Prayers for the 6th Sunday following the Epiphany (February 17-23)

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The watchword for the week:

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. Jeremiah 17:7

How superb it is to give praise to God.
How blessed it is to give thanks to the a single who gives for us with abundance and in whom we location our trust.
Hear and know that the Lord is great.
God’s generosity passes from a single generation to the subsequent and we are thankful for its presence with us now. 

Psalm 1

1Satisfied are these who do not stick to the tips of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers

twobut their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and evening.

threeThey are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.

fourThe wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

fiveAs a result the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous

sixfor the Lord watches more than the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked will perish.

Recognizing that God is prepared to hear us let us confess our sins:

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned in lots of methods, instances, and locations. We have mishandled the great earth entrusted to our care, and we have misused our private gifts, hurting each ourselves and other people. Forgive our false pride which hides our negligence, and forgive our careless acts which destroy your handiwork. Forgive us when we trust much more in our personal skills that in your generosity. In your mercy right our faults and restore us to accountable, compassionate living.

(from the Moravian Book of Worship, Liturgy for Stewardship, web page 155. Utilised by permission of the Interprovincial Board of Communication)

Hear and know that the Lord is great. God forgives these who are contrite in heart. Reside in peace, for God’s steadfast enjoy endures forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the starting, is now and ever shall be, planet with no finish. Amen. 

Now is a time for the reading of a scripture passage.  If you have a copy of the Moravian Day-to-day Texts take time to study them now, but do not rush more than them as a process to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you enable them to.  So study gradually and deliberately.  Pause at words or phrases that take place to catch your spirit, for these are locations exactly where God could be speaking to you. When you have completed with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the demands that you present now, for the demands of these you enjoy, and for the demands of a hurting planet.  May perhaps your time of prayer support you to clarify exactly where God would want you to concentrate your power. When you are prepared continue with this prayer as follows:

O Lord, hear us now as we, brothers and sisters in Christ, pray collectively.

Our father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be performed on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our everyday bread.
And forgive us our trespasses as we have forgiven
these who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but provide us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the energy,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Via the hours of this day and evening could we, O God, repair our eyes only on you whom we trust.
Aid us to see the lots of methods in which your generosity has blessed our lives. 
Loving God, you are the bread of life, you are the a single who fills us with the critical nourishment of life.
Lead us to share your blessings with other people.
May perhaps the words that we speak, the thoughts of our hearts, and the actions of our lives be pleasing to you, O Lord.
May perhaps we serve this day in the name of the A single who has designed us, redeemed us, and sustained us. AMEN.

About Day-to-day Prayers for Moravians

My name is Chris Giesler and I am blessed to be serving as Pastor of the Emmaus Moravian Church in Emmaus, PA. I am also privileged to serve as a Bishop of the planet wide Moravian Unity. If you are ever in the location I would invite you to drop by for a take a look at. Please see our congregation’s church internet internet site at www.emmausmoravian.org. I reside in Bethlehem, PA with my wife Tina. Our daughter, Martha, is a Moravian College graduate now teaching higher college math. She is married to Matt, and now living in Harrisburg, PA. We also enjoy becoming grand-parents to Addison (an inquisitive six-year old) and Michael (an active three-year old) and a new-born, Riley, who belong to our son Andrew, and his wife Amy.

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