We ask this so that the good news of your gospel will be allowed to flourish and not be thwarted. Remind us, Lord, that in whatever storm we face; for this, we have Jesus. And Your word says You promised peace to Your people. Worthy to be trembled at. We pray for the church in the majority world which faces the confrontation of their enemies regularly. They can become discouraged at how little they can really accomplish, and they feel their influence is limited. We praise and extol you for your creativity, your goodness, and your compassion. For it’s in Jesus name we pray. There are some here who really need that strength and peace today, Lord. But help us to be able to see our invisible enemies. Make us a blessing to those around us, always reflecting and expressing your praiseworthiness. So, as we are reading this psalm, you can see in your minds eye, the dew falling from tall Mount Hermon to Mount Zion which is only a quarter of the size. Enable us to see Your glory for the wonder it is and to rejoice in it all our days. Please daily re-orient our lives and minds around you, giving you all glory and honor. We join the praises of your Old Covenant people and we thank you for granting to David the remarkable deliverance that you did as we remember the terrible circumstances and anguish that he described the first portion of the psalm. When we keep our word in both the little things and big things of life, we are demonstrating an important aspect of your character. In the frantic pace of the next few weeks, help us to slow down and realize the great mercy you have shown to us in sending Jesus. you gave birth to all that we know. Lord, there are some here today who are journeying through this holiday season carrying deep feelings of loneliness. When having the sin pointed out in his life he didn’t make excuses. Protect us from getting caught up in the divisive rhetoric so prevalent in our society. Help us to be eager and willing to be taught by 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. Glorious God, you are worthy of all our praise. Please help the truth of this promise give us more encouragement to share our faith with friends who may not know you. You, O Lord, love us with an enduring, forever love when all other loves fail and when we do not even love ourselves. We pray for these ones, gracious Lord, that they would find safety and a home. We praise you for answering your Son’s cries for deliverance. You are our Good Shepherd; you are our Refuge in times of trouble. Heavenly Father, this morning we are grateful for what this psalm teaches us, that you are our refuge, that you are our fortress, and that anyone can find refuge in you. Thank you for our local mayors and city councils. Please help the logistics of their move to Minnesota go smoothly. confession is that we believe, and Lord help our unbelief. Father, help us to place our lives and desires in your hands; use us as you may to bring glory to your name. Be our light and our salvation. We pray that the gospel would spread rapidly and unhindered. Display your greatness through the persevering faith of your children in the face of this adversity. He arrived through the travail of a human mother, he saw light, he took his first breath, he was cold, he cried, and he was utterly dependent on his parents for his very survival. “Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.”. Forgive us for accusing you of forgetting us when we are often the ones who have forgotten you. Indeed may be compensated by these employers, helping keep Indeed free for jobseekers. But your good intention for us is that we would bear fruit and flourish. Begin in our own lives the work of purifying our hearts. God, we confess that we often ignore the evidence of your faithfulness that is right in front of us. We worship you, God, as our great King. Give us eyes to see beyond smiling facades and cheerful greetings. Most of them do not see it this way, God. Continue to bless their marriage as they learn more about each other along with continuing your work in Spain. We also ask that you would help them to raise the additional 530 in monthly support that they need as well as additional funds for their car. That your right hand has done mighty things and has worked deliverance for us. And we pray for your church in Texas. You look down on this day upon this group of people sitting in this room at this time and you know each and every one of them entirely. For more information, see the, *This space is designated for the job description that is externally posted. And lead us forward in this season-of-Lent journey toward simplicity. As Larry instructs them on 2 Timothy, help to keep the students minds clear. for being God: Do your will. Surround her with a church family that will love and care for her, lead her towards a church home that is passionate about Jesus and seeing people come to know him, and provide her with a context where her gifts and personality can flourish and have the most impact for your Kingdom. We pray that as they continue to faithfully serve and lead us, that you would give them direction, wisdom, and encouragement. We ask that you would help them both to get over the recent colds they have had for a while. Please make your church an agent of reconciliation and healing. We ask for your guidance and clear direction if this is the path you want us to take to make the greatest impact for your kingdom. . We thank you, Father, for the local expression of your body here at Centennial Church. You are mighty. As we begin to see you as our Provider, it can only lead to increase our satisfaction in you. May those teachers and students who follow Shepherd Jesus bless others and attract them to him. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways” it reminds us of how so many of us come here today weighed down with regret from the past. He is the one who, on the cross, went into the valley of death for us. Truly, Father, all nations will come to you because of glory like this. 