“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:
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made the bright, warm sunshine and the freezing-cold snow. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made the little tiny flowers and the great big pine trees. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made the peaceful ponds and the crashing waves. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made the cornfields and the rocky mountains. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made the creeping caterpillars and kicking kangaroos. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. God made you, and God made me. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Come, let us praise God for making all things good! (Creation: Opening of Worship A.1.2.4 — Worship Sourcebook 373-374 †)
Holy Spirit, pour out upon us wisdom and understanding, that, being taught by you in Holy Scripture, our hearts and minds may be opened to receive all that leads to life and holiness. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Prayer of Illumination 3.1.17 — Worship Sourcebook 142 †)
§ 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.