Joys and Concerns 9/28/14

Commitment Sunday

WELCOME BACK, CHOIR!  We enjoyed the summer special music, but we are glad that you are back!  Thank you for your dedication to raising your voices in praise to God!

Call to Worship — Starting here, starting now.  We choose to believe that God is with us, and for us, now and forever.  That, together, all the people of the earth, and we, this church, are called for a purpose, and are fulfilling God’s promise, for all things are possible to those who believe.  Even for us.  Even for me.  Starting here. Starting now.

 “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:  Leo Soboslai

Heavenly Father, we praise you!  We are ever so thankful for your presence in our lives.  We are grateful for all you provide to us.  Continue to be a blessing to each of us.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

In this world, we ask that you touch the hearts of those in leadership positions.  We pray for peace, your peace.  We lift those missionaries in places near and places far.  We pray for those who experience strife.  Grant them hope.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are thankful for this church.  Continue to have Maynard Avenue UMC be a light – a shining light.  Thank you for this Capital Campaign journey we are on.  Continue to bless us as we look to the future so we can praise you for the rest of our days!  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

We are your children.  As we worship you, we lift these prayers of joys and sorrows.

Steve and Amy on behalf of the Radcliff family lift prayers of thanks and appreciation for all the prayers, thoughts, and concerns for Phyllis and her family these past six months.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

They also lift a personal prayer for emails, cards, and personal support for them during Steve’s mom’s passing and funeral.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our prayer.

Natalie asks prayers for Joseph Graham, an infant grandson of a friend, Stephen Ayott.  Joseph will have open heart surgery on October 7.  Prayers for the entire extended family.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Bethany lifts prayers of great joy for Lindsey and Patti Miller.  They got to hear the baby’s heart beat so the news is “so far, so good!”  She asks that good news continues.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

At Maynard we love celebrations, especially birthdays.  Bethany lifts Ayden in prayer for her birthday this week.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

Claudia also lifts a birthday celebration for her dear friend of 24 years, Randy, on his birthday Monday.  Lord, in thanksgiving, hear our praise.

Sandy continues to faithfully lift her dad in prayer.  Continue the healing on Leroy, Lord.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, we lift those silent prayers that are on our hearts.  Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And as your children, we pray as 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.

Sharing a Litany for Maynard:

“We Believe in Maynard”

We are a multicultural, multigenerational community who celebrate and share Christ’s love and acceptance of all.

We cherish creativity in our music, storytelling, theater, and visual arts.

We believe in the holy, creative Spirit.

We value the spiritual journey of each person, and create opportunities for learning together.

We believe that God is calling all of us.

Through SoHud block watch, Donna B’s, and the local groups who share our space, we believe in our neighborhood.

Through tutoring, A Good Start, “Love Our Neighbors” homeless ministry, and Neighborhood Services, we believe in the “least of these.”

Through encouraging and empowering those coming out of human trafficking, incarceration, and addiction, we believe in second chances.

As we stand with those working for human dignity in Palestine, and West and Central Africa, we believe in building peace.

Through our Sunday School and Youth group, through our new ministries, accessible entrance and renovation of this building, we show we believe in the future.

We believe in our church as a haven for hope, a voice for peace, a place to feel accepted, welcomed, and loved.

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