Sunday, October 2, 2016
"There Is No God Like You" - 2 October 2016
As Solomon once declared, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below, for you keep faith with your people who strive to walk before you with all their heart (1 Kings 8.23). Because of your great love with which you have loved us in Christ Jesus, we long to completely put away the old methods of being human which grows corrupt through deceitful lusts, and we yearn to be renewed in the spirit of our minds, to walk fully in the new humanity created after your likeness in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4.22-24). Help us, O our Father!
We plead for your Church world over, along with this congregation, and the numerous churches in the greater OKC area such as Bridgeway Church; Calvary Temple-Edmond; Capitol Hill Assembly of God; St. Eugene Catholic Church; Central Seventh Day Adventist Church; and Cherokee Hills Christian Church. Sustain our brotherhood in the world in the face of fierce barbarity; fortifying those who are challenged by persecution; supply the needs of those who are lacking; advance and prosper that which is faithful and valid; and guide and lead all of us into richer and fuller faithfulness and sound doctrine.
God of mercy, gracious Father, you have said you take no pleasure in the death of sinners, but rather that they should turn from their ways and live (Ezekiel 18.32); we pray for these…..stir them up to see their need, to see their sin in the piercing light of your holiness, to cry out to you for mercy, and to find their life and hope in your Son Jesus Christ.
O great physician, as you healed the sick, gave strength to the lame and set the oppressed free, we pray for you to come and raise up these who are afflicted and hurting…
We are thankful how in small and big ways you have aided us in our need these last weeks and months….we thank you for successes, and how you have held us during the failures…and we thank you for blessing this congregation in so many ways.
For our country, our fellow residents, and our national leaders we pray; guide us all in the ways of godliness, truthfulness, industriousness, graciousness, courteousness, and virtue, for the good of all, and that your people in this land may lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence. We pray for those regions in Ohio, Virginia and other places where heroin and crystal-meth use is becoming prevalent and destructive; Lord God, reclaim the users; give them help and lift up their hearts in hope.
Bring all the nations of the world to sensible level headedness, that peace, prosperity, healthiness and wholeness would win the upper hand; that human and drug trafficking, wickedness, and savagery might cease; so that all lands may enjoy your peace, and may come to know the One who is the Prince of Peace.
We present to you all of these prayers and praises through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.