Prayers for the 3rd Week after the Epiphany (January 22-26, 2018)

Watchword for the Week
Trust in him at all times, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8
Gracious God, from the busyness of our day we pause to remember that we are yours.
You give us our breath, and you deserve to be a part of our every moment.
Magnificent are your ways, and gracious is your will.
May our lives be lived in response to your freely given love. 

Psalm 62:5-12
For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from God.
God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
  my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
  pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.

Those of low estate are but a breath,
  those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
  they are together lighter than a breath.
Put no confidence in extortion, and set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, do not set your heart on them.
Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
and steadfast love belongs to you, O God.
For you repay to all
  according to their work.

Confession of Sin

We are a wandering people, O God, who seek refuge and protection in the vanity of our world. Accept now our confession of sin and our desire to be closer to you.
Loving God we seek not to approach your throne of grace on the basis of our own merit, but knowing that you earnestly seek to be in relationship with us. Forgive us for the times when we have deceived ourselves into thinking that we could find happiness in our lives through material possessions and money. Forgive us for the times when we have deceived ourselves into thinking that even relationships could fill an emptiness in our lives more completely than our relationship with you. Forgive us when we have allowed ourselves to be deceived into following the pattern of living deemed acceptable by our society instead of us taking the narrow path that leads us to you. Help us to put our full confidence and trust in you, our rock and our refuge. 

My friends, God is faithful and just. God seeks only to forgive your sins and will not remember them. God asks that you now live a new life. Rejoice, be glad, and give God praise.

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 is now a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read them now, if you would like to read the Daily Texts online please go to http://www.moravian.org/todays-daily-text/daily-text/.   Don’t rush over these texts as a task to be completed, they 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:

Lord God, Father, hear us as we pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come y
our will be done, on earth as 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. 

With the whole of Christendom we affirm that the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
Let us love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.
Loving God, in the midst of this busy day help us to remember your profound love for us,
Be close to us as we choose words and actions in our dealings with others.
In the midst of this busy day help us to remember that we are your ambassadors to the world.
May others see and hear in us the message of your life-giving love.
In the midst of this busy day help us to remember that in Jesus Christ you set for us a pattern for living.
Be near to our hearts as we make decisions concerning matters both great and small for we seek to give all of ourselves to you.
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy,
to the only God, our savior, be glory and majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, now, and in all ages to come, 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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