Today’s New Testament reading comes from Mark 1:21-28
21They went to Capernaum (Kap per naum); and when the Sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. 22They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
23Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, 24and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”
25But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”
26And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. 27They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”
28At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
God always blesses the reading of his word.
Let us calm our minds and prepare our hearts as we come before our Lord.
Father, we come before you, perhaps having had a hard week since we last left your house. We come before you, humbled and broken, and ask you to restore us with your healing touch. The challenges that we’ve faced have left us shaken and uncertain about our faith in others, our faith in ourselves, and our faith in you. We ask you to wash away our doubts with your unfailing certainty. You are the God of all things and this week reminded us us that this world is your world, that we are your children. This week reminded us that You are our rock. When the world around us causes us to tremble and doubt, in you we can be confident and have sure footing. When the world drags us to our knees, You are there to lift us up and strengthen our hearts and spirit.
In our weakest moments Lord, you are our God.
Father, we come before you, perhaps having had a wonderful week since we left your house. We come before you, humbled, and thank you for the many ways we’ve seen your presence this week. The joys that we’ve experienced shows us how you are working in the world and that you are in control of all things.
Father, you, who set the world in motion, who sees the beginning and the end, still cares deeply for all his children and delights in our happiness. This week was a blessing, Lord and reminded us that You are our rock. When the world around us makes our hearts to sing, in you we can rejoice and sing your praises. When the world is wonderful and bright, you are there, smiling on us. We lift you up as the Lord of all things.
In our most joyous moments Lord, you are our God.
Lord, our greatest prayer to you is, “thank you.” Hear us as we silently thank you for the many ways you’ve blessed our lives.
PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND WAIT……….
You are the God of all things and we are humbled by the many ways you show your love for us. We pray that we may take your gifts out into the world and share them with others so that they may see your love manifested in our actions.
Lord, our humblest prayer to you is, “help.” Hear us as we silently pray that you will wrap your loving arms around those who are sick, broken, lost or seeking.
PAUSE FOR A MOMENT AND WAIT……….
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You are the God of all things and we are humbled by the many ways you show your healing power and grace.
Father, we pray that you will comfort those who are caregivers. They are your hands and their journey is hard. Give them strength to accomplish their task and peace in knowing that you are with them as they care for their loved ones.
Father, we pray for our church as we struggle to find our footing. We know that you have so many blessings that you want to pour onto this church so that it may be a beacon of Your light within our community. We pray that you will forgive us when we put our needs and wants for the church before your will for the church.
We pray for our pastors and leaders, that they will be strong and patient as they seek shepherd your flock. We pray for the children’s minister that she will be your hand in the lives of the children both within our walls and those in the community.
We pray for our youth pastor, and Tom Tyree that they will be strong and faithful as they begin a new Confirmation class with our youth. We pray that our youth will be open to their teaching and hear your word.
We pray for the many missions and ministries that our church supports. We pray that they will be strong and bring your word to a world that is seeking to know a peace that comes from your presence. Give the leaders of these programs the wisdom to lead their team as you desire. Touch the hearts of those who are seeking a way to serve you and we ask that you will give them guidance, Lord. It may be different, it may be outside their comfort zone, but you know everyone’s talents and unspoken desires. Give us the strength to go where you want us to serve.
For all the many ways we’ve failed you, we ask for your forgiveness. For all the many opportunities you’ve place before us, we ask for your guidance. For all the many ways you’ve blessed us, we humbly thank you.
Ready our hearts to feel your presence, silence our minds to hear your word, prepare our spirit to do your will. We are your servants, Lord, awaiting your call.
In the name of your Son, we pray.
And all God’s people said, Amen.