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…

Rear View Mirror…

(an acrostic prayer)

Redeemer, creator, loving Father, we come in humble adoration and praise as we worship You in spirit and truth.

Enter into this time with us, Father. We long to know Your presence and to learn more of You today.

Allow Your Spirit to infiltrate us with the power of Your love and mercy that we may be like You.

Remove the guilt of our sin as we continually look to the past instead of looking to the future You want for us.

Vision in us the will to keep looking forward to know the where and when and why of Your will for us.

Involve us in Your plan for this Your church and help us to prepare as we hear Your word.

Empty is of our selfishness, O God, that we might be filled with You and that we might be a channel through which You save some.

Work mightily in us that the world may see and come to belief in Your Son Jesus Christ.

Move us, Lord from where we are to the places and people who You have for us to be and to see.

Inspect us, O God, see if there is any waywardness in us. Set us on the correct path that we might useful to You!

Repenting, we come to You, Father, to ask forgiveness for our sins!

Reveal to us the wisdom that only comes from You and Your Word as we seek Your will for this church.

Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord. May what we desire be what You want for us. Help us to keep our eyes on You!

Responding to Your Spirit’s bidding, we come, not for ourselves, but to become what You want us to be!

We pray in the name of Your Son, who keeps calling us onward. Amen!

The Path Continues…

Breaking Camp….

(an acrostic prayer)

Blessed and merciful heavenly Father, we come beseeching Your grace to fall around us as we worship You in spirit and truth today.

Revive us again, as we have slid back in sin this past week. We have been too much of the world as we have lived in it. Please forgive and cleanse us, O Lord.

Enlighten us with Your Holy Spirit today, dear Father. We want to be Your light in this dark world in which we live.

Accept us as we bow today, O Lord. We know we are sinners and unworthy of Your grace. We thank You for sending it to us anyway.

Keep us safe from the harms of the devil who is raging even more than usual in this world.

Inspire us to look forward into Your future that You have for us and leave the old camp behind that we may serve You, and You alone, dear God.

Nudge us from the familiar, comfortable things of this life into the places and into the lives of people that You have for us to love and to show You.

Go before us, O Lord, and pull us into the new paths that You have for us as a church and as individuals. Help us to see You leading and guiding each step of the way.

Carry us, Father, when we become too weak to walk. Pull us when we become disobedient and prideful. Shelter us when the storms of life are raging and we are overcome.

Attune us all to Your pitch, O Lord, that we may all walk together in the bond and unity of Your love!

Manifest Yourself, O Lord, today to us in Your Spirit’s presence among us to help us to go forward in Your will.

Prepare us, Father, for the work You have for each of us, individually, and as Your church. Help us to break camp and possess the promised land You have prepared for us.

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

The Path Continues….