Sunday, November 6, 2016
"O Lord Jesus Christ" - 6 November 2016
O Lord Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior, your mercies and loving-kindnesses have been from everlasting. You became man and stooped to endure crucifixion and death for the salvation of all who rely on you. You rose from the dead for our justification, ascended into heaven and sit at the right hand of God the Father, from whence you shall come to judge the living and the dead; and as our great High Priest you regard the humble prayers of all who call upon you with their whole heart. Incline your ear and hear.
First of all remember your Holy Universal Church, which you have emancipated with your precious blood, including this church and Eagle Heights Church; East 6th Street Christian Church; Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church; Eastside Church of Christ; The Edge Church; Edmond Church of Christ; and Trinity Christian Church-Edmond. Confirm and strengthen your Church, enlarge and multiply her, keep her in peace, and preserve her unconquerable by the gates of hell forever. Heal the schisms of the churches, quench the ragings of the pagans, speedily undo and root out the growths of heresies bringing them to naught by the power of your Holy Spirit, and beat down Satan under our feet.
Strengthen, O Lord, and have mercy upon all ministers, pastors, bishops and presbyters of your Church whom you have established to feed your flock; by our sound doctrine, right administration of the sacraments, godly lives and prayers build up and strengthen your people in all places.
Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon those who envy and slight us and seek to do us harm, forgive them and turn their hearts.
Act, O Lord, and have mercy upon all world rulers, on our president, and on all our civil authorities. Speak peace and blessing into their hearts that we may live calm and peaceful lives in all godliness and dignity. And aid us to submit ourselves to every ordinance of man for your sake, whether to the President, governors or judges, as to those who are sent by you for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. For we know and confess that this is your will, so that by doing good we may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Refresh, O Lord, and have mercy upon the aged and young…, those who are pregnant…, the needy, orphans, widows, and single parents…, the unemployed and underemployed…, those whose home life is troubled and trembling…, those in sickness and sorrow, distress and affliction, oppression and captivity, prison and confinement…Remember them, visit, strengthen, keep, and comfort them, and make haste to grant them, by your power, relief, freedom, and deliverance.
Save, O Lord, and have mercy upon those who have never turned from their sins and believed in Christ, those who have departed from the true faith, and those who have become dazzled by destroying heresies…; enlighten them by the light of your Holy Spirit, unite them to the Lord Jesus, and bring them into the fold of your Holy Church. Bless the work of KAIROS Prison ministry, especially this week-end as they work with the prisoners of XXXXX Prison.
And so, Lord Jesus, what we have faithfully asked may we, please, effectively obtain for the honor of your name! Amen.