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Father,

We praise you that you are kind to the ungrateful. You are merciful. You are kind to sinners like us.

Though you would have been entirely justified to simply leave humanity to reap the consequences of our rebellion and sin against you – you did not abandon us.

We so often hear from the world around us about all the good things we supposedly deserve. The truth is that above all we actually deserve your anger and judgement since we have ignored you  – our creator  – and lived as if we were at the center of the universe.

But from before time you had a plan to show us underserved kindness and mercy – through sending your Son to bear the judgement for our Sin. Your kindness and mercy is seen most clearly in the Cross  – where He who had no sin became sin for us. You didn’t have to do this, but in Love you chose to adopt us as your children. Through faith in Christ’s death for us, we experience your favor and love. It’s an amazing thing when we think about the ways we have rebelled against you – we are truely undeserving.

Lord we specifically confess that even as your people we are often ungrateful.

  • We know your amazing provision for us in Christ, yet we grumble and complain.

  • We believe the lie that the good life is the easy and comfortable life – and we complain when we encounter difficulty.

  • Like the Israelites in the desert, we forget the promises of the gospel and focus instead on all the temporal pleasures that we feel we are missing out on. Forgive us.

Help us Lord to see more clearly your abundant provision for us in Christ and be satisfied. Help us to see how rich we really are and to rejoice in Christ – in whom are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

And we also confess that our love is often weak and worldly:

  • We so often only love those who love us.

  • We think ill of our enemies, and our thoughts are full of scheming and hate.

  • This week we have responded in kind when we have been wronged.

  • We have spoken harshly to people.

  • We have gossiped.

  • Our priority has often been our own reputation rather than the good of others.

  • We have chosen to ignore the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

For all these things we repent and ask for your forgiveness.

We ask Father for help as a church to increasingly love one another as we have been loved in Christ. As our church changes with dear brothers and sisters moving away, and many new faces joining us, help us to labor to know one another deeply and to serve another. You came not to be served but to serve and to give your life as a ransom for many. May we adopt that same posture toward one another. Help us to develop habits of foregoing our own comforts for the sake of the good of others. The Apostle Paul saw his life being about others’ progress and joy in the faith – may we approach each day with the same attitude. Through your gospel may we see the eternal value of daily acts of love toward one another.

We therefore ask, Lord, that you would cause our church to be a display of the fact that we are your disciples. May we be known as a community of people who love one another and prefer the interests of others above our own.

We pray specifically for Campus Outreach on the AU campus and Fellowship of Christian Athletes in schools and colleges in NW DC. Help O and S, and H in these endeavors. Use these ministries to bring the gospel to those who have not heard it and also to encourage students who love you to serve their classmates.

This week has been especially full of suffering in our world, and we long for a new heavens and new earth where there will be no crying, pain, and death.

  • Help the people of Mexico following the earthquake. Aid rescuers. Comfort those who mourn.

  • Help those in the Caribbean who have been hit by Hurricane Maria. Provide for physical needs in the midst of extreme devastation. Help the families of those in our midst who have been affected – may they look to you.

  • We pray for wisdom for world leaders in their interactions with North Korea. Cause all action and words to flow from careful, well-reasoned thinking. Protect lives of millions in that region. May our president understand the weight of his responsibility to speak and act with caution and wisdom.

  • In all these things may your people hold out the word of life to a world that needs to know about Christ.

Lastly, we pray for Nathan as he comes and brings to us your word in a few minutes. Help him as he preaches and us as we listen. May we all be changed. We are confident that your word will not return void but will accomplish the purpose for which you send it.

In Christ’s name, Amen.

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