Prayer Until Something Happens - this week's prayer items...
- “You now have sorrow, but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.” (John 16:22) Lord Jesus, without fail you walk to the cross. We watch with sinking hearts. Yet we know that it is truly wonderful what you did for us. You took on the sins of the world. Because of what you did on the cross, we shall live. Thank you.
- “Act with justice and righteousness and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow.” (Jeremiah 22:3) Holy God, thank you for shining the light of righteousness into this darkened world. Forgive us when we seek our own gain to the detriment of others. Bring us again into the glorious light of Jesus, bearing fruits of mercy and love that can come from him alone. Open our hearts to those who are strangers to us. Amen.
- “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising.” (2 Samuel 23:3-4) We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world, that there may be peace and justice on the earth. Jesus, be the ruler of our hearts, minds, and souls. Lead us as we follow you in life and in death. Amen.
- Love, solidarity, prayers, sorrow and support for the people of Paris at their loss. #NotreDame
- “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom.” (Colossians 3:16) God of wisdom, help us to centre our communities of faith around your Word. Give our leaders discernment on how to guide us all into greater awareness of your presence. Give us all the faith to follow your wise leading. Amen.
- “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.” (Hebrews 13:1) Heavenly Father, we pray for our church family. Let us not follow the ways of the world that lead to disunity, but rather lead us to the way of Jesus. May we learn to love one another as ourselves, and care for the least of those among us. Lord, thank you because you first loved us.
- “The company of angels is praising you on high; and we with all creation in chorus make reply. The people of the Hebrews with palms before you went; our praise and prayer and anthems before you we present. To you before your passion, they sang their hymns of praise; to you, now high exalted, our melody we raise. As you received their praises, accept the prayers we bring, for you delight in goodness, O good and gracious King!”
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