First Day of Prayer

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.

 

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One Response to “First Day of Prayer”

  1. Carolee Groux Says:

    My favorite bible verse is John 3:16. And reading today Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” may be my second favorite bible verse. I am happy to see this 6-week spiritual journey by Pr Kerry and the people of Faith Lutheran Church appear in my “Daily Devotions” emails once again.
    Let us give thanks for these scripture promises. Let us strive to reflect the good and gracious news of God’s love with the help of the Holy Spirit. Amen

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