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“Lord Have Mercy”

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Have mercy, for each and everyone of us has failed to be obedient to Your will and ways. In both our thoughts and actions we have done things that You have told us not to do.

We have neglected your word, chosen our ways over Yours and chosen to serve our own self-centered goals and interests,

We have justified our actions in our own minds and even made You out to be a demanding, grumpy judge scrutinizing our every move to catch us as law-breakers, instead of receiving Your commands as loving truth and guidance to live as we were fully intended to live.

We have sinned most profoundly in believing and acting in ways that blatantly claim that You cannot be trusted to care for us and that we must take care of ourselves and find our own way to satisfying and fulfilling life.

Because of all of this we need Your mercy, so Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Have mercy, for each and everyone of us has failed to be obedient to Your will and ways. In both our thoughts and actions we have neglected to do those things that You have told us to do.

We have neglected your word and that which is closet to Your heart and given priority and preference to our own concerns, our own success, and our own prosperity and happiness.

We have justified our actions in our own minds and even convinced ourselves that You exist to assure our success and happiness from day to day.

Because of all of this we need Your mercy, so Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Have mercy, for each and everyone of us has needs that we cannot supply and meet on our own.  Whether physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, or relational, each of us find ourselves needy.  Together we stand as a needy bunch. Despite all our efforts to fix things, earn things, work things out, think on things and act on things to produce what we think would be best, often we find ourselves insufficient for the tasks, confused about direction, frightened by our circumstances, unsure of our future.

There are decisions we are afraid to make, people we find hard to love, relationships we wish were different, service we wish we could engage in, love we wish we could offer, differences we wish we could make.

Because this is true of us we need Your mercy, so Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

Not simply me and my needs, but in Your great lovingkindness and compassion, look upon the needs of all who cry out to You today.

Grant strength to all who need strength, deliverance to those who need deliverance, forgiveness to those who repent and turn to you, health to those who need healing, comfort to those who grieve, Your presence to all who seek You.

All of us need Your mercy, so Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.

In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A Prayer for Individual and Communal Healing

Mighty Creator, Loving Father, Compassionate Healer; we come to you this day as a congregation of your people.  We come to you as a sign of our dependence upon you and our faith in you as our God, our Redeemer and our Healer.

As we come to you, we are thankful that we are not alone in this world with our hurts and our wounds.  Grant us O God, strength to face the hurts of our past lives.  May our sufferings cause us, not to despair, but to look toward you and to see your movements of grace and care for us.  We pray for each and everyone here this morning, that in this gathered time,

there may be healing begun,

healing continued or

healing strengthened.

We pray not just for ourselves this morning, but also for the many hurts and sufferings of people and people groups that have left deep wounds and fractured lives and relationships.   Where we have hurt others in our words and actions, forgive us O God.   Where we have sinned against others through action or inaction, forgive us and make us to be a people who show love and work for justice in all places, among all peoples.

As we come to you this day O God, we do not have all the answers. We often feel powerless to solve problems and bring healing in our own lives or in our cities, our county and our world.   So hear us, Gracious Father, as we pray that we might know and feel your healing touch both in our individual lives, our families, our cities, and our world.  Grant that we may join you in your healing work in the lives of those around us and throughout the world.

May your kingdom come and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

We lift our hearts, our minds, our voices, and our lives to you, O God, our Father and our Savior.  We praise      you from our inmost being. And as we are gathered to worship you, we do not forget all your benefits.

You, O God, forgive all our sins. And we need forgiveness.

You, O God, heal all our diseases.  And we need your healing.

You, O God, redeem our lives from the pit and you crown us with love and compassion. And this we need.

You, O God, satisfy our desires with good things, so that we are renewed over and over. And yes,                  Lord, we need to be renewed.

We give thanks to You, for you have made known your ways to us and have shown us in Christ how to live a holy and good life.

We give thanks to You, for you are compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

We give thanks to You, for you do not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according the wrongs we have done.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is you love for all who fear you.  And as far as the east is from the west, so far have you removed our great sin from us.

As a father has compassion on his children, so You, o Lord, have compassion upon us.  You know how we are made, and remember that we are dust, that our days are limited and that all of us will face death.  But, You O Lord, are eternal, and your love is from everlasting to everlasting.  And your goodness is with our children’s children.

Because of you great love and your many mercies, we trust in you God.  Hear our prayers today for:

  • family members and marriages
  • friends and loved ones
  • the poor and those in need
  • Christian witness throughout the world
  • the needs of the world

Therefore we join all the angels and heavenly hosts and all your servants everywhere, with all that you have made to praise and worship you this day.  Praise the Lord, O my soul.  Hear us O Lord, we praise you!   Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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