Thank you, Lord, for this congregation where your people can live together in community, learning from one another how to struggle together well. Jesus, we pray for those who are sick and dying and unable to be comforted by their loved ones. Beth and Joe enjoy simple and active travel – every day of the year. Remind us today that you are the maker and owner of everything on which our eyes can fall, thus impressing upon our hearts that you own us as well and that every man, woman, boy, and girl bears your image, even though it may be profoundly marred. We pray this in the name of your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God, help us to see that your kingdom does not depend on our political influence. make your face shine on us, The resurrection of our Lord Jesus shows us fully and clearly that you are good and that your love endures forever. Additional information is available at or by contacting Elicia Bunch at (303) 673-9990. You have blessed us with the gift of one another and for this we give thanks. Lift these people up and let them see their vocation as a mission field…  a place to make small differences on a daily basis. Lord keep our eyes on you, that we would know and love that which is truly beautiful. We lift up parents with regrets, hurting parents, those who wished or still wish to be parents, but are not, and those who have no children of their own. We pray for the end of political unrest and violence in the Philippines, and for the powerful advance of your kingdom there. David points out to us all of the attributes that should be part of who we are, when we are walking in step with you. Forgive us we pray. Finally, we continue to pray for our conversations with Oak Hill Church. Twin Peaks Restaurant is not responsible if the Winners fails to receive the notice about the prize due to any security settings or provision of incorrect contact information. We know it would be impossible to repay you for the gift of salvation you have given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus. You are great and majestic and so much more than we can even imagine. When we are unjustly treated, wrongly blamed, and suffering under cruelty or criticism, may You be the Rock on which we can stand firm. Lord God, be our rock, as you are the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. This week in our jobs, in our families and neighborhoods and Gospel Communities, would You use us in Your work of redeeming what is broken? There is plenty in this psalm, Father, to keep us praising you all through 2019. Father, Son, Holy Spirit, You are stable. We bring before you the retreat for Avant’s Spain missionaries that David and Katrina are attending this weekend. and plans. Make us a blessing to those around us, always reflecting and expressing your praiseworthiness. Thank you for our adult leaders who have taken time away so that they can invest in these students. May we never take for granted the ease with which we are able to seek out medical attention when we need it. You are so good and we long for the day that we dwell in your presence, basking in your glory, and fully satisfied by you. We recognize that the work of heart regeneration is not something we can manipulate or conjure up, and so we praise you for doing what only you can do. You are. Gracious god and heavenly father. We pray that this week of training would bear fruit in the ministry of each church leader who participated, and that by your Spirit their churches would flourish. And why should you die on a tree that you yourself planted, watered, and made to grow? We see your beauty sparkling on Minnesotan lakes, we tremble at the thought of mountains bursting into flame at your touch, and we know that all creation is praising your holy name. We pray for the teachers, administrators, and staff persons of the schools in our communities. We praise you that you are no mere local god, no mere god of the USA, but the great king who reigns over all the earth. Our gracious Father, with the writer of this Psalm, we say to one another this morning, Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. As the fall approaches, we ask that you will help them to prioritize some of the projects they were not able to get to this summer when they had limited energy. Guest essay by H. Sterling Burnett, originally published on Be with our pastoral search committee. We pray that you would also give safety to the Filipino pastors who are traveling to the training site, some from areas of the country where violence is frequent. We pray that through them, and through all of our GCs, your gospel would go forth into the Twin Cities and beyond. And some face physical illness so chronic, painful, or dangerous that it seems useless to find reason to carry on. Such benefits, as well as bonus and variable compensation plans, are based on…, Provides direct patient care, in a medical/physician office setting, using the nursing process in accordance with applicable scope and standards of practice and…. For those already devastated in the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Tortola and the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee. Father God, we praise you for being the sovereign builder of the universe; the protector of all things. Lord please replace our need for control and the preservation of the self with an unqualified trust in you and a willingness to sacrifice for the “Other,” regardless of who the “Other” is or where they come from. Thank you for their diligence in balancing the books, paying the bills, addressing special needs, stewarding the property that we own, and keeping the work of this church managed well and kept in order. And Lord, today we pause for a moment to mourn. Forgive us for letting fear and national policy get in the way of showing compassion. Show them the value of what they are doing, even when it feels mundane. Lord, remind us that we are defined as a people of hope. We pray this so that Jesus would be made much of in our city. Father, this Psalm speaks frankly about the foolish person who says in his heart, “there is no God.”  