Elder Prayer (5/22/22)

Our current sermon series is “Love Outside Our Walls.” We are being encouraged to “build bridges into our community out of love for Christ.”  Earlier this week, I read Psalm 71. I thought it would be appropriate to read a portion of this psalm before we go to the Lord in prayer.

O God, from my youth You have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like You? You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth You will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. I will also praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to You; my soul also, which You have redeemed. And my tongue will talk of Your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.” (Psalm 71:17-24)

Heavenly Father, we praise You for Your faithfulness. We praise You for Your love for us that You sent Jesus to earth to die for our sins. Lord, give us the boldness and the courage to love as Christ loved us. Help us take advantage of the opportunities to build bridges into our community. Help us to share the Gospel in our spheres of influence.

We pray for our nation’s leaders. We pray that they will desire to serve You as they make decisions on our behalf. Surround them with men and women of God. Surround them with individuals who will give them godly counsel.

Father God, this week there was another mass shooting. We wonder when this violence will end. We pray that our nation will confess our sins, turn from our wicked ways. If we do this, we know You will heal our land. 

Just over a week ago, we had gun violence reached our community. We pray for emotional healing for the families, teachers, and students that were impacted by this tragedy. We thank You that our Direction of Student Ministry, Jeremy Davis, and his staff have been able to come along side of these students during this time of need. Protect Jeremy and his staff from Satan attacks as he ministers to the students during this difficult time.

Lord, there are several others in our congregation who are facing personal challenges. We pray that the Holy Spirit comforts the both the Ban and Simmers families, as they adjust to Marianne and Bill’s being welcomed into Your presence. We pray that the Great Physician heals and comforts those facing health challenges and supplies the needs and work for families facing financial difficulties.

We pray for peace and an end to the war in the Ukraine. We ask that Your comfort, protect and provide for the people of the Ukraine. We also pray that You bless the three churches we have connections with in other countries. Bless the Il Faro congregation in Naples, Italy; the Unidos en Christos in Cochabamba, Bolivia; and the Amchit Church in Beirut Lebanon. We pray that Amchit Church has a successful launching of its Internet Ministry. Bless and protect Pastor Joseph as he will be traveling and ministering in Canada during the month of June.

Lastly, we pray for the Family Fun Fest event, which will be held at Grace Point on June 3.  We pray that You will raise the needed volunteers. We pray that the event will be will attended. Lastly, we pray that families will connect with Grace Point and make it their church home as a result of Fun Fest.

Lord, we thank You for Your faithfulness both to us personally and the blessings we have as a body of believers at Grace Point. We lift these prayers to You in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Elder Prayer (5/15/22)

I will extol You, my God and King, and bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You and praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works, I will meditate. They shall speak of the might of Your awesome deeds, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall pour forth the fame of Your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of Your righteousness. (Psalm 145:1-7)

Our Father, our desire is to follow David’s words from this psalm. We want to exalt You LORD, to praise Your name and tell of Your works and mighty acts from generation to generation. From mother and father to our children and our children’s children, as well as our neighbors, friends and co-workers. Supply us with the strength, stamina and courage to do this, for apart from You we are as helpless as leaves in the wind. Fill us with the Holy Spirit that we would know Your will and walk in it.

Our prayers and help continue for the families affected by the devastating tragedy on May 2. Comfort the families with Your assurance. We also remember those that are grieving the loss of a loved one and those that are in need of Your healing touch. You are the Great Physician. Heavenly Father, You offer Your peace to all those who come to You.

There are those in our midst with other concerns. Dear God, listen to their call. Whatever it may be: family matters, work related, financial, addiction. Help them to realize that You are listening and are able to supply their needs.

We ask, Father, that You would guide our nation. With the nearing election, give each of us the insight of choosing Your candidate. Give us Your wisdom. Also, please give Your insight and wisdom to those already in office on every level of government.

Thank You, Father, for the many blessing You have supplied, especially for the forgiveness of our sin through the atoning blood of You Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, Amen.

~ Jack Edmond, Elder

Elder Prayer (5/8/22)

Lord, this morning we reach inside ourselves and with our whole heart that may be filled with hopes and fears, doubts and disappointments, sadness and joy, we choose to praise You.

We praise You by reflecting on and never forgetting who You are and what You have done.

When we truly consider the magnitude of our sin and rebellion against You, Your forgiveness extended to us should be staggering and a reason alone for continuous, unceasing praise.

Through the death and resurrection of Your precious Son, we are saved from separation from You, restored to a right relationship with You, so that we can experience Your love and tender mercies each day, in all of our circumstances. Because of what Jesus did for us, we are always on solid ground, and we come to You, freely and boldly.

