Archive for February, 2019

4th Day of Prayer

February 28, 2019

Welcome to our 4th day of prayer as the people of Faith Lutheran Church. Our prayer theme for today is “Rededication of Our Lives to God.”

Our reading for today is from Romans 12, verses 1-2:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Let’s pray together.

Offer a prayer thanking God that you have been claimed as a child of God in the waters of your baptism, and through the blood of the cross have been forgiven all your sins. (PAUSE)

Acknowledge before God the countless ways in which this world pulls you away from God and God’s will for your life and seeks to conform you to its way. Be specific about those areas in which the urge to conform is the strongest. (PAUSE)

Ask God to transform you so that your life might reflect God’s will, and that you might reflect God’s love to those around you. (PAUSE)

Amen. May God bless you and keep you in God’s grace.

 

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3rd Day of Prayer

February 27, 2019

Welcome to our 3rd day of prayer as the people of Faith Lutheran Church. Our prayer theme for today is “Deeper Trust in God”.

Our reading today is from Proverbs 3, verses 5-6:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Let’s pray together.

Offer a prayer giving thanks that God has come to you first in God’s Son, Jesus our Savior. (PAUSE)

Give thanks also that you can come to God for guidance as you walk life’s ways. (PAUSE)

Ask God to work in you through the Holy Spirit to deepen your trust in God and your reliance on God’s guidance. (PAUSE)

Amen. May God bless you and keep you in God’s grace.

2nd Day of Prayer

February 26, 2019

Welcome to our 2nd day of prayer as the people of Faith Lutheran Church. Our prayer theme for today is “Gratitude to God for God’s Grace and Blessings”.

Our reading for today is from Psalm 103, verses 1-5:

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Let’s pray together.

Offer a prayer to thank God for all the blessings God has showered upon you. Be specific. List important things first, then get to possessions. (PAUSE)

Ask God to guide you in your use of these blessings – your time, your talents, and your treasures. (PAUSE)

Consider areas in which you face challenges in giving God credit for your blessings. Ask for special help in these. (PAUSE)

Amen. May God bless you and keep you in God’s grace.

First Day of Prayer

February 25, 2019

This week the people of Faith Lutheran Church are beginning a six week emphasis we call “Proclaim Jubilee.” Our ultimate goal is to help people grow in their relationship with God, in their own spiritual journey, by inviting them to participate in achieving three congregational goals: 1) To burn our mortgage and free up money for better purposes; 2) to make a significant gift to the Christian Community Service Center, of which we are a member congregation; and 3) To set aside money for a Building Improvement Fund so that we don’t have to borrow money in the future to do things like improving handicapped accessible on our campus.

Many people on this Devotions list are members of Faith, far more of you aren’t. Some of you have received daily stuff from me for years and you know that I go through seasons where I don’t feel compelled to write. Today, I’m inviting everyone to join with our congregation in 10 Days of Prayer. These daily prayer prompts come to us via the Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA. I hope you find them helpful.

Welcome to our 1st day of prayer as the people of Faith Lutheran Church. Our prayer theme for today is “Guided by the Gospel.”

We have two readings for today. The first reading is from John 3, verse 16:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

The second reading is from Ephesians 2, verse 8:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—

Let’s pray together.

Offer a prayer of thanks that God loves us, forgives us, and redeems us as a pure gift. (PAUSE)

Pray that this wonderful Gospel message will guide us in all that we do as a congregation and as individuals. (PAUSE)

Ask God to guide you so the decisions you make, the way you relate to other people, and the actions you take might reflect the good and gracious news of God’s love. (PAUSE)

Amen. May God bless you and keep you in God’s grace.