Opening (optional, but makes the service more personal)

  • Opening Song
  • Words of Welcome

Sh’ma and its Blessings

  • Bar’chu* 2 (4) Call to worship
  • Maariv Aravim 2 (6) Creation
  • Ahavat Olam 3 (8) Revelation (God gave us the Torah)
  • Sh’ma* 4 (10) Affirmation that God is One
  • V’ahavta 4 (12) Love God
  • Mi Chamocha* and the rest of Geulah 6 (16) Redemption (God is the one who brings us to freedom from every oppressor)
  • Hashkiveinu 7 (18) God is our protector and will guard us throughout the night
  • Chatzi Kaddish 8 (20) “Reader’s Kaddish”

Amidah

  • Adonai S’fatai Tiftach 22 (74) opening asking God for the ability to pray
  • Avot v’Imahot* 22 (76) God of our ancestors
  • G’vurot* 23 (78) Describes the power of God
  • K’dushah* 24 (80) God is Holy
  • Intermediate Prayers 26-30 (84-90) Petitions requesting wisdom, repentance, forgiveness, redemption, health, abundance, freedom, justice, freedom from evil, righteousness, Jerusalem, deliverance, and the acceptance of our prayers
  • Avodah 31 (92) Worship- asking God to accept our prayers in love and to return to Jerusalem
  • Hodaah 32 (94) Thanksgiving
  • Shalom Rav 34 (96) Peace
  • Silent Prayer*
  • Song to Bring Everyone Back Together (it is always nice to use Yih’yu L’ratzon or Oseh Shalom)

Closing Prayers

  • Aleinu* 148 (284) Praising God
  • Kaddish Yatom*154 (296) Mourner’s Kaddish- Praising God, now with the added meaning of mourning
  • Closing Song 

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