We're so glad you decided to join us for Sunday School today!
This week's hymn was a suggestion I received last week. If you have hymn requests please let me know.
Thanks to Don Hershell for the prayer and Sunday School lesson this week!
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take a few moments to consider what is on your mind right now. There is a lot of uncertainty with what lies ahead — especially with fall coming, the economy on less-than-ideal footing, and schools opening up in different ways. If you would like others to pray for these as well, you can add a comment at the bottom of this post.
Pray the following prayer as together we face the future, knowing that God goes with us.
O 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. Amen
(written by Rev Abi, and posted on Rev Abi’s Long and Winding Road. http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/)
Good morning! Welcome!
We're so glad you decided to join us today!
Every week, we use Psalm 19:14 as our benediction. This hymn came up as referencing that scripture.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take a few moments to consider your past week, and the joys and worries it brought you. If you would like others to pray for these as well, you can add a comment at the bottom of this post.
This week's prayer is actually going to be two prayers put together. One is called A Prayer for Inner Strength, and the other is a morning prayer. We will start with a prayer together. Then, we will include our personal prayers. Finally, we will pray together again.
We're so glad you decided to join us!
If you have any hymn requests, or ideas for our morning prayer, please let me know! I've also found an online tool to find hymns to go with scripture. If you have a favorite scripture, I can look up a hymn to go with that, too! You can either email the church (email@example.com), or you can call or text.
This week, our hymn references a suggestion for Philippians 4:13:
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
When we meet together in person, we share our joys and concerns together. Take some time to think about your past week. What made you happy, thankful, or joyful? What made you feel worried or sad?
This week, we will use the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. We will pray the first part together. Then, in the middle, pray for your own joys and concerns. You may also want to pray for those people on our continuing prayer list. Then, we will pray the end of the Prayer together.
We're so glad that you've decided to join us for Sunday School!
When we meet on Sunday mornings, we always share joys and concerns from our lives. Take some time now to think back on your week, and consider what joys and concerns you have. These could be personal, for someone you know, or even for the world.
We have been doing guided prayers. If you see a guided prayer that we could use for Sunday School, something that could be adapted to a guided prayer for Sunday School, or if you would like to write the guided prayer for Sunday School, please let me know! I would love to get some suggestions! You can email the church: firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call.
Last week, we followed a suggestion in this article to pray the Psalms like a Christmas tree, by taking a psalm, and adding in our own prayer requests within the psalm... decorating it. I really enjoyed doing that, and thought we could do it again.
Would you believe that it has been twenty weeks since we have met in person?
On Sunday mornings, we take time to consider what blessings we may have had during the week, as well as our worries. Take some time to think about these joys and concerns. You may share your personal joys and concerns in a comment below, if you feel comfortable doing so. You may also want to look at the prayer list in last week's worship service for a list of people to pray for.
I have always liked the Psalms, and was reading this article (which is super short, and worth reading) about how to "Pray the Psalms." I particularly liked the option to, "pray the Psalm like an apple tree or a Christmas tree." For this week's guided prayer, I have picked a Psalm at random for us to pray like a Christmas tree. Guidance will be in a different color.
We haven't listened to Alan in a while. Today is the day!
When we gathered in person, we usually shared our joys and concerns with each other. Think over your past week. What brought you joy? What made you feel thankful? What made you feel worried? Who do you feel the urge to pray for? If you have something you feel comfortable sharing publicly, and that you would like us all to pray for, you can add it as a comment to this post.
The guided prayer below is adapted from this prayer from individual.
We are so glad that you've chosen to join us today!
When we meet in person, we share joys and concerns. Take some time to reflect on your past week, and think about who or what you may want to pray for. If you have prayer requests you would like to share, you can add them in the comments below so we can all pray for them. You may also want to refer to the prayer list from last week's worship service. The prayer below is slightly edited from the one that we used for our Maundy Thursday service. Each small paragraph is directed at a different group of people. After each section, pray individually for those who may fit within that group.
At this time, we will still not be meeting in person for Sunday School. The lessons will continue to be posted on Sunday mornings, as we have been doing.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns with each other. Take some time to think back on your week, and consider the joys and concerns you have. They may include for you personally, for other people, or for the wider world. The prayer below comes from Christianity.com. We will all pray the beginning of the prayer (in italics) together. In the middle, pray for your particular joys and concerns. Then, the end (in italics) will again be together.
When we meet in person, we share our joys and concerns. Take some time to think back through your week. Consider who you would like to pray for, and for what you may need prayers for yourself. You may want to write these down, if you would find it helpful. Last week, the response was that you would like some kind of guided prayer. The prayer below comes from St. Patrick's Breastplate.
Happy Father's Day!
When we are able to meet in person, we typically take some time to share joys and concerns with each other. This can still be the case. Take a few minutes to consider the past week. What joys and concerns from that time do you have? If you would like, you can share these below in a comment. Now, take another couple of minutes to pray for and about these things.
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