Jesus, my LORD,
You are the God who knows us better than we know ourselves. You know our weaknesses, sorrows and sins; nothing is hidden from You. You saw us and came to earth, and You accomplished here what You came to do. As you read from Isaiah in the synagogue in Nazareth, You proclaimed how your earthly ministry would unfold. Your Word tells us we are to walk in the way You walked.
[1 John 2:6]
We have been meeting together to discern where You are calling us to join with You in service to those in this community. We have seen four places where You are already at work. Will we answer your call to live as your disciples now in this community or will we turn our backs on You and your Word? You did not overlook anyone who came to you; You still look at us and see us-even when the world is willing to overlook or ignore us. We are all broken, sinful people in need of your saving grace. Send your Holy Spirit, we pray, to convict us of our need to walk in your way, if we truly want to be your disciples.
Blessed be You, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 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 You. [2 Corinthians 1: 3-4] I will give thanks to You, LORD, because of your righteousness and will sing praise to your name, the Most High God. [Psalm 7: 17] We will give You thanks in the great assembly; among throngs of people, we will praise You. [Psalm 35: 18] You, LORD, are our King and Redeemer, the LORD of Hosts. You are the first and the last; besides You there is no god. [Isaiah 44:6] May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever. AMEN.