A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Monday, June 11, 2018

Pastoral Prayer (June 10) Athens First UMC

[Our first “Thirst” covered dish/testimony gathering was held last week. In addition to enjoying a great meal together, we were blessed to hear Jenaye Hill share her faith story. The next “Thirst” gatherings will be on July 12, August 9, & September 6. They are always from 6 pm to 7 pm in Fellowship Hall. All are welcome! We also launched our summer long sermon series on “The Life of David.” For Sunday’s sermon, click here.]

O God who turns deserts into rivers, famines into feasts, dead ends into highways, floods into rainbows, and crosses into empty tombs, we come before you to boldly offer our prayers to you this morning.

Hear our prayers for those who are in need of healing and hope this day.
Hear our prayers for communities being destroyed by the opioid epidemic.

Hear our prayers for families caught in the cycle of domestic abuse.

Hear our prayers for people who don’t know where to go for their next meal.

Hear our prayers for churches that are in need of a new vision.

Hear our prayers for a country that is so divided over politics.

Hear our prayers for your love to fill every human heart.

Hear our prayers for new ministries waiting to get off the ground.

Hear our prayers for every single person who walks by our church.

Hear our prayers for our church to stay focused on making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of our community and world.

Hear our prayers for every person in our church to know and offer their spiritual gifts for the building up of your kingdom here on earth. 

[The congregation was also invited to share their bold prayer requests out loud.]

We offer our bold and audacious prayers in the name of the Risen Christ who taught us to pray together, saying…

“Our Father, who art in heaven…”

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