Elder Prayer (11/27/22)

At last Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Eve service, Steve encouraged us using a familiar verse in 1 Thessalonians, to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

We’re going to devote this morning’s time of corporate prayer to be one of thanks for the many mercies, blessings and answers to prayer that the Lord has provided through the various ministries of the church this year.

Father, it is truly good to give thanks to You, to sing praises to Your name, to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your faithfulness by night. You provide just what’s needed, at just the right time.

When we take time to recount Your wonderful goodness to us, we can’t help but be humbled, awed and thankful. So we do so now.

As we think about our Children’s and Student Ministries, what an overwhelming joy to see all that You have done Father, bringing so many kids and students to volunteers and leaders who are waiting with open hearts and arms so they might know You. For Jeremy, Sophie, Ann and all who serve, thank You for their passion, energy and commitment. May they be encouraged as they see the numbers grow and fruit borne as these young people become followers of You and ambassadors for Jesus in their homes and schools.

Father, You are also growing our men and women’s ministries, as more and more come to special events, Bible studies and groups to fellowship, study and grow to be the men and women of God You’ve called them to be. Thank You for Tom, Sharon and the many leaders who serve so faithfully each week and may they continue to see Your mighty hand at work as You provide the increase in numbers and changed hearts.

We rejoice that our young adults and professionals are cared for by Glenn & Lynn and Steve & Corina, and that You are using these groups to teach us all that life is to be lived with purpose, excitement and hope. And for Shirley, Joyce, Alice and our Prime Time group who remind us that the word “retirement” is found nowhere in the Bible, as they remain active, engaged and serve, thank You.

Father, as our groups continue to grow and thrive, we are so thankful for the many new faces we see here in this room Sunday mornings, and how You are using the quiet faithfulness of the Hospitality Ministry under Joan’s leadership to help each soul entering through the doors feel welcomed. Starting Point groups continue that process of connection, and we’re so thankful for them and those who serve in leading them. All of our groups, Father, help us each be known, cared for, encouraged and challenged. Thank You for this labor of love that Dale and the Groups Lead Team so capably guide and encourage.

Lord Jesus, what a blessing it is that You have provided us a Care Team whose hearts are filled with Your compassion and lives are lived in sacrifice to the distressed and dispirited among us. For the many hours of conversation, counsel, prayer and care all under Eileen and Linda’s coordination, thank You that when we hurt, these precious servants are Your arms wrapped around us to remind us it’s going to be OK.

And that prayer and care isn’t just limited to our church family here but displayed to many near and far, including all of our missionary partners serving You through each step they take and every conversation they make, all around the world. Thank You for Joan and Holly’s careful watch over them. Father, although we waited long to make our first trip to our brothers and sisters in Lebanon, we’re so thankful that Your timing was perfect as Denise and the team forged bonds of love that will serve as the runway for many trips and interactions in the future. Thank You that we are seeing the spark of mutual encouragement and support with Amchit and Horizon’s lit into a flame that will shine the light of Jesus in a darkened world, there and here.

It’s so easy for us to take for granted our Worship Team under Darrell’s direction, as we come and enjoy music played excellently for You that seems to carry us into Your very presence Father. May we not forget the hours of preparation and practice our Worship Team sacrifices each week, and the stresses and pressures of life that they lay aside to help us experience Your awe and beauty in Spirit and in Truth. Thank You for them.

Behind everything we see and experience are those that You have gifted with talent and creativity, under Steve’s leadership in Arts and Communication. Thank You that they dream of new and exciting ways to help make every meeting and event come alive for us in ways that glorify You the Great Creator of all. We give thanks to You for bringing Kae to us and the vital part he is playing behind that curtain.

Underneath all that we do Father, is the sure support of Bill, Sharon, Laura, David, Tom, Howie and the whole team who work to ensure that we have the needed resources, applied to the right areas at the just the right time and all the necessary administration that keeps it all organized. Thank You for all You have provided to us, the time, talent and treasure of this church that You use to further Your Kingdom, and the spirit of generosity that again and again is displayed when the call goes forth, including most notably for the roof replacement. May each of us continue to be conduits of the abundance that You provide so that more and more bridges can be built for life change through You Lord Jesus.

