Monday, June 26, 2006

Pastoral Prayer - June 25, 2006

Our theme today is the nature of the Bible. We’ve heard from the Apostle Paul that the scriptures are holy, able to make us wise to salvation through Jesus Christ, God breathed. The Bible brings light and life to us, because it introduces us to Jesus who is the Word of God; who is our source of life, our strong defense in times of peril, our comfort in times of turmoil and grief, our joy through all of life’s seasons.
Our study of the nature of the Bible today reminds us that we should pray for our Bible Quiz Team that leave tomorrow for Spring Arbor University. At Spring Arbor they will be participating in the Free Methodist National Quiz tournament. They need our prayers; for safety, for good memory, for boldness, but as we all do, that the word we memorize would be hid in our hearts. We invite the team members to come forward and pray at the altar today.
We need to pray for the family of Will Montgomery. Will is the husband of Alberta. Alberta went to be with the Lord last summer. On Friday morning, Will was called to his heavenly reward.
We need to pray for those in our church family that are traveling for all sorts of purposes; mission trips, vacations, seeing loved ones. We should pray that wherever our travels take us that we would be the fragrance of Christ.
Let us pray for those preparing to serve as Missionaries; the Sykora’s and Hamley’s, that their prayer and financial needs would be met with the resources of heaven.
Let us pray for our world and the people of it.
We’ll sing once again and as we do, we invite you to come to the altar if you would so choose.
At the close of the Pastoral Prayer I invite you to join me in the Lord’s prayer. Let us pray.

King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Bright Morning Star. To you be honor, glory, power and dominion, now and forever. As the angels sing, and the saints in glory lift their voices, we gather this morning of your creation to join the choir in singing your praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
With gratefulness for our creation, redemption, preservation and hope eternal we sing. Today we rejoice with Will Montgomery that he has joined the saints around your throne. Will’s life is a testimony of your faithfulness; through war, the raising of a family, the loss of a wife, he did find you faithful. We pray that you would comfort Will’s children and family and enable them to rejoice in his victory won.
We remember to you those of our family who need your healing. Send your Holy Spirit with the ministry of Jesus, that those with bruised bodies and souls might know your salvation.
We rejoice in the accomplishments of our Quiz Team and pray that you would grant to them all mercy and grace as they compete this week. We pray too that you would take the words they have memorized and write them on the hearts of Sam, Esther, Krista, and Caleb, that they may know your presence, and pass on your salvation to others.
We pray for the Sykora’s and Hamley’s. We pray that you would provide a way for these willing souls to serve in your world. We pray for their provision, and for the people they will join in ministry. We pray for those to whom they are being sent. Lord, we pray for your glory to spread in our world and to heal its brokenness.
Hear the prayers of those at this altar and all our prayers.
Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance;Govern and uphold them, now and always. Day by day we bless you;We praise your name forever. Lord, keep us from all sin today;Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy. Lord, show us your love and mercy; For we put our trust in you. In you, Lord, is our hope;And we shall never hope in vain.
The Lord’s prayer. Amen.

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