In The Beginning…

Gloria Scott Photo-Sunset Gladys VA Sept 2 2014

(an acrostic prayer)

Into Your house we have come once again, dear Father, to read Your story and to worship You as Lord of lords, and King of kings.

New hope swells up within us as we re-read Your love story to us, O God. Help us to allow Your Spirit to interpret Your word to us today.

Take us as we come, Father, deeper into Your very being as we bow today. Remind us of whose we are, O God.

Hear our prayer, O God. Receive us as we come as we share our intercessions, our petitions and our pleas for forgiveness. We need Your mercy, O Lord.

Empty our minds of the clutter of this world that we have allowed to gather that dims our view of You, dear Father.

Begin Your creative grace again in this world through us, O Lord. We need recreating in Your image, O God.

Engage us, once again, in the creative work of Your Kingdom in our world, by Your power, Father.

Grant us wisdom, grant us power, O Lord, that we might not fail to live in Your will today.

Invigorate us by the Power of Your Spirit, Father; individually and as Your people, to pursue Your peace among all peoples in Your will.

Negate our feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, with the reassurance of Your presence no matter what may come into our lives, Father.

Navigate us through, what we see as the dark paths of life, Father, with the certain knowledge that You know our path and are walking it with us and before us,

Instill in us the certainty that You are God and we are not!

Nearer to You, Father, we want to live in the nearness of Your love, joy, peace and forgiveness.

Go with us, Father, as we worship here and as we allow Your word to breathe new life into our troubles lives. Thank You, Father, for our story within Your story.

In the name of the author and finisher of our faith, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Promises of God…

Mill Creek Lake, Amherst County, Virginia

(an acrostic prayer)

Precious Lord and Father of all mankind, we come in worship to hear again Your promises as You speak Your word to us today.

Review Your word in our hearts to see if we have allowed it to be hidden there to control our outward actions, O Lord!

Open up the windows of our souls to allow You to shine in to bring light to our darkness. Please, O Lord, shine on us today.

Move us from relying on the promises of this world to fully believing and living in Your promises, O God!

Instill in us the understanding of Your will for our lives. Help us to live in the power of Your Holy Spirit in us, dear Lord.

Suffice it to say, Father, we cannot live in Your will without living in Your Spirit and trusting in Your promises.

Enthuse us, O God, to share the truth of Your word with this world where we live and breathe and have our being.

Show us again, Father, that the word became flesh and dwelt among us. May we living in that assurance today.

Open our eyes, Father. Remove the scales that we have allowed Satan to place on our vision. Renew our sight today, O God!

Forgive our lack of trusting that “You do just what You say, in Your word,” O Lord.

Give us the daily sustenance that You promise in Your word, O God. Give us strength to live for You today.

Over us, pour Your grace, Father. that we may be useful to You in Your kingdom’s work in this place.

Dismiss us from Your worship with a renewed purpose to lean on Your promises instead of the assurances of this world.

In the name of Your greatest promise, even Your Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Leaning Into God…

Jennifer Williams Paschal Photo

(an acrostic prayer)

Loving, Heavenly Father, God of all creation, we want to come at this time, as we gather together, to say, “We love You, Father.”

Enter into us again as we bow in worship and sing our praises to You, O God.

Attune our minds, once again, to Your word as we read it and hear You speak through it today.

New awareness of Your presence is with us this morning, Father. As we lean into You through Your son, Jesus Christ.

Invigorate our parched souls with the water of Your word by the power of Your Holy Spirit, dear Father.

Nudge us from our comfortableness into Your righteous work for Your kingdom’s sake, even here in this place, O God.

Give us this day a sense of Your holiness even as we worship, right now. May we sense You in this place.

Instruct us by Your word, Father. Open our minds and hearts to hear what You are saying today.

Naked we stand before You, Lord. May we clothe ourselves in Your righteousness and in Your garments of love and purity.

Tether us closely to You, Father, for Your sake, less we fall away into unrighteousness. Lord, keep us close!

Open the floodgates of Your will on us today and wash over us with Your grace, mercy and comfort, Father.

Going before us, we want to see where You are walking and maybe even running to save this world. May we walk and run with You, O God.

Over and above, dear God, we repent of thinking that we are the highest authority in our lives. Forgive us, Lord.

Deliver us from our sin into the joys of Your salvation, dear Father. We lean into You today in obedience and love.

       In to name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

 

In His Time…

Moon-Shenandoah

(an acrostic prayer)

Into this place dedicated to the worship of the only true God and Father, we come.

Now is the time we seek, Father. This now time is what we want. Help us to seek Your time as Your children.

Here we are, Father, in our haste even now. Slow us down, O God, that we may live at Your speed and under Your direction.

Invited into Your space, Father, we wonder at times, if we really know and trust You to control our time. Help us to know You more today, Father.

