“Order of Worship” Ω
WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
As we approach the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, let us pray:
Open my lips, O Lord, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me. Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. (Daily Devotions: In the Morning — Book of Common Prayer 135)
Almighty God, by the hand of Mark the evangelist you have given to your Church the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God: We thank you for this witness, and pray that we may be firmly grounded in its truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Saint Mark — Book of Common Prayer 240)
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 – “Come, Holy Ghost, Our Hearts Inspire” // 2. John Wesley Sermon 17 – “The Circumcision of the Heart (Rom. 2:29)” // 3. “What Is Prevenient (Preceding) Grace?” by Timothy Tennent // 4. “Five Ways Churches Are Not Wasting the Resource of Church Members in the Marketplace” by Kevin Kinghorn // 5. Modern Song #1 – “Great Are You Lord” by Bethel // 6. Modern Song #2 – “Greater” by Mercy Me]
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”).