“Order of Worship” α
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§ WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE
Through prayer, let’s draw near to our heavenly Father through His only Son Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, approaching the throne of grace with confidence that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need:
I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the
same, the Three in One, and One in Three. I bind this day to me forever, by power of
faith, Christ’s incarnation; his baptism in the Jordan river; his death on the cross for
my salvation. His bursting from the spiced tomb; his riding up the heavenly way; his
coming at the day of doom I bind unto myself today…I bind unto myself today the
power of God to hold and lead, God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay, God’s ear to
hearken to my need, the wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s
shield to ward, the Word of God to give me speech, God’s heavenly host to be my
guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath
me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love
me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. I bind unto myself the name, the strong
name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, the One in Three, of
whom all nature has creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Praise to the Lord of my
salvation, salvation is of Christ, the Lord. Amen.
(Profession of Faith R.3.6.2 — Worship Sourcebook 721-2)
§ WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
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§ 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 (see * below) and/or The Apostles’ Creed (see ** below)
+The Lord’s Prayer (Prayed, Used as a Guide, or Both; see *** below)
+Prayers for Ourselves, Our Families, the Church, & the World
* – “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).
** – I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day He rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead; I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic (universal) Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. (United Methodist Hymnal 881)
*** – 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. (United Methodist Hymnal 895)
α 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.