Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Invocation

We offered this opening prayer in our worship on Sunday at Broadway Baptist Church:

O Lord, we come before you today to celebrate you in spirit and truth. But, just because we want to do that does not mean it will automatically happen. Help us, God. Guide our worship. Let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight.

We bring prayers before you today especially for our nation. We have sinned. We ask forgiveness for our pride, arrogance, naivete, materialism, idolatry and injustice.

Turn our hearts toward you, O God. We lift our nation up to you love and peace.

Hear our prayer for Mr. Bush and his family as they leave the presidency, and for Mr. Obama and his family as they enter it.

Capture Barack Obama's head with your wisdom. Deepen his heart with your compassion. Strengthen his hand with your courage.

Keep us and all the nations of the world in your protection and peace.

Through Jesus Christ-- King of all kings, Ruler of all rulers, Lord of all lords-- who lives and reigns with you and with the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Amen.

4 comments:

Dr Randi Fass said...

Amen and amen.

MamaMia said...

Charlie,

Praise God! The PST has a recommendation for Senior Pastor. Check out the Trinity website...pray for him and his family and for us--the congregation.

On another note, beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing it.

A big hello to Jana for us. We miss you guys.

Monica

Norma said...

Capture Barack Obama's head with your wisdom. Deepen his heart with your compassion. Strengthen his hand with your courage.

This is wonderful. Thank you. I've put my prayers for him on my blog. I'd like to borrow this (and give you credit).

Kay Ingram said...

Hi, Charlie.
I send my prayers and thoughts for you and your family during this time of celebration for your Mother's life. Reading her obituary gave insight into the life of a godly woman who exemplified the woman described in Proverbs 31. You and your loved ones have wonderful memories to share and to model in your homes.
Blessings I pray for you, K Ingram