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. ArtWorld Web Solutions. May we seek to fit our lives into your great story, rather than retrofitting you into our plans. We know, Father, that You are the only source of real healing, real justice, real freedom. Verified employers. Lord, would You give them greater faith, hope, and joy as they toil for Your Kingdom? We will trust and not be afraid. Oh Father, on this Mothers’ Day, many of us come with heavy hearts. We admit that Your laws do not always seem delightful to us, and we do not always obey You with all of our hearts. Even when we wait in expectation, we can be sure that you are in full control. In him, we see all that could only be hoped for in David. As the If you spot them, you're lucky indeed to close the distance below 500 yards. God you are big. The very skies above us declare your praises every morning when the sun comes up and every night when the vast stars come out. Teach us Jesus and his cross and his resurrection and his Spirit. As foolish sheep, we wander astray and yet, you are our Great Shepherd who gently guides our paths. God, we want to be a community characterized by extending grace, even to those who have wronged us, just as you extended your grace to us when we were lost in our sin. We praise You not only that Your creation is incredible and is a constant display of Your glory, but that Your truth is even more beautiful. We admit, dear Lord, that we find it hard to step out of our comfortable lives and put ourselves in the shoes of others. We ask for your blessings upon Elmwood Church, Pastor John, the Columbia Heights GC, and the group from Park Community Church as they are giving of their time and lives to see where you would lead in the Columbia Heights and St. Anthony area. you accepted the penalty for doing good, We ask you, God, to make Jesus more beautiful and more compelling to us than the stuff that consumes our time and schedules. We pray that you would reveal deep, hidden prejudices that we each harbor within us. Most of all we pray that those in our nation would know the true freedom that comes only through Jesus. In the midst of suffering, injustice, and brokenness you are good. We know that Your grace is more than enough for all of these situations, and that You do work in all things for good… even when it is impossible sometimes for us to see how You are doing so. Help us to be concerned about examining our own heart and realizing it is only by your mercy and grace that we can have a relationship with you. We intercede this morning for the children of our church and our communities. For those even now, who are displaced in Florida and those who are hunkering down. Please help the relationships to flourish as the students get to know the leaders better. announced that you had come among us Keep us mindful of our tremendous need for your grace every single day of our lives. Remind us that children are a blessing from the Lord. You found rest in him, you poured out your heart to him, in the face of deceitful, murderous opposition. Father, bless our youth and young adults as they seek your will for their lives. Heavenly Father, we thank you for the resurrection of your Son Jesus. May we extend grace and friendship to those who see things differently and learn from their perspectives. Father, as we meditate on the good news about Jesus, would you make him more compelling than a home full of nice things? God, when we look around the world, it is impossible not to see evil everywhere. We ask all of this in the name of Jesus, because all of it was purchased with His blood. We ask that the team would remain flexible as their schedule will be very fluid from day to day. Lord, we come to You poor and needy, knowing we have nothing of any value to offer to You but bringing ourselves. May this be a time when they can be refreshed, encouraged and strengthened as they continue their ministry in your name. And far from being like chaff that the wind drives away, your life, even when you were so severely opposed by enemies, truly was and is like a well-watered tree. God, forgive us for making the Gospel about us, about what we can get out of our relationship with you, about how you make us feel, about our comfort. We look to you, King Jesus, for daily provision, daily protection, and daily training in a life of worship, both individually and together as a church. May families who need extra support this fall find it, may we as Your church be on an active lookout for ways we can be a support to those around us, and may all of us experience You anew as our Protector, Provider, and Peace. For this we worship you today. May we build one another up, enjoy wise counsel from those who are older than us, and together seek to pass on our faith to the next generation. Reveal to us some of the important things we may be missing because of the hectic pace of our schedules. Empower us to turn away. Lord, we are also reminded in this psalm that you are the one who brings true satisfaction to the things that we thirst and hunger for. May You help us to think rightly about the issues we face, the conversations we have with friends and neighbors and coworkers, the way we vote—and perhaps more importantly, the way we talk about our beliefs and desires with those around us or on social media. This psalm relays the experience of David, who–by his own words–is walking through the darkest valley. stormy winds that do his bidding. Canada’s Centennial At midnight last December thirty-first, in the Arctic and Subarctic, as in other ... ascents of the thirteen Centennial Range peaks in the St. Elias Range, Yukon Territory, which is surpassed only by the Himalayas and the Central Andes in ... and indeed … Please use the wearying times as well as the joyous times to grow our faith, to develop our character, and to show the world the power of Your Spirit that raised Christ from the dead and now lives in us. We stray into the counsel of the wicked and the way of sinners. But Father, continue to grow a passion in this congregation for multiplying disciples of Jesus both locally and globally. You have created because you are a redeeming God who deserves to be praised. We are grateful that you are full of love and are always willing to receive us with open arms. Lord help us to look outward and respond to the brokenness in our neighborhoods, cities, and world with Gospel redemption; to see the resurrection where the world only sees death. Forgive us for not loving our neighbors who you have created. It is looking forward to Him and that day that we pray, in His name. We can trust you, O Powerful God, our God. Continue to encourage him by the ways he can see you at work in Asia. Lord you are the deliver, deliver us from anything that entangles us. We have expected human government to do what it was never meant to do and what it is impotent to do—. Even as we hear Mark 12 in today’s sermon, we are reminded that you are the owner of the vineyard who sent his son. Rightly we will sing again at the conclusion of our service. We ask, God, that you would bring comfort to those who feel lonely and discouraged. Give faith to those who doubt. And you love them through it. Destroy these idols. You always walked in the pathway that he watched over. Bring them home safely. On this day of resurrection, look into the hearts of those who come here feeling like they are dying inside. We have at times been like the horse or mule, not understanding Your character or Your ways but needing You to keep pulling us back. Make us people who can live by faith because we believe your good promises. 