Lana Henkel…

Lord and Savior of mankind, we come today with sorrow and grief as we acknowledge the death of our friend, Lana!

Attend to our sense of loss and repair our hearts as we sense the depth of the sorrow our friends are feeling as they mourn their wife, their mother and their friend.

Notion us with Your comfort and care as we see the path ahead without our friend, Father. May we be more like You for having known this Your daughter.

Allow Your Holy Spirit to wrap Russ, Jeremy, and Jonathan with love, mercy, and peace as they strive to remember the joy that was their loved one, dear Father.

Help us understand Your timing, O Lord. We struggle to know the why and when of the Your will at times and we are sometimes overwhelmed. Forgive our weaknesses.

Envision in Your children the will to go on in the midst of this loss and help us to listen to Your Spirit’s whispering to us to “be still and know” that You are our God and You are in control.

Negate the fears of loneliness and weariness that will try to rear their heads as our friends learn to live their lives without their loved one, O Father.

Knowledge us with Your eternal Word, Father, that reassures us of Your Love, Your comfort, Your mercy, and Your presence with us.

Envelope our friends as we leave them to Your care, Father. We know that Your presence is assured and we rest in Your comfort today and in the days ahead. O God, bless Russ, Jeremy, and Jonathan!

Lift us from our depths of despair into the heights of Your presence and relieve our hearts and minds of the worry that attends our grief, dear Father.

In the name of Lana’s Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, We pray and believe! Amen.

The Path Continues…

Sometime…

(an acrostic prayer)

Savior, we come in humble adoration and praise of You! May we be in Your presence as we worship!

Open our eyes, both spiritual and physical, Father, that we may see You in all we encounter in this place.

Move us from the ordinariness of our days into the extraordinariness that is You and Your kingdom, even here on earth, Father.

Enter into our worship today and hear us as we pray and praise and seek Your face in our time, O Lord.

Tether us tightly to Your Word, Father, that we might know more of You that we might understand Your patience and Your mercy.

Instill in us the “want-to” to be Your children in this place and wherever the path You have given us to walk, dear Father.

More of You, dear Jesus, we seek to know more of You that we may be known as Yours in this world that this world may know You more.

Envision in us Your will for each of us, individually, and as Your people in this place. Thank You that our “sometime” is in Your hands for all time.

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

The Path Continues…

Jack Dover…

(an acrostic prayer in remembrance)

Just as you called us your children, Father, we come to celebrate the life of your child, Jack Dover, a life well lived among us and for You!

Accept our praise of You, dear Lord as we remember this life and his commitment to You and to your family as a well as to his own family.

Come and wrap Your loving arms around them in comfort and assurance of this life and the life that he has even in Your presence just now, Father.

Knowing You as Father for these many years, this good man has influenced the lives of his family and this community for Your Kingdom’s work. We thank you for his life lived among us!

Descend into this time with the presence of Your Holy Spirit and show us the meaning of Your Word in our time and in our lives, Father.

Open the windows of heaven and allow us a glimpse of the home You have prepared for us as You have told us in Your Word, Father.

Vision for us, Father, the love You have for each of us and help us to listen as You assure us that we are indeed Your children if we believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ.

Enlarge our capacity to love as we have seen love lived among us by this good man which we celebrate and share today, dear Lord.

Remember us, dear Father, as we strive to live our lives in the continued influence of this man and in the knowledge that he is now celebrating with those who have gone on before and with You!

Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to share Your love as we worship and remember today.

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

The Path Continues…

The Divine Duet…

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(an acrostic prayer)

Today, our Father, we come with trembling hands and stuttering lips as we approach Your throne of grace.

Hear our pleas for forgiveness and mercy as we confess our sins to You, Father, the only one who can forgive and cleanse.

Erase the stain of guilt from Your children as we humbly bow in repentance and remorse.

Deflect the arrows of Satan as he hurls them at us to harm and to take away our confidence in You, Father.

Infill us with Your Spirit’s fruit in order that we may be able to stand against the wiles of this world and its master, dear Lord.

Verify our faith, Father, that we may become channels of Your love, grace, and mercy to all where we have places of influence.

Infect us with the perfect fruit of Your Spirit living in each of us, dear Father. May we be ever growing in You as we You grow in us the fruit needed to share with others so they may come to know You as Lord and Savior.

New songs to play and sing with You, Father, we long to sit beside You as You teach us from Your Word how to produce fruit that will endure and give life.

Enter into our silence before You, Father, and speak Your truth that produces the fruit You long for us to enjoy and to share.

Dear Lord, accept our repentance and contrition at our sinful condition and remake us inYour image.

Under Your wings of protection, dear Father, we long to be close to Your protecting grace and mercy.

Enduring the many temptations of this world is a constant struggle, dear Lord. Help us to stay connected to You and to each other by Your Spirit.

Touch us, Father, with Your Word and allow it to grow in us that we may stay connected to You and dwell in You so that others may see Jesus in us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our true vine, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Self-Control…

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(an acrostic prayer)

Savior, Shepherd, Master, King, we come to worship You in the spirit of Your Holiness today.

Enthuse us through the power of Your Spirit living in and through us as we gather to once again praise You, Holy Father.

Lead us from the pride of self into a Holy Spirit given self-control that sees others more than we see ourselves, O Lord.

Forgive us, Lord, for the self gratification that we seek as we live in our world and help us seek to gratify You.

Comfort Your children today, gracious Father. This world is extremely dangerous for those who love you and allow that love to show as Your Spirit grows its fruit in them.

Open the windows of our souls today and allow Your light to cleanse our very beings that the fruit of Your Spirit will take root and grow in us, Father.

