This Week In Worship
November 29, 2015
9:00am and 10:30am
Isaiah 9:6-7, Ezekiel 37:26-28
6 days ago
6 days ago
Tina Burns led worship at Moms' Council this morning with a team of women who sang in different languages - English, Spanish, Chinese, French, Korean and American Sign Language. Truly a glimpse of heaven, and so beautiful! ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
1 week ago
Prayer for Peace offered by Pastor Dave on Sunday, Nov 15.
God of mercy, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the midst of unfolding violence and the aftermath of terror and loss, we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion.
In these days of fearful danger and division, we need to believe somehow that your kingdom of peace in which all nations and tribes and languages dwell together in unity is still a possibility.
Give us hope and courage that we may not yield to fear.., even when it feels like we are dwelling in the valley of the shadow of death.
We pray for neighbors in Paris, in Beirut, in Baghdad, who, in the midst of the grace of ordinary life–while at work, or at play, have been violently assaulted, their lives cut off without mercy.
We are hostages of fear, caught in an escalating cycle of violence whose end can not be seen.
We open our hearts in anger, sorrow and hope: that those who have been spared as well as those whose lives are changed forever may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and reflection that come. We give thanks for strangers who comfort the wounded and who welcome stranded strangers,for first responders who run toward the sound of gunfire and into the smoke and fire of bombing sites.
Once again, we cry, how long, O Lord? We seek forgiveness for the ways in which we have tolerated hatred and endured cultures of violence with weary resignation. We grieve the continued erosion of the fabric of our common life, the reality of fear that warps the common good. We pray in grief, remembering the lives that have been lost and maimed, in body or spirit.
We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among global and national agencies and individuals assessing threat and directing relief efforts; and for our anger and sorrow to unite in service to the establishment of a reign of peace, where the lion and the lamb may dwell together, and terror will not hold sway over our common life.
In these days of shock and sorrow, anger and fear, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the movements of your Spirit. We find ourselves caught between desiring peace and desiring retribution against those that perpetrated these acts of violence. We know that you are the ultimate judge, Lord and that you will finally set it all right, but it is hard to wait and we long for justice now even when we know that more violence will not solve the problem and may only escalate the situation. Lord, we pray for wisdom for leaders making hard decisions now. May they be guided by your Spirit in seeking justice but not revenge.
We pray that we who are members of your kingdom would be peacemakers as we continue to bring your kingdom here on earth. We pray for peace in our own lives that we might bear faithful witness to you, the God of peace.
In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray, Amen.
(Based on prayer by Rev. Dr. Laurie Ann Kraus - Coordinator for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance) ... See MoreSee Less