“Order of Worship” Ω
WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
As we boldly approach the throne of grace that we may find mercy and grace in our time of need, the following two prayers may be helpful in approaching the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit:
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. (Morning Prayer II: Glory to God — Book of Common Prayer 94-95)
Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (A Collect for Guidance — Book of Common Prayer 100)
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 – “Spirit of Faith, Come Down” // 2. John Wesley Sermon 4 – “Scriptural Christianity (Acts 4:31)“ // 3. “Who Is the Holy Spirit and Why Was He Sent?” by Timothy Tennent // 4. “Pentecost (Seven Minute Seminary Video)” by Craig Keener // 5. Modern Song #1 – “Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here” by Kim Walker Smith // 6. Modern Song #2 – “Holy Spirit, Rain Down” by Hillsong]
WE LIVE IN PRAYERFUL RESPONSE TO GOD
As we pray (Listening to God as well as offering up prayers of Adoration, Confession of Sin, Thanksgiving, & Supplication to God), 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”).