This Psalm laments how people have turned away from God. As we listen in on this song from Israel’s hymnal, we see your people reflecting on the many occasions of your protection, rescue, and deliverance. However, the climate interpretation of these records has proven controversial, with some arguing for substantial swings in monsoon intensity while others suggest that they do not indicate climate changes over East Asia. But we have all sinned against you, our God. And the day that you have made and the day in which we rejoice, is the day of the victory of our Lord Jesus. We ask that through the lives and words of teachers and peers who are disciples of Jesus, many who do not yet know you will taste and see that you are good. As we enter the voting booth this week, cause us to see our vote as a tool to use for the good of our cities, our state, and our country. We pray for faithfulness, courage, and global revival. Finally, at this time of year when many people are a little more receptive to hearing of the story of birth of Christ, help us to be keenly aware of the Spirit’s leading. Some of your people don’t want to be home for Christmas. And God, we pray that you would lead us forward in your mission to bring the joy and renewal of the gospel to every part of our city and world. Finally father, as we anticipate the coming of Thanksgiving this week, may we be truly grateful for all you have provided. Mobilize us to be a family, showing Christ’s love to one another and letting that shine to all those around us. Exodus 20 tells us more about this oil – it is to be made of the finest spices, including liquid myrrh, sweet smelling cinnamon, aromatic cane, and olive oil. And you have raised up a horn for your people, strength and victory for your people, a King to do this for your people: our Messiah, Jesus the Lord himself. You know the deep darkness that hangs over them. Would you send more workers into the harvest field? Forgive us, Father. Keep us from every evil path. We frequently complain, we are frequently envious, discontent, angry with our circumstances, and resistant to believing you. Forgive our persistent unbelief and teach us to talk to ourselves, like this psalmist—to say to our own hearts, “Put you hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”  In the midst of distress may we follow Jesus in a life of hope this week. Help us to care about the plight of those in our cities. And yet, you care, individually, for each of us. We confess, Lord, that we sometimes lower you to a place in our hearts and actions that is less than the cornerstone. And this treasure of knowing you as our Shepherd, a treasure too valuable to horde—may we share this treasure with others. We adore you on Christmas because without Christmas there would be no gospel and we would be without God and without hope in this world. And as you blessed your ancient people with the agricultural bounty you had promised, you have blessed us even more: with every spiritual blessing in Christ—even as we have been learning from the Apostle Peter’s first letter: we have been chosen by you, sanctified by your Spirit, sprinkled by the blood of Christ, given new birth into an everlasting inheritance, protected by your power, built up as a spiritual house on the cornerstone of Christ, our most precious possession. May you continue to be molding us into people who bring glory to you by how we live our lives. It is in the name of our suffering Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ, that we pray. Keep forming us as a people of praise. We pray that as we gather today, your Holy Spirit would drive the reality of your grace deeper into our hearts so that we can worship you rightly and be shaped into the kind of community for which you have designed us. Thank you for the kids alongside us, their loving parents, and the whole community of believers and influencers here this morning. When he says you are good and upright, we know that we do not have to approach you cowering in fear, but climbing into your lap as a child would climb into the lap of her mother when she is sick, or afraid, or just lonely. Let us be open to interruptions. Remind us again today that you have done great things for us, of which we can be glad. We praise you that when our tears come by the bowlful, you do not turn away from us, but you revive us and save us. Father, we ask for protection for our hearts. As you fix our eyes on you, give us pleasure in giving freely of our money, time, resources and treasures. We are desperate to see a movement of your gospel, and we would be delighted for you to use us to that end. Continue to make us a safe community for people who are hurting and feel weighed down by the difficulties of life. We ask You to redeem what the enemy has stolen, revive