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Wrestling with God

Like Jacob, I wrestle.

         I wrestle with you the whole night, until that sacred touch upon my joints, the touch that leaves me healed and humble.

         I am healed for all my strivings, all my manipulations come to naught, in the recognition that I cannot win my own life, make my own way, find my own destiny, but can only entrust myself to the love and mercy of the one who loves enough to come and wrestle. 

        And I am left with an eternal reminder, that despite all my axious plans and pursuits, that it is You who creates and sustains.        

        It is You that attends the daily walk of the crippled one that I am.  It is grace that calls me to walk with You.

Like Jacob, I wrestle until I trust the ladder is for real.  

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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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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“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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