Prayer Until Something Happens - this week's prayer items...
- “My message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4) Heavenly Father, in a time of changes and uncertainties, your word is steadfast, and will accomplish your purpose. May your Church continue to proclaim your word with full assurance that, not only is it our hope, but it reveals your power and love to all who believe and trust in you.
- “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9) Lord of all, we are reminded that we are yours for a reason – to show our allegiance to you by how we live in the world. We ask that you enable us to see this world with fresh eyes as you guide us to understand that all dominion belongs to you and that we are your servants.
- “Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.” (Revelation 3:11) Dear Lord, it is in remembering your intervention in our lives that we are humbled by your love; and it is in seeing as you see that we become mindful of how we can share your love without neighbours. Teach us that we may become good models of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
- “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 shepherd those in sorrow, fear, and confusion, and 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. Teach us how to reach out to and disciple the young people in the city so they can be supported in their walk with you. Lord, enable us to love. And we thank you because you first loved us.
- “This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9) Lord Jesus, thank you for banishing our sin by your sacrifice. While we wait for the completion of your kingdom, may our lives demonstrate your love to our neighbours.
- Lord we thank you for establishing and sustaining Union Church for 175 years. As we celebrate our 175th anniversary, we pray that it will be a joyful time of coming together in thanksgiving of your faithfulness as well as renewal of our commitment to you as our one and only God. We lift up all preparation to you and ask that you will sanctify every detail. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
If you would like prayer, Deacons and intercessors will meet you at the front of the Sanctuary after the services. We invite you to come forward. "Prayer does not change God, but it changes those who pray." (Soren Kierkegaard)