Thank you for your many prayers, your loving support, and your gracious care this past week. You have demonstrated what it means to be the Body of Christ.
However, as many of you know, the walk down the road of grief will continue and as such I would ask that you continue to lift up others through your prayer and acts of love in the weeks ahead.
May this be your prayer. (Voices Together)
make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Spirit,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born
to eternal life. Amen
May you be an instrument of God’s peace this week, within your family, your community and your workplace. May God go before you, His presence behind you, over you, and under you…..may He hold you in His Hands.
This Friday as we gather to pray we will also look together at portions of Psalm 51, David’s prayer of confession. Thank you Lord for your forgiveness!!
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion, blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight……..
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me……
O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not take delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
You do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
May God bless and encourage you in your walk with Him this week.