Posted on 27 Sep 2015, Pastor: Walt McCanless

26 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22; Psalm 124; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50

Let us pray. God of love, we come to you thanking you for our church. We give thanks for those within this building who continue to love and support one another. We give you thanks for the church universal, to those who hears the cries of its people, and works towards justice and acceptance in this world.

To the God who breathed life in us all, we come…We come on bended knee, as our hands and feet cause us to stumble.  For the troubles of the world are heavy, and our own personal struggles alongside the world’s grief add to the aching of our lives. So, to the God who aids our burdens, who lessens our load we come praying…We pray for our world. We come with hope, joining with those who are crying out for their voices to be heard. Aid us in spreading their words across the nation, and breathe in their pain. Breathe in their hurt and vulnerability. For when we breathe in as one, we join as a community of faith.

So light of the world—

In this stillness, we come to you praying…praying for the mending of our hearts, praying to use prayer without ceasing for we give you thanks for this church. We give you thanks for the people who have gathered here today, to honor you and all that you have given us. In our thanksgiving and thanks-giving we give to you O God, we come with the prayers that are on our own hearts and minds here…And it is with prayers of peace, love, and prosperity that we come to you today with the prayers that are on our own hearts and minds… praying the prayer Christ taught us to pray by 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 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.