Prayers for the 14th Week after Pentecost (August 21-27, 2016)

The watchword for the week:
The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him. Psalm 103:17

Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us give thanks to the One who is with us from everlasting to everlasting.
We can take comfort in knowing that the Spirit of God is upon us today.
Give us, O God, the grace to bring you the sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart, which you will not despise. 

Psalm 103:1-8

Bless God, O my soul,
and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.
Bless God, O my soul,
and do not forget all God’s benefits
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
God works vindication and justice
   for all who are oppressed.
God made known God’s ways to Moses,
   and God’s acts to the people of Israel.
God is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 

In truth and honesty, let us draw near to the throne of grace and confess our sins to God.

  • Forgive us Lord when we have put our material possessions as gods in our lives.
  • Forgive us Lord for making idols of our accomplishments, and for placing others before you as primary in our lives.
  • Forgive us Lord when the words spoken from our lips have not brought honor to you or your kingdom.
  • Forgive us Lord when we have forgotten or refused to take our rest in you.
  • Forgive us Lord when we fail to respect those who have passed the faith on to us.
  • Forgive us Lord when we injure or damage the emotional lives of others.
  • Forgive us Lord when we fail to keep the promises we have made.
  • Forgive us Lord when we hoard our wealth at the expense of others.
  • Forgive us Lord when we lie to conceal our own mistakes.
  • Forgive us Lord when we spend time and energy wanting things that we don’t need.
  • Forgive us Lord when we fail to do your will. 

The Lord your Redeemer says: Now your guilt is gone and your sins are forgiven. 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:

O Lord, hear us now as we, brothers and sisters in Christ, pray together.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. 

Lord, as we experience the ups and downs of life,

Help us to put our trust in you knowing that your steadfast love endures forever.
As we come to doubt our abilities,
Help us to know that you make us complete.
As we fear for the health and welfare of those that we love,
Help us to know that you are with both them and us.
As we come to doubt that we are making a difference in your Church,
Help us to know that this is your Church and we simply have to be faithful to your call to us.
As we come face to face with our own sinfulness and mortality,
Help us to know that your grace gives us new life both here, and in the world yet to come.
Shout for joy all people of God, rejoice all the earth! The glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people together will see it. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Blessed be the name of the Lord in whom we live, labor, and love from this time on and forever more. 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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