“Order of Worship” Ω
§ WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
As we draw near to the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, one or both of the following two prayers may be helpful to direct our hearts to God:
Gracious God, your heart abounds with goodness, and your hand pours out abundance. We praise you for the continuous cycle of seed time and harvest and the order of nature. We bless you for the beauty of autumn and its generous yield. We thank you that you are mindful of us and supply our needs. Accept our thanksgiving and our praise for the cycle of life and for all the joys of living. Amen. (Opening of Worship C.1.4.3 — Worship Sourcebook 403†)
O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you, eyes to behold you, ears to listen for your Word, a heart to love you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Opening Responses 1.4.25– Worship Sourcebook 68†)
§ WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
A period of silence may follow for reflection & recording insights. (For Reflection)
§ WE LIVE IN PRAYERFUL RESPONSE TO GOD
As we spend time with God in prayer (Listening as well as offering up prayers of Adoration, Confession of Sin, Thanksgiving, & Supplication), we might include in our praying:
+Prayers for Ourselves, Our Families, the Church, & the World (Prayers V)
+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”).
† = Reprinted by permission from The Worship Sourcebook, © 2004, Faith Alive Christian Resources.