God, who shapes the course of history, it is so hard to be a prophet. We’re just ordinary folks. What you expect us to do? Who will listen to us anyway? Even if they do, they’ll only get mad.
You do better to find someone else – someone older, someone younger, someone more articulate, someone with more courage, someone with more faith.
But still, we hear our call and your promise. Forgive our feet of clay – when we try and evade your call, when we make excuses, when we doubt your presence, when we reject your prophets, when we reject ourselves.
In the opportunities and challenges in our lives, help us see that you are there, and help is respond in faith, hope, and love.
God is our rock and our fortress. In God we find our hope and our strength. We are always surrounded by God’s forgiving love, a love that has known is from birth and will never leave us.
Hear God’s word – the words of call, the words of promise, the words of faith, the words of hope, the words of love. Live God’s word – the words of life.
O Lord, our God, your wisdom and power are beyond our comprehension. Yet our hearts know intimately. Our love for you and our awe of you join together in our praise to your holy name. You are the one we turn to when we hear our invitation to be your disciples, when we feel the call to servanthood.
You, O Lord, provide strength and wisdom for each day and hope for the journey. It is by faith in you that we respond to your call to serve. We believe that you are our source of love and provide the resources for loving. We believe that you redeem not only our lives but also our actions so that our small human offerings have divine results.
We believe that your Spirit empowers us to be all that you created us to be for your purpose. Yet the call to serve can, at times, be overwhelming. The need before us is more than one person can handle above. We thank you, Lord, for calling us to work as one body. Your Body is made manifest in us as we work together to serve your children.
Lord, we thank you for these people whom you have joined together for your purpose. We thank you for people who live what they believe and believe what they live. We thank you for the Spirit of Christ which dwells in such people in our church and community.
By your grace, Lord, we stand among those who will hear you say, “ I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, sick and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
And we will say, “Lord, when did we see you hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked or in prison.” And you will assure us, Lord, with your words, “Just as you have done it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
Watchword for the Week
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.
1 Corinthians 13:12
Watchword for Today
We will say no more, “Our God,” to the work of our hands.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?
Mark 8:36 NIV
Prayer for Today
Our God, how do you guide our lives daily? We may struggle to answer that question, but we know you are there. You are faithful. It is you who leads us through the whole world to happiness.
Congregation Watchword for the Year
Serve God with single mind and willing heart; for the Lord searches every mind
1 Chronicles 28:9