“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:
O ruler of the universe, Lord God, great deeds are they that you have done, surpassing human understanding. Your ways are ways of righteousness and truth, O King of all the ages. Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, and sing the praises of your Name? For you only are the Holy One. All nations will draw near and fall down before you, because your just and holy works have been revealed. 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 Song of the Redeemed — Book of Common Prayer 94)
O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. (Prayer for 7th Sunday of Easter — Book of Common Prayer 226)
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”).