Prayers for the 9th Week after Pentecost (August 6-12, 2017)

Special Note: I have started a daily prayer and meditation service called “Wake Up With God.”  I am using a phone text to send out a brief thought and prayer guide most often times based on the Daily Text for the day.  I generally send this out each night between 9 and 10 p.m. to be used the next morning as you get the day going. This is a service that can be used in conjunction with the prayer form found on this blog.  If you are interested in receiving this “daily text”, please just send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Please include your name with your text and a brief note indicating that you are interested in subscribing to this service.

The watchword for the week:
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9

How wonderful are your ways, loving God.
We look at the wonderful world which you have created, and we are filled with awe.
While we marvel at the complexity of this creation we are even more amazed at the love that you have for all of it, including humanity.
Compassion and steadfast love is what sets you apart from all else in this world. How wonderful you are!

Psalm 145:8-9,14-21

8 The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
14 The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down.
15 The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. 16 You open your hand, satisfying the desire of every living thing.
17 The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.
20 The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.

In truth and honesty, let us draw near to the throne of grace and confess our sins to God.
God of unending love, we come to you with a humble heart and spirit asking for your grace to be showered upon us. As we consider your graceful generosity  we feel inadequate to even approach you, but hear us as we ask your forgiveness. We confess that we have not always reflected your compassion to those around us. While we find it easy to be compassionate towards those whom we love, we find that it is harder to do that with those who we consider to be our enemies. We find it easy to keep a score of those who have wronged us, while we ignore the pain that we have inflected on others. Help us to look first at how we can best transform ourselves into a more faithful reflection of your love, instead of how we can change those with whom we have conflicted feelings. We hunger for your grace and love, feed us this day. Amen.

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. If you would like to receive a text daily on your phone that often times is based on the Daily Text, please send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Include your name in the text, and a brief note indicating that you would like to subscribe to this “daily text.”
What ever text you use, know that 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, you now have set your servant free
to go in peace as you have promised;
for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior,
Whom you have prepared for all the world to see.
A Light to en-lighten the nations,
And the glory of your people Israel.
Send forth your Spirit, Lord,
Renew the face of the earth.
Creator Spirit, come and enable us to have compassion on others.
Feed our hungry hearts.
Lord, hear our prayer,
And let our cry come to You.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

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Prayers for the 7th Week after Pentecost (July 23-29, 3017)

Special Note: I have started a daily prayer and meditation service called “Wake Up With God.”  I am using a phone text to send out a brief thought and prayer guide most often times based on the Daily Text for the day.  I generally send this out each night between 9 and 10 p.m. to be used the next morning as you get the day going. This is a service that can be used in conjunction with the prayer form found on this blog.  If you are interested in receiving this “daily text”, please just send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Please include your name with your text and a brief note indicating that you are interested in subscribing to this service.

The Watchword for the week:
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Isaiah 44:6

This is the day that the Lord has made,
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
We offer thanks to God for creating us, redeeming us, and sustaining us in our daily lives.
We offer thanks to God for being our beginning, our destination, and an ever present companion on the path that we travel.

Psalm 86:11-17
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart to revere your name.
12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
and I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your steadfast love toward me;
you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
14 O God, the insolent rise up against me;
a band of ruffians seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.
15 But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me;
give your strength to your servant; save the child of your serving girl.
17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be put to shame,
because you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Knowing that God is ready to hear us, let us confess our sins:

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in many ways, times, and places. We have too often forgotten your place in our lives. We have allowed the clamoring distractions of our world to claim our hearts, our lives, and our money. We spend far too much time wrapped up with things that promise us only short-term entertainment, rather than a life-time of meaning. We often labor so that we might be able to buy more rather than serve you.   We confess that we find it hard to live simply so that we can simply focus on you who should be the first and last priority in our lives. Empower us to toss out the many gods that call for our time, money, and attention.