And Father, we give thanks to You for our Pastors, Dave, Steve and Jeremy, who give up so much that most of us will never see to ensure that we as a flock are fed, cared for and loved. We are so thankful that each week they declare Your message to us, that we need to hear, so that our lives can be transformed to be more fully committed followers of You Lord Jesus. May they be reassured through the very real presence of Your Spirit that they are loved, needed, and in the center of Your will here with us. And for our Elders who give of themselves to ensure we’re known, led and protected, thank You.

How much more could we say Father, You’re allowing us to see lives touched and drawn, walls broken down and hearts changed as Your Spirit works through countless Bible studies, Life Groups, mentoring sessions, one-on-ones, breakfasts, camps, retreats, food drives, baby bottles, baby showers, quilting, Women’s Outreach & Fellowship, pickle ball games and special events like the upcoming One Winter Night and Women’s Tea. May we always remember that no burden is too great and no cost is too high for the joy of seeing one lost traveler found and restored to where they belong, with You in Your family.

We need to pause and take time to give You true and heartfelt thanks Father, because we need to be reminded how helpless we really are and how good You truly are and how it all only and ever comes from Your loving hands. Everything You send to us is necessary, and nothing can be necessary that You withhold.

And we pray this prayer of thanks this morning only because You did not withhold Your very self from us, but provided Your precious Son, our Lord Jesus, at just the right time, as a helpless baby, to live among us, serve us, suffer and die for us so that we, who had rebelled against You, could be reconciled to You. He was born to die that we might live, He came to earth new life to give. We’re adopted as Your children and loved beyond measure. For this most of all, we give thanks.

May we ever be reminded that Your steadfast love reaches to the Heavens, and Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Thank You, Father.


(Dave Kneller, Elder)

Elder Prayer (11/13/22)

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house, and You give them drink from the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light. (Psalm 36:5-9)

Heavenly Father,

You are El-Shaddi, God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth. You are our Provider, Jehovah-Jireh.

We come to You this morning confessing our sin and seeking Your forgiveness. Guide us in Your ways that we may stay close to You. Wrap us in Your love to enable us to love those around us.

We pray for comfort for those among us who are mourning the loss of a loved one, for healing for those that are hurting or facing a medical procedure, and for understanding for those in despair. Provide for us Your peace in our lives, dear God, that we may endure and proclaim Your truth and reflect Your love daily.

We rejoice with the returning Lebanon Team, who have named themselves “The Cedar Six.” Thank You for the safety, kindness and provision You supplied this past week to them, to those they came in contact with and to their families while they were away.

Please continue to guide and direct Dr. Sheryl Vasso as she finishes up her teaching this morning at the Women’s Retreat – “Reflecting Christ ~ Living Out Authentic Faith” – at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference.

We also rejoice for the work being done in the Children’s Ministry and the Student Ministry. We ask that You will continue to be with Sophie and Pastor Jeremy and those who work in ministry alongside them. We pray each child and teen will come to know You and put their trust in You, that You would guide each one in the decisions that are before them.

Dear God, lead the people of this nation, the Unites States of America, back to Your word and Your ways. For Your ways are higher than our ways, and Your thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the many blessings You have bestowed. Continue to provide for our daily bread, and help us walk past temptation.

We ask all this in the precious name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Jack Edmond, Elder

Elder Prayer (10/30/22)

Thank You, our great and loving Father, for providing Pastor Dave Wolf, and Pastor Steve Weir, and Pastor Jeremy Davis! We need men like these pastors who bring us back to You, who pray for us and with us, who encourage us in our walk with You and model that for us, and who challenge us to see our lives from Your perspective.  

Thank You, too, for all of the ministry staff who do so many things that help build Your kingdom—here at Grace Point and around the world, from budgeting to paying the bills, from preparing for inspiring meetings to cleaning up after meetings, from helping to organize small group leaders to developing teams of volunteers. Everything that goes into even just one ministry week here at Grace Point depends on Your Spirit working and equipping. Thank You that You are using each of these staff to serve consistently and faithfully. And thank You for helping them to be adept at flexing with all of the plot twists that come with serving the Body of Christ.

We ask that Your Spirit move powerfully in the hearts of the 27 youth on the retreat this weekend. Use Jeremy Davis and each of his volunteers to listen well to the students, to share the truth of Jesus’ love, and to call them to faith and to holiness.  Thank You for many answers to prayers for last week’s Men’s Retreat, and we ask You to do Your work to transform hearts during the Women’s Retreat in two weeks.

