We're so happy you decided to join us today!
When we meet in person, we share any joys or concerns from the past week. If you have any prayer requests you would like to share, you can add it as a comment. We have been praying for the people being affected by the war in Ukraine each week. Last week during our lesson, we talked about Dietrich Bonhoeffer. To get started, use this prayer written by Bonhoeffer for his fellow prisoners at a Nazi camp.
O God, early in the morning I cry to you.
Help me to pray
And to concentrate my thoughts on you;
I cannot do this alone.
In me there is darkness,
But with you there is light;
I am lonely, but you do not leave me;
I am feeble in heart, but with you there is help;
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience;
I do not understand your ways,
But you know the way for me.
O Heavenly Father,
I praise and thank you
For rest in the night;
I praise and thank you for this new day;
I praise and thank you for all your goodness
and faithfulness throughout my life.
You have granted me many blessings;
Now let me also accept what is hard from your hand.
You will lay on me no more than I can bear.
You make all things work together for good for your children.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You were poor and in distress, a captive and forsaken as I am.
You know all man’s troubles;
You abide with me when all men fail me;
You remember and seek me;
It is your will that I should know you and turn to you.
Lord, I hear your call and follow;
O Holy Spirit,
Give me faith that will protect me
from despair, from passions, and from vice;
Give me such love for God and men
as will blot out all hatred and bitterness;
Give me the hope that will deliver me
from fear and faint-heartedness.
Today's lesson is on Deuteronomy 8:1-11.
We're so happy you chose to join us today!
When we meet in person, we take some time to share our joys and concerns. As you consider the past week, what are you thankful for? What brought you joy? What are you worried about? If you have anything you would like to share, you can include a comment on this post. When you are ready, you can use this prayer to get started.
God, who is more than we can ever comprehend,
help us to seek you,
and you alone.
Help us to stand before all that we could do
and seek what you would do,
and do that.
Lift from us our need to achieve all that we can be
surrender to what you can be in us.
Give us ways to refrain from the busyness
that will put us on edge and off center,
give us today your peace.
This week's lesson is on Deuteronomy 24:10-21.
We're so glad you're joining us today!
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns before we focus on our Sunday school lesson. Think about your needs and concerns right now, and if you like, you can share them in the comments.
Our Sunday school and church is now open so that we can join to worship God, to learn about God’s word and to encourage each other in person. We are grateful to be back together, but we offer these lessons online for those who do not feel comfortable participating in person. We are glad that those who cannot be with us physically are able to learn and worship with us as well.
Today’s lesson is on two passages from Deuteronomy — 16:18-20 and 17:8-13. It is the stipulation that the rules regarding how justice is administered themselves be just and free from favoritism, especially when it comes to the weak, the foreigner and the poor.
The following anonymous prayer is posted on the website for the Jesuit Xavier University.
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor; a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them; a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect; a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love. Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
This week's lesson is on Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 17:8-13.
We're so glad you're joining us today
on the Second Sunday of Advent.
We are meeting together in person, and sharing our joys and concerns. If you are still reading from home and have prayer requests, you can add them as a comment so we can all prayer. When you are ready to get started, use the prayer below from the Revised Common Lectionary:
God of timeless grace,
you fill us with joyful expectation.
Make us ready for the message that prepares the way,
that with uprightness of heart and holy joy
we may eagerly await the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.
This week's lesson is on Deuteronomy 5:1-3; 10:12-13; 27:1-10.
We're so glad that you've joined us today!
When we meet in person, we share joys and concerns together. Think about your past week, and the prayer concerns this brings up. Feel free to share any joys or concerns that you would like in the comments below today's lesson. When you are ready, use the prayer below to get started:
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.