Prayers for the 7th Sunday after Easter and Ascension (May 13-20, 2018)

The Watchword for the week:

Jesus says, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17

From the busyness of this day we gather to hear God’s call to us.
We gather together at the throne of grace to pray for ourselves, our loved ones, the Church, and the needs of a hurting world.
We gather in God’s presence to hear the truth,
So that we might speak it and live it in our daily lives. 

Psalm 1

1 Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
3
 They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4
 The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5
 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6
 for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Together, let us confess our sins:

Gracious Lord, we know your word to be truth, but today we confess that at times our fallible minds find truth hard to define, and our mouths find the truth hard to speak. Forgive us for following paths which take us away from your loving intent for our lives. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen. 

The Lord says: “I, even I, am the God who blots out your transgressions for my own sake and will not remember your sins. Go and sin no more.”

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 them now, you can get the on-line version of the Daily Texts at http://www.moravian.org/todays-daily-text/daily-text/. Don’t rush over these words 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 are present with you 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 the prayer as follows:

In one voice, we 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. 

Loving God, open our eyes to see your truth,
So that we might walk on the path of righteousness.
Christ, the living truth, grant us wisdom,
To choose your will for our lives.
Spirit of truth, blow through us today,
And empower us to bring good news to those who need to hear it.
To the God of lasting wisdom, to the God of relentless change, to God be glory, majesty, dominion, and power,
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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