Practical Pastor: A Prayer Service Order of Worship

I know sometimes it is difficult to plan a good worship service.  In the interest of getting your creative juices flowing, here is the service for our recent Saturday morning prayer service.

In terms of details, the prayers of praise were “open”–anyone could pray–and we encouraged people to keep them short. Specific people were asked to pray during the confession time with a few minutes of silent prayer ending it.  Intercession was another open, longer time of prayer.  For the petition time we broke up into smaller groups. We ended by saying the Lord’s Prayer together. The whole service lasted just over an hour.

I’d love to hear how you plan for regular or special services.



February 4, 2012

Call to Prayer Scripture Reading . . . . . . . . . Ephesians 1:1-2:10


Opening Song of Praise . . . . . . . . . . “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”

Prayer of Praise & Thanksgiving

                Praise God for his character

                Praise God for his provision        

                Praise God for his saving grace in Christ


Call to Prayer Scripture Reading . . . . . . . . Psalms 50 & 51

Prayer of Confession

                Confess sins of our church

                Confess sins of our nation

                Confess sins of our lives

                Pray for spirit of true repentance

Song of Assurance………… “Before the Throne”


Call to Prayer Scripture Reading . . . . . . . .  Matthew 6:5-34

Prayer of Intercession

                Ask for kingdom-centered vision of life and ministry

                Ask for God to be honored in the world through the spread of the gospel & the lives of his people

                Ask for the spiritual growth and protection for the church

Prayer of Petition

                Pray for your needs

                Pray for your family & friends’ needs

Song of Thanksgiving  . . . . . . . . . “In Christ Alone”

Concluding Prayer:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come,your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.”

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