You also fill our lives with good things that renew us each day, but that we often take for granted.  Shelter from the elements, food to strengthen our bodies, breath that fills our lungs, and Your Word and Spirit that equips and empowers us to be the lights You have called us to be. Lights in a world of darkness, where so many near and far don’t always enjoy these simple things and long for You and Your justice. 

You give us the gift of motherhood, and we remember today the steadfast sacrifice of compassionate and patient love that mothers demonstrate each day. May they feel your presence and blessing in their lives this day.

Lord, You are compassionate and merciful, slow to anger and filled with unfailing, loyal love and justice. And all through Your Word we see again and again as You demonstrate these. As many times as we see Your people fail, we see You forgive.

Thank You that You do the same for us. You don’t constantly accuse us, nor remain angry with us forever. You don’t punish us for our sins or deal harshly with us, as we deserve. Rather, You show us Your unfailing loyal love that knows no bounds. The punishment we deserved was borne by another, Jesus, who purchased for us on the cross what we could not afford, a mercy that endures forever.

You’re the perfect Father none of us has ever had, showing tender compassion to us as we follow You. Because You know how weak we are, that we’re only dust in the wind, wildflowers here today and gone tomorrow. We bloom and we die. You know our ignorance, our weakness, our foolishness, our pride, and You still show us amazing love.

Your love remains forever steadfast, to all those You call Your own. Your promises are forever faithful and true, to all those who follow You.

And among those precious promises is that You hear our cry. 

And we cry to You this morning, for Joan Simmers and the family as we mourn with them at Bill’s passing on to the glory of Your presence. 

We cry out for all those grieving and suffering as a result of this past week’s tragic deaths in our community. Use us Lord to show Your tender compassion by listening and crying with those hurting, while pointing them to the only real source of comfort, the Savior that they desperately need.

We cry out for the ongoing upheaval and unfathomable pain experienced by so many as a result of the conflict in Europe. 

We cry for some here this morning who, for them, Mother’s Day is not a day of celebration.

These are real cries, Lord. You hear them, You see them. You know and You care, because You experienced pain and suffering, and overcame it for the joy of knowing it was not for nothing. He accepted His cup. Whatever is in the cup that You offer to us, whether it be pain and sorrow and suffering and grief or the many joys we experience, help us be willing to accept it all because You are trustworthy. While we very often participate in Your Joy, remind us that You also call us to taste of Your beneficial afflictions. While healing our many afflictions, Lord, help us remember that although we suffer, suffering is never for nothing.

Despite the enormity of what we sometimes face, we call to our minds this morning Your rulership over all, even when we can’t see it in action. Your rulership is not dependent on what happens here on earth. Your purposes are being worked out, and there is no one who can thwart Your plan to reconcile all things to Yourself, so that You are glorified and we are one in You.

As we listen to Your Word proclaimed this morning, awaken our minds and hearts to hear and be conformed to the likeness of Your Son as You show each of us our part to be played in the grand drama of Your reconciliation process.

Meantime, we call out to all that You’ve created, to Praise You. We call out to Your Heavenly Hosts, the angels, who listen closely to Your commands to serve You obediently, to Praise You. We call out to a world all around us hurtling towards a Christless eternity, to Praise You.

Lord, this morning we reach inside ourselves and with our whole heart that may be filled with hopes and fears, doubts and disappointments, sadness and joy, we choose to praise You. For You are worthy of our praise. Amen.

~ Dave Kneller, Elder

The Old Testament Points To Jesus Christ ~ by Jeremy Davis

Luke 24:25-27 

25 And He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. 

Jesus took the time to teach the two despondent disciples how the Old Testament points directly to Jesus Christ. We have the blessing of having access to all the 66 books of the Holy Scriptures. Each book of the Bible is all about Christ and His mission to reconcile all things to Himself. How does each book point to Christ? Here are some wonderful resources to help show how the Bible is all about Jesus. 

Jesus in the Bible by Kenneth Boa 

This book takes the time to unpack how we see Jesus in each book of the Bible. It’s a wonderful resource to come alongside of your personal study, or to read through and see God’s grand narrative.  

Here is great article that shows many of the allusions that point directly to Christ in each book of the Bible.  

https://jesusplusnothing.com/jesus-books-bible

May these resources help you on your journey. The Scriptures are all about Jesus Christ and His mission to reconcile all things to Himself.  

Colossians 1:19-20 

19 For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. 

-Jeremy Davis 

Special thanks to Pastor Dave Wolf for sharing these resources! 

