Wednesday, October 12, 2016

10 Days of Prayer for Worcester | Day 9 of 10 with Emmaus City Church Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

Praying for Worcester on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” + Matthew 5:8

7-7:05 p.m.: Welcome and introductions.
7:05-7:15 p.m.: Read and sing.

Psalm 100

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before Him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are His.
We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving;
Go into His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever, and
His faithfulness continues to each generation.

Amazing Grace
By John Newton
1779 A.D.

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see!

T'was grace that taught
My heart to fear,
And grace, my fears relieved!
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come!
Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home!

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures!
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures!

When we've been there ten thousand years,
bright shining as the sun;
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Then when we've first begun!

7:15-7:30 p.m. Begin with Thankful Prayers for God Almighty’s Grace and Truth: Give thanks for all the blessings God has poured into your life, church, neighbors, work, and/or city.

7:30-7:40 p.m. Rest in God the Father’s Love in Silent Prayer: Enjoy being still in His presence and knowing that the Father delights to be with you.

7:40-8 p.m. Fix Praise on God the Son: Declare His names (i.e. Light of the World; Break of Life; Good Shepherd; King of kings, etc.) for yourself, your neighbors, and the city. Allow worship of Jesus to fill your heart and delight in Him.

8-8:10 p.m. Welcome the presence of God the Holy Spirit in Silent Prayer: Be still and lay down any agendas before Him to surrender to His leading in your life and in being sent to Worcester as His servant and ambassador of reconciliation.

8:10-8:25 p.m. Ask God to Speak and Share: Whether it is a Bible verse, a word of encouragement, a promise of God, an image, etc., pray through what God is filling your heart with about Him and the city and give thanks to Him.

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.
to Him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.
who by His understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.
10 to Him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm; His love endures forever.
13 to Him who divided the Red Sea asunder His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it, His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea; His love endures forever.
16 to Him who led His people through the wilderness; His love endures forever.
17 to Him who struck down great kings, His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings—His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan—His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance, His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to His servant Israel. His love endures forever.
23 He remembered us in our low estate His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies. His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

8:25-8:30 p.m.: Close with Come Though Fount and 10 Days Litany

By Robert Robinson
1758. A.D.

Come Thou fount of every blessing, 
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace. 
Streams of mercy never ceasing 
Call for songs of loudest praise. 
Teach me some melodious sonnet 
Sung by flaming tongues above. 
I'll praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it;
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Hither by thy help I come.
And I hope by thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wondering from the fold of God.
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor 
Daily I'm constrained to be! 
Let Thy goodness like a fetter, 
Bind my wandering heart to Thee!
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, 
Prone to leave the God I love!
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, 
Seal it for Thy courts above!

10 Days of Prayer Litany

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 Worcester to unity so that our communities may know You, revealed through us, Your body.

Leader Lord, You told us to be in 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 first. Give us increasing hunger and thirst for Your Kingdom, Lord; that we may find it and that we may reveal it to the world.

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.

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 today to the reality of Your Kingdom. Grant us a holy hatred for sin and injustice, and a heavenly hunger Your justice, mercy, and humility as we walk this life with You.

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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