Sunday, May 14, 2017
"Strengthener of the Weak..." 14 May 2017
Strengthener of the weak; fortifier of the faithful, rescuer of the wayward, restorer of the repentant; your steadfast love is good and endures forever. It is you who do great wonders so that by your most holy, wise and powerful preserving you govern all your creatures and all our actions; your steadfast love is good and endures forever. It is you who delivers your people from their enemies, elevating them from their low estate in due time, drawing them from the miry bog and setting their feet on a rock; your steadfast love is good and endures forever!
O LORD Most High, you are to be feared for you are the great king over all the earth; We pray for all nations and all leaders to include President Klaus Iohannis of Romania; President Vladimir Putin of Russia; and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda; along with our State Representatives such as Brian Renegar, Mike Ritz, Dustin Roberts, Sean Roberts, Michael Rogers and Todd Russ. Bring all peoples of every nation and land to clap their hands, to shout to God with loud songs of joy; bring the princes of the peoples to gather as the people of the God of Abraham, for you reign over the nations, you sit on your holy throne (Psalm 47)!
We pray on behalf of your Church world-over; this congregation; St. John Baptist Catholic Church; St. John’s CME Church; St. John’s UMC; St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral. Give us the grace and strength to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have called us, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.1-3). Toward that end, bring all of us to see where we have fallen into the trap of scrappiness and sectarianism and to submit to the authority and word of Jesus our Lord (1 Corinthians 1.10-12).
Take note, Father, of our graduate, college and Academy students, and those now in the military; also on the pain and distress of those struggling with disease or darkness of heart; on the uneasiness or discouragement of those looking into an uncertain future; on the frustration and fear of those fraught with marital and family sweats and strains;…May your hand be on them to guide them, your right hand to uphold them, your peace to fill them and guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Thank you, Holy God, for the godly mothers in our lives, some still living and some already gone from our sight, who have exhibited your own tenderness, compassion, and nurturing care; thank you for those mothers who gave so much not only in having children, but in raising them to adulthood. We pray for those mothers who have left deep scars that you would bring about repentance on their part, and healing to those they hurt. We pray for the mothers of this church; may they continue to encourage, lead and love their children in the various seasons of life, showing them the face of God. And we pray for those who have long desired to be mothers but can’t; make them rich in the joy of the Lord, satisfied with you, and to continue to share the love you have worked in them.