“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:
Caring God, we thank you for your gifts in creation: for your world, the
heavens that tell of your glory; for our land, its beauty and resources; for the rich
heritage we enjoy. We pray for those who make decisions about the resources of the
earth, that we may use your gifts responsibly; for those who work on land and sea, in
city and in industry, that all may enjoy the fruits of their labors and marvel at your
creation; for artists, scientists, and visionaries, that through their work we may see
creation afresh. [Silence] We thank you for giving us life; for all who enrich our
experience. We pray for all who through their own or others’ actions are deprived of
fullness of life; for prisoners, refugees, those differently able, and all who are sick; for
those in politics, medical science, social and relief work, and for your church; for all
who seek to bring life to others. [Silence] We thank you that you have called us to
celebrate your creation. Give us reverence for life in your world. We thank you for
your redeeming love; may your Word and sacrament strengthen us to love as you
love us. [Silence] God, our Creator, bring us new life. Jesus, Redeemer, renew us.
Holy Spirit, strengthen and guide us. Amen.
(Prayer of the People C.4.4.15 — Worship Sourcebook 418)
§ WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
A period of silence may follow for reflection & recording insights.
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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.