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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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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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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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