Invocation

Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018
Stephen W Hiemstra, 2018

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor are yours, because you hear our prayers, comfort us in our afflictions, and rescue us from death itself.  

We confess that we are unworthy of your affections and we thank you for teaching us to love. 

Draw us now to yourself.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts, illumine our minds, and strengthen our hands in your service. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Invocation

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Praying to Look Up

Oak Tree in Oakton, Virginia

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

How majestic is your name that over the ages men and women have looked up confusing your face with the sun in the morning and the stars at night because you above all the things that we can imagine and we praise you.

Forgive our tiny perspectives, our tendency to look at our feet, and the petty things that occupy our hearts and minds. Forgive our preoccupation with day-to-day worries and many obsessions. Forgive our selfish desires to control things and people and, most of all, our time.

Thank you for being available, for listening to our rants and prayers, and for not leaving us to our own desires.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, enlarge our perspectives. Give us hearts for the things you love. Let us know the times and seasons as you see them.

In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.

Praying to Look Up

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Confession of Hidden Sin

Roses
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

All praise and honor be to you for you live in the open and have no sin so that no one can accuse you or slander your name without bearing false witness.

We confess that our sins are both obvious and hidden, secrets that bring shame and grief that is to much to bear.

Forgive our sin, pardon the transgressions that burden us, and the iniquity that tarnish our names even when we appear unaware.

Thank you for the death and resurrection of your son, Jesus Christ, who without sin of his own bore our sin on the cross and deprived our sin of its to power to corrupt and pollute our souls.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, give us thankful hearts and minds focused on you so that our lives may be full and our example might bring others to you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Confession of Hidden Sin

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Prayer for Pastors

Foot Washing
Foot washing

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All praise and honor to you

for you have called faithful pastors

who point us to you,

the source of all joy and consolation

in whose image we are created.

In their care, may we be quick to confess our sins

and grow closer to you

where all mercy and grace may be quickly found

and our sins forgiven.

We thank you for their service, their insight, and

concern for your church.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

guide their thoughts, protect their families,

and maintain their fidelity to you.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Judgment Prayer

Painting of the crucifixion
The Crucifixion

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father,

All glory and honor to you for you have blessed us to be a blessing to others (Gen 12:1-3) and turned a day of judgment into a day of celebration through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Forgive our forgetfulness, our sloth in sharing this good news with others, even those closest to us and have even given us new opportunities to share with the foreigner, the widow, and the orphans among us. Do not condemn us for failing to witness to the Ninevites in our lives, but show us a better way.

Thank you for the many blessings of family, good health, and prosperity and for turning our tight-fistedness into generosity for your name’s sake.

Thank you especially for the saints among us that model the Christian life for our enlightenment and salvation in spite of original sin.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, draw us to yourself:

open our hearts, illumine our minds, and strengthen our hands in your service that we may rest with you today and every day.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Judgment Prayer

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Lenten Petitions

Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra
Dried, Yellow Roses, Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Holy father,

All praise and honor be yours, for “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:8)

How can we repay such a debt?

We confess that our sin defined who we were, yet you gave us a new identity in Christ.

How can we return such love?

Thank you for your example; thank you for your love.

How can we put off our shame to live in your love?

In the power of your Holy Spirit, come into our hearts; throw off our shame; heal our wounds.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

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Prayer of Presence

PA Church
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty father,

You created us in your image and ushered us into your presence honoring us more than we could ever honor you. Teach us to honor you more every day!

Forgive our unwillingness to usher others into your presence and to honor them as you have honored us. Teach us to honor those around us more every day!

Thank you for the presence of your church in our lives. May it be a light to the world and inspire us in participating in this work. Teach us to love the light and spread it more every day!

In the power of your Holy Spirit, teach us to be a non-anxious presence in our families, church, and work that your name would be praised. May we learn the names of the silent people in our lives and cherish them as friends.

Bless us that we might bless those around us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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Prayer for Healthy Limits

Fence
Photo by Stephen W. Hiemstra

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Merciful father,

May your praise be ever on my lips and may I honor you in all that I do.

I confess that I have frequently honored you with my lips and not honored you in my actions. Forgive me that I may live into the example of Jesus Christ and listen more keenly to your Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Thank you for the many blessings of this life and for the limits that you have set for us in your law and in fulfilling it in our attitudes and actions under Gospel.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

be especially near to me when I am most vulnerable to temptation and cherish private sins that threaten my life and the lives of those around me. Set boundaries and remind me of them that I may live in your grace and be a witness of it to those around me.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Prayer for Healthy Limits

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Decision Prayer

Route 28, Manassas, Virginia
Route 28, Manassas, Virgina

by Stephen W. Hiemstra

Marvelous Counselor,

I come to you daily on my knees

creator of the universe

for who is like you–

you alone are worthy of all honor and praise.

Draw me into your presence,

though I am unworthy and sin beyond measure,

in the name of Jesus Christ,

who lived a sinless life and yet died on the cross

that we might be saved.

Thank you for another day

for health and family and blessings that I do not deserve,

but cherish greatly.

Grant me the blessing of your wisdom and the strength to act on it,

help me to travel your road when other roads beckon,

help me to share your blessings with others–even when I do not feel like it.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

grant me grace and peace in the midst of anger and chaos,

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

Decision Prayer

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G328 Prayer

Diane's Painting

By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Almighty Father, Beloved Son, Spirit of Truth,

All honor and glory are yours

light of our world

in whose image we were created.

Thank you for sending your son, Jesus Christ,

into the world to reconcile us to you

that we might be reconciled to one another.

Forgive our divisions, our ruminations about the past hurts and

our speed in blaming each other for what we ourselves failed to do.

In the power of your Holy Spirit,

bring us together

help us to find unity in your community

where there is no ethnicity, no male or female, no class

to divide us any longer.

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.

G328 Prayer

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