Prayers for the Feast of the Holy Trinity (May 22-28, 2016)

We read the watchword for the week together: Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 5:1

Let the whole earth be joyful in you, O God,
We greet you with gladness, and celebrate your gift of peace.
We know that you are creating us,
you are alive in us and we belong to you.
We see the heart of God when we see the love of Christ,
We give thanks to God for the grace shown in the self-giving sacrifice of our Lord.
We greet God daily through the gift the Holy Spirit.
May we be empowered by this life giving Spirit who makes Christ real to us. 

Psalm 8
O God, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
    the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O God, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!   

Let us Confess our Sins:
O God, we thank you for sending the gift of your peace to us each day even though we do not always claim it. Move us, by your Spirit, to accept your gift, and share it freely with those who need it. Forgive us when:

· We are slow to seek reconciliation with others,
· When we cling to the feeling of having been wronged,
· When we fail to work for the redemption of people whom we do not like,
· When we fail to extend to others the same compassion you freely give to us.

Break in on our selfishness, and astonish us anew, O God! Our prayer is that you will claim us again and strengthen us to respond to the needs of those who are hurting. Amen.

We are enabled to be kind to one another, to be tenderhearted, to forgive one another, and to be forgiven, because Jesus feeds us with his life: a life given to save us from sin.  Hear then, the good news: those who are in Christ are a new creation.  The old has past away, the behold the new has come.  Let us give praise to God.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen. 

This now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read today’s texts now, but don’t rush over them as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to.  So read slowly and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that you present today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world.  May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready continue with this prayer as follows:

Let us now pray together:

Creator of us all, we praise your name because you have lovingly made each one of us. May your intended purpose be made real here on earth, even as it is already done in heaven. Feed us today with those things that we truly need, and may we share our abundance with others. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have done wrong to us. In times of temptation, may we know of your live giving strength, and keep us from all evil. Gracious God, this is your kingdom, and we acknowledge your power and glory, both now and forever more. AMEN. 

Jesus makes my heart rejoice,
I’m his sheep and know his voice,
He’s a shepherd kind and gracious,
And his pastures are delicious,
Constant love to me he shows,
Yea my very name he knows.
(Hymn 662 v.1)

And now may the love of God, the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
Be with us now and forever. Amen.

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About Daily Prayers for Moravians

My name is Chris Giesler and I am blessed to be serving as Pastor of the Emmaus Moravian Church in Emmaus, PA. I am also privileged to serve as a Bishop of the world wide Moravian Unity. If you are ever in the area I would invite you to drop by for a visit. Please see our congregation's church web site at www.emmausmoravian.org. I live in Bethlehem, PA with my wife Tina. Our daughter, Martha, is a Moravian College graduate now teaching high school math. She is married to Matt, and now living in Harrisburg, PA. We also love being grand-parents to Addison (an inquisitive 6-year old) and Michael (an active 3-year old) and a new-born, Riley, who belong to our son Andrew, and his wife Amy.
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2 Responses to Prayers for the Feast of the Holy Trinity (May 22-28, 2016)

  1. Carol Kleintop Schneider says:

    I really enjoyed the hymn Jesus a Makes My a Heart Rejoice today! I don’t hear it, because I am far away from a Moravian a Community in Houston. It brings me such peace to sing it to myself!

    • Hi Carol: Thank you so very much for your response to my most recent post. I am glad that it struck a chord with you. I know a lot of Kleintop families from the West Side Moravian Church in Bethlehem. Are you connected to them, and how did you wind up in Houston? May God’s peace fill your soul today, and please do keep on singing! Chris

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