AN ORDER FOR MIDDAY PRAISE AND PRAYER
This service is for use by groups in the middle of the day, possibly before a noon meal or following a morning meeting.
The congregation may be invited to stand for the entire service. The service is most effective when sunlight is visible.
CALL TO PRAISE AND PRAYER *
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint. (ISAIAH 40:30–31)
A hymn for the midday may be sung. Suggested from UMH:
|62||All Creatures of Our God and King||102||Now Thank We All Our God|
|154||All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name||119||O God in Heaven|
|155||All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name||480||O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go|
|451||Be Thou My Vision||454||Open My Eyes, That I May See|
|527||Do, Lord, Remember Me||96||Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above|
|404||Every Time I Feel the Spirit||492||Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire|
|465||Holy Spirit, Truth Divine||116||The God of Abraham Praise|
|397||I Need Thee Every Hour||601||Thy Word Is a Lamp|
|521||I Want Jesus to Walk with Me||67||We, Thy People, Praise Thee|
|494||Kum Ba Yah||526||What a Friend We Have in Jesus|
|402||Lord, I Want to Be a Christian|
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING*
A brief ex tempore prayer or collect may be offered. See The Book of Common Prayer (The Episcopal Church, 1979) p. 107 for several examples.
SONG OF PRAISE *
A scripture song or hymn may be sung. Suggested from UMH:
|834||Psalm 113||847||Psalm 126|
|844||Psalm 121||74||Canticle of Thanksgiving|
|845||Psalm 122||91||Canticle of Praise to God|
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE *
The following or other of litany of intercession (see another litany) may be prayed, during which any person may offer a brief prayer of intercession or petition.
After each prayer, the leader may conclude: Lord, in your mercy, and all may respond: Hear our prayer.
Or the leader may intone: Let Us Pray to the Lord (UMH 485), and all respond singing: Lord, have mercy.
Together, let us pray
for the people of this congregation…
for those who suffer and those in trouble…
for the concerns of this local community…
for the world, its peoples, and its leaders…
for the Church universal—its leaders, its members, and its mission…
in communion with the saints….
Following these prayers, all may sing a response. Suggested from UMH:
|490||Hear Us, O God||491||Remember Me|
|488||Jesus, Remember Me||487||This Is Our Prayer|
|485||Let Us Pray to the Lord|
See also from The United Methodist Book of Worship:
|God Hears Our Every Need (Hymn 183)||Tino tenda Jesu (Hymn 203)|
|Jesus, We Are Here (Hymn 187)||Señor Apiádate de Nostros (Hymn 188)|
|Teach Me to Hear in Silence (Hymn 194)||O Lamb of God (Hymn 201)|
THE LORD’S PRAYER * Sung or spoken. See UMH 270–71, 894–96.
The God of peace be with us.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
THE PEACE * Signs of peace may be exchanged.
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Copyright: “An Order for Mid-Day Praise and Prayer,” Copyright © 1992 UMPH.