Weekly Liturgy

Praying to the Sovereign God

Purpose

This weekly liturgy is meant to help you prepare your heart and mind for the Sunday morning gathering. Take some time this weekend to read, pray, and quiet your mind. Consider the following theme and scriptures to focus your heart on Christ and prepare for our Sunday morning gathering.

Theme

God’s Sovereignty should shape how we pray and what we prioritize

Call to Worship 

Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, and whose power is in the skies. Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel- he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God! – Psalm 68:34-35

Confession of Sin 

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. – 2 Peter 1:3-7

Assurance of Pardon

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13,14

Sermon Text

For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. – Ephesians 1:15-23

Sermon Outline

Outline: 3 prayer reflexes in light of God’s Sovereignty:

  1. Thank him for his intervening grace in the lives of believers (15-16)
  2. Ask him for Divine illumination (17-19)
  3. Praise him for the exaltation of Christ on our behalf (20-23)

Benediction

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:15-17

Congregational Songs

  1. Holy Holy Holy
  2. All Creatures of Our God and King
  3. O The Deep Deep Love of Jesus
  4. A Debtor to Mercy Alone
  5. Jesus Shall Reign

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for Luke as he prepares to preach God’s Word
  2. Pray for your own heart and mind to receive God’s Word with humility