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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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Confessions from An Affirmation that “This is My Father’s World”

Our Father, Creator and Maker of All Things, Sustainer and Lover of our Souls, we give thanks to you this day for the world that you have created and for your faithful love and mercy toward us.

Forgive us Lord, for although, this is your world, sometimes we are so obsessed with ourselves, our gifts and abilities, or our struggles and problems that we fail to discern and recognize this is our Father’s world.

Forgive us Lord, that though all nature sings, we often are silent in giving you the praises that are due to you.

Forgive us Father, for although, you speak to us everywhere, in all of life and all of creation, we often are distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil, and we often are more concerned with what we have to say, than we are what you are saying to us.

Forgive us Father, that is the midst of the wrong that seems so strong in our world, we forget that You are the Ruler yet and that Christ is victorious in all things.

We sing “This is My Father’s World”.  Lift our eyes O Lord, to see beyond ourselves, beyond our boundaries of our community, our nation, our race, our perspective, so that we may see the needs of all peoples.  Grow our faith that we might trust that you have the whole world in your hands and that we might actively love and care for the world, even as you do.

Where there famine, bring food, immediate food and long-term solutions to hunger needs.

Where there is oppression, bring freedom and release.

Where there is war, bring peace, bring hope, bring peace-makers.

Where there is sorrow, bring comfort.

Where there are differences, teach us to love as you love the whole world.

We pray these things in name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Prayer of the Gathered Congregation

All of creation wakes to meet you with praise, O God.

The rivers and waters, the trees of the fields, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

greet you with sounds and motions of joyful praise.

The sun gives witness to your light, the stars shine forth your glory, the universe declares your works.

 

We, your people, join our hearts, our minds, our hands and our voices, our whole beings with all of creation to worship and adore you, to thank you and praise you, O Christ, our creator, our Savior, and our God.

 

Let your glory, indeed, be over all the earth.

 

Today as we worship You, as we hear your voice and feel your presence, lift us from the pettiness of life that so often keeps our attention, our concern, and our hearts.  In all of life may we seek and find you, and be humble and thankful before you.  Lift our minds and our hearts to greater vision, greater purpose, greater life in you.  Transform us, change us, till we feel what you feel, see as you see, love what you love, will what you will, think and act more like you each day.

 

As a congregation of your people today, transform us.  May we be more passionate about what you are passionate about.  Deepen us in reflection on you, your Word, and your creation.  Deepen our prayer lives both as a congregation and as individuals of it.  Let us stand boldly with you and for you O Christ, let your church give witness to you always.

 

We pray for the nations of the world, for the leaders of the world.  We know Your will is peace, yet our world is so torn, so broken by greed, hate, and evil.  May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

We pray today for those who love you and serve you, may they grow in grace and experience the joy that comes from you alone.

We pray today for those who are seeking you, may they continue and may they find.

We pray today for those who are struggling, be near, O Christ.

We pray today for those who are far from you, those who resist you, those who oppose you, may your grace draw them to you forever.

We pray today for those who celebrate, for those who are mourning, for those who face illness, cancer, and diseases of all kinds.  We pray for those who are recovering, for those facing tests, for all those who like us are standing in the need of prayer.

 

We come to you today O Christ, because you alone are our Rock, our strength, our hope, our vision, our love.  And your love is touching us and healing us.  For this we lift up our voices to lift your name on high.  For this we praise you forever.  Amen.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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