Authority Issues

Posted on 29 Sep 2014, Pastor: Walt McCanless

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

Prayers of the People by Frances Hill

Dear Heavenly Father,

We live in an imperfect world. Everywhere we turn—the newspaper, television, computers, and even our phones– we are reminded of the burdens of people around the world. Daily we are assaulted by the images of war, poverty, and disease and our hearts ache.

Our hearts ache because of the threat of terror in our own country. We are saddened by news of missing youth, disgruntled employees, and vast political divides. We worry about our children, our parents, our  paychecks, and our status. Sometimes we can’t even verbalize our burdens but walk around with dark, heavy hearts.

Lord help us to remember that although our burdens are heavy and are many, we don’t carry them alone. Help us to remember that even though this world is imperfect YOU ARE perfect.  Teach us not to question your authority but instead rely on your healing hand and your grace to bring peace to this world, our homes, and our hearts.

Today we, bound together by our love and commitment to you and as the body of Christ, pray as you taught us to pray saying:

Our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.