We give you praise this morning, oh Lord our God. We come as your children, and we celebrate your majesty and power, your presence and faithfulness in our lives. Holy is your Name. We give thanks that you are our Rock, our Refuge; your presence brings comfort through the storms of life. God, help us not to fear these storms, but joyfully receive the gift of your presence and sovereign power. Help us to set aside fear and doubt, keeping our eyes fixed on you Jesus, our Redeemer, Saviour, and Lord.
We come to you this morning with the words of David in Psalm 91 flowing from our lips.
Psalm 91 – The Message
Vs.1-4 You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
Say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
shields you from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect you—
under them you’re perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Vs. 14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God,
“I’ll get you out of any trouble.
I’ll give you the best of care
if you’ll only get to know and trust me.
Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times;
I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party.
I’ll give you a long life,
give you a long drink of salvation!”
As we come before you God we also bring the following praises and requests.
Oh God, we rejoice with those who are enjoying times of rest, renewal and restoration as they holiday together with family and friends these weeks. God, grant safety, be present through your Holy Spirit, and may they experience the wonder of your love. We also lift up those who are walking through deep waters, facing storms of struggle and pain. Lead and guide, provide hope and comfort as you hold them in your hands. Grant comfort to those who grieve and may your presence bring peace to those who are lonely and discouraged. We pray especially for those of our church family who reside in Long-term care or Nursing Homes. Oh God, may they know they are valued and loved by you and us. We pray for all who are caregivers for aging parents and loved ones. Grant patience, an abundance of love, and the wisdom to make wise, loving decisions. For those who are facing major personal life decisions grant Godly wisdom; where relationships are broken bring healing and redemption of the situation.
We praise you for your presence with Pastor Kara and Alvin over these past weeks as they have shared a time of rest and renewal. Thank you for ministering through her at Conference and for the gift of your grace and presence in her life as well. God, prepare her for the road that lies ahead as she serves and leads here at WMC.
We pray for the many needs that our community of faith face. Grant courage, strength, and peace. Surround and keep safe all those in long-term care living with Covid outbreaks.
Thank you Jesus for your presence with those of our Households of Faith.
God be present with each of these individuals, give them the strength and courage necessary to walk in obedience to you, and fill them with your love and grace.
We give you praise and thanks in the name of Jesus!