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We need you (Psalm 22:1-10)

Gracious and Loving God, we readily admit this morning that we need you every day and every hour of our lives. Yet, we like the Psalmist (Psalm 22:1-10), we also find ourselves confused sometimes.   There are situations in which we cannot see your loving hand.  There are times when we feel as if you’ve left us in the dark with no way out.   As we gather here today, we lift to you all who need you:

for those who need your comfort and peace,

for all who need your healing touch and rest,

for all who need your courage and strength,

for all who need forgiveness and newness of life,

for all who have been mistreated, hurt, bullied, and abused,

for all who need hope in the midst of the struggles and darkness they are in right now.

Hear our prayers for all of these and for all people who acknowledge our need for you when we struggle with doubts, fears, and unbelief. Lord, hear our prayers, through Jesus Christ, who suffered and died and bears our burdens with us.  Amen.

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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer

 

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Lament of the Hem Graspers – Matthew 14:36 (NKJV)

They begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.”
– Matthew 14:36 (NKJV)

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?

Have I not begged?  Have I not stretched out my hand to grab hold of the hem of Your garment?

Yet “perfectly well” I do not know.

Has not the woman who released her daughter to You, begged for her safety as she entrusted a life to your care? Has she not grasped to the hem of your garment as she prayed for her child?

Yet, her child is dead. Lost to her for good, in what feeble humanity can only call an accident.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

Has not the fifty-year old man, with a wife and three young daughters, who tried everything to fight cancer; has he not begged and stretched our his hand to touch the hem and find life?

Yet, wellness is not to be found.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

Has not the one with a failing marriage, the battle trodden addict, the poor starving dead, the weak and oppressed suffering the abuses of power, war, and inequity, have they failed to beg enough, strive enough, hold enough, grasp enough for Your attention, Your touch, and Your word.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

In grasping for the hem, with you leave us hemmed in? In longing for the fringe, will you leave us on the fringe?

Now O Lord, turn you head and see those who reach for the hem of Your garment, Turn and see, give them Your full attention. Speak your words of life and of hope, “Take heart, your faith has made you well.”

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?

I beg, I strive, with all who grasp to the hem of Your garment.

 

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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I will give thanks to you forever – A prayer based on Psalm 30

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For I have known the reality and feelings of potential loss in all areas of my life; yet You have drawn me up from the pit.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For I cried out to You and You have healed and restored me.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For You have brought me through the weeping and mourning of potential disaster and loss of life as I have known it and brought me to a place of joy.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

The sackcloth gone, the coat of joyous colors now my clothes, my silent distressed heart now gives full blown praise;

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 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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Prayer for Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary Families

Then what was said by the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

“A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning,

Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted,

because they are no more.”

Matthew 2:16-18

Dear God!

The loss of our children is too great.  Our hearts lament with deep sadness, our minds cannot comprehend, and our lives have emptiness never imagined as we grieve with those whose loss is greater and much closer than our own.

There is no explanation that will bring us to understand or ease the pain of these lives lost, O God.  Whether power-hungry kings, wars and greed, violence on the streets of our cities, or one trapped in a mental illness that few might understand, the resulting loss of life of innocent children will never make sense in any sense.

Give to those parents, siblings, families, teachers, responders and all of the Newtown Community, O Loving Father, a peace that passes understanding. Cause them to know in the midst of pain and loss that “God is with us”  in the midst of great tragedy and loss. Give peace, comfort and divine care through shock, through preparations, through funerals, through many long days, months and years ahead.

Bring to us, O Loving Jesus, a love to share and a compassionate care for all those with pain, with questions, with doubts, with grief and with numbness. May the sharing of love, expressed in tangible ways bring strength, support, and help to all in need.

Bring the comfort that we cannot bring, O Holy Spirit, O Comforter; for even in our best attempts, we are overcome ourselves, we say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and we are not perfect in our love for those around us.  Guide us O Holy Spirit, to love and comfort in the midst of things we do not understand and cannot control.

Lord, hear our prayers, our groans, our laments, our cries, our silence. Love us and heal our torn-up hearts. Save us, O Savior, who came to live in this world and redeem all that is evil, violent, lost and broken…

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2012 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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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon us” (Luke 4:16-21)

Almighty and Loving God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, together in your loving initiative and purposes in this world.

Give us the grace and power of the risen Christ to believe that through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Lord is upon us.  Lift our hearts and minds beyond our selfish preoccupations to see the need of people throughout this world, both near and far away.

We claim your grace and your call upon our lives:

that you have anointed us, to follow Jesus, to proclaim good news to the poor,

that you have sent us to proclaim freedom to people in all kinds of prisons and bondages,

that you have sent us to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and the year of the Lord’s favor and goodness to all.

Grant, most gracious God, that we will open our eyes to see the plight of the poor and oppressed, to open our hearts and hands to their need, to open our minds to be transformed in our living lives that reflect your love toward them and all people. We pray that we might not be simply proclaiming in word, but that today, and every day, the scriptures will be fulfilled as we live the risen life of Christ and reflect his glory in the world.

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

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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