In the same way, please bring to bear Your transformational power at Amchit Baptist Church in Lebanon. They are broken in so many ways, yet their hope is in You, Lord! And direct all of the paths of our Grace Point team as they go to be there this week. May they work together in unity.

We ask Your Spirit to encourage and equip members of each Grace Point small group, in the marriages, in every family, and within the hearts of each person here today (or joining online). May the strength of Your unending love be the driving force that holds each of us close to You and pours out love through us to others. Please mold each one of us into instruments of Your peace in our schools, homes, neighborhoods, and at work—and anywhere You take us.

We confess that we have not been as loving toward others as You have called us to be. Instead, we get into comparisons and envy what others have, we boast and forget that all we have is from You. Father, please forgive us! You have every reason to give up on us the way that we sometimes give up ourselves, but instead Your love is unceasing and unfailing. You love us so much better than we love ourselves.

Father, we ask for Your strength to face this day—and all of the days to come—filled with the wisdom that comes from You, that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere [James 3:17b].

Just as Jesus was patient and kind, may we also exhibit Your supernatural kindness and patience. As He did not envy or boast, was not arrogant or rude, did not insist on His own way, was never irritable or resentful, and did not rejoice at wrongdoing, may we live today and every day like our Master.

Let us rejoice with the truth, and bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things, even as Jesus did. For Your honor, help our love—supplied, refreshed, and overwhelmed by Yours—to never end [I Corinthians 13:4-8a)]

We pray all of this in the name of our Savior, Jesus! AMEN!

~Keith Brown, Elder

Prayer for Lebanon FOCUS Team

Acts 13: 1-5: “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers and while they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.  So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they sailed to Cyprus and when they arrived, they proclaimed the word of God…”

Lord, as we at Grace Point have set apart this team to go to Lebanon in a few weeks, we ask for Your blessing and protection as they do the work to which You have called them! As in the book of Acts, we send them off that they will proclaim the Word of God through their love, their service, and their empathy as they interact with our partners at the Amchit church and with the Horizons staff in Beirut.

Father, even as each one here has been faced with attacks of the Enemy over the past few days and weeks, yet they are here as willing and obedient servants ready to go and serve and we thank You for that! We pray for Your loving arms of protection around each one both physically and spiritually as they hold up their “shield of faith to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.”  For we know that our struggle and their “struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forms of evil in the heavenly realms”. So we pray that You would bind Satan and put a hedge of protection around this team and sustain them as they prepare to go. Keep them healthy in the weeks ahead so they can be effective instruments in Your hands as they serve. 

May Your Spirit go ahead of them and prepare the hearts of those with whom that they will be serving, as well as their own, that they all would be open to the lessons that You want to teach them and that they can learn from each other.

We thank You for the privilege that is ours here at Grace Point to have the opportunity pray for them and support them as we send them out. May we as a church remember to lift them up daily as they prepare and as they are there in Lebanon.

We pray that all the logistical plans that have been made would work out according to Your good purposes so through all things You would receive the glory!

So as we commission this team to go, we commit them to You in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, Amen!

(Ken Kovalik, Elder Chairman)

Elder Prayer (10/9/22)

Father in Heaven, You are our salvation and our strength. Who else is like You? To whom else can we turn? You are holy and just, yet Your mercy is boundless and Your grace immeasurable. You dwell in infinite eternal majesty, yet You draw close to the broken hearted and to all who call on You in truth.

Remind us this day of Your loyal love displayed through the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus, who gave up infinite love and glory with You to come here, become like us, live among us, and suffer and die on a cross for us. All so we could come to You. May He be lifted higher and receive all of the praise and glory in all that we do here this morning.

Father, as we rise each morning to face our challenges, feeling so inadequate, help us to hear Your Spirit’s whisper that Your grace is sufficient and Your power is made perfect in our weakness. May we know that The Holy Hindrances we struggle with are specially designed by You to help us realize how utterly helpless we truly are, and of our deep need for You in every aspect of our lives.

We know that You care deeply about what is broken in our lives, and in this world, and we’re reminded that You are making all things new. Lord Jesus, Your death and resurrection are a promise for us that neither evil nor suffering, nor broken relationships, physical ailments, financial issues, cancer, not even death have the last word. Certainly, You are coming soon. Thank You for this true and steadfast hope.

