Blessed is God, who has not withdrawn from us his love and care!
Hymn: Come Down O Love Divine
Gracious Father, your might is beyond measure, your wisdom beyond knowledge, your
love beyond all telling. You have put eternity into our hearts, and made us hunger and thirst for you. Satisfy the longings you have implanted that we may find you in life, and find life in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Scripture Reading: John 14:15-27
Sermon: The Holy Spirit During Crisis
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
Guided Intercessory Prayer
This prayer might be long, or it might be short. Don’t worry about that. Focus on telling your Heavenly Father about the many needs that you’re aware of, in your life and in the world. This prayer can be broken into four major sections:
Pray for the church! What are you grateful for about the church, both as a universal body and as our local congregation of New Dublin? What does the church need? What does our congregation need? Tell God about those things. Pray for church leaders, and for churches that are suffering or facing any kind of hardship.
Pray for the world! What are you grateful for about the world? What does the world need? Pray for nations that are facing any kind of hardship, including war, sickness, injustice, or food insecurity. Pray for our particular nation, and for our leaders and specific needs as a country.
Finally, pray for our own community! What are you grateful for about your own family, friends, and town? What needs are you aware of? Keep in mind what's gone out in the prayer chain this week. Feel free to pray for people by name and specific circumstances. Consider reaching out to them after worship as well.
Close by reciting the Lord’s Prayer
God our Father, at the first creation you set the world’s corner-stone in place, while the morning stars sang together and the angels of God all shouted for joy. In the new creation, your grace has dawned upon the world with healing for all. May Christ, the sun of righteousness, shine in our hearts forever and draw us to that light where you live in radiant glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.