Call to Prayer
Psalm 1:1-4 (ESV)
Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Hebrews 4:9-16 (ESV)
There remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Lord, we pray for those who are gathered here and the needs which have been made known, such as…
Lord, we pray for those who are not here this week, especially…
Lord, we pray for our pastors, that they would receive wisdom from you which would guide their guidance of us and all in their churches, namely…
Lord, we pray for our country, that you would heal divisions, such as…
Lord, we pray for LGBTQ+ people around the world, that they would know your protection and the protection of your Church and your representatives.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.