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Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2 or Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9
Prayer of the People and the Lord’s Prayer: – Jim Scarlett
Gracious God, creator of the universe and author of all life, we come here to worship you and to glorify your name on this magnificent day. We thank you for our abundant, overflowing blessings: for family, food, shelter, clothing, medical care and the ability to worship and to express ourselves in a free society.
We confess that in our busyness and self-seeking ways we often forget about you and your will for our lives. As you spoke to the prophet Isaiah you declared, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways” (55:8). God, please redirect our thoughts and our actions so that they will always be pleasing to you. Let us remember that our ultimate identity is through Christ alone, who is the living water who flows through all believers.
Until Jesus Christ returns, our world remains wracked by sin, poverty, war, hatred and division. God, may we be a just, peaceful and healing people to the world in these difficult times. As we contemplate our hurting world, let us now lift up the following:
*To the powerless: the refugee, the human trafficked, the poor and the marginalized, rescue them with your mighty hand O, God.
*To those suffering from physical or mental illness, alcohol or chemical dependency, purify and heal them O, God.
*To those who grieve the loss of a friend or family member, please blanket them with your comfort, peace and love O, God.
*God, we especially lift up in prayer the wife and family of Srinivas Kutchibhotla, who was full of hopes and dreams, yet murdered this week in Kansas, simply because of his skin color.
*To the lonely and the shut in, please let them feel your gentle and calming presence at all times O, God.
*To our elected officials at the local, state and national level, may their exercise of power and their decision making reflect your wisdom, your justice, your mercy and your compassion O, God.
As Paul wrote in Ephesians (1:20-22), Christ sits in “…the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority…” with “…all things under his feet.”
With the peace and the confidence knowing the true source of kingship in our lives and in our world, let us now say the words he taught us to pray…
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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.