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Sunday, July 29, 2018

"LORD, Faithful In All Your Words" - 29 July 2018



LORD, faithful in all your words and kind in all your works: we are grateful that you uphold all who are falling and raise up all who are bowed down. Truly, the eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing (Psalm 145.13b-16). It is to you we pray:

Grant, Almighty God, that all who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours (1 Corinthians 1.2) may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world. We ask this for your people world over, for this congregation, and for Grand Blvd Baptist Church, Greater Trinity Baptist, Heavenly Heights Baptist, and Henderson Hills Baptist Church. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. 

Guide the people of all the nations, including South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, and Sri Lanka, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Preserve these United States of America from all enemies foreign and domestic; preserve us from pride and arrogance; preserve us from moral implosion; and preserve us from social bedlam. And with the patriotic song we pray: America! America! God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea. America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law. America! America! May God thy gold refine, till all success be nobleness, and every gain divine. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. 

Give us all a respect for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. And do, please, continue to send us the rains we need in the amount we need. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, especially those who live in our neighborhoods and work in our offices, and grant that we may serve Christ in serving them, and exhibit the love of Christ to them. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit…; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for those who have run the race, who have kept the faith, and have now entered your presence. Help us to remember them fondly, and remember them with thankfulness. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We beseech you to look upon the generations that will arise from us and our own sons and daughters (WCF 21.4). May your steadfast love run to a thousand generations in our families; and may our descendants love you and keep your commandments (Exodus 20.6). Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

LORD you are righteous in all your ways and kind in all your works. You, O LORD, are near to all who call on you, to all who call on you in truth. You fulfill the desire of those who fear you; you also hear their cry and save them. You, LORD, preserve all who love you, but all the wicked you will destroy. Our mouths will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless your holy name forever and ever (Psalm 145.17-21). Amen.

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