Sometimes, Father, we wonder where You are and if You hear us when we pray. We are so impatient, Father. Help us to learn to live in Your time.

Time, the system by which we measure our minutes, days and years, is a simple yet complicated way to describe our lives, O God. Help us to rely on Your time instead of our measure of our time, Father. Teach us to number our days according to Your time.

Involve us in Your Holy time, O God. Make us to see You moving and using Your time to bring this world to You, Help us to be involved with You in Your time.

Move in and among us today, O God. Make us uncomfortable in our use of the time You give us, that we may be more useful in Your kingdom’s time, Father.

Empty us of the pride and arrogance that says this is our time to do as we please. May our eyes be opened to see You in Your time today as we worship.

           In the name of the giver and keeper of time, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Tomorrow…

Gloria Scott  sunset photo Feb 2013

(an acrostic prayer)

To You, O God, the author and finisher of our faith, to You who holds everyone and everything in Your hands, we come to worship in the beauty of Your holiness.

Open the windows of our souls and pour Your blessings into us today as we kneel before You, Father. We need you more than we even know!

Move us from our selfish, self-serving, greedy attitudes to Your attitudes of love for one another, serving one another, and seeing one another as you see us, O God.

Out of the bondage of this world’s siren call, we long to be in Your will for our lives as we come to be still and know You, O Go.

Remove the hold of this world’s grasp on us and once again, make us to be useful to Your kingdom’s work today, even in this very place, Father.

Rescind our plans for tomorrow and remind us that You are indeed the God of the past, present and future. May we plan in humility and in deference to You, O God.

O God, we would humbly repent of our sin of self-righteous living and once again lean into Your will for us, dear Lord.

Withhold Your judgment of us, Father, as we ask Your forgiveness. May we seek Your tomorrows to be our tomorrows. Thank You, Father for your expressions of mercy and grace in our lives in these days!

 The Path Continues…

Fire of God…

Cindy Hennigh Photo

(an acrostic prayer)

Faithful Father, friend of the friendless, forever the same and yet very personal to each person, we come to worship You in the power of Your Spirit living within us.

Inspire us to know more of You today, that we may share more of who You are and what You want for each of us as we live our lives in Your grace and power, O God.

Reveal Yourself to us as You have revealed Yourself to past generations of those seeking You. May we see Your fire to purify, Your water to quench, Your air to refresh and Your spirit to renew, Father.

Enter into us to dwell with Your fire to show Your love to all Your peoples. May we, as You dwell in us, be used to share Jesus with all, even those who are not like us, O God.

Open the doors of our hearts, O God, that as You live in us, we may allow You to live through us to this world.

Forgive our lack of fire for Your world, Father. May we have the passion to tell others of Your love and the wherewithal to live Your love among them.

Gracious Father, accept our pleas and petitions today. May what we say, what we do and what we think be pleasing to You. Father, may we smell sweet to You, today.

Offering words of praise, intercession and prayer, we want to be humble offerings of worship at this time and in this space. Burn within, O God. May Your fire be the source of our lives.

Glory, honor, dominion, power and praise be forever Yours, O God, our rock and our defender.

    In the name of the fire that cleanses and purifies, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Second Fiddling…

fiddle and bow

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior and Lord of all of us, master and creator, we come acknowledging today that You and You alone are the first of all else in our lives.

Encourage us by Your Word and by Your Holy Spirit, Father. May we know more about You and how to live in that knowledge for having been in this place today.

Come and rule over us as king and lord as we find our place in Your kingdom’s order and will today, O God.

Order us according to Your will and way, Father. May we “be” before we do, O Lord. We need Your leading and light to go before us as we walk with You.

Negate our feelings of superiority with Your grace and mercy, O Lord. Help us in humility to bow before Your presence today.

Defend us from the world’s spirit that encourages us to believe that we need no one else except ourselves as primary in our lives. Help us Lord, to know You as Lord of our lives and not ourselves.

 

Find us faithful, Father, as we seek to show You to this world. Give us courage to walk for You as king of our lives.

Instill in us the “want to” to allow You to lead us daily, O God. It is so hard to lean on our own wisdom, Father. Grant us Your will and wisdom today, O God.

Deliver us from our self-righteous spirits and arrogant words that hurt and divide Your children, dear Father.

Descend upon us in a way that we will know that You are Lord and Savior, O Lord. May we be still and know that You and You alone are God!

Lead us to the words, the thoughts, and the actions that will exhibit to this world that You are Lord of our lives, dear God.

Invite us, again, Father, to share in Your love and mercy and grace for this world. May we be channels through which You pour Yourself out for all peoples.

Nearer, still nearer, draw us to Yourself, not only in times of public worship, O God, but in those places where we work, places where we have our leisure, and places where we live our lives. O God, we love You, help us to show that wherever we find ourselves.

Guide us today, O God. May we submit to Your authority and love today. Thank you, Father for listening to Your children today.

         In the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…