Negate all the anxiety and worry that implodes in our minds and hearts, Father, with the assurance that You are in control of our lives and are growing our self-control as we allow You to lead us.

Tether us tightly to Your side, Father, we are feeling extremely cut loose these days. Help us to stay connected to You through Your Word and Your Spirit.

Renew our commitment in You, O Lord. We long to be useful to You and to Your kingdom’s work in this place as we long to control ourselves in Your Spirit.

Order our lives by the living of Your Word in and through us, dear Father. May we be people who obey by Your Spirit.

Listen to Your children praying, Father. We are bowed in humble adoration to learn to be You as Your Holy Spirit produces Your fruit in us daily.

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

The Path Continues…

 

 

Gentleness…

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(an acrostic prayer)

God, our Father, Jesus, our Savior, Holy Spirit, our Sustainer, we come in humble adoration to worship You.

Engender in us Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, Father!

Negate our selfish attitudes and our pride with Your grace and mercy as we come for cleansing today, O Lord.

Take away our bent to sinning, Father. We need to be straightened by Your Word and strengthened by Your Spirit.

Lead us, Father, we are followers of Your Spirit. Produce in Your children the fruit needed to bring others into Your kingdom.

Enough of ourselves, Father, help us to show You to our families, our friends and our acquaintances in the gentleness of Your Spirit.

Nudge us along the path that You have already walked for us, dear Lord. Call us anew and help us to stand with You.

Enthrall us with the power of Your Holy Spirit, Father, that we may see where You are working and are calling us to come alongside for Your kingdom’s work.

Secure us in the assurance of Your love and mercy, dear Father. May we ever share the fruit of Your Spirit with this world.

Send us forward in the gentleness of Your presence that we may take Your Word and spread it like a soothing salve to comfort and to cleanse, O Lord.

We pray in the name of our gentle Savior, even Jesus the Christ. Amen!

The Path Continues…

 

Faithfulness…

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(an acrostic prayer)

Father God, Savior Son, fruit producing Holy Spirit, we come in humility and adoration into Your sanctuary to worship You, and only You.

Adoration and praise are on our minds and on our lips as we seek Your face and presence today.

Input Your faith into our lives so that we may be faithful to You and to Your kingdom’s work here in this place.

Take us from where we are now to where You know we need to be, Father. May we walk with You and hear You as You lead us.

Hear us, Lord, and cleanse us from our unrighteousness that we may be useful for Your work in our lives and in Your kingdom right here, right now!

Forgive our sins, dear Father, as only You can, and remake us in Your image again that others would see Jesus in us.

Under Your protective wings we feel secure in Your love and mercy. We live and breathe in Your grace, Father.

Lead us home, Father, for we have strayed from the path You have called us to. Help us return to faithfulness in You and to Your children.

No one understands like Your Son, dear Father, our sins to atone. We long to be made righteous in Your sight.

Enter into our beings, dear Spirit, and produce the fruit of faithfulness to You and to our fellow man.

Send us from this place and time of dedicated worship to You, Father, into the world where we live that so desperately needs to see You through our faithfulness.

Support us through the power of Your Holy Spirit that we may be faithful to Your calling on each of us to be holy and You are Holy!

In the name of the one who calls us to faith, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Goodness…

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(an acrostic prayer)

God, our Father, Jesus our Savior, Holy Spirit our guidance and sustainer, we come to worship with all that we are and all we ever hope to become.

Open the inner sanctums of our hearts and souls and allow our minds to be refreshed by Your Word today as we worship, Father.

Over and above all that we are and hope to become, forge us on the anvil of Your Word as it divides between the bone and marrow of our lives, dear Father.

Deliver Your children from the excess of this world, Father, that we show Your goodness, Your glory, to those who need to know You!

Negate the badness that is in us by the blood of Your Son’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, dear Father.

Enlarge our capacity to be more like You as we study Your Word and allow Your Holy Spirit to grow Your fruit in us daily.

Save us from the wiles of Satan as he moves about in our world to deceive and to set us against one another, O Lord.

Send us, Lord, to those who come into our paths that need to see You! May be an exact representation of You as we grow in Your grace, Father.

We pray in the name of the only one who is good, even Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Kindness…

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(an acrostic prayer)

King of our lives, we come to praise You and to Worship You in this place and in this time. We long to know You more, Father.

Instill in us the fruit of Your Spirit that is kindness and help us to be compassionate and loving as You are, Father.

Nudge us toward being kind by bringing those who are in need of knowing kindness in their lives into our path, dear Lord.

Delight yourself in Your children as we come to repent of our sins and seek your cleansing of us today, O God.

Nothing between us, Lord, we come to lay ourselves bare before You today for we know we need Your grace and mercy.

Enter into this time set aside only for You, Father. May we honor You as we study Your Word and allow Your Holy Spirit to lead us to what You want us to become today.

Send us from this comfortable place into a world that desperately needs to hear of and experience Your kindness through us, Father.

Shepherd us, Lord, we need Your tender care. We long to be in Your loving arms. We love you, Father!

In the name of the only kindness that saves, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

God, My Tranquility ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God, my Tranquility,
my Peace, my Calm
You are to my soul
a healing balm.

You alone provide,
the rest that I need
when in Your Word
I graze and feed.

God, my Quietude,
my Repose, My Rest
Your love and mercy
keeps me daily blessed.

You silence my heart,
with Your still small voice
You are the reason
in truth I rejoice.

God my Tranquility,
my Comfort, my Lull
may my trust in You
never grow dim or dull!

~~~~~~~

Ecclesiastes 4:6

Better is an handful
with quietness,
than both the hands full
with travail
and vexation of spirit.

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2020
Deborah Ann Belka

~ to GOD be the GLORY ~

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