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Deliver me from the god of the stomach

I have told you these things many times before. Now I tell you again with tears in my eyes. Many people live like enemies of the cross of Christ.  The only thing they have coming to them is death. Their stomach is their god. They brag about what they should be ashamed of. They think only about earthly things.  But we are citizens of heaven. And we can hardly wait for a Savior from there. He is the Lord Jesus Christ.  

– Philippians 3:18-20

Deliver me O Father, from the god of the stomach.

It is easy to consider myself in the good group, the friend of Jesus and his cross. It is easy to point a finger at the woman over there, the guy at the office, and the many others who do not seek You, who feed their physical appetites 24/7, who brag about their sin, and who think only about earthly things.  But I am with you God.

Until I get honest, until I get really honest and admit to myself and confess to You that much of my life, in thought and in action, is about feeding the god of my stomach.  I want that which satisfies, that which taste good, that which makes my body feel comfortable and good. I am among those who don’t seek You, who excuse my sin and brag about my pleasures when You call me to a different life.   I am among those who think a great deal about earthly things. I am among those who think that heavenly things are far off, a reward for my “better than others life” at the end of my pleasures in this life.

I confess then O God, to myself and to You:

I serve the god of my stomach, of my physical and bodily desires and in so doing I do not always serve You and Your eternal purposes in the world.

I seek, not just Your will, so that I may live for you, but my pleasures so that I might enjoy my life.

My mind is most often on controlling life to make me feel some comfort, some joy, some enjoyment of heart and mind.  Even in my practices of faith, I choose to worship my way, with my music, with my tastes always ruling over what I will devour.

Lord Jesus, forgive me then:

for the times I am ungrateful, demanding a little more salt, a dash more of pepper, a little different taste to satisfy the palate and the stomach while many go with little or nothing.

for the pleasures I seek, I engage in, and thrive on, believing there is life to be found among the things that lead to death.

for the need to control, to have my needs met my way, and for how this often shapes my prayers and worship.

Hear my prayer, O Holy Spirit and deliver me from the god of my stomach so that I my be among the citizens of heaven, who can hardly wait for the Savior, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

 

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Posted by on October 27, 2017 in Scripture prayer

 

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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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A Congregational Responsive Reading of Psalm 46 – led by two voices

Reader 1:     God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Reader 2:     God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

All:              “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Reader 1:    Because God is our refuge and strength we will not fear, though the earth should change.

Reader 2:     Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

Reader 1:     Though its waters roar and foam,

Reader 2:     Though the mountains tremble with it tumult.

All:              God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Reader 1:     There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

Reader 2:     God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

Reader 1:     God will help it when the morning dawns,

Reader 2:     The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice and the earth melts.

All:              The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!

Reader 1:     Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what he has done.

Reader 2:     He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; and burns the shields with fire. 

All:              “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Reader 1:     “I am exalted among the nations.”

Reader 2:     “I am exalted in the earth.”

All:             The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Congregational prayers, Scripture prayer

 

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Congregational Responsive Prayer based on 1 Thessalonians 5:14-24

LEADER 1: Brothers and sisters in Christ, we urge not to be lazy in your spiritual life or in you studies in college for God.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

LEADER 2: Encourage those who are timid and fearful. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

LEADER 3:  See that no one pays back evil for evil, wrong for wrong, or bad words for bad word, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

LEADER 1:  Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

LEADER 2:  Do not stifle, quench or hinder the Holy Spirit in His work in your life or that of others.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

LEADER 3:  Do not scoff at preaching, teaching, and those who share God’s word with you.  Just test everything that is said. Hold on to all that is good. Stay away from all every type of evil.

ALL:  God will make this happen in us, for he who calls us is faithful.

FINAL BLESSING:  (Could be all three voices together or one other)

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.

 
 

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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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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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