Prayers for those who have suffered abuse link
Almighty God & Everlasting Lord,
You are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.
We pray this week for those who have been abused within our churches and the wider communities across our nation.
Have compassion upon all who have suffered the injustice, humiliation and pain of abuse
– sexual, physical, emotional, spiritual and all other forms of sinful conduct.
In the midst of their distressing circumstances, give them courage to speak.
May your perfect love drive out fear and anxiety.
In your mercy, create opportunities for these men, women and children to share their pain,
reveal their struggles and expose the hurtful actions of others.
Give grace, sensitivity and wisdom to all who will minister to the victims and survivors of abuse.
Strengthen those who have been abused with the certainty of your love for them.
In all things, we ask that your name be glorified and that we – your people –
do justice, love kindness and walk humbly before you.
We humbly plead these things in the name of our Saviour, Jesus Christ,
who died and rose and now sits at your right hand in glory.
A Prayer for the Fall link
Gracious God, As the season changes, we are reminded that you are an unchanging God,
but it is your desire to continue to change us–to mold and shape us,
to teach us to have faith like a child. Lord, be our teacher!
Lord, teach us to praise. We praise you for awe, wonder,
and excitement as new programs and plans are introduced in our denomination and individual churches this fall.
Lord, teach us to confess. At this time of year, we are inundated with busyness.
Forgive us, Lord, when our busyness overshadows you. Lord, teach us to be thankful.
We are thankful that in teaching us, you change us. Teach us, Lord, to trust in you for guidance and direction.
Lord, help us realize the magnitude of your grace and then to teach others what it means to live with that grace.
As we seek to further your kingdom, fill us with the same exuberance, wonder,
and awe that we see in children at the beginning of a new school year.
Prayer attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi link
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
where there is injury, pardon
where there is doubt, faith
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
and where there is sadness, joy
O, Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
to be loved as to love
for it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life
Wherever you go, God is sending you.
Wherever you are, God has put you there.
God has a purpose in your being right where you are.
Christ, who indwells you by the power of his Spirit,
wants to do something in and through you.
Believe this and go in his grace, his love, his power.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
McKnight gives a good talk.
I was struck by his reference to the tension between Jewish and Gentile believers in Paul’s Rome. Probably (in my opinion), the first germination of the noxious weed of anti-semitism on the European continent.
Thanks, Dee; this is helpful. Prof. McKnight is always challenging and helpful; this talk is especially relevant to our corporate problems.
He did lose me a bit toward the end.
some off-cuff thoughts stimulated by this:
~14:30 “sacrifice of one’s embodied existence”,
this is toward the Creator — but sometimes the sacrifices are consumed by bad shepherds. Some of the OT prophets spoke of this at times.
“disentangling oneself from this Age’s powers”
what if the powers have invaded the temple?
applying this reading of Romans 12:1-2 to the present — what things need to be subverted in our day?
Or maybe not. “subversion is a tactic of the weak”, and the churches are still strong. Or perhaps we should reckon that, at least for starters, what needs to be subverted is ‘our current ways of “being church” ‘.
I can recommend McKnight’s Reading Romans Backwards ; it’s an eye-opener. The hints of Jew/Gentile conflict among or within the churches at Rome are surprising when one is not looking for them (and when one is reading Romans as a timeless theological treatise rather than historically embedded communication to a specific community), but hard to not notice once one starts looking.