SATURDAY (May 23, 2015)

“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)

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. (A Prayer for 7th Sunday of Easter — Book of Common Prayer 226)

Psalm for the DayPsalm 83 (Sing)

 

WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD

Reading the Word – Numbers 8 (3-Year Plan)

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 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”).

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