Joys and Concerns 9/21/14

Thanks again to Adrielle and Alex VanBibber for filling in while Bryan is away.  We appreciate their willingness to fill in when we need them!  Thanks, Adrielle and Alex!

Jim Waugh has served many years as a pastor, Superintendent, and leader of the Reconciling Movement of the United Methodist Church.  Jim is now serving as our consultant for our capital campaign.  Thanks for your presence and inspiration, Jim!!!

Call to Worship — from Exodus 16:  Does the Lord provide for the people?  Let me tell you a story:

The people were grumbling:  There isn’t enough, and Moses said:  The Lord will provide.  And the Lord told Moses:  I have heard your people’s grumbling.  There will be meat in the evening, and in the morning, bread.  And in the evening a flock of quail flew down and covered the camp, and in the morning, there was a layer of flakes all over the ground.  The Lord provides what is needed for the people.  Enough to live:  Enough to share.

 “I Need You to Survive”
“I pray for you, you pray for me,
I love you, I need you to survive.
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth;
I love you, I need you to survive.” (repeat)

In these brief moments of quiet, may we find strength.  May our lives be rich in affection and deep in understanding and sympathy for each other.

Prayer leader:  Stacy Brannan-Smith

God, we pray from our hearts to be broken open with generosity.  We know it is scary:  what if I don’t have enough?  Open our hands and hearts and put a smile on our faces.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are grateful people.  Grateful for this building and the people in it.  Think of all that was said today.  There are things happening that are beyond our control.  So, we will focus on good things happening right here in this space.  You at work in and through our lives.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray through good times and difficult times.  Hear the prayers of your people.

Sandy prays for healing prayers for her dad Leroy but also for all of her family as they face the second of anniversary of Jean’s passing.  Comfort this family as they remember Jean and her gift to them.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bethany lifts Josh’s family for peace and comfort on the passing of his aunt this week.  Please pray for her daughters and Josh’s mom who was so close to her sister.  Pray for all those missing her.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Pray for the death of a mother-in-law and to all those who have lost someone or is going through to the pain of watching a loved one prepare for death.  There is great pain in that; we pray that you give them comfort.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Sue lifts her cousin Bruce Feikert’s family on the death of his wife in a car accident.  Bring comfort to Sue and her family as they deal with this unexpected loss.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Connie B. asks that we pray for a co-worker who is battling esophageal cancer.  For this family give them strength and peace.  It’s a tough battle for all of them.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Michael asks that you grant wisdom to our leaders as decide on a strategy to deal with ISIS in the Middle East.  We can see the fear when ISIS strikes out, and this is a situation beyond our control.  We find it hard to understand how there is so much hate in the world.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are grateful, Lord, for the babies in the sanctuary making their gurgling noises.  New life is happening, right here at Maynard.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bethany lifts praise for the lovely miracle.  Lindsey and Patty Miller got their first sonogram and the baby looks very healthy.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we silently lift prayers that are weighing heavily on our hearts.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Now, let us pray together the prayer Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever.  Amen.

Additional Prayer:  Steve asks that we continue to pray for the Radcliff family as they now must clear out the family home, a large task indeed.  Give them strength and comfort as they go through the family home filled with memories.


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