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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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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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Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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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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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 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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