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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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A Responsive Prayer for God’s People – “We will be your people”

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Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Scripture prayer

 

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Lament for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Charleston

We lament O God, this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Nine dead – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Families broken – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Church and community and nation devastated – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!

Hate, violence, guns and bullets – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Hear our cry O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Rise up O God, we have no one to turn to but you.  Take action, Strong and Merciful Father.

Comfort all who mourn in shock, in pain, in suffering.

Feel our pain, collect our anxious hearts and minds.

Come to our aid in every way.

Rise up against the hater, the shooter, the murderer, the unrepentant perpetrators of violence.

Hear our prayers O God, with all our brothers and sisters – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Rise up, O God, redeem and deliver until “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Prayer of the Gathered Congregation

All of creation wakes to meet you with praise, O God.

The rivers and waters, the trees of the fields, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

greet you with sounds and motions of joyful praise.

The sun gives witness to your light, the stars shine forth your glory, the universe declares your works.

 

We, your people, join our hearts, our minds, our hands and our voices, our whole beings with all of creation to worship and adore you, to thank you and praise you, O Christ, our creator, our Savior, and our God.

 

Let your glory, indeed, be over all the earth.

 

Today as we worship You, as we hear your voice and feel your presence, lift us from the pettiness of life that so often keeps our attention, our concern, and our hearts.  In all of life may we seek and find you, and be humble and thankful before you.  Lift our minds and our hearts to greater vision, greater purpose, greater life in you.  Transform us, change us, till we feel what you feel, see as you see, love what you love, will what you will, think and act more like you each day.

 

As a congregation of your people today, transform us.  May we be more passionate about what you are passionate about.  Deepen us in reflection on you, your Word, and your creation.  Deepen our prayer lives both as a congregation and as individuals of it.  Let us stand boldly with you and for you O Christ, let your church give witness to you always.

 

We pray for the nations of the world, for the leaders of the world.  We know Your will is peace, yet our world is so torn, so broken by greed, hate, and evil.  May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

We pray today for those who love you and serve you, may they grow in grace and experience the joy that comes from you alone.

We pray today for those who are seeking you, may they continue and may they find.

We pray today for those who are struggling, be near, O Christ.

We pray today for those who are far from you, those who resist you, those who oppose you, may your grace draw them to you forever.

We pray today for those who celebrate, for those who are mourning, for those who face illness, cancer, and diseases of all kinds.  We pray for those who are recovering, for those facing tests, for all those who like us are standing in the need of prayer.

 

We come to you today O Christ, because you alone are our Rock, our strength, our hope, our vision, our love.  And your love is touching us and healing us.  For this we lift up our voices to lift your name on high.  For this we praise you forever.  Amen.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“Cleaning house” – Mark 11:15-17 & Isaiah 56:1-8

“Lord God of hosts, invade our cluttered churches, clogged with religious baggage, and do a good house cleaning among us so that there is room for the one thing needful, for prayer.  Amen”

Isaiah 56:1-8

The Lord says to his people, “Do what is just and right, for soon I will save you. I will bless those who always observe the Sabbath and do not misuse it. I will bless those who do nothing evil.” A foreigner who has joined the Lord’s people should not say, “The Lord will not let me worship with his people.”  A man who has been castrated should never think that because he cannot have children, he can never be part of God’s people. The Lord says to such a man, “If you honor me by observing the Sabbath and if you do what pleases me and faithfully keep my covenant, then your name will be remembered in my Temple and among my people longer than if you had sons and daughters. You will never be forgotten.”

And the Lord says to those foreigners who become part of his people, who love him and serve him, who observe the Sabbath and faithfully keep his covenant: “I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.”The Sovereign Lord, who has brought his people Israel home from exile, has promised that he will bring still other people to join them.

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Change our hearts, O God”

God of Grace and God of Greatness, You bless us this morning with Your presence.  We are humbled as we consider our place before You.  God of Love and God of Mercy, You bless us this morning with Your Presence.   We are thankful as we consider how You have lavished us with your everlasting love.  Thank You Father, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit.

Change.  Lord that is a word we do not like.  Change.  It brings out our deepest fears, plays on our insecurities, leaves us nothing to fall back on but You.  And perhaps that is why life never stays the same, that it is constantly changing; so that we might learn in simple faith to fall in your arms of love and power.

And so we pray this day O Lord, as your people.  Change us. Change our hearts.

Change our fear into faith, our weakness into strength.

Change our sinfulness to faithfulness, our despair into hope.

Change our pride to humility, our loss to gain.

Change our desires that we may desire only You.

Change our minds where we have thought wrongly.

Change our actions, where we have behaved wrongly toward You and toward others.

Change our hearts, where we have labored to hold on to grudges, bitterness, and anger;

Change our hearts to forgive as you have forgiven, to love as your have loved us.

Change our cowardice to boldness in our witness to You.

Change our priorities, to care about that which you care about: people, lives, love.

Change our worship, that we may honor You more than pleasing ourselves.

Change us.  Yet not just us O Lord.

Change our church, change Your church!  Change our nation, our leaders, those who influence our society.

Change the world, bring peace where there is war; help where there are needy, good where there is evil, love where there is hate.

Change our hearts O God.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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