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LIVES MATTER

O God, help us!

This I know is true:  Lives matter! I pray it to you because to say it aloud seems to draw critics, angry words, troubles and hurts. And yet I pray to you, because it is true and you have said it is true, lives matter indeed.

Yet I live in a culture that applauds the success of one individual over another. Forgive me O God and forgive us for our willingness to succeed while others struggle, fail, and lose heart.

I live in a culture that offers me pleasures that take no thought for the lack of the other. Forgive me O God and forgive us for our selfish pleasuring while plundering the blessings You’ve given for a grander purpose, a noble life of sharing with those who have not.

I live in a culture that gives awards to the fastest, the brightest, the strongest, the skin deep attractive and calls me to keep the charade of it all. Forgive me O God and forgive us for neglecting the slower, ignoring the simple, sidelining the weak, and never acknowledging those whose beauty clearly can be seen from the inside out.

I live in a culture that values power, control, maintaining the status quo and forsaking real and meaningful change in heart, mind and action. Forgive me O God and forgive us for joining with those who resist the ways of your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

O God, help us! Help me!

For those who say, “I have come to know God,” but do not obey his commandments are liars; those who abide in Jesus must walk just as he walked (1 John 2:4-6).

For the love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, the pride of richest comes not from the Father but from the world ( 1 John 2:16-17).

For how does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help (1 John 3:17)?

For those who say, “I love God,” yet hate their brothers or sisters are liars; those who love God must also love their brothers and sisters (1 John 5:20-21).

O God, help us, teach us, change us, empower us, for Lives matter. Amen

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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A prayer of response to the preaching of the Gospel

Heavenly Father, hear our prayers as we respond to your Word today:

Grant that we might reach out to you in faith like the woman in the Gospel who reached for your garment to be healed.

Grant that we exercise our faith by offering our all like the boy who gave the fish and bread and the widow who gave her last coin.

Grant that we might get out of our comfort zones like Peter who got out of the boat and walked to you on the water.

Grant, Lord Jesus that we might not be like the Pharisees who rejected you and your ways and fought against you.

Grant that we might not hold on to other loves and idols in our lives like the rich young ruler did.

Grant that we might be like the disciples who waited on your Holy Spirit and experienced your peace and your power to serve your purposes.

Grant that we might be like all those who received you and those whom you lovingly and joyful call your children.

Grant that we might always live as those who respond positively to your grace and are being transformed to your likeness

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 16, 2016 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer

 

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Morning Prayers for College Chapel

Let us pray together,

Eternal God, Father of us all, we give thanks to You this day for the lives that you have given us. As we gather as a college community:

  •  We are aware that our lives have been touched with joy, for these joys may we offer sincere gratitude.
  • We are aware that our lives have been touched with friends and family, for each of them we give thanks and pray that your mercies and goodness attend them.
  • We are aware that our lives have been touched with stresses and pains, as we face them, may no adversity lead us to despair, but instead in all of our struggles may we find your grace is sufficient and your love bountiful.
  • We are aware that our lives have been touched with Your loving presence. May we together share in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit and express Your love to one another in all our interactions.

 

God of all wisdom and knowledge, we acknowledge You as the source of all truth.   As we gather in this special community we share some things in common:

  • We share a hunger and thirst to know your truth and to apply your truth in the diversity of areas and academic disciplines represented in this community.
  • We share a desire to apply ourselves and give our best to our vocation as students, teachers, and life time learners.

Make our study and learning to be meaningful and profitable for the living of Your purposes in our lives. May our research and our questions lead us ever closer to You and to Your ways as we live for Your glory.

God and Savior of the whole world, who revealed your love and salvation in Jesus Christ, your only Son, let the witness of our college to the Christian Faith be strong in both our community and the world. As an institution and as individual members of this community may we reflect Your image and character in all of our words and actions.

Hear our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray together,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory forever.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2016 in Chapel worship

 

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Responsive Congregational Prayer (with four voices leading)

Leader 1: Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of all that you have made, we acknowledge your loving mercy and your faithfulness to us and to all who have walked before us in the Christian faith.

All:           Your steadfast love O Lord is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.                 

Leader 2: For us, the seasons of life come and go, but through Jesus Christ your Son, your love and faithfulness are shown to be sure through all generations.

All:           Your steadfast love O Lord is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.                 