Hear and know that the Lord is good. God forgives those who are contrite in heart. Live in peace for God’s steadfast love endures forever. 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. If you would like to receive a text daily on your phone that often times is based on the Daily Text, please send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Include your name in the text, and a brief note indicating that you would like to subscribe to this “daily text.”
What ever text you use, know that 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 confess our faith in the One who truly loves us:
I believe in the one true God, the Father of humanity,
who creates and sustains the universe in wisdom and power,
who calls us into being and into relationship with God by grace, whose nature is love.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
who lived that we might see God,
who died that we might be reconciled to God,
who rose that we might experience the life of God,
ho freely accepts and welcomes all who come to him, not on the basis of their merit, but on the basis of his unconditional love.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
who is God present with us now,
who shows us our need for God,
who assures us of God’s love in all circumstances
who lives the life and love of Jesus Christ through us.
In this faith I will seek to live in harmony with God, with people everywhere, and with all of creation. Amen.

(From the Moravian Book of Worship, the Liturgy for Creation, page 29. Used by permission from the Moravian Interprovincial Board of Communication.)

On this day may we seek to lay aside those things which keep us from seeing God present with us in our lives.
Through the hours of this day may we, O God, fix our eyes only on you.
Keep us from being distracted by the self-centeredness of our culture.
Help us to use the hours of this day and the gifts with which you have blessed us to serve others in your name.
Give us hearts of compassion and reconciliation by which we can bring others to know of your love.
May the words that we speak, the thoughts of our hearts, and the actions of our lives be pleasing to you, O Lord.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Amen.

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Prayers for the 6th Week after Pentecost (July 16-22, 2017)

The watchword for the week:
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

How wonderful it is to give praise to God.
How blessed it is to give thanks to the one who created this world and given us our place in it.
Hear and know that the Lord is good.
God’s mercy passes from one generation to the next and we are thankful for its presence with us now.

Psalm 65:1-13

1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,
2 O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.
3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation;
you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
6 By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
8 Those who live at earth’s farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
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You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.

Knowing that God is ready to hear us let us confess our sins:
Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in many ways, times, and places. We have mishandled this good earth entrusted to our care, and we have misused our personal gifts, hurting both ourselves and others. Forgive our false pride which hides our negligence, and forgive our careless acts which destroy your handiwork. In your mercy correct our faults and restore us to responsible, compassionate living.
(from the Moravian Book of Worship, Liturgy for Stewardship, page 155. Used by permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication.)

Hear and know that the Lord is good. God forgives those who are contrite in heart. Live in peace, for God’s steadfast love endures forever.
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.
Reading of the Daily Texts

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:

Our father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we have forgiven
those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Through the hours of this day and night may we, O God, fix our eyes only on you.
Keep us from being distracted by the self- centeredness of our culture.
Since we have been set free from condemnation by our loving savior, let us also live a life free of the condemnation of others.
Instead, loving God, give us hearts of compassion and reconciliation by which we can bring others to know of your love.
May the words that we speak, the thoughts of our hearts, and the actions of our lives be pleasing to you, O Lord.
May we serve this day in the name of the one who has created us, redeemed us, and sustained us. AMEN.

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Prayers for the 5th Week after Pentecost (July 9-15, 2017)

Special Note: I have started a daily prayer and meditation service called “Wake Up With God.”  I am using a phone text to send out a brief thought and prayer guide most often times based on the Daily Text for the day.  I generally send this out each night between 9 and 10 p.m. to be used the next morning as you get the day going. This is a service that can be used in conjunction with the prayer form found on this blog.  If you are interested in receiving this “daily text”, please just send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Please include your name with your text and a brief note indicating that you are interested in subscribing to this service.

Here is this week’s “Daily Prayers for Moravians.”

The watchword for the week:
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to
anger and abounding in steadfast love.
Psalm 145:8

Today we come with hearts that are broken,
Today we seek the consolation of a gracious God.
Today we come with souls that feel the guilt of sin,
Today we seek the grace of a loving savior.
Today we come weak and incomplete,
Today we seek the renewing power of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 145:8-14
God is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
God is good to all,
and God’s compassion is over all that God has made.
All your works shall give thanks to you, O God,
and all your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your dominion,
   and tell of your power,
to make known to all people your mighty deeds,
   and the glorious splendor of your dominion.
Your reign is an everlasting reign,
and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
God is faithful in every word,
   and gracious in every deed.
God upholds all who are falling,
   and raises up all who are bowed down.