Father, some of us this morning don’t believe that You exist, or don’t believe You are powerful enough, or simply don’t believe You care. We lay all of our fears, questions, doubts and needs before You, knowing that Your Spirit is able to quietly speak to each situation and struggle, gently reminding us that Faith is believing what You have said in Your Word, not what we see or feel.

We have many plans Father, individually, and corporately as a church. While it’s natural for us to wish and to plan, help us see that it‘s also merciful for You to sometimes disappoint our plans and to frustrate our wishes to wean us from our own wills and make us simply desirous of being directed by Your loving hand, regardless of the outcome. Use these Holy Interruptions to remind us that You are God and we are not, and that You’re more concerned with obedience than with output.

We lay before You the upcoming retreats, for our men, women and students, as they gather together to encourage and be encouraged. May Your Spirit be felt amongst them all, as they grow together in community, learning and love.

We lay before You the various events we have planned for families and kids, like Kids Focus Party, Trunk or Treat, and Own Winter Night. May these be used by You to draw those to You as they see us love as You loved.

We continue to ask You for provision, protection and promise for our team leaving for Lebanon in a few weeks. As they prepare to go, help each of us to pray daily for them in faith that Your purposes will be accomplished.

In all we do, help us Lord Jesus be the salt and light You’ve called us to be in a world hurdling out of control toward an eternity without You. Outside of these walls a dying world in desperation calls. Help each of us to have open ears and hearts to respond to that call.

We lift up to You our Pastors, Elders and staff who labor many hours, in sacrificial silence, due to their deep love for You and desire to see more people become fully committed followers of Jesus. We lift up to You our many missionaries who labor in unknown places around the world and have given up so much, all to see Your Kingdom increase. We lift up to You our brothers and sisters in Lebanon, laboring with Horizons and at Amchit Church, who long to see their families, friends and neighbors come to know Your Amazing Grace.

In all of our labors, You’ve said that we will encounter trials and tribulations, and suffer and feel real pain. We will experience what appears to us as setbacks and disappointments. But,

When stormy winds against us break,
establish and reinforce our will.
Hear us for Your own name’s sake
Lord, hold us in strength and hold us still.

Still as the faithful mountains stand
through the long silent years of stress.
So would we wait at Your right hand
in quietness and steadfastness.

But not of us, this strength, O Lord
and not of us, this constancy.
Our trust is Your eternal Word
Your presence, our security.

(Amy Carmichael)

We pray this all as we stand in Your presence ready to hear Your Word, covered by the blood of Your Precious Son Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world; our Savior, Lord, and friend.


(David Kneller, Elder)

A Heavenly Perspective

“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

The art activity sparked a newfound appreciation of my students’ surroundings. Excitement replaced boredom.

It began like any other assignment. The objective: create a project that looked like a stained-glass window. Students’ responses: routine. Void of excitement.

Students helped distribute colorful strips of plastic paper. Every student received three colors: blue, red, and yellow. They were told to cut out small piecesand glue them on a large piece of clear paper using rubber cement.

Then the magic happened. The children couldn’t resist looking through the colorful paper. The mood of the classroom became instantly transformed. The room erupted with exuberant observations.

“Wow! Look at that! Awesome! Oh, everything’s SO PRETTY!”

Looking through colorful paper altered my students’ attitudes. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could instantly change our view of suffering?

I wonder. If I looked at my situation through God’s love lens, would my attitude change?

When I begin my day reading His Word, He reveals wonderful things. God’s Word has the same effect as the colored paper. I notice the beauty of His creation. “Wow! Look at that!” I sense His presence and feel His peace. “Awesome!” My focus shifts from the pain and fatigue of my Multiple Sclerosis to His power. Reminding me that in my weakness He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9). It becomes easier for me to yield my life to Him. My infirmity, then, becomes God’s opportunity.

I clearly see that He cares for me with power and tenderness. “See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power … He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young (Isaiah 40:10-11).”

I discover sparkling jewels. Like confident peace, embedded in a familiar verse. “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

My eyeglasses help me have 20/20 vision. The Bible, God’s love lens, helps me see eternity.

Dear Father,
Thank You for Your Word that sustains me. It corrects my blurry vision of pain and brings Your purposes into focus. Help me see my situation as You’d have me view it. In Jesus’ name, Amen

When you look through God’s love lens and read His Word, what excites you? What leaves you in awe?

