Prayers

  • Large Group Prayers

    A Prayer of Sorrow and Lament

    LEADER: We willingly carry this ache. 

    PEOPLE: We carry it, O Father, to you. 

    *Participants now sit in silence*

    You created our hearts for unbroken fellowship. 

    Yet the constraints of time and place, and the

    stuttering rhythms of life in a fallen world

    dictate that all fellowships in these days

    will at times be broken or incomplete. 

    And so we find ourselves in this season, 

    bearing the sorrow of our separation from one another. 

    We acknowledge, O Lord, that it is

    a right and a good thing to miss deeply

    those whom we love but with whom

    we cannot be physically present. 

    Grant us, therefore, courage to love well

    even in this time of absence and waiting. 

    We praise you also knowing that these aches

    are a true measure of the bonds you have

    rough between our hearts. 

    Now use our sorrow as tools in your hand, 

    O Old, shaping our hearts into a truer 

    imitation of the affections of Christ. 

    Use even this sadness to carve out spaces

    in our souls where still greater repositories of

    holy affection might be held, unto the end that

    we might better love, in times of absence and in 

    times of presence alike. 

    We now entrust all to your keeping. 

    May our reunion be joyous, whether in this life

    or in the life to come. 

    How we look forward, O Lord, to the day

    when all our fellowships will be restored, 

    eternal and unbroken

    Amen. 

    *Participants now end in silence*

    Psalm 27:1-5

    The Lord is my light and my salvation; 

    whom shall I fear? 

    The Lord is the stronghold of my life; 

    of whom shall I be afraid? 

    When evildoers assail me 

    to eat up my flesh, 

    my adversaries and foes, 

    it is they who stumble and fall. 

    Though an army encamp against me, 

    my heart shall not fear; 

    though war arise against me, 

    yet I will be confident. 

    One thing have I asked of the Lord, 

    that will I seek after: 

    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord 

    all the days of my life, 

    to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord 

    and to inquire in his temple. 

    For he will hide me in his shelter 

    in the day of trouble; 

    he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; 

    he will lift me high upon a rock. 

    MUSIC LYRICS: 3.25

    Psalm 46 (Lord of Hosts) - Shane and Shane

    O come behold the works of God

    The nations at His feet.

    He breaks the bow and bends the spear

    And tells the wars to cease.

    O Mighty One of Israel

    You are on our side.

    We walk by faith in God who burns the chariots with fire

    Lord of Hosts, You're with us

    With us in the fire,

    With us as a shelter,

    With us in the storm.

    You will lead us

    Through the fiercest battle,

    Oh where else would we go,

    But with the Lord of Hosts.

    O God of Jacob, fierce and great,

    You lift Your voice to speak.

    The earth it bows and all

    The mountains move into the sea

    O Lord You know the hearts of men

    And still you let them live.

    O God, who makes the mountains melt

    Come wrestle us and win.

    O God who makes the mountains melt

    Come wrestle us and win.

    Lord of Hosts, You're with us

    With us in the fire,

    With us as a shelter,

    With us in the storm.

    You will lead us

    Through the fiercest battle.

    Oh where else would we go,

    But with the Lord of Hosts.

    Though oceans roar, You are the Lord of all,

    The one who calms the wind and waves and makes my heart be still.

    Though the earth gives way, the mountains move into the sea,

    The nations rage, I know my God is in control.

    Though oceans roar, You are the Lord of all,

    The one who calms the wind and waves and makes my heart be still.

    Though the earth gives way, the mountains move into the sea,

    The nations rage, I know my God is in control.

    Lord of Hosts, You're with us

    With us in the fire,

    With us as a shelter,

    With us in the storm.

    You will lead us

    Through the fiercest battle.

    Oh where else would we go,

    But with the Lord of Hosts.

    You are with us

    With us in the fire,

    With us as a shelter,

    With us in the storm.

    You will lead us

    Through the fiercest battle.

    Oh where else could we go,

    But with the Lord of Hosts.

    Do it Again - Elevation Worship

    Walking around these walls

    I thought by now they'd fall

    But You have never failed me yet

    Waiting for change to come

    Knowing the battle's won

    For You have never failed me yet

    Your promise still stands

    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness

    I'm still in Your hands

    This is my confidence, You've never failed me yet

    I know the night won't last

    Your Word will come to pass

    My heart will sing Your praise again

    Jesus, You're still enough

    Keep me within Your love

    My heart will sing Your praise again

    Your promise still stands

    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness

    I'm still in Your hands

    This is my confidence, You never failed

    Your promise still stands

    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness

    I'm still in Your hands

    This is my confidence, You never failed me yet

    I've seen You move, come move the mountains

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    You made a way, where there was no way

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    I've seen You move, come move the mountains

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    You made a way, where there was no way

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    I've seen You move, come move the mountains

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    You made a way, where there was no way

    And I believe, I'll see You do it again

    I'll see You do it again

    Oh-oh

    Your promise still stands

    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness

    I'm still in Your hands

    This is my confidence, You never failed

    Your promise still stands

    Great is Your faithfulness, faithfulness

    I'm still in Your hands

    This is my confidence, You never failed me yet

    And You never failed me yet

    I never will forget

    You never failed me yet

    And I never will forget

    Because He Lives

    God sent His son, they called Him Jesus

    He came to love, heal and forgive

    He lived and died to buy my pardon

    An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

    Because He lives, all fear is gone

    Because I know He holds the future

    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    How sweet to hold a newborn baby

    And feel the pride and joy He gives

    But greater still the calm assurance

    This child can face uncertain day, because He lives

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

    Because He lives, all fear is gone

    Because I know He holds the future

    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    And then one day, I'll cross the river

    I'll fight life's final war with pain

    And then, as death gives way to victory

    I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He reigns

    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow

    Because He lives, all fear is gone

    Because I know He holds the future

    And life is worth the living, just because He lives

    I can face tomorrow

    Because He lives, all fear is gone

    Because I know He holds the future

    And life is worth the living, just because He lives