Suzanne Gibbs….

(an acrostic prayer for my friend)

Savior, Sustainer, Lord and Father of us all, I come today to thank You for my friend, Suzanne Gibbs. I thank You for her faithfulness and love of You, Lord.

Usher us into Your presence as we remember her work for You and her love for her church and her community, Father.

Zeal for You, Father, is evident in the faithfulness of her duties to her family, friends, and Your church.

Accept our praise of her as she has shown us how to praise You by living the life that You gave her in such a beautiful way.

Numerous are the gifts that You, Lord, have given to Suzanne. We are especially grateful for Your gift of music in this Your servant.

Nourish her in these days and the days ahead that You have for her, Father. May she know Your presence each and every day she lives.

Enter into our days with Your Holy Spirit and allow us to see Your will for us and to understand how and what we are to do in You, Lord.

Give us a sense of Your presence, Father, as we strive to be as faithful to You and Your work as our friend, Suzanne.

Instill in us, through Your Holy Spirit, Father, the will to go on even in the midst of the struggles of this life.

Be near to Suzanne during these days and continue to bless her as she lives and breathes and has her being in You, Father.

Bring the power of Your Spirit, Father, into our lives as we strive to live the will that you have for each of us. May we live in Your Spirit as we see Suzanne faithfully living in it.

Send us forth to bring Glory and Honor to You and only You, dear Lord, as we strive to live faithfully in the afterglow of friends like Your daughter, Suzanne Gibbs.

In the name of the faithful servant, Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, we pray! Amen!

The Path Continues…

Bill Williams…

(an acrostic prayer in remembrance of my friend)

Blessed Lord and Father of all mankind, I come in solemn prayer to say “Thank You” for having known and loved this friend of mine and Yours, Bill Williams.

I shall miss my friend here on this earth, but I know that he is with You and has reunited with the many loved ones who have gone on before Him. But I shall still miss his presence here, O Lord.

Lend Your comfort and peace to Bill’s family and hold them in the palm of Your hand to provide Your love and mercy in these days and the days ahead for them. Bless them with Your presence, dear Father.

Let us know Your presence, dear Father. May we hear Your Word and know Your Spirit within and among us.

“Weeping will last for the evening, but joy comes in the morning,” as Your word tells us, O Lord. May we know Your joy even in the midst of this weeping as we are assured of Your love, grace, and mercy today.

Instill in us something of the same spirit that you put into Your Child, Bill. May we vision with Your eyes and react with Your grace as we see what needs to be done and find Your will for doing it.

Lead us to Your by Holy Spirit, Father, as we seek to be more like You and to serve the world where You have placed us as we want to emulate Your servant Bill as he showed You to his world.

Level us, Father, when we find ourselves in valleys of grief and help us to once again mount the mountains that lay ahead of us.

Inspire us by the memories of our friend, Bill William, to be more like You, dear Lord, and to be more attentive to Your will for us and Your will for our walk on the path of life that You call us.

Accept our humble plea for forgiveness of our sins, even at this time of remembrance of our friend, Lord. We are reminded of the examples of forgiveness that have gone before us, so we plead today.

Move among us, Father, we long to be with You and to know Your presence in the valley of death that we find ourselves. Make Your presence felt by the moving of Your Spirit today, Lord.

Send us into this world to share the love that Bill Williams shared with us, dear Father. We thank You for sharing him with us. I will miss Him!

In the name of Bill Williams’ Lord and Savior, even Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen!

The Path Continues…

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…