SILENCE AND CENTERING (2 MINUTES)
Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
Eternal and Almighty God, You love us profoundly and deeply. As the richest and clearest sign of Your love, You gave Your Son, Jesus Christ, to provide new and eternal life for all who trust in Him. Your gracious desire is to save. Praise be Your Name! Yet we intentionally reject Your gift of love. Instead we choose actions, thoughts, and words rooted in spiritual darkness, not in Your light. We live as though we can save ourselves. We elevate a multitude of different possibilities for life though only You should be in our hearts, minds, and souls. Therefore we agree with Your Word when it states we often love the darkness more than the light. Convict us of our folly. Forgive us for our rebellion. Remind us of Your grace. Help our lives to be centered on Jesus Christ, our Savior and King, and His Good News for sinners like us. We pray in His Name. Amen.
1 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my supplications. 2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. 3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. 4 Then I called on the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” 5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; our God is merciful. 6 The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9 I walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Father, may the children and students of our fellowship grow strong in You
and in Your mighty power. Protect them from the evil one and go before them
in this new school year. Strengthen them to be salt and light. (Ephesians 6:10;
For those among us who are experiencing trials of all kinds, I ask that You
strengthen us by the Holy Spirit to be strong and courageous. May fear and
discouragement disappear and a fresh realization of Your nearness in the
midst of our adversities, overwhelm us! (Joshua 1:9)
I ask Father, that the Ministry of FCC might have city-wide
impact. Strengthen and empower all who participate to be salt and light.
May many be built up in their faith! May those who teach and lead be
encouraged by the Holy Spirit to serve with joy.
Father, I pray for those who come to FCC seeking answers about who You
are and what it means to follow Jesus. May they be drawn by the Holy Spirit
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is itself set on fire by hell. 7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8 but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters, yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.