sing for joy and glorify Your powerful works.
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Guide: Heavenly Father, we are constantly amazed by Your wondrous works in the world, and Your almighty ways that are displayed throughout the Universe. We are delighted with Your glorious deeds, and seek to dedicate our lives in the service of Your Kingdom.
People: Loving God, we struggle throughout our lives with the forces of temptation and are sometimes overcome by the burdens of sin. We fail to follow Your ways, and have often faltered in the keeping of Your words. We have been blinded by greed, power, and ambition. We have damaged our souls and diminished our faith through pride, bitterness, and prejudice. Graciously forgive us as we confess our sins to You alone.
- Silent Confessions -
Guide: Almighty Father, we place our lives into Your Son's gracious hands. In Christ, we can find forgiveness. In Jesus, we are totally absolved of our past mistakes. We make these prayers and petitions in the Holy Name of Jesus and with His precious words, we continue to pray, saying, “Our Father…THE LORD’S PRAYER (debts/debtors)”
Promise of the Gospel
Guide: Christ was not fully accepted by all of His people, even when He walked and talked among them. His Spirit moves among us today and when we come to Jesus with our confessions, He receives our prayers and forgives us of all our sins. He is the One, True, and Only Savior who makes us acceptable and holy to God. 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)
Offering & Offertory
Dedication (unison): Lord Jesus, we are all given different gifts to honor and glorify Your Name. We are called to church to build up our faith and enhance our talents. Before You, we gather our tithes and offerings, as pledges of our service and dedication to You. Bless them for the work of God's kingdom, both here in this place, and throughout the world. In Your Holy Name, we give and pray. Amen.
Prayers for Health and Healing
Leader: O LORD, remember us, and all the worries that we carry, and all the troubles we endure. As we gather in Your sacred house, come into our hearts. As we make our prayers, grant us Your peace.
People: Sometimes, Lord, we lose sleep because we are worried, and grow weary of our fears. Help us to find a place of quietness and strength, of harmony and unity with You, O Lord.
Leader: We have heard of Your mighty deeds; we have read of Your powerful ways. Come among us even now, Lord, and touch us with Your Spirit. Arise, O Lord, and claim us as Your own. Heal our loved ones and ourselves from all that harms us in body, mind, heart, and soul. Hear us now as we silently and sincerely pray.
Silent Prayers for others and ourselves. A candle is lit.
Leader: For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, and the renown of His Holy Name, receive our prayers. Amen.
Singing of “Jesus, Draw Me Close.”
Prayer of Illumination
Reader: Holy Spirit, teach us Christ's ways, so that we may proclaim His Good News. Day after day, inspire our lives, so that we may follow and serve Him. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.
The Message & The Nicene Creed
Benediction (unison): May Christ happily greet us each day with love; may the Father greatly increase our hope; and may the Holy Spirit joyfully enhance our faith in the One, Triune and Living God, both now and always. Amen.
Doxology Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; etc & Postlude