Sunday, October 16, 2016
"Almighty God, You have Taught Us" - 16 October 2016
Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we, who have been gathered here by Christ’s beckoning and receiving Christ together in faith and with thanksgiving, may love you with our whole heart and our neighbors as ourselves.
We pray for your Church all over the world, and congregations here in the OKC area: especially for Church of the First Born; Church of the Harvest; Church of the Living God; Church of the Open Arms; Church of the Savior; and Church of the Servant. For those churches who claim to be yours and have lost their way and begun traveling down side trails and pathways that dishonor you, reject the Scriptures as the final rule of faith and life, and embrace error; we implore you to restore them, grant them to see their fault, renounce it, and return in joy to you and your way. For those congregations leaning into being faithful to you, fill them with compassionate courage and sturdy resilience. Uphold our brotherhood in the world by fortifying those who face persecution, enlivening those who are broken down with grave worries, equipping those who are lacking, protecting those who are in real danger.
Good Shepherd who seeks that which is lost, who even sought out and restored an extorting tax collector like Zacchaeus; we pray for these…..may they come to know that you have come to seek and to save the lost; and as with Zacchaeus, may salvation come to their house.
O great physician, as you healed the sick, gave strength to the lame, opened the eyes of the blind and ears of the deaf, and set the oppressed free, we pray for you to mend, restore, fortify and make whole these who are afflicted and hurting….
For these United States of America, our leaders and all who reside here; along with every nation on this round world; Bring us all to sensible level-headedness, that peace, prosperity, healthiness and wholeness would win the upper hand; and human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, wickedness, savagery, child abuse, cruelty toward the weaker, and the raw barbarity of war might cease. And we pray for our own national future that your hand would guide us to better days so that we may leave our children and grandchildren a land of peace and a place to thrive in wholesomeness.
Mighty God, who has your way in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of your feet; who rebukes the sea and makes it dry; who dries up all the rivers (Nahum 1.3-4); we implore you to relieve us from the earthquakes, destructive floods, devastating hurricanes, and damaging tornados. And please give hardiness to those working hard to help in the recovery of disaster-ridden-flood-drenched places in our country: Louisiana, our East Coast, and Florida. May our MNA Disaster Response folks have plenty of funds, resources and coworkers to be successful in their ventures.