“Order of Worship” Ω
WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
As we approach the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, the following two prayers may be helpful to draw our hearts to God:
Surely, it is God who saves me; I will trust in him and not be afraid. For the Lord is my stronghold and my sure defense, and he will be my Savior. Therefore you shall draw water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation. And on that day you shall say, “Give thanks to the Lord and call upon his Name; Make his deeds known among the peoples; see that they remember that his Name is exalted. Sing the praises of the Lord, for he has done great things, and this is known in all the world. Cry aloud, inhabitants of Zion, ring out your joy, for the great one in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.” Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Morning Prayer II: The First Song of Isaiah — Book of Common Prayer 86)
Almighty God, who after the creation of the world rested from all your works and sanctified a day of rest for all your creatures: Grant that we, putting away all earthly anxieties, may be duly prepared for the service of your sanctuary, and that our rest here upon earth may be a preparation for the eternal rest promised to your people in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Collect for Saturdays — Book of Common Prayer 99)
WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
A period of silence may follow for reflection & recording insights.
[Additional Weekly Material for Prayer & Reflection: 1. Charles Wesley Hymn – “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise” // 2. John Wesley Sermon 28 – “Sermon on the Mount, Discourse 8 (Matt 6:19-23)” // 3. “What Was the Purpose of the Temple?” by Timothy Tennent // 4. “The Gift of the Church Calendar” by Christopher Peters // 5. Modern Song #1 – “I Love You, Lord” // 6. Modern Song #2 – “The Friendship & the Fear”]
WE LIVE IN PRAYERFUL RESPONSE TO GOD
As we pray (Listening as well as offering up prayers of Adoration, Confession of Sin, Thanksgiving, & Supplication), we might include in our praying:
The Jesus Creed*
The Lord’s Prayer** (Prayed, Used as a Guide, or Both)
* – “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31, NIV 2011).
** – Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Ω NOTE: The following “Order of Worship” is offered as a possible way into prayerful communion with the Triune God of the Bible and into earnestly listening for God’s revelation of His nature, saving work, and will through the Scriptures. However, depending upon your time limitations, interests, and convictions, one can “pick and choose” what it will look like for him or her to seek God through disciplined engagement with Scripture (“Read”) and Prayer (“Pray”) with the goal of receiving and reflecting the love of God (“Love”) every day of our lives (“Daily”).