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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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Prayer for the children amongst us

Jesus, in your words and in your actions in the Gospels, you show that you love the children, though many saw them as only an annoyance.   As you blessed the children so many years ago reach down in our day and bless the children.  Hold the children who are brought to adoption agencies and the foster care system into your loving and protective arms.  Protect the innocence of all children.  Come alongside of all children who feel alone, insecure, unwanted, or unloved and bring them into the light of your love and goodness, that they may know You as their refuge and strength and find family in Your church and among Christians. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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“May God bless all the earth” – A communal prayer based on Psalm 67

ONE:  Almighty and Merciful God, you have been gracious to us and blessed us in every way.

ALL:   Surely you have made your face to shine upon us.

ONE:   Forgive us for our limited view of your blessings; for hoarding and enjoying your mercies selfishly, with no concern to share with others.

ALL:   You have blessed us to share gracious with others, that your way may be known upon the earth.

ONE:   We pray that your saving power will be known among all nations.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   For you, O God, judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   The earth has yielded its increase; You, O God have blessed us.

ALL:  May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth honor him.

ONE:  May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

ALL:  Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, giver of all good gifts, we give thanks to you this day for your gift of mothers.  We thank you for our mothers, we thank you for all mothers, and we thank you for those women in our lives who are not are mothers, yet in spirit and in action reach out and care for us as a mother would. We thank you for mothers who have been an example to us of the Christians Faith, those who are led by the Spirit of God in their lives.

Grant that we might be more appreciative of all that mothers do for us.  Grant that we might speak words of thanks and love more often and words of complaint much less.

For the mothers of our lives we pray your blessings of peace and joy; strengthen them in faith, in hope, and in love.  Encourage them in days when they feel overwhelmed with the many tasks and problems of life.  Encourage them when they feel insecure, insufficient for the job, like they have failed.  Lift their eyes beyond the moments of a particular day and help them to see the big picture of mothering along with the successes that are theirs in raising and caring for us their children and their families, as well as those who they have influenced beyond their own families.

  •  Father, we pray for those whose mothers have finished  life’s course. Comfort all who grieve the loss of their mother’s this day.
  • We pray for mothers today, who have lost a child, knowing that a day like mother’s day can open the wounds of grief and pain as they are reminded.  We pray for the many mothers of this country and the world who mourn today, because they have lost a son or daughter in the battles and fighting of war.  Bring your strength, comfort, and      assurances to those who need you today due to such a great loss.
  • For those women who desire greatly to be mothers, but  have not been able to bear children, grant them your peace and grace that they may discover your goodness and joy in their lives.
  • We pray for any who have never known their birth mothers.  Grant them peace in the unknown things of life and grant that they might take joy in those who have been mothers to them in spirit and in action.
  • We pray for those mothers we know who have yet to accept your salvation, may their hearts be opened unto you.
  • For any who have tensions and struggles in their relationship with their mothers, grant this day to be an opportunity for new life and reconciliation.  May love conquer a multitude of sins, may love bring new life.

Father, we know that none can live out a godly and righteous life without you, so pour out your Holy Spirit upon our mothers and all women who seek to serve you in love.  May their lives find satisfaction and deep joy in serving you and your purposes in this world.

We worship you and honor you today O Lord, thanking you for your beautiful and holy design of motherhood and its impact on our lives. Father, you are the giver of all gifts.  Today we thank you for our mothers, bless them today and always through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayer for “grace speech”

“Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that you words may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.  Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ, has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:29-32 (NRSV)

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, our God.

Let no evil talk come from our mouths, but only what is useful for building up others, only what they really need to recieve Your grace.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, our God.

Create in us a heart that issues forth in grace speech.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord.

Let our speech bring grace to all people and never grieve your Holy Spirit.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit in us.

Create in us a clean heart:  free from bitterness, wrath and anger; free from grumbling, complaining, and ill-will toward one another.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and renew our speech.

Create in us a clean heart; a kind heart, a tender heart, a forgiving heart.

Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and let our heart be a well flowing with fresh and life-giving “grace speech.”     

      Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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