what has been destroyed, and return Your lost children to Yourself. Thank You for loving us no matter what we do, just because You do. And Heavenly Father, perfect Father, send your light and your faithful care to those struggling with fatherhood gone sour in their lives—the deep wounds of father-influence absent or misused. Holy Spirit, we ask for open eyes, perceptive hearts, and willing hands to serve others in whatever ways they may need. Bring this same awesome victory of the gospel to the persons in our networks of relationships who do not yet know you. You bore in full measure all divine wrath against our sin, and so now our relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one of peace, free of all divine anger, a priceless blessing to us. One of the key elements of our worship is what we call the pastoral prayer. This morning, in the diverse company of your church on earth and in heaven, we celebrate your life, your  death and resurrection, and your astonishing interest in each one of us. Father, we do ask for an extra measure of your grace for those in this congregation who are feeling what your king felt in this Psalm. The psalmist also instructs us that you even know the exact number of days we will be alive on this planet. “Do not trust in nobles…who cannot save,” “The lord reigns forever…your God reigns for all generations.”  Father, we lament the political division that exists in our country right now and we humble repent for the part we have played in this. God we have placed many things on the thrones of our hearts. We come to you today, not as a crowd of individuals but as your people, as your congregation, as the sheep of your pasture. Let them experience you in their studies and in creation around them. I pray that each person here would have strength, together with all Your people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that we may be filled with all of Your fullness. You lift us out of the slimy pit, of the mud and mire of our sin. And God, may Your word direct our steps. Finally, Lord, remind us of your Son today and warm our hearts to love him. You are worthy of all our praise, more than we can possibly give; your glory will reign forever and ever. What should that strategy should look like for us as a church? Your ways are far above those of any of the rulers here on earth. Towards the end of The Edwardian Era, between 1914-1918, a war broke out between two alliances: the French-led Entente Cordiale (French for "Cordial Agreement") and the German-led Central Powers. How often we take for granted having plenty of food to eat, large and comfortable houses to live in, and the ability to gather together for worship without any care of government interference. Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty : of thy glory. May we seek first to understand and then to be understood. We pray for the families and friends of the innocent victims of the senseless terrorist attack this week in New York. And finally, help us to be encouraged by the words of the Psalmist when he says that you will never fall asleep on the job. Please bring those areas to light and empower us to offer those at your feet. We also pray the documentation would process quickly, so there will be no hold up as they return on home assignment this summer. Thank you, gracious God, for being patient with us and thank you for your regular reminders to us of your grace and compassion. Lord help us to recognize and live into the entirety of the Gospel. As we long for your heavenly kingdom to come, we are mindful of the suffering sin brings into our world. Wash us clean once again by the power of the cross. You are a glorious King who is wise, good, and strong, and Your Kingdom is unshakeable and eternal. We repent of our whining and turn to praise. Give us Gospel community. Thanks for the time Ben and Tiffany were able to be together at Christmas. Help us to remember the brokenness experienced, perhaps quietly, by our neighbors. Who are we that you should confound the laws of nature in this way and come into this broken world to rescue us? We thank you for the new North Central District Superintendent nominee Brian Farone who will be voted on later this month. You see their fears. If you vacation in Wyoming, chances are you’re heading to a national park. We praise you, God, because in your humanity you identify with our humanity. Give them the strength they need. For our court and justice system, we pray for decisions that recognize the worth of every human being, no matter how far down one has sunk. Forgive us for the times we have not trusted Your love and have not loved You in response. We can trust you, O Powerful God, our God. We pray that the discussion surrounding the nomination would always be respectful and full of grace, even when hard questions are asked and issues raised. You sent us your Son, the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for the sheep. Father, thank You for the children and infants from whom You have ordained praise, especially the little ones who are a part of our own congregation. Till then, Heavenly Father, we ask you to send your light and your faithful care to lead us on this day, and through this week to come. Bring healing to those who face difficult health challenges. Today we want to pray specifically for the students of The Edge who are at Camp Shamineau for Fall Fling. 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