Congregational Prayer: February 23, 2014…

Our Holy Father and our God, we give You thanks for this day You have given us, all the days past and all the days to come. We look back on those days past and see the prints of Your hands, the marks of Your covenant faithfulness. In Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, You have made us Your children. By His finished work on the cross we have been saved from the penalty of our sins, for He has borne that for us to and on the cross. By His blood we have been reconciled to You. We once were enemies and have been made not only friends, but children, adopted in Christ into the very family of God.

And You have given us children. We have children You have knit together from and in our bodies and children You have given us from other places. Yet all of them are gifts from You and we give You thanks for them, knowing that they give us a picture of what You have done for us.

We give You thanks for the Church, the kingdom of Christ and the household of God. We give You thanks that You have brought us together here in this church. We pray, Father, that You would use our families and this church in our lives in completing that good work You have begun in us, our sanctification. Through them may the word of Christ dwell richly in us in all wisdom. May it prove profitable for us for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that we might be complete and thoroughly equipped for every good work. Through the working of the word of Christ in our lives by Holy Spirit, may we put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, that we might bear with one another and forgive one another, with each other even as Christ forgave us. May all these things be true of us, O God, as we are bound together with love, the bond of perfection. As Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ prayed for us on the night in which He was betrayed, so we also pray…may we be one, and may Christ’s whole church be one, even as You and He are One.

As Your word tells us, O Father, whenever two or three come together in the name of Christ, He is in the midst, and when we agree on any matter of which we ask, it will be given us of You. Guide and complete our prayers, our supplications, this day by Holy Spirit that what we ask might truly be in Christ’s name, and that our prayers and praises might be complete.

[Congregational Concerns]

And now, O Holy Father, as we proceed, please superintend that by Holy Spirit. As we bless this cup of blessing, make it known in our hearts that it is the communion in Christ’s blood. As we break this bread, make it known in our hearts that it is the communion of the Body of Christ. Not only in our minds, but in our hearts and our lives, make us to know that we are one bread and one body, even as we partake of that One Bread that is coming down from Heaven, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.

All these things in His holy name we pray.

Amen

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