Jesus, we ask for your presence in homes. Between Jackson and Moran Junction, the byway passes through Grand Teton National Park, offering sightseers a westward view of some of the world’s most spectacular peaks. Further, help us to remember that often times you make yourself known to us in many ways. Father in all that we do, may we seek to give you all the glory. Father, as your people, we grieve for the destruction and horror that came to the schools in Kentucky and Texas earlier this week. Thank you for their faithful service to you and this local body over the past twenty years. But Father, this is not easy and some of us are hurting. You are utterly unique, so uniquely supreme, exalted, and awesome in your reign as King that we ought to tremble, and the earth ought to shake. We pray for our town officials, please work in their hearts and lives and we pray that as they seek to work for the good of those they serve, that your glory would shine. You always walked in the pathway that he watched over. We want to be able to say with David that your law refreshes our soul, gives us joy, that it is more precious to us than gold and sweeter than honey. But, Lord, forgive us we pray for how frail and feeble and gratitude is. Make us grateful, God, for the work of your grace in our lives. Some have sinned in the taking of what was not theirs, some have sinned in selfishly withholding something that was theirs to give. We pray all of this in the name of Jesus our King. Lord thank you that you offer us yourself. God we have placed many things on the thrones of our hearts. Some have broken relationships that seem irreparable. You know what it is to be a baby. Thank you for the opportunity we have already had this morning to sing together. May we see Jesus as enough to satisfy our hearts. Deliver them, God, from physical danger and persecution. We also ask that you would bless the impact of Larry’s upcoming TLI trip to Mindanao, Philippines. He … Forgive us for forgetting Your greatness and magnifying our own. But Lord, in our disappointment, we pray for these in authority. Would you grant them creativity to know how to create a space where those who are not yet followers of Jesus can experience the community of the Church. Give us attentiveness and a desire to take the Word with us throughout our week so that we might be changed to be like Christ. May your church be a counter-cultural example of people brought together in community, across the divisions of race, income, culture, and political viewpoint. We are thankful for the assurance that you were intimately involved in creating us. May your Word take root in each of their hearts and guide them to be the next leaders who bring your gospel to their neighbors and the world. We know that the places You long to lead us to are good, that You desire to restore our souls, comfort us, and cause our lives to overflow with Your grace and love. LORD we pray for justice and righteousness in those nations. We praise you for your compassion, grace, and long-suffering, but also for your justice and your rightful anger against the sin and idolatry that reside in every one of us. We pray for our nation in an age of great change and confusion and uncertainty—lead where you will; give our leaders wisdom; give safety to all peoples despite our differences; give your church renewed praise-filled loyalty to you and a renewed witness to true Christ-based hope. Please free us from fear. For anyone else among us this week who is hurting or in need, may You show us ways to be Your church, to support and care for each other, and may You help us all to grow in faith, in hope, and in love, and to be people who rejoice in You and sing, whatever comes our way, for You are worthy. Move those in positions of power, both in our nation and around the world, to take up policies and to create laws that are compassionate to all. Instead our eyes have fixed on our current stresses, our future worries, and our past regrets. Job email alerts. As they grow together, we pray that you would keep their hearts eager to bring others into community. We ask that you would provide her with all she needs to continue developing outside the womb and heal any and all complications that have or may develop. We come to proclaim aloud Your praise and celebrate Your wonderful deeds. Then sit in the snow and wind for hours while you glass twelve to fourteen thousand-foot high ridges and peaks a mile, or more, away. We confess, dear Lord, that we are often slow to bring our loneliness, our grief, and our doubts to you. How great you are in the storm, and we cry out, “Glory.”. We give you thanks because you alone are worthy of all of our praise. January 17, 2021. We are overwhelmed with the vast depth of your knowledge of us. Father, we thank you for each generation at Centennial Church and the experience you have granted us as a multi-generational congregation. Our Father in heaven, we give you thanks and praise this morning because you are the God who hears our cries for mercy. We know that Your grace is more than enough for all of these situations, and that You do work in all things for good… even when it is impossible sometimes for us to see how You are doing so. We lift up our students to you as they finish out their school year. Engage both our minds and hearts. We pray for faithfulness, courage, and global revival. We pray for our persecuted fellow-believers around the world—sustain their hope in you. Truly, Father, all nations will come to you because of glory like this. The God that creates and sustains all things identifies with us as one of us. for the