Pastoral prayer 4 Aug 2019 F
From Psalm 107, we hear that God has filled us with what is good. What IS good? What is good for YOU?
Our lives are in the care of God, who has given us abundance and hope.
Today we have come to praise and thank God for all that He has done for us,to celebrate His love and to offer our lives in service.Come, let us open our hearts to the Lord! * * *
Eternal God, we come from different places and diverse backgrounds to offer this time of worship to you. Help us to so focus our thoughts on you that we experience afresh your grace, mercy and love as fresh gifts in our lives. We praise you for blessing us in this way and for revealing your love in Jesus Christ. Just now, we want to spend a few minutes, each of us, thanking You for whatever is in our hearts this day that we are grateful for . . . (pause )
Thank you, Lord God, for your lovingkindness, that you let us share in your heavenly treasure. Our hearts cannot resist your steady care and concern for us.
You are the one who has made us
so that our hearts are restless
till they find rest in you. (pause)
Do your mysterious, majestic God-ing with our hearts:
so that when we leave today, we are
transposed . . .
become by your attentiveness whom we have not yet embraced,
open and receptive, honest and undefensive,
unafraid and committed to You.
Listening God, we pray for the church gathered today, both here and around the world, that it may encourage all of its members to discover, develop and use all their gifts, those of nature and those of grace.
We pray for those who are poor in body or in spirit, for those oppressed and heavy laden, for those sick or in despair. We pray now, in the silence, for those who are on our hearts . . .
Minister by your Spirit and by us, to all those for whom we have prayed, and help us walk faithfully in the path of our Lord Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying: Our Father in Heaven . . .