holistic prayer on 02.12.12

This weekend, we spent 25 minutes singing, praying, and worshiping through this beautiful prayer…

We have come together as the family   
   of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,
to bring before Him the needs
   of the world,
to ask His forgiveness of our sins,
and to seek His grace,
that through His Son Jesus Christ
we may give ourselves to His service.
Amen.

After singing Glory to God Forever together, we began working through the prayer, line by line…

We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,

And in the spirit of offering God praise and thanksgiving, we first reflected on one thing/person/etc that we were most thankful for.  While the band played quietly, we each told God “thank You” in our own words.  This time of thankfulness moved into the great hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness.

We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,

We heard a reading from Matthew 6:

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

   22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[c] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[d] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

   24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

…and then sang The Doxology.

We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,
to bring before Him the needs
of the world,

At this point, Paul JVR leads us in a prayer for the world.  It was beautiful and rich and probably my favorite part of the whole service.  We prayed that God would bring rain to the parts of the world that are in drought, we prayed that peace would come to war-torn regions, and we offered our hands and feet to make it so.  Very powerful.

We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,
to bring before Him the needs
of the world,
to ask His forgiveness of our sins,
and to seek His grace,

At this point, we moved into a time of confession, speaking this corporate confession together…

Most holy and merciful Father:
We confess to you and to one another,
and to the whole communion of saints
in heaven and on earth,
that we have sinned by our own fault
in thought, word, and deed;
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.

And then we took a minute or so to confess whatever it was that we needed to confess.  This holy space lead us into the great hymn of absolution:  Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.

We have come together as the family
of God in our Father’s presence
to offer Him praise and thanksgiving,
to hear His holy word,
to bring before Him the needs
of the world,
to ask His forgiveness of our sins,
and to seek His grace,
that through His Son Jesus Christ
we may give ourselves to His service.
Amen. 

In the spirit of “giving ourselves to His service”, we reprised the bridge and chorus of “Glory to God Forever” and lifted our voices and hands to Heaven.  Yes, God, we want to be a part of what You’re doing on planet earth!  Here we are, send us!

So take my life and let it be
All for You and for Your glory
Take my life and let it be
Yours!

 

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 02.14.12 under Lead Worship, Songs, Weekend Experience.

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