“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 prove helpful:
You are God: we praise you; You are the Lord; we acclaim you; You are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide. You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. (Morning Prayer II: You Are God — Book of Common Prayer 95-96)
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (A Collect for 5th Sunday of Easter — Book of Common Prayer 225)
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”).