~ Vicki Chandler (for our Care Ministries)

Elder Prayer (8/28/22)

I’d like to read two short passages from God’s Word and a poem as we prepare our hearts for prayer together this morning.

In the 121st Psalm it says:

“The one who watches over you will not slumber, Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps The Lord himself watches over you.” (Psalm 121:3-4)

In the 4th chapter of Mark’s Gospel, a furious windstorm flares up as Jesus and His disciples are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee in the evening to go over to the other side. While the disciples are in a panic as the boat is overtaken by the wind and waves, it says about Jesus:

“Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with His head on a cushion. The disciples woke Him up, shouting, ‘Teacher, don’t You care that we’re going to drown?’” (Mark 4:38)

Now a poem by Amy Carmichael who was a missionary in India for many years.

“You are the Lord who slept upon the pillow, You are the Lord who soothed the furious sea, What does it matter beating wind and tossing billow If only we are in the boat with Thee?

Hold us in quiet through the age-long minute While You are silent, and the wind is shrill:
Can the boat sink while You, dear Lord, are in it?
Can our hearts faint if we quietly wait on Your will?” – Amy Carmichael

Let’s pray.

Lord Jesus,

We gather together this morning; each in our own boats, tossed to and fro, with sometimes heart-wrenching and dangerous waves leaping over the bow.

Our cares are often overwhelming, and like those 12 men that night, we fret feeling that You must have fallen asleep in the back of our boat, careless as to our condition.

“Why are you afraid?” You asked them. And You ask the same of us today.

You slept in the back of that boat because You had the calm assurance that Your Father was in complete control, working out His purposes, His will. Your heart was quiet in that perfect will, and You needed rest that night. And so do we.

As we gather together here this morning to bring to You our joys, thankfulness, worries, cares, concerns, pains, fears and doubts, may we be reminded that everything is necessary that You send our way; nothing can be necessary that You withhold.

You assigned those 12 men to get into that boat that evening, knowing that the storm would come, but that they would be with You, and You were in Your Father’s will. No better or safer place on earth existed at that moment.

Give us quiet hearts to be content with Your wise and loving assignments, because You love us and will never leave us. Help us remember that in the curriculum for our lives that You’ve laid out, the things about which we’re tempted to complain are likely the very instruments you’ve allowed into our lives to shape us into what You want us to be, Your children.

We pause now and come to You with our thanks and our many needs, remembering that only the truly helpless, truly pray.

Father, we rejoice that Marge Edmond’s initial treatment was successful, and we pray for continuing success during tomorrow’s proceedings and speedy recovery for her, and peace of heart for Jack.

We rejoice in the provision of a new member of our administrative team and we ask You to bless Lynne as she brings her heart and skill to this position and for her to assimilate well onto the team. Thank You for her love for this church.

Father, we rejoice in the provision made for the roof. As we come this morning with such grateful hearts, we pray that the new roof will provide shelter for many in the years to come, in the same way that we’ve enjoyed its shelter these many years.

We rejoice in the outpouring of love and support for Esperanza, and we pray that the Moms and babies in need would feel our love for them, as we pray for them and continue on in finding ways to put feet to our faith in blessing them in their time of need.

We hold in our hearts and in prayer Roy Britton, please guide the medical staff to identify the cause of the problem and give them wisdom to treat it. We know You are holding Roy in Your Hands and we look to You for his protection, healing and recovery.

We pray for Denise, Joan and the FOCUS team as they plan for an exciting trip to Lebanon this fall. As you gather together the team that will go, may they be reassured that their assignment does not require performance, but only a response in simple faith, resting in the knowledge that whatever may come, with You in their boat, they will have all they need to do all the work You’ve called them to.

We ask You to continue to use our brothers and sisters in Lebanon as they undergo trials of many kinds while living out the Gospel. May they feel Your steadfast presence and peace that comes from knowing that You will never leave them nor forsake them.

There are many that we have sent and support Father, who are at this very moment in parts of the world unknown to many of us, but are moving ahead with their assignment. We pray that the seeds planted, watered and tended by them would bear much fruit that You would allow them to see and be encouraged by.

