Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Thank you, O God, for the gift of life.
To see and to hear, to taste, touch and smell.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Beloved God, whom we know in Christ Jesus our LORD.
We are grateful that you have made us a part of Christ, and Christ a part of us.
You have rescued us from the dark side.
You have forgiven us unconditionally through the blood of Christ.
Even as you refashion us into the likeness of Christ.
Be with us today, we pray.
Bless our worship with grace.
And our service with purpose.
Don’t let us drift, O God.
The tides of time sweep in so many directions.
Here and there, we find ourselves being tugged.
Anchor us, we pray, in Christ.
Keep us close to your love.
And close to one another.
We pray, O God, for the families of those who lost their lives at Fort Hood. May your Holy Spirit comfort them with your divine mercy.
We pray for the man who pulled the trigger.
We pray for Muslims in the military, and Muslims in our nation.
We pray that love will prevail over hatred.
That understanding will overcome suspicion.
That love will make a way through the tangled web of human emotion and failure.
We pray, O God, for our Designated Pastor Nominating Committee … and for Sandra Mader from our Presbytery.
We trust that your Holy Spirit will be with them, guiding them in their study and in their work. Keep them looking heavenward, and keep them on their knees.
We thank you, O God, for what has been.
We thank you for here and now.
And in Jesus’ name, we thank for what shall be.
For there is yet more work to be done.
Lives to be won.
Justice to be lived.
And love to be given.
We’re not up to the task all by ourselves, O God!
We need your Holy Spirit.
We need heaven’s help.
We need grace.
We need you, O God!
Help Covenant, dear God, to a beacon of light to the world.
That our light would so shine, that Westchester and Los Angeles and the whole world might see our good works and give glory to you, our Father in heaven.
In the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done …