"God be merciful to us & bless us, & cause His face to shine upon us.
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad & sing for joy!"
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"O God, You Are My God" - 29 May 2016
O God, you
are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for
you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon
you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast
love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long
as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.
It has been good to enter your great assembly; to earnestly seek you; to have our
dry and thirsty souls quenched with you, O fountain of living waters. We pray
for those who don’t know you, and have never known the joy that you are and the
life you give….may they hear your invitation and come to the festival. We
pray on behalf of Anna’s House Foundation, Darci Oplotnik, the administrators
and staff, and the families who have opened homes and hearts. Provide the
moneis and resources needed, raise up volunteers and provide more families.
Give them all that they need in the midst of disappointments and successes.
Also, Father, we pray for those who maybe feel themselves to be in a dry and
weary land where there is no water. Maybe the parchedness is from their
sickness or disease; maybe from depression or mental darkness of some kind;
maybe from grief; possibly as a result of a long period of unsettledness and
adversity in their homes. Draw them near, fill them up, raise their heads to
see you restoring, refreshing and reconciling.Hear our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with
joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the
watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your
wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. Together
we have feasted with your people in this place, but we have also feasted with your
church all over this big, wide world; which reminds us to pray for your people
in all places, and especially in Fiji; Finland; France; Gabon; Gambia;
Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; and
Guyana. Be our help so that in the
shadow of your wings we may rejoice. Bring us to cling to you, knowing that
your right hand upholds us. We are dear to you; may we always walk near to you.
And through your peoples’ prayers, giving, worship and work, further your world
rescue operation until the knowledge of you will cover the earth as the waters
cover the sea.Hear our
prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
who seek to destroy my life shall go down into the depths of the earth; they
shall be given over to the power of the sword; they shall be a portion for
jackals. But the king shall rejoice in God; all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped. We pray that in our
own land, as well as for all the countries of this earth, that the mouths of
liars will be stopped; especially among civil and governmental leaders. Bring
peace, lawful justice, prosperity, better education and medical care to
flourish in all places. And may greed, pride, unjust violence, and human
trafficking be brought to an end. Finally, we remember the many who served in
the fight for right; the struggle for justice; the men and women who swore to
uphold and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic,
and then followed through on that oath even when it required their death. Thank
you for their tenacious loyalty; and may we, the citizens of this land, not
squander it, waste it or demean it. Hear
our prayer, O Lord, and let our cry come to you!
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