The Backside of God

Posted on 22 Oct 2017, Pastor: Lal Rodawla

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22

Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer (Lynette Sisson)

Gracious God we thank you for being with us in this place. We are surrounded by the beauty of this fall season and are in awe of the    wondrous colors of your world.

As a congregation and as individuals we strive to do your will, to love our fellow man, to follow the ways of your son, to respect the planet we have been given and to honor all of your people. But we find the world to be a confusing place at times. You have instructed us to pray, but there are days when we don’t even know how to begin. We are anxious about wildfires, homelessness, destructive weather, potential wars and real wars and other events happening in our world. We fret over money matters, health issues, time management, general busyness, fatique, relationships and we forget that you are in charge and we can trust you to guide us as your people. Place your gentling hand on the leaders of church, our city, our state and our nation and other nations so the decisions made are right for all of your people and political will is shaped by the needs of all the people- not a few.

Help us feel your love every moment of every day and know that we are thankful for all the blessings that our life has brought to us. Make us tolerant of other people and other points of view and help us to shut out the noise of this world that distracts us from listening to you in prayer and distracts us from caring for each other.

We ask your blessing on the members of this church as we prepare to bring our guests from the Salvation Center of Hope to spend time in our care.

Help us be a light to others that shines on what is good and right as a people who believe in you and your grace.

Help us to bridge the divide of racism, judgement and hatred shown to those whose path has led them to homelessness. Inspire us to be kind and help others feel whole in the time they are with us. We are all your children and are mindful that our guests deserve respect and dignity.

Help us to support one another through sickness, loneliness, fractured families, sorrow and pain and help us lift up those who are celebrating, growing, working for peace and share a loving spirit.

Quiet our minds so we can listen to your guidance. Open our minds so we can live in all the ways known and to be made known by you. We ask all these things and praise your presence in our lives by saying the prayer you have taught us:

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 debt 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.