Roper Halverson

July 30th, 2023

Our Gracious heavenly father, we come to you during this time of worship, lifting up our hearts, minds, and souls. We call upon the Holy Spirit to help center our minds from any distraction that may take us away from seeking you from any distraction that may take us away from seeking you during this worship experience. Each one of us comes to this place Lord, seeking to get to know you better, finding you in places we didn’t know to look. To find you in the songs, to find you in the words. We also know Lord, we can’t fully come to you without confessing our shortcomings. We confess our sins that we’ve committed against you personally and collectively. Help us to remember that when you forgive us, we get a fresh start, a new beginning, a new song in our heart. We all need a new beginning Lord. Mold us and Prune us not only as individuals but as a community of faith. We lift up today those who are disenfranchised, the homeless, those that are suffering health concerns, those that are struggling at work, those who are struggling to make ends meet, those who don’t know where their next meal will come from and those who cannot find a way to get away from the heat. We lift up all of our government officials and our community leaders, and ask that they seek you  as they make decisions. And Lord, we know we could continue on with those that need our prayer. That’s what you call each of us to do in our community. To love and tend to each other unconditionally. Help us Lord to not lose focus with that which you have called each of us to do. And we thank you Lord for the talents and the blessings you have provided each one of us. We celebrate you as we come to this place to worship you. Help each one of us Lord to find that new song. The song of Joy  and relief as you forgive the sins that we have committed and enter once more into a restored relationship with you. Help us to be as Abraham was when you called him, willing and able to say here I am Lord and follow whatever you call us to do or who you need us to be. Help us to remember Lord, that after you taught the disciples how to pray, you taught them how to forgive. Help us to forgive others as you have forgiven us and we thank you, Lord, that you cared enough to provide us with a way to pray, saying.

Our father, which art in heaven…