Prayers for the 18th Week after Pentecost (September 18-24, 2016)

The watchword for the week:

From the rising of the sun to its setting the
name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalm 113:3

From the busyness that our jobs bring us,
We pause to give praise to God.
From the busyness that fills our daily lives,
We pause to give praise to God.
From the distractions that re-order our life’s priorities,
We pause to give praise to God. 

Psalm 113
Praise be to God!
Praise, O servants of God;
praise the name of God.

Blessed be the name of the God
from this time on and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the God is to be praised.

God is high above all nations,
   and God’s glory above the heavens.
Who is like God our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?
God raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with nobles,
with the leaders of God’s people.

God gives the childless woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise be to God!

Let us humbly confess our sins.
Gracious God, we know that you deserve our praise each and every hour of the day. But we confess that at times instead of counting our blessings, we grumble about places in our lives where we feel cheated. So we humbly ask that you create in us a clean heart, O God, and place within us that understanding that will help us to see your way and to observe it with our whole heart. Lord have mercy on us. 

The Lord says to us: I will forgive your iniquity and remember your sin no more. Peace be with you.
With grateful hearts we say: 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 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 life 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. 

From our waking in the morning to our resting in the evening, may we all give praise to God.
God has created a pattern of life which is intended to bring us to wholeness.
That wholeness was shown to us as Jesus brought the reality of God into human form.
We praise God for this most generous gift.
We pray that God might awaken in us the desire to follow his path more closely amidst the temptations and difficulties of our lives.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us the way, the truth, and the life.
Whatever we do, therefore, whether in word or deed, let us do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Thanks be to God. 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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