Gracious God, we come to you this morning with praise and thanksgiving on our lips.
“You are exalted, forever exalted on high. I will praise you.
You are exalted, forever exalted and I will praise your Name!
You are my God, forever your truth shall reign.
Heaven and earth rejoice in your holy name.
You are exalted, forever exalted on high.”
Oh God, we celebrate that we are your children, your people, and the sheep of your pasture. Thank you that we can rest in your presence, we can bring all our needs to you in prayer, knowing that you hear us, and we rejoice that in all things you work for our good. We celebrate that you are a transforming God, and we invite you to mould and reshape us into your image, as individuals and as a church. Holy Spirit, speak into our hearts and minds; give us the courage to walk in obedience to our Lord. May your will be done on this earth, in our lives, as it is in heaven.
Oh God, this morning we would pray for peace in our world, in countries where war shatters lives, where persecution tears communities apart, and in families where conflict bears anger and pain. We pray for all in our community who grieve the loss of loved ones through death, whether currently or in the past. May the memories of loved ones bring peace and comfort by your grace Oh God. We also pray for those who this morning are discouraged, lonely, living in fear and uncertainty. God of hope, Jesus, Prince of peace, may your presence bring renewal, hope and peace into their lives.
Lord, we give thanks for answered prayer.
This morning we also wish to bring the following Household of Faith families before you God.
We ask all this in the name of Jesus.