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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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A Prayer for Building Dedication (Originally prepared for the opening of the Nursing and Science Center at Roberts Wesleyan College – Sept 2015)

Pastor/Leader (with direction): Please join me now in our Prayer of Dedication.  I will lead us in prayer through a number of petitions, each time I say, “we give this building to your work and purposes,”  let our congregational response be, “We dedicate this building to the Glory of God!.”

Pastor/Leader: Almighty God, our Lord and Savior:  We joyfully celebrate the completion of the ________________ (name the building).  We give thanks to all who have given of their resources, their gifts and their labors to make this building possible.  O Lord, with gratitude and thanksgiving we give this building to your work and purposes.

People:   “We dedicate this building to the Glory of God.”

Pastor/Leader:   You are the giver of all good gifts Lord. We believe that you have provided our community with this building and this resource to benefit this campus community and even more so, to fulfill your Kingdom’s purposes in this world. With gratitude and thanksgiving, we give this building to your work and purposes.

People: “We dedicate this building to the Glory of God.”

Pastor/Leader:   Lord, it has been said, “First we form our buildings and then our buildings form us.”  We pray that this building will be a place where lives are formed in mind, body, and spirit so that both those who teach and all those who learn here will become people who reflect your goodness, your excellence, and your compassion and love both here and everywhere they go. To this end O Lord, with gratitude and thanksgiving we give this building to your work and purposes.

People: “We dedicate this building to the Glory of God.”

Pastor/Leader:  In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit we pray.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Congregational prayers, Uncategorized

 

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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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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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A Prayer of God’s People for Holy Week

Lord, we need you…we sing those words this morning, and these words are so true…

In You, Lord, we find rest.

In You, we find guidance.

In You, we find grace that runs deeper than our sin and holiness that flows from being in Christ.

In You, we find strength in times of temptation and hope in times of trials and discouragement.

 Lord, indeed we need you every hour.

We pray, this day, that we may trust in You, as our Heavenly Father, even as did Jesus Christ, in the Garden of Gethsemane.

 We pray that we might not fall into temptation as we face the challenges and sufferings of life.

We pray that we will not be found sleeping in our lives, inattentive to the work of Your Kingdom, nor insensitive to the needs of all those whom You love.

We pray that we might be endowed with the power of the Holy Spirit so that we, like Jesus, might commit ourselves to You, seeking not our will, but Yours above all.

We pray, as did our Lord in Gethsemane, not simply for our own needs, but for the needs of those whom we love and who are close to us: people here at Roberts, family and friends.   We pray also for the world, that all will know You and the goodness of Your Kingdom’s rule.

 Lord, we need you every hour. 

May our love and devotion be strengthened as we encounter the Gospel of Jesus Christ, throughout our celebration of Holy Week and Easter. May Your Church be faithful in the proclamation of Your Gospel in all places, that Your name might be glorified in all the earth.

We pray these things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayer of the early morning riser – Mark 1:35

How early did you rise, O Lord, to hear the Father’s voice?

How early did you rise, to breathe the Spirit’s breath?

While it was dark, quite early in the morn you woke; you listened and you breathed.

How lonely was the place, you met in solitude,

Where strength would come, resolve be sure, to follow Father’s will?

To a lonely and deserted place; the meeting face to face,

Only here could soul be forged, the heart bow down, then rise again.

What prayers would fill your mind, your lips, when in this sacred place?

What songs and psalms, laments and pleas would occupy this time?

What answers did you listen for? What answers did you find in fellowship Divine?

Teach us to pray, Lord Jesus. Amen

 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Prayers for rest in body, mind and heart

Everlasting and Almighty God, hear our prayers this day and grant us the rest that comes only from your Loving Presence

Heavenly Father, grant us rest for our troubled minds.   We have many unanswered questions in our minds.  Our minds race, speeding from one anxious thought to another, as the world is not as we want it to be or as we imagined it would be.  News reports of war, of natural disasters, of evil doers and of tragedy cause us to worry.   So Father, we come to you with all that stirs within our minds, trusting in Your loving mercies and provision. Grant us rest for our minds

Jesus, Messiah, grant us rest for our weary bodies.  The worries of our mind cause physical tiredness.  Our physical labors cause exhaustion; our illnesses weaken our bodies and make us further vulnerable to yet other illnesses.  We see it in ourselves, in those whom we love, both near and far.   It seems like each day, there is news of another loved one or acquaintance with something wrong, some disease, something to wear out the body.   So Jesus, You who suffered physical affliction and choose to enter our physical world of pain, we come to you with all our afflictions, the physical weariness and sufferings of both our friends and family, and ourselves.  Hear our prayer and grant to all we pray for this day rest for our bodies.

O Holy Spirit, grant us rest for our longing hearts.   The circumstances of our lives and the troubles of this world often leave us with a deep longing for something more.   Though we have much to cause us to give thanks, yet there remains an unsettledness in our hearts, that all is not yet as it should be.   Many times we turn to you when our hearts are lonely and stirring within, but sometimes we look to other things to distract us and bring us comfort.  Forgive us, Holy Comforter, and help us to trust in you and find a peace that passes understanding.   Grant us rest for our longing and wandering hearts.

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

 
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Posted by on June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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One Desire, One Heart – John 8:28-29

“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he had not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.”

John 8.28-29Jesus, Lord, you who reveals to us both the real heart of God and the true purpose of our lives, grant that in following after you, in dying to self and rising to the life that is in you alone, that we might:

*Do nothing on our own, but only as the Father instructs.

*Say nothing on our own, but only as the Father has shown.

*Trust that You are with us and never leave us alone.

*Always do what pleases you.

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

Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 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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Isaiah 35:1-10

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; you have saved us with a great salvation, you have been merciful to us and not dealt with us as our sins deserve, you have graciously blessed us and through Jesus Christ your son have called us your children. You have poured out your Spirit upon us to guide, comfort, empower, and aid us on our journey till the end.  You have poured out your Spirit upon us to strengthen us to serve you in this world.

Yet, there are times Lord, when we feel like we are in the desert just like the prophet Isaiah alludes to.  We grow tired and our strength fails us for we are really weak.  Some of us are discouraged this morning; all kinds of things discourage us. Some of us come with burdens too heavy to bear, for there are all kinds of weights that burden us.  Some of us come with problems, with illnesses, with heartbreak, for this world is not always generous, nor fair.  Some of us come with sin and guilt; our hearts tell us that we are not right with you and our neighbors. Some of us come looking for your mercy and forgiveness.

We know Lord it is not just us individually in need today.  The whole world needs you.  Peoples from every tribe and nation and language stand in need of you today.  Asia needs you.  Africa needs you.  Europe needs you.  South America needs you.  Australia needs you.  All the nations all over the earth need you, for you are the Creator and Lord of the earth

And so Lord, hear our prayers for all those who are needy this day, both great and small.  Hear our prayers for others and hear our prayers for ourselves.

Let there be rejoicing in the wilderness, joyful singing in the desert land of life.  Display your glory and splendor once again and let us see you.  Strengthen our hands, encourage our legs.  Take away our fears and make us strong in faith. Save us, Lord Jesus!

Let the blind see and the lame walk, lead us on your Highway to Holiness that we may truly live for you.  Hear our prayers today.  Let us come and worship you.  Let sorrow and mourning flee away and everlasting joy and gladness be with your people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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