Home Plate….

(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, creator and sustainer of all creation, ruler of the universe and savior of mankind, we come humbly to worship You today.

Over and above all of our weaknesses, You provide the strength that we can use to ask for forgiveness that we so desperately need and want today, O God!

Move us from our sinful selves into a changed person who knows You as Savior and Lord, through the power of Your Holy Spirit!

Envelope us with the mercy of You grace and show us how to live as a person changed by the power of the Gospel of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Pivot us from the influence of this world’s master to the truth of Your Gospel, dear Lord. May we be Your children living in this world.

Lead us to the rock of our salvation and help us to stand against the wiles of Satan that we may bring someone nearer to You, Father!

Accept our plea for forgiveness today, O God. We want to be cleansed from our sin-stained lives to be usable for Your kingdom!

Teach us to love You more and love our neighbor as we love ourselves, O God. May we share Your gospel to all we meet!

Empty us of our selfishness, that we may reflect Your good news that changes the night into day and changes us from sinners to save children, Father!

In the name of the only change agent that saves as well as changes, Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues….

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Jesus Prays- For You and Me…

(an acrostic prayer)

Jesus, how sweet the name of Your Son, dear Father. We come to worship in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord today, dear Father.

Entering into this dedicated time, we ask for forgiveness and cleansing as we approach Your throne, Father. The closer we draw to You the more we realize our unworthiness.

Shave the goo of this world from us by Your Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword, O God!

Under the shadow of Your wings we long to be in Your love and caring concern for us, Father!

Show us Yourself in the songs we sing, the prayers we pray, the words we proclaim and the lives we present to You, O Lord.

Prepare us for the journey ahead that You have prepared for each one of us individually and as Your church in this community, Father.

Return to us, O Lord, that we might again know You and reveal You to this community and to this world.

Accept our repentance from our sins, dear Father. We were too much of the world this week.

You are worthy to be praised, O Lord, and we bring our praise and adoration to You today as our sacrifice of praise in worship.

Support us through the floods of this life, Dear Father. We need to be tethered tightly to You through the power of Your Holy Spirit.

Forever You are God, dear Father. We long to be in Your perpetual care and mercy.

Open the windows of Your grace and shower us with love, joy and peace as we come to You, O God.

Remove the temptations of this world from our view today, dear God. May we look to You instead of looking to ourselves and our own vision.

Yielded to Your will, O Father, we want to know You more and be more like You as we leave this place.

Overloaded with the sins that easily beset us, we acknowledge that we are weak and we need Your strength, O Lord.

Unfold before us the steps You have for us, Your children, in this place and in the places where we will walk this week, dear Father.

Allow us to come near to You today, O Father. Help us to listen as You speak through Your Word today.

Nudge us from the influence of those who would tell us that we are in control of our own destiny, instead of You.

Display Your glory in Your children today, O God. May the world see You as they observe us living in Your grace daily.

Move in and among us today, Father, through Your Holy Spirit’s indwelling in our souls, our spirits, and in our minds.

Enter into our worship now, Father. We lay ourselves at Your feet and humbly praise You and seek Your face.

It is in the power of Your Spirit that we pray and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues

Jesus Prays – Joy..,

(an acrostic prayer)

Just as we are we come to You today, Father. We long to worship and praise You in this time.

Enthuse us by Your Holy Spirit that we may hear Your word and understand what it is saying to us today.

Share Your wisdom with us, Lord, for we need to know the how and where of Your kingdom’s work for us in this community.

Urge us to know Your joy in all that we say and do as we go about living the life You have given us, Father!

Shape us on the anvil of Your Word that we may be useful tools in Your hands as You make us to be like You, O Father.

Prepare our hearts and help us to gird our minds with Your Word that we may share the joy that You give to each of us daily.

Remove the world’s influence on our lives while we worship You in this hour, O God. May we see You in this time and yearn to know You more.

Align our thoughts to Your thoughts, Father, may we learn to hear Your thoughts in the lives that You bring into our paths.

You are the revealer of Your will, Father, help us to have eyes to see and ears to hear and then wills to do what you would have us do.

Send us people who want to know You, O God, and may we be able to introduce You to them through Your word living in us.

Join us with the saints of old and help us to understand what being Your children really mean, dear Lord.

Open the windows of heaven and pour Your grace upon these Your children who long to know more of Your joy in this world.

You are the God of all that is and ever will be and we worship You and You alone through the Name of Your Son and in the power of Your Holy Spirit.

We pray with all that we are and ever hope to be. Amen!

The Path Continues

Jesus Prays – Faith…

(an acrostic prayer)

Just as we are, O Father, we come in search of Your presence as we gather in this church building to worship and to praise You!

Ethereal it seems at times to sit in Your presence and realize that You are indeed here with us, O Lord. We sincerely thank You for being here with us!