Father, our staff loves us, serves us, and leads us in being equipped for each of our assignments. As they put their hands to the oars to take us to the other side of the lake, may they be protected from the dangers of the storm as well as the deceit of the sea’s stillness, finding blessed assurance in only that You are with them and not in any wind in their sails. Allow them the peace to rest on the pillow with You, knowing there is no better or safer place they will ever be.

We lift up to You our many plans as we look to a new ministry year, the Video Scavenger Hunt, Pastor Jeremy’s ordination celebration, Connection Sunday, building the Children’s Ministry Leadership team, startup of many small groups and Bible studies, retreats and so much more. Provide and protect as we endeavor to live out the Gospel in this church so that all those around us would see what we do here and be drawn to You.

Father, many of us have prayers that we’re unable to utter this morning. Needs so great, pain so sharp, memories that are un-eraceable. May Your Spirit intercede on our behalf with these inner groanings and may that same Spirit hold us in our age long minute and bring the comfort and peace we so desire as we wait on You for relief in our helpless estate.

We thank You Father for the faithful delivery of Your Word to us each and every week by our Pastors.

May Your Word delivered this morning truly be the light of our way; what You say help us do, where You send help us go, without fear but in love, trust and simple obedience, knowing that in acceptance of Your will lies the peace we earnestly seek, regardless of the storms raging around us.

We pray this all for Your glory, in honor of Your Sovereign purposes, and according to Your perfect will, and all because of what Your precious Son Jesus did for us who left being with You to come, serve, suffer, die and rise on high conquering death, hell and the grave all so that we could be reconciled to You and be with You forever. Thank You for this assurance that our hearts can rest in quietly, no matter the storm.


Dave Kneller, Elder

Elder Prayer (8/21/22)

When we pray today, let’s do something that Jesus encouraged all of His disciples to do! Let’s use the model of the Disciples’ Prayer, what we refer to as “The Lord’s Prayer.”

In Matthew 6, before giving us this prayer, Jesus says not to be like the hypocrites who love to be seen by others—being seen is their only reward—but instead to pray in the quietness of our hearts to receive the reward of being closer to Him.

He also tells us not to “heap up empty phrases,” thinking that “more is better,” but instead of trying to impress God, we need only to be with Him, to just pour out our hearts, to just rest in the knowledge that He knows just what we need.

I’ll start off each phrase of the prayer, then add some phrases to prompt our thinking (including a few verses from Psalm 27), and then we will each pray (in the stillness) more of that same theme. Let’s pray:

“Our Father in heaven,” we thank You that You are the one true God, that You are the King of Kings, and that You have adopted us into Your forever family! We love being Your people, and we praise You for all of the ways that you are a good and loving Father to us.

“Your name is holy” and You never change. You are pure beyond measure. We, on the other hand, are inclined to impure and unholy thinking and living. Thank You for calling us to be holy like You, and for giving us salvation in Jesus so that we can come before You, Holy One, clothed in His righteousness, and reflect Your holiness. David said, “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in his temple.” We praise You for Your holiness.

We ask that ‘Your kingdom would come,” and be firmly established here on earth in the same way that Your Kingdom is eternally secure in heaven. In Psalm 27, David praises You, saying, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Please reign as our King in our own hearts…in the homes represented in this church…and here in our community…and throughout this nation…and in the entire world…”

And instead of asking You to do things our way, we pray that “Your will would be done.” Please accomplish Your purposes in Your way so that You receive the honor and thanks. We yield our will and way to Your perfect will.

“Please give to us, Your people here are Grace Point, in this day our daily bread.” We ask that in this day, You would provide for each of us exactly what You know to be best for us. We bring these requests to You—the things that are most important and weighing on our hearts… We ask for Margie Edmond who had surgery yesterday that You would bring her excellent care and healing.

David says in Psalm 27: “Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek My face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” We think of our brothers and sisters at Amchit Baptist Church in Lebanon and ask You to provide for each of their needs, and especially for wisdom and guidance. Help them and us to seek Your face continually.

And please “forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Lord, bring to our minds any unresolved conflict or dispute that we have with other people. Give us the grace, and turn our hearts to forgive them.

And now we bring before You what we have done, the words we have spoken (or left unspoken) and the attitudes of our hearts that are not pleasing to You—we confess these to You now.

