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Benediction/Blessing for Pentecost Sunday

Now to him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we can ask or think, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Jesus Christ throughout all generations forever and forever. Amen.

Go forth to proclaim the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit!


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Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Scripture prayer


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Responsive Prayer for Pentecost Sunday

Heavenly Father, on this Pentecost Sunday we pray that your church may yield to your Holy Spirit in everything; that we will acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ and keep in step with Your Spirit in life and service.

We pray this day for the renewal of the church, your church throughout the world.

Come Holy Spirit, renew your church:

  • We pray that we as your church may be unified, that all people may know the truth of the Gospel and come to receive your love and lordship.
  • We pray that we as your church may be holy, that by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit we might be people who take on the character of Jesus Christ, revealing the fruit of the Spirit (the fruit of the new life in Christ, with death to the fruit of our old self-driven lives).
  • We pray that we as your church will be faithful to the mission you have given us and that empowered by the Holy Spirit we will proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all people, everywhere we go.

We pray this day for the renewal of the earth, for all that you have made in love.

Come Holy Spirit, renew the earth in your creative power that we may know and see your grace and love displayed in all of creation, in the earth, the water, the resources, the beauty, created for your glory and our provision.

We pray this day for the renewal of human culture, for all dimensions of the lives of all peoples and all nations.

Come Holy Spirit, renew all human culture. Forgive and redeem the cultures of the world where we have strayed and lead us back to you:  for governments around the world that they may provide justice and protection and order, for businesses that they may provide meaningful employment and helpful services and goods, for fine arts and music to creatively lead our thoughts and minds toward you, our Creator.

We pray this day for Your forgiveness and restoration.

Come Holy Spirit, forgive and restore us:

  • forgive us for we have fractured your church,
  • we have wasted the resources of this earth and failed to see your hand in all that you have made,
  • we have corrupted our cultures in our sinful unbelief and evil practices.

Forgive us and restore us by the power of your Holy Spirit, and draw us to you as we worship you here and throughout the world. Be glorified in all the earth O Lord and Savior.  Amen.

Hear our prayer in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Congregational prayers


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Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

I see the problems.

I see the need.

I see a better way.

I long for a better day.

Why is it so hard to change, O Lord?

Help us and deliver us O Savior; hear our prayer. Amen.

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Posted by on January 10, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Lifelong Prayer of the Child

Dear God,

Someone to notice me

Someone to laugh with me

Someone to cry with me

Someone to choose me

Someone to love me just as I am

Please hear my prayer. Amen.

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Posted by on December 3, 2017 in Uncategorized


My Heart’s Desire

To walk as You walked

To see as You see

To love as You love

This my prayer, my heart’s desire

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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Wrestling with God

Like Jacob, I wrestle.

         I wrestle with you the whole night, until that sacred touch upon my joints, the touch that leaves me healed and humble.

         I am healed for all my strivings, all my manipulations come to naught, in the recognition that I cannot win my own life, make my own way, find my own destiny, but can only entrust myself to the love and mercy of the one who loves enough to come and wrestle. 

        And I am left with an eternal reminder, that despite all my axious plans and pursuits, that it is You who creates and sustains.        

        It is You that attends the daily walk of the crippled one that I am.  It is grace that calls me to walk with You.

Like Jacob, I wrestle until I trust the ladder is for real.  

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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


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We need you (Psalm 22:1-10)

Gracious and Loving God, we readily admit this morning that we need you every day and every hour of our lives. Yet, we like the Psalmist (Psalm 22:1-10), we also find ourselves confused sometimes.   There are situations in which we cannot see your loving hand.  There are times when we feel as if you’ve left us in the dark with no way out.   As we gather here today, we lift to you all who need you:

for those who need your comfort and peace,

for all who need your healing touch and rest,

for all who need your courage and strength,

for all who need forgiveness and newness of life,

for all who have been mistreated, hurt, bullied, and abused,

for all who need hope in the midst of the struggles and darkness they are in right now.

Hear our prayers for all of these and for all people who acknowledge our need for you when we struggle with doubts, fears, and unbelief. Lord, hear our prayers, through Jesus Christ, who suffered and died and bears our burdens with us.  Amen.

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer


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