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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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Prayer of Samson (Judges 16)

I shall get what I want by playing the game; I shall get what I want for I am strong.

I grow weary of the game, but I shall get what I want. I want and I shall satisfy.

I am tired to death, the game is over, I have lost the heart for it, I’ll tell her my truth.

“I will go out as in others times and set myself free!”  I am strong! I shall be free!

BUT, I did not know that the LORD had LEFT me! 

Why should I have discerned such a thing, have I ever been aware of Your presence Lord?  I have been doing and working and playing and fighting and winning with the strength of my might.  Yet, now I lament as I feel the gouge, the pain, and the limits of my might and my strength. I am alone; the sport of the woman and the men who surround me. I am weak and lost and all alone.

“Lord God, remember me and strengthen me this once more…I am man, not mighty, not god…Come back for I can only find strength and help in the One from who all might is to be found. So remember me and strengthen me this once more O Lord.” Hear my prayer.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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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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Confession and Longing after God – (Psalm 139 and 1 John 2:15-17)

Our Father in Heaven, Creator and Sustainer of all that you have made, Savior and Redeemer of our lives; as we have gathered for worship today we have affirmed our joy in your presence and your salvation. We have been reminded through the Psalm (139), that we can go nowhere in which we are not in your presence, we can never take in all that you are and how great your thoughts and your mercies toward us, and we can always trust in you as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of our lives. For all of this we give you thanks and pray that our gratitude would grow and show in the way we live our lives every day.

And yet Father, we are challenged by your Word that calls upon us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world…”   We confess this morning, that each and every one of us have not loved you perfectly. We look around and see things in this world that we want. We have craved worldly and sinful things. We have lusted after things that appeal to our eyes. We have boasted about our own abilities and centered our lives upon ourselves in pride. We pray that you will lead us again to the truth, that the world and its desires pass away; that only those who do your will find life and life eternal.

So this morning Father, whatever has caught our eyes, whatever has captured our attention, whatever has led us away from you, we confess our shortcomings and sin, and pray that you will recreate us anew, that you will save us and redeem us from our sin, in thought and in deed, and empower us to live lives that are holy and pure, lives that conform to your will, through the power of Jesus Christ in his resurrection.   Lead us, transform us, and empower us to live a new life in Christ. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Fragile, Broken, Pieces

Fragile.

Sometimes I feel so fragile Father, as if I am one of those pieces of glassware mother never allowed us to play with or get near or touch.  Fragile, so easy to slip, to fall, to break. Fragile from the hand to the floor where I break into a thousand pieces.

Broken.

Sometimes I feel so broken Father, as if the slip and the fall are all that are in my past, all that define me, all that I have to claim as who I am.  Broken. Shattered. Smashed against the hardness of the surfaces that I can no longer bounce from. Far from the hands from which I slipped and fell. Far from the soft and gentle touch that created, shaped, and held. Broken. Pieces.

Pieces.

Sometimes I feel so disjointed, so fragmented, so divided; like so many pieces. Like the stories I heard as a child, of the egg that fell off the wall.  And sometimes it seems Father, that there is no way to even think about getting back on the wall, because there are so many pieces to gather, to repair, to mend with no hands, no glue, no way to put me all back together again.

Fragile, Broken, Pieces.

But then you Father, are the Potter.  Help me trust in your hands. To bring together fragile, broken pieces to hold in Your hands, never to be so fragile and broken and pieced up again.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Gethsemane’s other prayers – Mark 14:32-42

Am I not among those who have walked with you all this time Lord?  There’s a faithful group of us, we’ve been serving, working, ministering, learning, preparing; you name it, we’ve been doing it.  All for you, Lord.  Right everyone?

“Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (And all God’s People said, “Amen and Amen!”)

“Sit here while I pray; stay here and keep watch.”

Oh Lord, we’ve been working so hard all day; pushing for the kingdom, serving with great joy…but I am so tired. Dear God, bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pastors, and everyone else I am too tired to remember.

“Are you asleep?  Could you not watch for one hour?  Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation”

“THE SPIRIT IS WILLING, BUT THE BODY IS WEAK”

Oh Lord, yes I am willing. I will fight with you, I will fight for you, I will stand with you to the end.  Don’t worry about me and temptation, I’ve been following pretty close now for a while Jesus. It’s all good…

Except, my eyes seem to fail me, the body is weak.  I need rest Lord. I’ve been working so hard, serving, preaching, going to meetings, feeding hundreds, setting up dinners and programs and studies and prayer times and… I am so tired. If I could just get a power nap for a few minutes, I would be good and back to service again.  Bless the children, and the families, and the work of the church, and the pas…

“Are you still sleeping and resting?  Enough! The hour has come…”

Have mercy O God, the spirit is willing, but my body is so weak.  “I don’t understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Have mercy O God!  Have mercy on me.  Have mercy on us all.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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A Communal Prayer of Confession

SILENT PRAYERS: Prayers of the People

RESPONSIVE PRAYER OF CONFESSION:  Pastors

Pastor/Leader:    Lord Jesus, in the silence you have brought to our minds and hearts our actions and words that have hurt, discouraged and impacted the lives of others.  Give us courage to take the prompting of your Holy Spirit seriously today and to take action to confess and seek reconciliation with those whom you have directed us to.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace. 

Pastor:    We have sinned, Lord.  We have wounded You by our actions, our thoughts, and our failures to act according to Your will. We have given into the flesh, the world, and the devil.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:    Our sins are many, our weaknesses inevitable.  We have broken your commandments.  We have not worshipped, as we ought.  We have not listened to Your Word.  We have denied you when confronted with our society’s norms of behavior.  We have ignored you, O God.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:   We have acted spitefully to friends and strangers.  We have fought with our family.  We have been impatient with those less capable than ourselves.  We have sought to be over others at work, school, home, and church.  We have spoken evil of others.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:    We have neglected charitable work.  We have neglected the hungry, the sick, the poor, the abused child, the imprisoned.  We have not hugged the sorrowing and the lonely.  We have not gone out of our way for those in need.  We have not forgiven those who hurt us.  We have not loved as You have called us to.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.

 

SILENT REFLECTION: Prayers of the People

THE LORD’S PRAYER:  Unison

BENEDICTION:  “Go in the peace, the love, and the forgiveness of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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