Mary’s Song…

(an acrostic prayer)

Majestic Father, Holy God, and creator of all of creation, we love You and we worship You with all that we are today.

Accept our pleas for forgiveness and extend Your Holy Hands to us as we reach out to You in humility and regretfulness.

Recend Your judgement on Your children for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

You are the seeker of those who You have called to be Yours. We long to hear You say, “Come, my Child.”

Send Your Holy Spirit to uncover our eyes as we wait with anticipation for the coming of Your Son to receive Your children.

Send Your light into our lives again as we wait to celebrate Your birth and life among us this day, Father.

Open our lives to receive Your light and to reflect that light to those You have placed in our path today, and each day we live, dear God!

Negate our darkness with the hope of Your light, Father. We need Your forgiveness and purifying touch in order to be lights in this world.

Giver of life, forgiver of sin and lover of Your children, we worship You in the spirit of holiness and mercy today. Thank You, Lord for the grace to live in Your light!

In the name of the Light that penetrates to our very spirit and brings light, even Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Thanksgiving…

(an acrostic prayer)

To You, O God, we come in adoration and praise into this place dedicated to Your worship and we lay ourselves on Your altar.

Hear the cries of Your children today as we call out to You for mercy and even more grace than You have already given, dear God!

Accept our thanksgiving for Your Son, Jesus Christ. We want to say, “We love You, Lord.” May we be more like You for having been here today.

Negate the sins of our past with the blood of Your Son, Jesus. May we be seen clean in the light of Your salvation, Father.

Known by Your countenance as Your children is all that we seek, O God. Make us aware of Your eyes on us everyday.

Send us from this place of worship, dear Father, into the places of darkness where we can reflect Your light and carry Your love and mercy.

Go before us, O God, and walk the paths of our lives and call us to come and walk with You.

Instill in us the spirit of mercy and thanksgiving that You have shown to us in Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we be known for being You in this world.

Visit us with Your Spirit, today, Father. May we know Your presence by the spirit of thanksgiving and mercy in this room.

Infill us with the fruit of Your Spirit today, O Father. May we be fruit bearers in this world for You. May we bear Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,  faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in our daily lives.

Nearer to You, Father, may we be in this time of worship, that we may be more like You when the winds of temptation blow in the hours and days ahead.

God, our Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we love You and we offer these, our praises, petitions, and intercessions, as an act of obedience and as a sacrifice of thanksgiving, today!

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray and believe. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Emmaus…

and our Savior. Amen(an acrostic prayer)

Eternal God and Father of us all, Savior Son, and loving Spirit, we, Your children, humbly come in praise and adoration to You today in worship.

Master and Lord, cleanse us from our self centered arrogance and place in us the will to ask forgiveness of those we have wronged in days past and, yes, even today!

Make us to remember all that You did to forgive us for what we have done that did not show the love You have for each of us, Father.

Accept our pleas for mercy, O Lord. We know we are evil sometimes in the way we treat our fellow human beings.

Use us still, O God, to help bring the light Your kingdom into this place and into the places of this world where darkness prevails.

Save us from ourselves, dear God. May Your grace shower around us and through us as a channel to this world.

We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, Your Son and our Savior. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Capernaum…

(an acrostic prayer)

Coming to You today, dear Father, we long to be in Your presence. We want to know the feeling of being in Your arms, safe and secure in Your mercy.

Attune our hearts to sing Your praise, O God. We want to tell the world that You are our Savior…teach us how from Your word today.

Protect Your children from the one who would cause us to think that You are crazy for loving us and for saving us, dear Lord.

Enter into our thoughts to make them Your thoughts, Father. May we see You layering us with faith building experiences each and every day.

Remove the scales that sin and doubt cast over our eyes that we may see who You want us to heal with Your Word and Your love and mercy.

Newness of life is needed in us, Lord. We need new hearts, minds, and souls that can only come from You.

Ascend upon us in the power of Your Holy Spirit that we may remain faithful to You in the hours of criticism that comes.

Unshackle our minds from the evil thoughts of Satan and cleanse us with Your Spirit’s power.

Make us an example for those seeking faith building experiences in this world. May we be able to show them You, dear Father.

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

The Path Continues…

Matthew’s House…

(an acrostic prayer)

Most Holy and worshipful, Heavenly Father, we surrender our time and selves again to You as we come to worship today.

Accept us as we lay our sinful bodies at Your feet to give You praise and adoration such as we know how to give.

Tether us to Your side, Father, by the strengthening power of Your Holy Spirit. Give us shelter in the shadow of Your grace.

Teach us from Your Word today, Father; the who, the what, the how, and the why of Your will for us.

Hear us as we plead for mercy as we have sinned. We ask for forgiveness from Your holiness and Your righteousness, O God.

Enter into our very souls to cleanse and to purify our thoughts, our attitudes, and our actions that we may be useful to You, dear Lord.

Withhold Your judgement from us today, O Lord. May Your mercy be evident in Your people today showered by Your grace.

Send forth Your presence into Your people assembled here that we may know more of You as You teach us and send us forward to be You in this world.

Having heard Your call, O Lord, we come acknowledging Your claim on our lives because of Your great love for us, we bow in reverence and humility.

Open the windows of Your house and allow Your glory to shine around us that the world might see and come to know You through us today, Father.

Under the shelter of Your strong right arm, we come, calmed and protected from the harsh realities of Satan’s reign in this world.

Send us from this safe place of worship into the very depths of evil that abounds in our world today. Protect Your children as we strive to be Your witnesses in love and mercy, O Holy Spirit.

Empty us of our prideful, selfish ways, O God and help us to be the warmth of Your love in the places of cold, dark sin in which we live. 

For it is in the name of Your Holy Son, high and lifted today in this place, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

The Path Continues…

House Calls…

(an acrostic prayer)

Heavenly Father, loving Lord and guiding Spirit, we come in search again of Your presence as we worship You today.

Opening ourselves to You this morning, Lord, we want to learn more of You and how we may be more like You as we live in this world.

Under the shelter of Your wings we come to tell You, “We love You, Father.” Hear our prayers in the spirit of holiness today.

Shelter us from the cold, dark, world in which live, O God. May we bring the warmth of Your love and the light of Your presence to each we meet today and in the future.

Enter into our worship today and help us to hear You in Your Word and in Your Spirit living in us.

Center us, Father, in the middle of Your will for us. We want to walk with You and to see You as You lead us along.

Allow us to see what it is You want us to become so that we might show that to those You bring into our paths.

Lead us in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake, O Lord. We need Your presence in our walk each day.

Living or dying we are in Your will, Father. May we live to make You known and as we die, may we be witnesses to Your love and grace.

Send us from this time of worship into the world where You have placed us that we may carry You wherever we go!

In the name of the one who calls each of us, even Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Woodshed…

(an acrostic prayer)

Wondrous Heavenly Father, creator of this world and us, we praise You today as we come to worship.

Open our ears that we may hear You calling us to come and see what it is that we are being disciplined to do for You!

Offering ourselves again to You, Father, we want to be known as Your children in this world. Remake us in Your image.

Deliver us from the evil in this world today, O Lord. We see its image in so many things, even people. Help us to be in it but not of it!

Send us to Your woodshed, Father, if it means that we are being made into more of Your image. 

Help us, O Lord, we need You, Oh we need You! We grow weary with the wrong we see and with our inability to be right in our own strength.

Enlarge our capacity to see You in the areas that we need to be disciplined and to want that discipline in order to be more useful to You!

Descend upon us in Your holiness and in Your righteousness that we may see You working in and through us to show You to our world!

In the name of the one who disciplines because He loves, even Jesus Christ our Savior, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…