Let us Confess our Sins:

Dear Heavenly Father, we bow before you and confess that we have too often forgotten that you are the one who created us, who reached out to us in Jesus Christ, and who comes to us daily and abundantly through the Holy Spirit. Because we have forgotten your profound love for us we sometimes fall short of being a credible witness to you. For these things we ask your forgiveness and we also ask for your strength. Give us clear minds and open hearts so that we may share your grace in our world. Remind us to be who you would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to you and build our relationship with you and with those you have given us on earth.

Hear the Good News: The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Give thanks 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. If you would like to receive a daily text on your phone that often times is based on the Daily Text, please send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Include your name in the text, and a brief note indicating that you would like to subscribe to this “daily text.”
What ever text you use know that 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:

As you taught your disciples to pray, so we pray together:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The work of the Creator is visible,
Let us respond with praise.
The example of Jesus is apparent.
Let us respond with obedience.
The wind of the Spirit is blowing,
Let us respond with joy.
The word of God is calling,
Let us respond by serving with thanksgiving

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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Prayers for the Fourth Week after Pentecost (July 2-8, 2017)

Special Note: I have started a daily prayer and meditation service called “Wake Up With God.”  I am using texting to send out a brief thought and prayer guide most often times based on the Daily Text for the day.  I generally send this out each night between 9 and 10 p.m. to be used the next morning as you get the day going. This is a service that can be used in conjunction with the prayer form found on this blog.  If you are interested in receiving this “daily text”, please just send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Please include your name with your text and a brief note indicating that you are interested in subscribing to this service. Here is this week’s “Daily Prayers for Moravians.”

The watchword for the week:
Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance. Psalm 89:15

Let the whole earth be joyful in you, O God,
We greet you with gladness, and celebrate your presence with a song.
For we know that you are creating us,
you are alive in us and we belong to you.
We enter your gates, a motley procession,
But we enter with heartfelt thanksgiving and joy.
For you are gracious and your embrace is compassionate,
faithful through all generations.

Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
I will sing of your steadfast love,
O God, forever;
with my mouth I will proclaim
your faithfulness to all generations.

I declare that your steadfast love
is established for ever;
your faithfulness is as firm
as the heavens.

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to my servant David:
“‘I will establish your descendants forever,
   and build your throne for all generations.'”
Happy are the people
who know the festal shout,
who walk, O God,
in the light of your countenance;

they exult in your name all day long,
and extol your righteousness.
For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
For our shield belongs to God
our ruler to the Holy One of Israel.

Let us Confess our Sins:

O God, we thank you for sending the gift of your steadfast love to us each day even though we do not always claim it. Move us, by your Spirit, to accept your love, 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.

Hear the good news: those who are in Christ are a new creation; the old has passed away, behold the new has come.  Thanks be 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. If you would like to receive a daily text on your phone that often times is based on the Daily Text, please send me a text at 484-221-5489.  Include your name in the text, and a brief note indicating that you would like to subscribe to this “daily text.”
What ever text you use know that 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, Moravian Book of Worship)

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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Prayers for the 3rd Week after Pentecost (June 25-July 2, 2017)

The watchword for the week:
Jesus says, “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39

O come let us worship the One who created us, who has redeemed us, and who sustains us each day.
We seek to worship you gracious God with glad and generous hearts.
Let us give God all that is due.
Let us respond to God’s infinite love with the lives that we live, the words that we share, and the work that we do.

Psalm 69:5-10, 16-18

5 O God, you know my folly;
the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.
6 Do not let those who hope in you be put to shame because of me, O Lord God of hosts;
do not let those who seek you be dishonored because of me, O God of Israel.
7 It is for your sake that I have borne reproach,
that shame has covered my face.
8 I have become a stranger to my kindred,
an alien to my mother’s children.
9 It is zeal for your house that has consumed me;
the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
10 When I humbled my soul with fasting,
they insulted me for doing so.
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6 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;
according to your abundant mercy, turn to me.
17 Do not hide your face from your servant,
for I am in distress—make haste to answer me.
18 Draw near to me, redeem me,
set me free because of my enemies.