Elder Prayer ~ Easter Sunday (4/17/22)

As we go to prayer, I want to start by reading a passage from 1 Peter 1:3-7:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith…may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Let’s pray.

God, we come to You this morning with “inexpressible joy and thankfulness” for what You have done for us in sending Your Son to die in our place for our sins, who is now alive sitting at Your right hand praying for us! We are thankful that we can celebrate this Day of Resurrection that gives us both hope as we go through our “various trials” as well as the Eternal Hope that we have in being with You after we pass on from this life! Because You conquered death through the Resurrection of Jesus, we can be confident of the inheritance that is to come that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading! For as You tell us in Your Word, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” Thank You for this Promise!

I pray for those who are here this morning (or joining us online) who may be unsure of how to have this confident relationship with You. May they sense today Your love for them through the songs that are sung, the words that are spoken, and the interaction that they may have with others. May Your Spirit speak to them and lead them to You! Help all of us to be reminded of your constant care for us as it is states in the Psalms (139):

“O Lord, You have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    You discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.”

We are so thankful for Your love and care for us, that You know more about us than we know about ourselves! May we fully comprehend that You are with us and that You are for us, and that You want a relationship with us. Even though we are sinners, we know from Your Word that You are a “friend of sinners” and that You died for our sins and now You are alive to be in relationship with us!

Lord, I am sure that there are those that are with us today (or online) who do not sense your presence because of the circumstances they find themselves in, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, or some other difficult challenge. May they not leave today without knowing that You love and care for them. We pray for healing, strength, and encouragement for all those that are suffering today!

We thank You for the many blessings you have allowed us to experience here at Grace Point, especially for our Staff, Pastors, and volunteers who are committed to your service among us. We thank You for blessing us financially through the spirit of generosity that so many have demonstrated. And as we consider our special Easter Offering to support some of the many needs in Ukraine, we ask that this spirit of generosity will continue with all of us here today. We pray that peace will come quickly to Ukraine and that the suffering of so many will cease! Please comfort and encourage them with Your presence, especially during this celebration of the Easter Season.

So we thank You again for this privilege and opportunity to worship you today. Be with Dave as he speaks to us from your Word. May Your Spirit lead him as he shares what You have laid on his heart. And we pray that we all would be good listeners and we would put into practice what You have called us to do.

We ask these things in the mighty name of our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ!

Amen.

(Ken Kovalik, Elder)

BE FILLED WITH THE NEW WINE – THE HOLY SPIRIT

~ By Julia Bonner-Eckel from our Care Ministry Team

DON’T BE FILLED WITH WINE, BUT BE FILLED WITH THE NEW WINE – THE HOLY SPIRIT

I am grateful to share this testimony of how the Lord worked in my life in a particular area. Ten years ago, that still small voice (the Holy Spirit) told me to stop drinking. Not cut back, not have a little, not have a glass of wine every now and then. In no uncertain terms, it was loud and clear, and in that instant, I made the decision to stop drinking. From that day, I have not had a drop of alcohol.

This testimony is not to condemn anyone. My hope is if you also heard that still small voice or thought about making this change in your life – DO IT! You will never regret giving up alcohol.

Let me share my experience with you.

I heard that voice in the past and would go a few months but always get pulled back into the social aspect and glamorization of wine in a tall, beautiful glass.

The transformation has been incredible since I obeyed the Lord. I believe the enemy uses alcohol to keep many of us in bondage. Especially, perhaps, young mothers. It becomes a badge of honor to have that bottle of wine after a long day of work or with the kids. Remember, the little ones are watching our every move. Alcohol is a depressant that keeps us sad, discouraged and dependent. It can keep us separated from God. For me, it blocked my relationship with God.

When I removed that veil, God’s voice was much louder and clearer in my life, and the Holy Spirit was able to lead me more easily.

The transformation for me has been remarkable. God only knows where my marriage would be without this change. I have a loving and supportive husband, and it is a gift to be present with him in this life.

My baby, Jack, is now eight years old. He has never seen, nor will he ever know a drunk mommy. I have the privilege waking up most days refreshed and energized. Imagine never having a hangover!

Removing alcohol has transformed my health and nutrition. Alcohol disrupts our blood sugar, spikes cravings, and keeps us dehydrated. It is amazing how much healthier we feel without it!

My finances have changed; I have saved a lot of money! Honestly, it made me realize what a waste of spending it was for me, and now I can invest in other things that will pay off in the future.

