This morning in the service, I will be praying two prayers, penned by the apostle Paul, over you as a congregation. I would invite you to receive these prayers as a blessing and an encouragement. I would also invite you to pray these prayers over others during this week. You may feel led to pray these scriptures over a family member, a friend, a fellow member of this congregation or anyone that God would bring to your mind. Let these words minister to your heart & soul as well, causing both challenge and growth.
Col. 1: 9-14
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[a] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[b] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Eph 3: 16-21
16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
· Thank you God that you comfort the broken hearted, those who have experienced great loss. Holy Spirit, be present with all in our congregation who are hurting and grieving, grant strength and peace, and the courage to move forward. Lord Jesus, we give thanks.
· We give praise and thanks to God for His hand on Pastor Kara over these weeks of sabbatical and celebrate that she will return to her pastoral role today. Pray for His strength and peace to flow into and through her life as she returns to lead, instruct, and encourage all here at WMC. God, grant her fresh joy and a passion to serve and love as Jesus would.
Households of Faith: Praise & Prayer
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“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Eph. 5:1-2