Let us confess our Sins:
Creator God, Redeeming Savior, Sustaining Spirit, we humbly acknowledge your sovereignty over all of who we are. It is you who gave us life, it is you that forgives our sins, it is you who whispers in our souls and breathes new life into us. You are woven into the very fabric of our being. We confess the times that we hold back from you that which you deserve from us: the times that we have held tightly to our wallets instead of giving generously; the times when our mouths have uttered words that have caused damage instead of spreading grace; the times when moral decisions have been made for immediate gratification, rather than seeking your will for our lives. For these sins of commission and omission we humbly ask for your forgiveness.

Our Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces, and remove the disgrace of his people from the earth. In that day we will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. Let us rejoice in his salvation.”

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.
Creator of all humanity, we call you Holy, and seek to worship you all the days of our lives. We pray that the ways of your heavenly kingdom may be made real in the world that surrounds us. May the bread that we need for today be made available for us and all who are hungry; and may you forgive us, just as we are able to forgive those who have sinned against us. In the time of moral testing, may we listen first for your voice calling to us, instead of the call of the world; take from us the self-centeredness of our society. This world, and all that is in it, always has been and always will be yours, help us to lose ourselves to you and your kingdom. Help us to find ourselves complete in giving ourselves to you, forever. Amen.

You send us to bring good news to the oppressed,
and to bind the wounds of those broken in heart,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of prisons to those who are bound,
to announce the year of your grace,
to comfort all who mourn,
to give them a garland of consolation,
instead of the ashes of mourning,
the oil of gladness and healing,
and the rolling tears that wash away sorrow.
So may we be called oaks of righteousness,
trees that you plant to shade and sustain.
As the earth puts forth its blossom,
and as seeds in the garden spring up,
so you make justice flower,
and bear its fruit of peace among the peoples.
Lord of the dance, in whom we live and move and exult for joy, guide our steps through the complexity of our lives.
Keep us mindful of your steadfast love for us, and ways in which we can make that love come alive in the hearts of those that we love, serve, and come in contact with this very day. AMEN.

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Prayers for the 2nd Week after Pentecost (June 18-24, 2017)

The watchword for the week:
The Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5

O come let us worship and lift our hearts high and adore our God, our Creator.
For you indeed are God, and we are your people, crafted by the skill of your hands.

Psalm 100
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing.

3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him, bless his name.

5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

 

Let us Confess our Sins:
Gracious God, we are thankful that your love is steadfast towards us. Your love is unwavering, unconditional, and given freely and abundantly. We acknowledge that our love for you has wavered and become lukewarm. We confess that at times we have been unfaithful servants seeking after worldly acceptance, self gratification, and material gain. We often deceive ourselves into thinking that we can live without you, and act in ways which prove that we think your eyes are turned and your ears are closed to us.   Lead us into lives worthy of our calling in Christ, with humility and patience, bearing one another in love, and eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We pray for this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thanks be to God, who has loved us from the beginning, and who promises that if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and will purify us from all unrighteousness.

Our Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from the earth. In that day we will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. Let us rejoice in his salvation.”

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.
Creator of all, your name be held holy, your domain spread among us, your wisdom be our guide, your way be our path, your will be done well, at all times, in all places, on earth as in heaven. Give us the bread we need for today, the manna of your promise, the bread of your tomorrow. As we release those indebted to us, so forgive us our debts, our trespass on others. Fill us with courage in the time of our testing.  Spare us from trials too severe to endure. Free us from the grip of the powers that bind. For yours is the goodness in which evil dissolves; yours is the joy that sounds through the pain; yours is the life which swallows up death. Yours is the glory, the transfiguring light, the victory of love, for time and eternity, for age after age. So be it.  Amen.

 You send us to bring good news to the oppressed,
and to bind the wounds of those broken in heart,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of prisons to those who are bound,
to announce the year of your grace,
to comfort all who mourn,
to give them a garland of consolation,
instead of the ashes of mourning,
the oil of gladness and healing,
and the rolling tears that wash away sorrow.
So may we be called oaks of righteousness,
trees that you plant to shade and sustain.
As the earth puts forth its blossom,
and as seeds in the garden spring up,
so you make justice flower,
and bear its fruit of peace among the peoples.

Lord of the dance, in whom we live and move and exult for joy, guide our steps through the complexity of our lives.
Keep us mindful of your steadfast love for us, and ways in which we can make that love come alive in the hearts of those that we love, serve, and come in contact with this very day. AMEN.

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