Most of all, this has been a catalyst for bringing me much closer to the Lord. As Pastor Dave recently said, “The Lord wants us to remove those bad spirits and be filled with the Holy Spirit! Ephesians 5:18 says, “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

The Scriptures say in 1 Peter 5:8 to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

Just like the Nazarites took a vow to abstain from alcohol, abstaining from all alcohol can set us apart from the world. Let’s take the lead!

When you drink and let your guard down or get drunk, you allow a foothold for the enemy to enter. We need to put on the whole armor of God!

In my spiritual battle, removing alcohol has been life changing and transformative. The Lord has rewarded me and continues to fill my spirit with my loving family, rewarding work, exercise, godly relationships and mentors, a wonderful church and so much more. I fill my spirit with those things, and eventually I have become repulsed by the idea of a drink!

I’ve learned to fill my spirit with time with my family, godly relationships, small groups, bible studies, serving in the Care Ministry, Women’s Ministry, healthy and God-honoring nutrition and so much more. I have become a more productive and happier person. Praise God!

You will see how wonderful and amazing life is and the beauty of being present in every day. You don’t need the drink, wine or beer to get through the ups and downs. Ask God to help you and He will quench your thirst and restore your soul!

Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from the heart of anyone who believes in Me.’” (John 7:38)

Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God.”

If you would like to pray about this or learn more about the Addiction Ministry in Grace Point’s Care Ministry, contact Eileen Hemming ehemming@gracepointpa.org for more information.

Elder Prayer (3/20/22)

There is much about which to pray with all that is going on in the world and much for which to be thankful in how God has blessed and provided.


I want to start by reading some verses from Psalm 59, which were recently shared with me by some Ukrainian missionaries whom I have known for many years. They work with church planting in the city of Kyiv. They have stayed there during the war, in and out of bomb shelters, to support fellow believers and care for those in need. There are many believers in Ukraine who are trusting the Lord for deliverance and are taking comfort in these words from Psalm 59:


1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me;
2 deliver me from those who work evil,
and save me from bloodthirsty men.
3 For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
fierce men stir up strife against me.
For no transgression or sin of mine, O LORD,
4 for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.
Awake, come to meet me, and see!

9 O my Strength, I will watch for you,
for you, O God, are my fortress.
10 My God in his steadfast love[c] will meet me;
God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.
11 Kill them not, lest my people forget;
make them totter[d] by your power and bring them down,
O Lord, our shield!

16 [But] I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.

Father, we come to You this morning, thanking You for Your presence today. We know that everything that happens in our lives and in this world is not a surprise to You. And we know that everything that happens passes through Your will, and we know that You will be victorious over the Enemy in the end.

And as many of us go about our regular daily lives without life-threatening challenges, there are many hurting people around us and in this world. We see and hear what is happening in Ukraine and our hearts go out to the people there. We thank You for the faith of believers who are looking to You for deliverance and strength. We pray for them and for their country that You would bring about a miraculous peace quickly and spare the lives of innocent people.

We also lift up to You our brothers and sisters in Lebanon who have also suffered much through many crises. We pray for Pastor Joseph and the believers at Amchit church. We are thankful the team here from Grace Point was able to meet with them in person recently and have returned safely. We are thankful for the opportunity that they had to encourage and support those who serve on the front lines in Lebanon in caring for those in need. We are also thankful for the lessons that our team learned from those in Lebanon in how they have demonstrated faith and trust in You in an unbelievably challenging environment.

And we pray for our missionaries supported by Grace Point that are serving around the world. Lord, You know their needs, and I pray that You would protect them and provide encouragement for them as they do the work you have called them to do.

And Lord, we also lift up those who are a part of the Grace Point family who are hurting and suffering, whether it be sickness, financial, family, or emotional issues, we pray that You would encourage and comfort them. For as your Word says:

“You are the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

We praise you Father, for Your gracious provision and faithfulness over many generations here at Grace Point. We are thankful for our committed staff and volunteers who serve faithfully on a regular basis and for the way that you have blessed us financially this year! We are thankful for the gutsy generosity of so many here that have chosen to give of their time, talents, and treasures regularly and sacrificially to support the ministry of this church.

So we pray for the services here today that You will be praised and honored as we worship You. Be with Dave as he shares with us what You have laid on his heart and that Your Spirit would speak through him. May we be attentive hearers and obedient doers of Your Word that is shared today.

We pray these things in the name of Jesus our Savior, Amen.

(Ken Kovalik, Elder Chairman)

Elder Prayer (2/20/22)

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)


“I have been crucified with Christ.”


Praise to You, our Almighty, Most Holy God–we praise You for the life of our Lord Jesus. What a tremendous example to us of a life lived wholly and completely to bring You glory. His was the one life ever lived in perfect harmony and intimate communication with You, Father.


