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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sunday Evening Pastoral/Congregational Prayer - 28 April 2013

To you who are able to keep us from stumbling, and to present us faultless before the presence of your glory with exceeding joy, to God our only wise Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen (Jude 24-25). ALMIGHTY God, who summons us into your presence to worship you with hearts and hands and voices, and then sends us out to reverberate and proclaim your excellencies: by your Spirit’s indwelling power, make our worship so life changing and our changed lives so worshipful, that our friends, foes and families will find themselves rejoicing in you, and irresistibly drawn to you. Lord, hear our prayer.

Father, to whom all hearts and homes are open, and nothing can be hidden from you: we pray for the homes and families who live around us on Glean Eagle Dr., Glen Mark, Glen Ridge, Glen Lake, Wicklow; 143rd Street to 137th; and Walker Ave. Prepare their hearts and ears, and then grant us divine appointments that we may talk with them about your Son, Jesus Christ, and the great joyful hope we have in him. Lord, hear our prayer.

Similarly, Lord, we’re not quite sure what to do or how to do it. We ask you to help us to see various ways to genuinely show the compassion of Christ to these neighborhoods and neighbors, and then impart to us the ready resources and willing teammates to go. Lord, hear our prayer.

LORD God, who has commissioned us to contend for the Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints: help us to be watchful, to stand firm in the faith, to act like men, to be strong, and all that we do will be done in love. Also, when we speak up for this Faith (as Paul put it), Let our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that we may know how we ought to answer each person. Lord, hear our prayer.

Holy God, who gives and maintains health and wholeness, we pray for those in our church family who are still saddened by the loss of their loved ones; those struggling with multiple sclerosis; feeling the bitter pains of aging; and those with other portentous debilities….Restore, refresh and gladden them that they may spend the rest of their days joyfully serving you. Lord, hear our prayer.

Mighty God, whose right hand and holy arm have gained you the victory: watch over and straighten out our world, turning the tumultuous conditions in North and South Korea, Syria, Afghanistan, Egypt, North Africa, Mexico; and the streets of many cities, towns and hamlets in America, around so that peace, justice and order may succeed. Lord, hear our prayer.

All of these prayers we offer through Your Son, Jesus Christ, as we now sing:
Hear our prayer, O Lord, hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline Thine ear to us, & grant us Thy peace. Amen. Trinity Hymnal #728

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