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. We ask that in the end, you would lead our church to the pastor you have for us and that the process would bring you glory. Thank you for the teachers and staffs in our schools. Gracious god and heavenly father. And we look to you, our King, on this Mother’s Day with its remembrance of themes that run so deep in our lives. May we become known as people who are genuine, who love deeply; who are flawed but forgiven. But in the midst of all of the brokenness and messiness of life, the psalmist reminds us that you are mindful of us and that you care for us. We pray for our students and leaders from The Edge who are at the district youth conference in Duluth this weekend. We confess that we lose sight of your generosity and, as a result, we run to other things like our vocation, our possessions, personal image, or experiences to provide what only you can. Forgive us for naming you as creator, but then living as though our agenda is what really matters. We call on you for the work of your Holy Spirit, deep within our own lives and externally in our circumstances, to give us progress beyond the obstacles and the barriers. We thank you that even if we have not or never do experience relief in this life, that you offer us so much more. Centennial Resource Development, Inc. In all things, near and far, we pray that Jesus Christ would be magnified, for our good and for your glory. Heavenly Father, we come before you today and offer praise because you are most worthy of our praise. You delighted in your Father’s instruction in Scripture and you meditated on it throughout your lifetime. As we open to the book of Acts today, may we see your global mission to the world. And we pray for You to use Your church to bring this freedom, justice, and healing to those around us, starting right here in our own neighborhoods, communities, and workplaces, and spreading out around our country and then beyond it to a world that knows more hurt than most of us can imagine. We pray that as your church grows, so would the number of Biblically trained leaders to shepherd your flock. In the person of your Son, you came into this world as a foreigner. God, hear us in our distress. We save our worship for you our God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May your resurrection life be their solid hope and deep comfort. Lord Jesus, we pause and reflect on how you prayed this psalm when you walked on earth. We confess to you that we have not allowed this wonderful doctrine of creation to penetrate our hearts and transform us as it should. Please give them strength, both physically and spiritually to continue to take a stand for you. Forgive us, God, for the many ways we find our refuge in things like reputation, accomplishment, education, money, family, and power. And bring opportunities into our lives to interact with those who are not from our neighborhood, race, or social strata. And yet, you care, individually, for each of us. Bring peace and comfort to all of your people today. Through their gospel community, and through all our church’s gospel communities, may the reality of your restoring your people be cherished, be displayed, and be shared. We come before you today to praise you…even to shout our praise to you for you are most worthy. Help us to know the security of the identity and the righteousness You offer. You have made us in your image and so we know that such evil toward one of your creatures is evil against you as well. May your church powerfully exhibit the practical love of Jesus. Forgive us gracious Father for our indifference to the last, the least, and the lost. LORD, we lift up those around the globe who are suffering at the hands of oppressive governments and regimes. Thank you for the time and dedication the leadership has poured into preparing lessons for our youth. Shine the light of your grace into those areas of our lives that we would like to remain hidden. Lord, we come to You today in praise because You did lift us up from the realm of death, spiritually, and brought us into Your life. We pray this in the name of your Son, Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The new bridge was completed in 2008. We pray now for the families that we will have the chance to interact with. Almighty God, we confess that we often lack this enthusiasm in our faith, especially when it comes to obeying your law. Shape our individual and shared conscience to recognize that which is contrary to your nature and then to act. Apart from You we have no good thing. We ask that you would continue the good work of preparing Ben and Tiff. Amid the arrogance and human-centeredness of our day—locally and worldwide, outside the church and, sadly, inside the church—may all the earth, as this psalm calls, tremble before you. To be clear, the average area burned by California wildfires from 2010-2019 was indeed triple that of 1950-1999. Forgive us for what we have done and what we have left undone. But Lord, in our disappointment, we pray for these in authority. Thank you, Lord, for this community of faith. Please continue to strengthen Catherine physically and provide wisdom to her doctors as they try to discern how to help her. We ask that over the course of the trip, the relationships among the team would be deepened and enriched. May we never take for granted the ease with which we are able to seek out medical attention when we need it. Remind us that it is this inexplicable miracle, and it alone, that makes our Christmas merry. To you alone I lift up my soul, for in you alone will I find the true gladness my soul longs for.”. Lift these people up and let them see their vocation as a mission field… a place to make small differences on a daily basis. Thank you Holy Spirit. We ask that you would continue to bring the message of your goodness and glory to the congregation there and that they would be a light in their neighborhood. Help us to care about the plight of those in our cities. Please listen to this portion of Psalm 104. We pray today for our nation, which continues to be divided and hurting, with people on multiple sides grabbing for power at the expense of others. Give us undivided hearts and teach us Your way, that we may rely on You no matter what comes our way. Forgive us for being quick to criticize and judge and slow to give up our own comfort and security in order to care for the real people and real needs all around us. 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