Thank You for the death of Jesus, the One who bore every one of our sins on Himself to make a way for us to exchange our desolation and desperation for His perfection. We were without any hope in this world, but through Christ who strengthens us, we are more than conquerors.


And You have called us to die—to ourselves, to our sinful ways, to the cares and calls of the world, to all that money and power and human knowledge could ever get us—which is nowhere. Everything we could try to attain is a chasing after the wind. We offer ourselves, and we sacrifice everything that could stand in the way of a deeper and stronger relationship with You.


“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”


Thank You for the identity and purpose that You have given to us in Jesus Christ, that our lives can be completely bound to His.


We confess that our hearts are prone to leave You, the One we love, for fake gods, for distractions that pull us away from allowing Christ to live in us. Forgive us for working harder to win than to be winsome. Show us where we are not living like Jesus, but seeking to work in our own strength.


Thank You that Your only Son suffered to pardon us, and in His rising from the dead, He was able to overthrow the grave and to purchase our forgiveness. To this we hold, our sin has been defeated. Jesus is our one defense, our righteousness. The chains are released, and we can sing “I am free, yet not I, but through Christ in me.”


The night is dark, and there are many ways that we see the forces of evil advancing in our lives, in our nation, and in our world. Yet we know that we are not forsaken. We bring to You our deepest valleys—the hurting family members, others we love who are wandering far from You, and our own hurts.


We ask You to bring peace where wars are ready to erupt, and we plead with You to conform us more to Your image. We ask for the wisdom that comes from You, Father, that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.


“And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”


Jesus is the One who saves us in every moment of our days, and He will never leave us. So, we commit to persevere despite our own failings and shortcomings, knowing that Your power is made perfect in our own weakness.

We ask You to work powerfully in the hearts of our middle school students on their retreat this weekend, and in the high school students as they go away next weekend. Enable Jeremy Davis and all of the volunteers to display the gift of grace we have in Jesus our Redeemer, and to speak Your truth in boldness and in love to challenge and equip each student for a life of loving service to You.


We ask that You would comfort and strengthen the believers at the Amchit Baptist Church in Lebanon. Please direct the visitation ministry that involves adults and now children, and we ask that Your Spirit will break down barriers to faith in Christ and multiply the impact of the Church’s outreach. Please help Pastor Joseph as he prepares a sermon series on contemporary social issues from a Biblical perspective. Please give him wisdom in framing his messages and great power in teaching.


Jesus, our only hope is in You—so we give all the glory evermore to Your precious name. We pray that Your name would be proclaimed in each aspect of this service, we pray that You would go before and speak through Pastor Dave and that You would work powerfully through what he has to share with us in this day.


We agree with the songwriter that “when the race is complete, still my lips shall repeat, Yet not I but through Christ in me.” It is in Your name that we lift up these prayers to You. AMEN!

(Keith Brown)

Forgiveness Resources

Here is the podcast from Tim Keller on Forgiveness that Pastor Dave referenced in today’s message:

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/timothy-keller-sermons-podcast-by-gospel-in-life/id352660924?i=1000528346987

To request help reconciling with another person utilizing a Biblically based “Peacemaker” process, please contact care@gracepointpa.org.

Elder Prayer (1/16/22)

Heavenly Father,

As we walk into this new year, we realize time has a different significance for You than it does for us. You have taught us to number our days, but our numbers don’t add up to Your numbers.

Looking back at the year past, we rejoice and thank You for the many blessings from You. The good days, our health, the peace in our hearts and lives. We even thank You for the difficult days, the sad days, even illness, Father, because they can bring us nearer to You. Cause us to remember that we can do all things through You, but apart from You we can do nothing.

This new year offers us a blank canvas. Help us to fill it with an obedient heart, a listening ear, and a willing attitude submitted to You.

We ask You LORD for the remission of this virus and good health and recovery for those who are presently sick. Be with doctors and nurses that are ministering to them, as well as those that are undergoing surgery.

Father, bless and protect Your church worldwide as it comes under attack in so many ways. Guide the pastors, missionaries, teachers and leaders that honor You with their work on Your behalf. Whether it is in Lebanon, Africa, China, Bolivia, Russia or here in North America, wherever they may be, sanctify their service and make it prosperous.

Guide our Nation, open our eyes and hearts to hear You and return to You. Help us to walk in Your ways. Cause us to be willing to listen, to work together, and to promote Your peace and Your love.

Above all, this week we ask for forgiveness of our sins. The thoughts, words and deeds that have caused us to dishonor You. Renew a right spirit within us.

We come to You asking these things in the Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

(Jack Edmond)