by Megan Forsee
A regular part of the liturgy in our weekly worship gathering is the People's Prayer. Having confessed our sins, and having met that confession with the announcement of the good news of forgiveness and absolution in Christ, we hear our Savior’s words in the gospel of Matthew:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
It is with grateful hearts, that we go every week to the Father, Son and Spirit to intercede on behalf of our church, neighbors, town and world. These are those prayers, written by men and women who are Covenant Partners at RCC.
We thank you that because of the blood of Christ and the power of your Spirit, our words and the cries of our heart are not pointless and empty, but everything we say is heard by the creator of the heavens and the earth, founder and perfector of our faith. So, to you O Lord we lift our soul. O God in you we trust.
Almighty God, we come to you tonight on behalf of our sister church, The Church at Martinsburg. Spirit, empower them as they labor to fulfill the great commission given to them by Jesus, to make disciples and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The harvest is plentiful in Martinsburg and throughout our DC region, so we ask with our brothers and sisters that you would send workers into the filed. Lord we ask that you would prosper their work and that through their efforts we would see you save many. That we would witness men, women and children put their hope in you alone. That many would be baptized, disciples made, and churches planted within this region. For your kingdom come O Lord.
Father, we thank you for our brother Tim Fritz. Thank you for who you have created him to be, for the gifts talents and abilities you have given him, and for seeing fit to weave him into the fabric of Redemption City Church.
Spirit, we ask that you would continue to lead, guide, and protect him. That you would give him faith to walk in the steps you have ordained for him. Give Tim favor in his work as a professor at Mount St. Mary’s University.
Father we thank you for Kara and the good gift that she is to Tim. We are so looking forward to celebration their marriage in just a few short months.
Father bless this time of engagement. By your grace strengthen their relationships with you, their savior, and with one another.
In all the wedding planning and preparations and big life decisions may they seek first the kingdom of God and your righteousness.
Father may your leading, guiding and protecting hand be clearly seen upon them and in their lives as they prepare to be united in life and come together as one. May their story be a testimony, to all why know and love them, of your goodness and your loving kindness to your people.
Eternal Faithful God, you have knit us together as one body in Christ. Keep us and sustain us until that day when all you saints will dwell together in the joy of your eternal kingdom.
Prepare us now to sit under the teaching and authority of you word. May it go forth with power and may we be changed by it.
Jesus to you alone be glory now and forever.