Prayer: Father in heaven, we praise your name today because you are good and kind, a God of steadfast love and compassion. You have redeemed a people and established a holy people chosen by sovereign mercy. Because of your love demonstrated on the offering of your Son, we have peace with you. We thank you that he is the king and head of the church — a church that will never fail.

We confess to you our transgressions and sin. Often our minds and hearts are drawn to the fleeting things of this life. Forgive us. Help us to set our minds on things above.

We pray for your church. We ask that you would guide and direct her. Help your elders and pastors to shepherd your people with love and care. Give wisdom to these men as they seek to be faithful to you and guide your people, especially in these difficult days. Help ministers as they prepare to preach your Word. Grant to them insight and wisdom. Give them your Spirit so they may carefully and adequately interpret your Word. We pray these things in Christs’ Name. Amen.

Scripture Meditation: Ex. 34:1-9; Eph. 1; Rom. 5:8; 1 Pet. 2:9-10; Matt. 16:18; Col. 3; Acts 20:28

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