night, joy comes in the morning. And LORD we receive the prayers of our brothers and sisters around the globe who are praying for us. Help us to be drawn close to you and rest in the assurance that you know what is best for us. Many of us are so thankful to have our children with us yet are struggling to juggle the many demands placed on us and are missing our villages to do this together. Help us to see that nothing exists in our world which does not belong to you. You are indeed the hope of the ends of the earth. And we praise you, Lord Jesus, King David’s greater Son, that you fulfilled this psalm. As they address concerns from so many different perspectives, we ask that you would grant them wisdom in the decisions they make. Help us to embody your heart toward one another and the communities and spheres that we live in. Our desire, Lord, is to see fruit. We ground all these requests in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lord, there are some here today who are struggling with every fiber of their being to put their hope in you. Often, we don’t feel you near, it’s hard to believe, hard to hope. We pray this so that the name of Jesus would be made much of in our city. May their relationship be centered on you as their friendship continues to grow. With the new baby girl coming in early May and the potential move to a new house, this can be a very stressful time. Please continue to strengthen Catherine physically and provide wisdom to her doctors as they try to discern how to help her. As we listen in on this song from Israel’s hymnal, we see your people reflecting on the many occasions of your protection, rescue, and deliverance. Make his reign beautiful in our eyes. How exciting it is during this advent season that we can again look forward to the birth of Jesus. And we answer that we will do as the Psalmist suggests: We lift up the cup of salvation, the cup you lifted up as the new covenant in your blood, and remember your death until you return. Help us to be agents of restoration with our neighbors. Father, we do give You thanks with our whole hearts and sing Your praise gladly. When we look to your word, we see your faithfulness to your people acted out across the centuries. To you alone I lift up my soul, for in you alone will I find the true gladness my soul longs for.”. you gave birth to all that we know. You lived the life that we could never live. In the person of your Son, you came into this world as a foreigner. We also pray for community businesses and nonprofits, both small and large, that you would put your people in places to have gospel influence. We ask for your guidance and clear direction if this is the path you want us to take to make the greatest impact for your kingdom. Help us to see the wide range of needs that exist around us. Some come here today discouraged by their battle with sin, by relationships that have taken a turn for the worst, or by what seems to be the unraveling of our world. You are all-knowing, perfectly wise, and extravagantly loving, and the instructions that You give us, both in Your Word and as we follow Your Spirit, are always good. We praise you today for being a god who reveals himself and who has communicated the good news of the gospel to us. Lord keep our eyes on you, that we would know and love that which is truly beautiful. Copyright © 2021 Centennial Church. We find ourselves longing today for the one, true, perfect leader who can bring compassion and justice together in our world. And God, ultimately, help us hear the words of this Psalm not as our words, but as the words of Jesus, great King David’s greater Son. As we trust you in all things, as we rest in your goodness and your provision and your strength in everyday struggles, may our neighbors and coworkers and friends marvel. We pray for people within our spheres of influence and connection. We praise You today because You are our Creator and our Shepherd, and we are the flock under Your care. Father, we thank you for the work that you did and are continuing to do in Liberia. We ascribe glory to you, Maker of Heaven and Earth. For those of this age who are single, we ask that you would guide them into gospel community with others around them, experiencing authentic faith and growth in the gospel. We are also comforted by the fact that you have always been, and will always be the ultimate ruler over this entire world. Your simple presence and rule, in behalf of your Old Covenant people, delivering them and providing for them, was enough to make your created order do unheard-of things. Increase our faithfulness in prayer, our love for others, and our boldness in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thank you for the generational diversity that we enjoy; from babies in the nursery, to toddlers and children in Explorers, Jr high, high school, and college students, to young adults, to middle-age, to upper age, seniors, and retirees; thank you for the blessing and challenge of following Jesus together. We pray that as we gather today, your Holy Spirit would drive the reality of your grace deeper into our hearts so that we can worship you rightly and be shaped into the kind of community for which you have designed us. As Lloyd George wrote in his memoirs, ‘The Great War was not at an end in itself. Lord we thank you for your faithfulness. Father, we cry out for you to refresh the souls of your saints who live in places of extreme persecution, such as North Korea, Somalia, and Afghanistan. We praise You because You have exalted above all things Your name and Your Word. 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