Thursday, July 31, 2014

”Save your best striving for seeking My Face. I am constantly communicating with you. To find Me and hear my voice, you must seek Me above all else. Anything that you desire more than Me becomes an idol. When you are determined to get your own way, you blot Me out of your consciousness. Instead of single-mindedly pursuing some goal, talk with Me about it. Let the Light of My Presence shine on this pursuit, so that you can see it from My perspective. If the goal fits into My plans for you, I will help you reach it. If it is contrary to My will for you, I will gradually change the desire of your heart. Seek Me first and foremost; then the rest of your life will fall into place, piece by piece."
Thanks HH.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Intercessory Prayer

Lord Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this day to come worship You. Let this house of worship be a place where we can praise You openly, without reservation, with all our hearts.

You are the Creator of all things. We remember and appreciate all things as You've made them beautifully and perfectly.

You are our Provider. You know what our needs are and You care for Your people accordingly.

You are Compassionate. You know are weaknesses and hurts. You restore us spiritually, physically and emotionally.

We give thanks again for the connections we've made with our community, local businesses and friends through the Open Market. We pray that we can continue building relationships with them and that You can be seen through us.

We pray for the Open Market organizers and leaders as they take the next few weeks to reflect upon the successes and challenges of putting together such an event. We pray for their wisdom and discernment as they meet to determine what You want us to do next.

In our church, we want to pray for the ongoing ministries--CCSA softball and small groups. We give praise for blessing us with new friendships and being able to connect and grow with old ones through our community in these ministries.

We want to pray for our brothers and sisters who are doing Your work to bring the gospel to new places. Grace Cheung Tanzania, Chanelle with her music ministry in Guatemala, Gary, Gina, Keith, Alice, Ben & Holly to Peru. We pray that You will use them to share Your message of hope and love in those places.

We also want to pray for those who will be do mission work back home. For those serving with the Bridletowne and TCCC Day Camp, we pray for their preparation and we are grateful for their service to the kids in these various communities.

We pray that as we look forward to the Festival of Hope in September, we will continue to develop relationships and make connections with family, friends and colleagues. Give us the courage to find opportunities to invite them out in September so they can hear more about You.

We pray for the rest of this worship time. Let it be a time where we can let go of all our other thoughts & burdens and instead focus on You. Let it be heart-filled and spirit-led.
We pray for Mary as You use her to share Your words and teachings. Let our hearts be open to hearing and learning so that we can grow as together as men and women of God. We also pray for our Junction table discussions afterwards where we can share and encourage each other with what You've taught us.

We lift this time to you.

In Jesus name,