…thank You that we can be confident that the sins we have confessed are forgiven and You have purified us from all unrighteousness.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” We echo David’s prayer when he says: “When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” Lord, we bring to You the enemies that are seeking to pull us away from You and we ask for Your Spirit to hide us in Your shelter in the day of trouble…to lift us high upon a rock. Encamp around us, protect us powerfully, and deliver us from whatever would seek to undo us. Rescue us and hold us close to You. We give to You all that You bring to mind that has an evil influence in any of our lives and we renounce each of these things.

You are the Almighty God, and in Psalm 27, we’re encouraged to “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” David says, “I will offer …sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”…and we do the same!

As we continue in worship, we who walk in freedom and bear the name of Christ acknowledge that Your name, dear Jesus, is the highest and the greatest! And it’s in His matchless name that we pray, AMEN!

Keith Brown, Elder

Elder Prayer (8/14/22)

As we have been going through our “Beloved” series on the life of David this summer, from time to time we have looked at various Psalms that he wrote during his challenging path to becoming King of Israel. As we go to prayer this morning, I will be reading some familiar verses from Psalm 27, another Psalm written by David.

Reading from Ps 27:1-3; 7-14
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.

Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Lord, we are thankful once again for this opportunity to come to You in prayer and worship together with others in this place! You have blessed us in so many ways, and we give You praise for Your love and faithfulness to this body of believers! Thank You for our worship team and how they have led us in worshiping and praising You today!
Thank You, Lord for these words of David that have been preserved for us in Your Word! Thank You that You are our Light, our Salvation, and the Stronghold of our lives whom we can turn to every moment of the day!

Thank You for Your mercy and that You do not reject us, though we sometimes reject You and are rejected by others. As we confess our sins to You this morning, we are thankful that You are faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness! And thank You for the confidence that You give us that we will see Your goodness as we wait on You, and You provide strength to see us through life’s challenges and difficulties.

So we lift up those who are joining us today or who a part of our family here at Grace Point who are hurting or struggling in various ways. May they be encouraged by Your Word and Your Spirit as they wait on You for healing or deliverance from their trial. May we also, as brothers and sisters in Christ, surround them with love, prayer and encouragement.

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Lebanon at the Horizons ministry and the church in Amchit. May they also find strength in Your Word as Your Spirit guides them. Thank You for the partnership that we have with them and be with Denise and the FOCUS team as they plan for a trip to Lebanon later this year. We ask that all the logistics be worked out and that the people from here who go would be the ones that You want so your purposes can be accomplished.

We pray for our other missionary partners that You would guide and protect them so their ministry and calling would be effective and that You shield them from the Enemy. We pray the same for our staff, elders, and volunteers here at Grace Point, that we would be led by You, the Chief Shepherd of the church. Keep us unified by your Spirit as we work together to serve You.

And Lord as Dave leads us this morning with the message that You have laid on his heart, may the words that he says be guided by Your Spirit and may we be open and receptive to the message that You have for each of us. May we not only be good hearers of the Word but be good doers as well as we apply it to our lives this week.

We ask this in the name of Jesus our Savior and Lord, Amen!

Ken Kovalik, Elder Chair

Elder Prayer (7/31/22)

Psalm 23 (ESV)

Our Gracious Heavenly Father,

We gather this morning to praise Your holy Name and honor You. We thank You for shepherding and caring for us and for providing for our needs. Thank You for the comfort and peace You provide — not the peace the world understands, but rather Your calm assurance in the midst of a storm. Thank You for Your saving grace and forgiveness of sin through the sacrifice and blood of You Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

No matter the circumstances we face, You have promised to be with us. We are not alone. You stand with us and comfort us.

We ask now that You be with those among us who are presently having difficult days: grieving the loss of a loved one, dealing with illness or facing a surgery, having financial worries, the loss of a job, marital or family issues. We pray to You and ask for solutions, provision and comfort for whatever the problem may be.

We thank You for the youth who returned from Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. Thank You for the week they enjoyed and for all of the leaders who chaperoned them.

We thank You for the Children’s Ministry and those who teach and volunteer to provide in that important area of ministry. We seek Your guidance for the start of the Special Needs Ministry. Please provide volunteers and resources.

Thank You for the safe return of Pastor Dave. Thank You for the work and dedication of the pastoral staff, as well as the entire staff of Grace Point.

We praise You, Father, for the love that You have poured out and continue to pour over us. We ask all of our requests in the matchless Name of the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Jack Edmond (Elder)