Prayer: Our most holy God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we praise your name today because you alone are worthy of it. You are the Creator of all things, and you have made us in your image. Sadly, and with great shame, we are not much different from the church of old. We often go our own way, seeking after things that cannot and will not satisfy. You have made us to adore and worship you, but we often stray after the dead idols of this life — things that cannot hear or speak and do not love us with an infinite love as you do. Indeed, we confess that we are nothing but idol factories allowing things to sway our love and adoration for you to meaningless pursuits. With the preacher, we confess that all is vanity. Forgive us for our sinful and selfish pursuits after our own failing kingdom. Please help us, by your Spirit, to seek first your kingdom and righteousness. Purge out of us the leaven of idolatry and cause us to place pour whole hope and dependence on you. We pray these things in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Scripture Mediation: Gen. 1:27; 2:1-3; Ex. 20:1-3; Jer. 7:1-15; Ps. 34:1-3

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