Leader 3: Your Word, O Lord, speaks of faithfulness across all the times of our lives and so we entrust all our times to you.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 4: There are times of rejoicing, laughter and dancing and times of weeping, grieving and sorrow.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 1: There are times of strong faith, growth and fruitfulness and times of apathy, lack, and failure.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 2: There are times of new beginnings, freshman years and new commitments; there are times we need to endure and stay focused, senior years and times of completion.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 3: There are times of illness, testing, and treatments and times of healing, recovery and victory.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 4: There are times when we feel strong, able, and courageous and times when we feel weak, tired, and unfit for any good thing.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 1: There are times of national pride, joy, and confidence that a people have followed in your ways; yet there are times of discouragement, frustration, and disillusionment with a nation that denies God and seeks life from its idols that cannot provide.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 2: There are times of joy, peace, and harmony in our families and in all our relationships, and times of brokenness, woundedness, and needed repair.

All:           Because of your faithfulness we will stand firm in our faith with courage, hope, and love for all people.    

Leader 3: Grant O Lord that we might trust in your steadfast love and your great faithfulness through all the seasons of life.

All:           Your steadfast love O Lord is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.                 

Leader 4: Grant O Lord, that in all times and seasons of life, we might live a life that brings honor and glory to your name, loving and serving you and others as followers of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:           Your steadfast love O Lord is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness extends to the clouds.     

Leader 1: Hear our prayers as we offer them together,       

Leader 2: In the name of the Father,

Leader 3: and Jesus Christ, His Son,           

Leader 4: and the Holy Spirit.

All:            Amen.      

 

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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Breath prayer

Breath prayer

Incline my heart toward your ways, O Lord.

Turn my heart from worthless distractions.

 

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Responsive Confession and Prayer of Repentance

Pastor: Holy and Loving God, Maker and Sustainer of all life, through your Word and through your son, Jesus Christ you have called us to “love you with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.”

People: Forgive us for holding back on our love and devotion to You.

Pastor: Your word teaches us that our time, our resources, our gifts and our very lives belong to You, yet we have not always used them for your purposes and your glory.

People: Forgive us for giving ourselves to idols and idolatrous desires in heart, soul, mind, and body. 

Pastor: You word clearly tells us, that the idols of this world are gods with no ears, with no mouths, with no hands and feet, with no hearts, and with no life at all.

People: Forgive us for seeking life where life cannot be found; for seeking answers where there are none.

Pastor: Your Word has clearly called us as your children, to flee idols and to resist the devil and his temptations.

People: Forgive our foolishness in seeking other loves and our weakness to resist the devil because of our selfish desires.  

Pastor: We have fallen prey to the world, the flesh and the devil. We often seek the wealth and approval of the world, the pleasures of the flesh, and the deceitfulness of power that the devil offers. 

People: Forgive our foolishness in seeking other loves and set us free from the world, the flesh, and the devil. 

Pastor: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, left alone we are powerless to change our hearts, our minds, and our actions; but through the power of the risen Christ and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we offer ourselves wholly to you.

People: Be the one and only love of our hearts today and every day. 

Pastor: Be the one and only longing of our soul today and every day.

People: Be the one and only love of our thoughts today and every day. 

Pastor: Be the one and only love that motivates all our actions today and every day.   

People: By the power of the risen Christ and the Holy Spirit, we will love you with all our being.

Pastor: In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we pray

 People: Amen.   

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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Prayer for Chapel Worship – (Psalm 139)

Lord, you have examined us and know all about us. You know when we sit down and when we get up. You know our thoughts before we think them. You know where we go and where we lie down.

You know everything we do. Lord, even before we say a word, you already know it.

You are all around us—in front and in back—and have put your hand on us. Where can we go to get away from your Spirit? Where can we run from you? If we go up to the heavens, you are there. If we lie down in the grave, you are there. If we rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea, even there you would guide us.

If we walk through the campus, settle in a classroom, rest in our dorm rooms, or hang in the library, Lord you are there.

As we travel home and back, to clinical or sporting events, on campus and off, Lord you are there. On the soccer field, the lacrosse field, on the court and off, your right hand holds us. In the counseling center, in the dining hall and here in chapel, you, Lord, are always near.

So God, our loving Father, revealed to us fully in Jesus Christ, our Lord:

Examine us and know our hearts; test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any unhealthy, offensive, sinful way in us and lead us in the way everlasting.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2016 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer

 

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