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National Day of Prayer Service (2020)

Invocation

Gathered in voice and heart, we pray for the creation, nations, and communities.

Prayers

International Governments

God of the Nations, you created ALL people.

Blessed be the peace-makers who seek to reconcile and build relationships across lands and oceans among diverse people.

Guide our international relations to reflect your light of grace and love.

Unite us in the seeking of justice and the merciful and compassionate service of the vulnerable, despite race, ethnicity, and nationality.

In your name, Amen.

National Government

God of the People, you liberate us.

Blessed be the elected officials of the United States of America.

Blessed be federal organizations and their employees.

Liberate Americans from our sins of self-centeredness and greed, racism and sexism, nationalism and all prejudice that enslaves us and our neighbors.

Strengthen our lovingkindness in service, so that we might be a collective light for all.

In your name, Amen.

State Government

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Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Resources

 

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Be Still?

Advent is a favorite of mine in the church year, but it is also when the Church and the world may be at odds the most.

Advent is a time of preparation that prepares our homes, hearts, and souls to welcome Christ. But, any time we prepare to welcome guests our life gets a little crazy.

So, it is not a surprise that December seems to be the busiest month for all of us.
We are busy preparing for Christmas with lights, trees, and presents.
We are busy preparing for loved ones to visit us OR for us to visit loved ones.

AND that is above and beyond our normal, everyday responsibilities that we cannot simply walk away from be it work, school, or loved ones.

And yet, the Church in scriptures and tone is quite the opposite calling for us to be still, to be quiet, to be patient and await the arrival of Christ.

There was a magnet in the kitchen of my home church that read:
“Look busy! Jesus is coming!”

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Posted by on December 3, 2018 in Resources, Sermons

 

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