Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 Days of Prayer | Day 5 | Monday, September 29, 2014

Emmaus City Worcester MA Soma Acts 29 3DM Christian Reformed Network of Missional Communities

More than seven churches come together to pray in Worcester, MA on Monday, September 29, 2014

This morning, I could not be more thankful for the opportunity to pray last night on Day 5 of 10 Days of Prayer with people from more than seven churches, including five church planters. 

As expected, Jarrett Allebach from Grace Presbyterian Church and Mark High from Cana Community Church were there to co-host the evening. David Gentleman from Cana was also able to make it along with Lou Soiles from The Journey Community Church, Tra'Vorus Weaver from Embark Church, Steve Barrett from Christ the Rock Fellowship, Mike Sadzinski from Calvary Fellowship, and Len Cowan from Church of the Nativity

About twenty people in all came together to praise God for who He is and pray for each other and our city. Prayers of repentance and requests for forgiveness were shared along with prayers for God to move in all aspects of our city, not only in our churches, but across education, business, government, art, and throughout all social spheres.

What a privilege and honor to join in Jesus name to pray that we would see redemption, reconciliation, and restoration in Worcester. Below is the schedule of our time.

8 – 8:05 P.M. | Introduction and Doxology

Praise God from
Whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all
Creatures here below.
Praise Him above
Ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son
And Holy Ghost.

Glory to Thee
Our God this night
For all the blessings
Of the light.
Keep us, O keep us
King of kings
Under the shadow
Of Thy wings.

Lord, let our souls
Forever share
The bliss of Thy
Paternal care.
‘Tis heav’n on earth,
‘Tis heav’n above
To see Thy face
And sing Thy love.

8:05 – 8:20 P.M. | Read Psalm 67:1-7 – Pastor Mike Sullivan, Emmaus City Church

1 May God be gracious to us
And bless us
And make His face to
Shine upon us, Selah
2 That Your way may be
Known on earth,
    Your saving power
Among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You,
O God;
    Let all the peoples praise You!
Let the nations be glad
And sing for joy,
    For You judge the peoples
With equity and
Guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You,
O God;
    Let all the peoples praise You!
The earth has yielded its increase;
    God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
    Let all the ends of the earth
Fear Him!

Gospel Prayers | Prayers of praise to God for being our gracious Lord, Savior, Redeemer, and King

8:20 – 8:35 P.M. | Read Isaiah 62:6-12 – Pastor Mark High, Cana Community Church
O Jerusalem, I have posted Watchmen on your walls;
    They will pray day and night, Continually.
    Take no rest, all you who pray To the Lord.
Give the Lord no rest until He Completes His work,
    Until He makes Jerusalem the Pride of the earth.
The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by His own strength:
    “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
Never again will foreign warriors come and take away your grain
And new wine.

You raised the grain,
And you will eat it,

    Praising the Lord.
Within the courtyards
Of the Temple,

    You yourselves will drink the wine you have pressed.”
10 Go out through the gates!

    Prepare the highway for
My people to return!

Smooth out the road;
Pull out the boulders;

    Raise a flag for
All the nations to see.
11 The Lord has sent this message to every land:
    “Tell the people of Israel,
‘Look, your Savior is coming.
    See, He brings His reward with Him as He comes.’”
12 They will be called
“The Holy People”

    And “The People Redeemed
By the
And Jerusalem will be known as “The Desirable Place”
    And “The City No Longer Forsaken.”

City Prayers | Prayers for God to move in and through Worcester in areas of education, business, government, reconciliation, charity, etc.

8:35 – 8:50 P.M. | Read Psalm 145:4-13 – Pastor Jarrett Allebach, Grace Presbyterian Church

One generation shall commend Your works to another,
    And shall declare
Your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of
Your majesty,

    And on Your wondrous works,
I will meditate.

They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds,
    And I will declare Your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness
    And shall sing aloud of
Your righteousness.
Lord is gracious and merciful,
    Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
    And His mercy is over all that
He has made.

10 All Your works shall give thanks To You, O Lord,
    And all Your saints
Shall bless You!

11 They shall speak of the glory of Your Kingdom
    And tell of Your power,
12 To make known to the children of man Your mighty deeds,
    And the glorious splendor of Your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an
Everlasting kingdom,

    And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Lord is faithful in
All His words

    And kind in all His works.]

Missional Prayers
| Prayers for new generations (and specific names) of people to come to know Jesus in Worcester through His Church coming together to declare and display His gospel in word and deed.

8:50 – 9 p.m. | Pray 10 Days Litany Together – Father Len Cowan, Church of the Nativity

Leader: Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus …

People: Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.

Leader: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
People: So we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Leader: Lord, our needs are many and great . . .

People: Our nation is divided; our cities are divided; communities are divided one against another. Old prejudices remain; wounds fester; injustice prevails; violence and mistrust seem to rule the day.

Leader: Make Your people one, Lord; make us instruments of Your peace.

Together: Lord, we come to You in unity of heart and voice, asking You to bring Your people in this city/state to complete unity so that our communities may know You, revealed through us, Your body.

Leader: Lord, You told us to be in the world, but not of the world. But the ways of this world are very much in us.

People: Forgive us Lord, for embracing the ways of the world more than seeking Your Kingdom and the ways of righteousness. Give us increasing hunger and thirst for Your Kingdom, Lord; that we may find it and that we may reveal it to the world around us so desperate and needy.

Leader: Lord, the harvest is plentiful . . .

People: But the laborers are few.

Together: Lord of the harvest, prepare us and move us into Your harvest field. Strengthen Your body with grace, compassion, wisdom and courage. Give us Your heart for our communities that we might reveal You through our words and deeds to those who have yet to know You.

Leader: Let Your Kingdom come, Lord.

People: Let Your will be done, Lord, here in Worcester as it is in heaven.

Together: Lord, we turn our hearts from the distractions of this fallen realm to the reality of Your Kingdom. Cleanse the palate of our souls. Grant us a holy hatred for sin and injustice and a heavenly hunger for righteousness and the things that lead to life. Afflict our hearts with the yearning desire for Your presence, Your Kingdom, Your glory revealed.

Leader: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let all who hear say, ‘Come!’”

Together: Come in the fullness of Your Kingdom! Come in the fullness of Your victory! Come in the fullness of Your glory! AMEN.

Father, love us. Jesus, lead us. Spirit, embolden us. 
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