Genesis 39:1-2
“Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt.  Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.  The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.”

John 13:3-5
“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Philippians 2:5-7
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.”

Righteous Master, you are the Omnipotent One, deserving of all our devotion.

Through submission we participate in the plan you have designed, just as your Son served his twelve brothers and empowered them to build a church.

May we be like Joseph, who in precognitive imitation learned humility and saw his clan establish the twelve tribes of Israel.  Change our hearts so that we do not grasp for privilege.  Make us willing and capable servants in the households and communities you have placed us in.

We ask this in the name of the true Servant, Jesus Christ, who was obedient to your purposes so that we might be leaders enslaved by your transforming love.

Listen to ‘Just a Closer Walk with Thee’ by the Lower Lights

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Mighty to Save

Zephaniah 3:16b-17
“Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.  The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Matthew 14:29b-31a
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.”

Psalm 20:6
“Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.”

Lord God, you are salvation’s visionary, and your hand outstretched in love is our only hope.

We are powerless against the waters of despair and the winds of fear.  Our hands are helpless to effect our own rescue.

mighty to saveGive us breath to cry out for your firm grasp upon our sinking spirits, and may we gladly obey your command not to be afraid.  In your mercy, take delight in reaching for us.

Our plea is in the name of Christ, who allowed the waters of death to close over him so that we might be saved from the storm of sin.

Listen to ‘Eternal Father Strong to Save’ by St. Andrews Hymns

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1 Kings 19:3a, 4a, 5a-6
“Elijah was afraid and ran for his life…‘I have had enough, Lord,’ he said…Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, ‘Get up and eat.’  He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water.”

John 21:3, 9, 12a
“‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them…but that night they caught nothing…When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread…Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’”

Isaiah 55:1a, 2b
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!…Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.”

O Lord who restores us, you provide for our battered bodies and our troubled souls.

breakfastWhen we are afraid and desert your cause, you interrupt our flight with an invitation.  Instead of rebuke you offer us sustenance.

Nourish us with daily bread and the blessing of your company at the meal, that we might be strengthened to feed others.  May our portion, prepared while we are still far off, be received with joy.

We trust that you will hear our prayer for the sake of Jesus, whose broken body has become the bread for our hungry souls.

Listen to ‘I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say’ by St. Andrews Hymns

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Deuteronomy 11:10-11
“The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.  But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven.”

Luke 12:29-32a
“And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.  Do not be afraid, little flock…”

Psalm 68:9-10
“You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.  Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor.”

Great Provider, you hold out heaven for us to drink.

We are not required to toil diligently to earn a torrential reward.  Your generousity exceeds our efforts, and you rain refreshment upon us in faithfulness to your word.

rainWhen we are parched with worry, may we turn to skies heavy with your sustaining showers.  Help us open our clutching hands to receive your beautiful, bountiful, cascading blessings.

We offer these prayers to you in the name of our life-source, Jesus Christ, who fell from heaven so that we might enter the land of your great goodness.

Listen to ‘Satisfied’ by City Hymns

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1 Samuel 18:3, 20:32-33, 42a
“And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself…‘Why should he be put to death?  What has he done?’ Jonathan asked his father.  But Saul hurled his spear at him to kill him.  Then Jonathan knew that his father intended to kill David…Jonathan said to David, ‘Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord…’”

Isaiah 9:6b
“And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Acts 5:30-31
“The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.  God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.”

Everlasting Father, you are the divine monarch; the king of all that is and is to come.

princeInnately rebellious, we have tried to usurp your throne.  Yet our interceding prince stepped in front of the spear and brought peace between your rule and our race.

As loyal subjects may we be obedient to the call of your kingdom.  Bind us in allegiance to you so that we find fullness of joy as citizens in your service.

By the word spoken for us by the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, we are bold to claim a hearing in your throne room of grace.

Listen to ‘The Son Forsook the Father’s Home’ by Bruce Benedict

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Boy in the Temple

1 Samuel 3:2-4
“One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was.  Then the Lord called Samuel.  Samuel answered, ‘Here I am.’”

Luke 2:46, 49
“After three days they found [Jesus] in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…‘Why were you searching for me?’ he asked.  ‘Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?’”

Psalm 84:1
“How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”

Lord God who dwells with us, you call us into conversation and speak to us as your family.

In your presence we have found our true and lovely home, a home in which we, your children, are reassured by the echoes of our Father’s nearby voice.  With longing we return to the shelter where we will never be forsaken.

boy in the templeDraw us into a place of worship and may our trusting hearts be receptive to you.  Tune our ears to distinguish your words so that we can share your truth with those around us.

In the name of Christ, whose body became the temple through which we can come like children into the presence of God, we submit our prayers in faith.

Listen to ‘Let Me Find Thee’ by Katy Bowser and Kenny Hutson


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Isaiah 62:11-12
“They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.”

Matthew 21:9-10
“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!’  When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred, and asked, ‘Who is this?’”

Revelation 21:2-3a
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them.”

Holy One, the loveliness of heaven is your dwelling place, and yet you take up residence with us.

When you enter the lives we have allowed to fall into self-serving ruin, you restore the crumbling foundations we have built.  You inhabit the neglected places and reverse our desolation.

cityMay we open wide the gates of our hearts to you and pave the way with Hosannas.  Come and be the architect of a new beauty in us so that the outcast finds shelter and the stranger a home.

This we ask in the name of Jesus, who sought after us and was exiled to a death in the barrens to welcome us into the city of salvation.

Listen to ‘Hide Thou Me’ by Central Avenue Church

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