Preaching to the Choir

These are some sermons, but mostly lectionary discussions. It also has prayers for some Sundays.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

prayer for Sunday Proper 15B/Ordinary 20B/Pentecost 12

Oh God of wisdom,

As our children are headed back to school and college to learn anew, help us pass on to them the wisdom that has been given down to us from the generations before us.

Help our children as they learn their daily lessons to listen and learn.

Help their teachers have the patience and knowledge to teach well.

Help them as they learn life’s lessons of dealing with other people around them.

Help us as we guide them through those lessons.

We ask for your wisdom to discern your ways and path for our own lives.

We ask for your wisdom to discern how to deal with others we meet , live with, work with, shop with, drive our roads, with, wait in line with, eat with and be with daily.

We ask for your wisdom in the difficult situations we may have to deal with as we go through life.

We ask for your wisdom when voting in the upcoming elections.

We ask for your wisdom in dealing with injustices in our world.

We ask for wisdom for our leaders in our world, our countries, our states, and our communities.

We ask for wisdom for our church leaders worldwide and local .

We ask for wisdom for our Pastors as they preach your word, inspire, lead and grow us as disciples.

We ask for your wisdom as we reach out to those in need in our communities and in our world.

We ask for wisdom as we minister to those who are homebound and in nursing homes.

We ask for your wisdom as we minister to those in hospitals, in recovery and rehab.

We ask for your wisdom that not only enlightens us but transforms us and guides us in our daily walk with you.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Prayer for Proper 14B/Ordinary 19B/Pentecost 11

You sent your son to be bread for the world.
To feed the hungry.
Feed their minds with your word.
Feed their hearts with your love.
Feed their souls with everlasting life.
We too are hungry today for the bread of life that your son is.
There are so many hungry people  in the world, in our very own communities that it is overwhelming to even think about it.
It is especially painful for us when we realize that it is mainly the children being affected.
But Lord what can one person do??
Teach us how to bring the bread of life to the physically hungry in this world.
Our minds are hungry for your word. There are so many words being said, written and spoken, that sometimes it seems our brains circuitry is overloaded with all the words. So Lord teach us how to quieten ourselves to be fed by your word.
Our hearts are hungry for your love, your grace, your joy, your peace.  Hearts are broken. Hearts are heavy . Hearts have had heartattacks. Hearts are lonely. Hearts are anxious.
Lord heal our hearts and teach us how to feed the bread of life to others in need.
Lord our souls long for everlasting life.
Our souls long to partake of the bread of life. Others in the world are hungry for your everlasting life.
Lord may we pass the bread of life onto those whose souls need feeling.