Prayer for the Week

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgThird Sunday of Easter

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgFriday in Easter Week

Almighty Father, who gave your only Son to die for our sins and to rise for our justification: Give us grace so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness, that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer for Thursday of Easter Week

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgThursday in Easter Week

Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Easter

cropped-resurrection-website-banner.jpgO God, who for our redemption gave your only-begotten Son to the death of the cross, and by his glorious resurrection delivered us from the power of our enemy: Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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O God, who made this most holy night to shine with the glory of the Lord’s resurrection: Stir up in your Church that Spirit of adoption which is given to us in Baptism, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Holy Saturday

Holy-SaturdayO God, Creator of heaven and earth:  Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Good Friday

Good-Friday-Banner-5Almighty God, we pray you graciously to behold this your family, for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed, and given into the hands of sinners, and to suffer death upon the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Private Litany of Humility

From the desire of being praised — deliver me, Jesus

From the desire of being honored — deliver me, Jesus

From the desire of being preferred — deliver me, Jesus

From the desire of being consulted — deliver me, Jesus

From the desire of being approved — deliver me, Jesus

From the desire of comfort and ease — deliver me, Jesus


From the fear of being humiliated — deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being criticized — deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being passed over — deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being forgotten — deliver me, Jesus

From the fear of being lonely — deliver me, Jesus


That others may be loved more than I, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praise and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.


O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.


O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help me put my self-importance aside to learn the kind of cooperation with others that makes possible the presence of your Abba’s household. Amen.

Prayer

Tonight we launched our prayer meeting at McCrae Brook Wesleyan Church.  I know that sounds old school, but I believe in the power of corporate prayer and I believe that the church needs to pray corporately and not just on Sunday morning during worship.  I know that I am excited about this evening.  We had a good turnout, but more importantly we prayed…no Bible study.  Yes, we sang a few songs, and I read a few scriptures to focus our time, but then we prayed.  What an amazing time as we prayed for our schools, prayed for our community and prayed for our church.  And we prayed for renewal in our communities.  We have two communities close by – the borough of Eldred, PA and the Village of Portville, NY.  I like this quote that I found about prayer and it includes four types of prayer.

A dynamic praying church must be built from the inside out, employing all four levels of prayer: the secret closet, the family altar, small group praying and finally, the congregational setting.

Developing your Secret Closet of Prayer, Richard Burr, p 19.

If we are to be effective as believers, we need to be a people of prayer.

Prayer for the Week

Prayer_Banner_22-760x176O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­kindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Prayer

Wednesday in Easter Week

O God, whose blessed Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread: Open the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.