Seeing You In the faces and lives of our brothers and sisters as they lift their faces to You, enhances our faith in You and in Your children, Father.

Usher in Your kingdom through us, dear Father. We long for Your word to be known through us into this world.

Seep out of us into the very fabric of our community that You might be known as it see You in us.

Prepare us through the study and hearing of Your word for the uncertain future that lies before us, Father. May we keep our faith in You!

Remove the gloom of doubt that often descends upon us, Lord. Forgive our unbelief and our sometimes faithlessness

Ascend upon us, O Lord, in power and mercy. We need Your tender kindness and also Your correction. Thank You for being our Father!

Yearning, we are, O God, to be more like You for having been in this place today. Send a great revival among us, we pray!

Send us from our comfortableness into our world that is anything but comfortable for Your true children. May we be Your true children today!

Find us faithful, O God. May what we do here today provide a lasting legacy to You and Your faithfulness to us in Your Son Jesus Christ.

Attune our minds to the teaching of Your word as Your Holy Spirit opens our eyes once again to see and know You today, Father!

Inject a new energy into our beings to make Your kingdom known through our actions as we live in this community daily.

Take us from where we are, O Lord, to where you want us to be; in love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, self control, kindness, and faithfulness, against which there is no law.

Hear us today, dear Father. We come in reverential worship, such as we know how to come. Accept us for Your Son’s sake and in his name!

We pray in the name of the only faithful savior, even Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Jesus Prays….

(an acrostic prayer)

Joining others who You have called to be known as Your Children, we come to worship You in Spirit and in truth today, dear Father God.

Enter into our space today, O God, and remind us of Your pure love for us, a love that grants us grace and mercy without end.

Save us from our prideful selves and set us once again on the path of service for You in Your kingdom’s work here in this place, Father.

Use us to bring Your kingdom to this place and to our world where we live and breathe, O Lord.

Send us from these walls and pews into the roads and streets of our communities that the people we encounter may come to know You, Father!

Pursued by You, O God, through Your Holy Spirit, we come to lay ourselves at Your feet for forgiveness and cleansing.

Remove from our minds the thoughts of this world and help us to gird ourselves with Your word, O God!

Accept our praise and thanksgiving for Your grace and mercy! We are in need of Your forgiveness, daily, O God!

You are our hiding place when this world becomes too much for us to bear, O God. We long to be in Your presence.

Save us for our iniquities, Father, cleanse us with the blood of Your Son Jesus as we humbly bow in worship! Hear our prayers, O Lord, and grant us Your peace.

We pray in the name of the one who prays for us, even Jesus Christ our Lord! Amen

The Path Continues…

Offerings…

(photo: Aubrey Wiley)

(an acrostic prayer)

O Father, we call upon You through the name of Your Son and in the power of Your Spirit as we come to worship You today.

Forgive us of our sins, O God, for Your Name’s sake and cleanse us from our sin-stained lives that we may be useful in Your Kingdom’s work here.

Forge us on the anvil of Your Word, Your Truth, and Your Will for us. May we be re-made in Your image so we may reflect You to this world.

Envelope us in Your powerful hand and caress us with Your mercy that we might give mercy to those we meet each day.

Remove the guilt of our sin by the washing of Your grace that drips all around us through Your love.

Instill in us the will to be Your grace, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, Your peace in a turbulent world today, Father. May we be a sweet savor offering to You!

Negate the influence of the world’s master in our daily lives, O God! May we gird up our minds and hearts with Your Word.

Go with us, O Lord, as we seek to go where You are already working in Your grace and help us to work with You for the night is coming.

Show us how to be joyful in a troubled world, to be peace in an angry world, to be love in a hateful world, and to be You in a world that seeks not Your face. We love You, Father. Thank You for loving us!

In the name of Your offering for our sin, even Jesus Christ Your Son, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Service…

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior, Lord and Master, we come in reverent worship this morning. We long to kneel in humble adoration, Father. We love You, O God!

Enfuse us with Your Holy Spirit and speak to us through your word as we read, listen, and pray today, Father.

Remove the dross of our sins and make us usable to You in Your kingdom’s work here in this place, this community, and this world, dear God.

Visit us as we seek Your face in worship today, Father! Help us to know that we are gifted for Your purposes and not our own.

Instill in us the vision to see the world around us as You see it. May we be Your eyes, ears, hands, and feet as we serve You here where You have placed us.

Collect us from being too much of the world and remake us in Your image that the world may know You as Savior and Lord.

Enable us to be kind to those we meet today and in the days that You give us to live. May we allow You to use the gifts You have given us to be salt and light for this church, this community, and even unto the uttermost parts of this world.

We pray in the name of our Savior and Lord, even Jesus Christ. Amen

The Path Continues…