PASTORAL PRAYER

 Eternal God, from the beginning of creation, you created a world in which all of life would live in harmony.  Unfortunately, now as then, we tend to use our freedom and our independence to build where, when, and how we so choose.  Then we become frustrated and disappointed when we put our time, money, and energy into building a life that often does not turn out the way we had hoped.  We recognize this day that unless we first turn to you in all that we do, our work will be in vain.  We pray this morning for the faith and trust of Ruth and Naomi, who placed their providence and care in your hands and received security and honor.  We pray for the humility of the widow, who was grateful for daily life and health and provision, and who showed her gratitude by offering you the best of what she had to give from her heart.  Help us, O God, to build with you, standing on the foundation of your Son and serving him to the best of our ability in the belief that you are and will be our security and protection.

     On this Sunday closest to Veteran’s Day, we remember and give thanks for the men and women who served on our behalf and those who are currently enlisted in our nation’s military forces.  All who stand guard for our country do so at a high personal cost.  We give thanks for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and we pray for those who returned home, forever wounded in body, mind, and spirit from their experiences.   We build with you, O God as we work toward your new day when all nations will see that we should neighbors be and form one family the whole world over.  To that end, we sing the prayer of our hearts.  “Our Father, who art in heaven…           

Pastoral Prayer – 9/15/18

Before your cross, O Jesus, our lives are judged today. It is one thing for us to worship you within the confines of this sanctuary. It is another to follow you into those places of rejection, suffering, and death. Peter speaks for us all when he offers his rebuke. The way of the cross scares us and we too say that there must be another way, yet in our hearts we know there is not. We ask forgiveness this morning for setting our minds on human things. There is a saying that the will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot keep us. In your life, death, and resurrection we see that this saying is true. Lord, we pray for your Spirit to fall afresh on us this day, melting us, molding us, filling us with power from on high, so that we, your Church, can pick up our cross and follow in your way. Help us to serve and find our life in you.  This morning we pray for all who have experienced the fury of Hurricane Florence. We pray for those who did not evacuate and are now in the dark without services. We pray for those who left not knowing what they will face when they return. We pray for the rescue workers, who faithfully do their jobs in the aftermath, placing their own lives and concerns on hold. We continue to pray for those in leadership positions, that instead of using their energy to undermine one another, they would work cooperatively for the citizens they serve. For our world in need of healing and wholeness, we pray as Jesus taught us saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven…