February 17, 2019
Prayer for the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany | Taylor
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of Supplication | Trevor
LEAD: O Almighty God, who pours out the spirit of grace and of supplication on all who desire it:
ALL: Deliver us, when we draw near to You, from coldness of heart and wanderings of mind, that with steadfast thoughts and kindled affections we may worship You in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
360 Prayer | Trevor
LEAD: O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Make your presence known in ((insert neighborhoods) and all others that we now face); take away the pride and fear which infect our hearts; break down the walls before us as we move to engage with our neighbors; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, ((insert neighborhoods) and all others that we now face) may serve you in harmony and gather around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
ALL: The image of God in me / sees the image of God in you.
Prayer of Response | Trevor
ALL: Grant us, Almighty God, that the words which we have heard this day with our ears, may, through Your grace, be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honor and praise of Your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Benediction | Taylor
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.
May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that through Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.
May God bless you with remembrance that we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen.