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A Prayer of God’s People for Holy Week

Lord, we need you…we sing those words this morning, and these words are so true…

In You, Lord, we find rest.

In You, we find guidance.

In You, we find grace that runs deeper than our sin and holiness that flows from being in Christ.

In You, we find strength in times of temptation and hope in times of trials and discouragement.

 Lord, indeed we need you every hour.

We pray, this day, that we may trust in You, as our Heavenly Father, even as did Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 We pray that we might not fall into temptation as we face the challenges and sufferings of life.

We pray that we will not be found sleeping in our lives, inattentive to the work of Your Kingdom, nor insensitive to the needs of all those whom You love.

We pray that we might be endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit so that we, like Jesus, might commit ourselves to You, seeking not our will, but Yours above all.

We pray, as did our Lord in Gethsemane, not simply for our own needs, but for the needs of those whom we love and who are close to us: people here at Roberts, family and friends.   We pray also for the world, that all will know You and the goodness of Your Kingdom’s rule.

 Lord, we need you every hour. 

May our love and devotion be strengthened as we encounter the Gospel of Jesus Christ, throughout our celebration of Holy Week and Easter. May Your Church be faithful in the proclamation of Your Gospel in all places, that Your name might be glorified in all the earth.

We pray these things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Times of Testing” – Prayers on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday from Reflections on Matthew 3:16-4:11

O God, how I long for moments like these:

Moments when heaven opens up.

Moments when the Spirit descends like a dove.

Moments when I clearly hear Your voice of affirmation, “You are my child, whom I love, in whom I am well pleased”

O God, thank you for moments like these.  How I would love to stay in the warmth of its rays.

O God, how I dread and flee from moments like these:

Moments when the Spirit leads to the desert.

Moments of tempting and testing.

Moments of hunger and thirst; of emptiness of all but Your resource alone.

O Christ, strengthen and support me in moments like these.  Sustain me in my weakness that I may stand with you through the testings and temptings.  Send the devil away defeated and may your angels attend me in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Be our Rock”

Heavenly Father and Almighty God, we turn to you in the midst of our personal need and the great need of the world today.

Pay attention to us O Lord. Come quickly to help us.

Pay attention to our need for help in the midst of busy lives.

Pay attention to our need for health and strength in mind, body and spirit.

Pay attention to our need for deliverance from addictions, from discouragement, from troubling circumstances and tough situations

Pay attention to our need for forgiveness.

Pay attention to our prayers for others, close and far away,

            For those who are hungry today

For those who are in slavery, in war, in abusive and hurtful places.

For those who need your deliverance

For those who need new life and hope in the midst of despair.

Come quickly to help, O Lord

Be the Rock that we go to for safety.  Be the strong fort that saves us.

From our laziness, from our busyness, from our abundance and our lack.

From our sin and from the results of others sin in our lives.

From temptations, from weather, from emotional distress and depression.

From all things which distract us from your love and your purposes for our lives.

Be our Rock O Lord.  An indeed you are our Rock and Our Fort.

Lead us this day and guide our way,

That we might walk truly in your way,

And so bring honor to your name.

In the strong name of Christ our Lord we pray.  Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Scriptural Compiliation on Spiritual Gifts

Prayer 1:  God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Prayer 2:  Use them well to serve one another…then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Congregation:  All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.

Prayer 1:  Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.

Prayer 2:  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

Prayer 1:  Speakers speak, helpers help, servers serve…

Prayer 2: Teachers teach, givers give, leaders lead, encouragers encourage.

Prayer 1:  God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Prayer 2: Use them well to serve one another…then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Congregation:  All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.

Prayer 1:  Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.

Prayer 2:  There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.

Prayer 1: There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.

Prayer 2:  God works in different ways,

Prayer 1:  but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

Prayer 2:  Now these are the gifts Christ gave the church…to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, that is, the body of Christ.

Prayer 1:  God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Prayer 2: Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ.

Congregation:  All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Lord is my shepherd” – Psalm 23

O God, Your Word tells us that You are a shepherd to Your people.

Shepherd me and help lead me to a place of deep satisfaction and contentment in you.  You are all I need.

Green pastures and quiet waters sound so wonderful;  restore my soul O God and guide me in Your way.

O God, Your Word tell us that though we experience loss and death you are a shepherd to your people.

Shepherd me and comfort me with Your presence in the midst of dark valleys, fears and doubts.

O God, Your Word tells us the You provide and protect Your people.

Shepherd me with provision and protection that my life and faith may overflow.

O God, Your Word tells us goodness, love, and mercy are with Your people throughout life and forever.

Shepherd me that in Your goodness, love, and mercy I might live with You forever.

In the name of Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, I pray. Amen

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Are you listening?”

Are you listening? Really listening

To the voice of God; He’s calling out your name?

If you listen you will hear His voice,

you’ll be changed.

Are you listening? Really listening

To the word of God; He’s calling to your soul?

If you listen, you will hear His voice,

you’ll find life.

In the whispers of creation, His voice can be heard everyday.

In the sacred, written pages, echoes of His will and ways.

Through people, circumstances, all that will lead us to pray.

Are you listening?  Really listening

To the word of God; He’s calling out your name.

If you listen, you will hear His voice,

you’ll find life.

©Bratt, J – 2008

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“Song of Joy for Today”

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! – Psalm 118:24

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

Put away your sorrows, put away your tears,
put away confusion and all your fears.
If God is with us, who can stand against us?
Today is a day of victory!

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

Put away your sin, flee from all temptation,
put away all sadness, all frustrations
God is with us, present with us here;
His love and goodness have come near.

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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