“Order of Worship” Ω
§ WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
As we approach the Father through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, one or both of the following two prayers may prove helpful:
Holy God, our praise can never match the wondrous measure of your mercy. Our lips can never express the depth of gratitude that our hearts feel. In your providence we have been kept, of your bounty we have received, and under the shadow of your wings our souls have learned to rejoice. You have led us through each decision of our lives. Your goodness and mercy have followed us all our days. By green pastures we have been led. In the dark valley we have not walked alone. Our comfort has been in your rod and staff. We thank you that we are made to be dependent, that none of us can live without you. But most of all we thank you that you are dependable, naming us one by one, knowing each of our needs, and supplying all that we require and more, out of your eternal mercy. Hear us, O God, as our hearts, at their best and at their humblest, give you the glory that belongs to your name. In you we find our steadfast and unfrightened hope through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Prayer of Adoration C.1.4.2 — Worship Sourcebook 402-403 †)
God of new beginnings, you wipe away our tears and call us to care for one another. Give us eyes to see your gifts, hearts to embrace all creation, and hands to serve you every day of our lives. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. (Opening of Worship: Prayer B.1.4.3 — Worship Sourcebook 392 †)
§ 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, Surrender, & Supplication), we might include in our praying:
+The Jesus Creed*
+The Lord’s Prayer** (Prayed, Used as a Guide, or Both)
+Prayers for Ourselves, Our Families, the Church, & the World (Guide)
* – “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.