Daily Reading and Prayer from the worship service:
Job 32: 6-10 (MSG)
“I’m a young man, and you are all old and experienced.
That’s why I kept quiet and held back from joining the discussion.
I kept thinking, ‘Experience will tell.
The longer you live, the wiser you become.’
But I see I was wrong—it’s God’s Spirit in a person,
the breath of the Almighty One, that makes wise human insight possible.
The experts have no corner on wisdom;
getting old doesn’t guarantee good sense.
So I’ve decided to speak up. Listen well!
I’m going to tell you exactly what I think.
Job 32: 12-14 (MSG)
But let me tell you, Job, you’re wrong, dead wrong!
God is far greater than any human.
So how dare you haul him into court,
and then complain that he won’t answer your charges?
God always answers, one way or another,
even when people don’t recognize his presence.
Psalm 62: 8 (NIV)
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
Almighty God, the simple words of thank-you seem so insufficient for the blessings you provide. Your endless love and forgiveness are without limits and your compassion for this sinful world are beyond borders, beyond description and even beyond our understanding. As we come to you in prayer, we’re reminded of Elihu’s wisdom that it’s Your Spirit in a person that makes wise human insight possible.
As we look forward to the time that our congregation can once again be together in worship, we ask that you hear the many prayers from our households as we long for the fellowship and comfort that comes in worshiping your name together. Until that time, we offer our thanks to you in silent prayer….
While our congregation remains separated in body at this time, may we remember our brothers Scott MacDonald and Roger Balderston who have endured recent medical procedures. We pray for their speedy recovery and Your comforting hand as they convalesce. We also pray for Roberta MacRae and her family during her sister’s time of illness and we keep Lona Ryan close in prayer as she approaches a surgery date.
Lord, bless the lives of our recent graduates Isaac, Carol, Cale, Sheaya and Kaitlin. As they enter a new phase of their learning and continue to assume greater responsibilities in life, may your leading Spirit remain with them as they work towards their future goals and aspirations.
As Dana and Douglas travel this week to provide compassionate care to their family, may they be kept safe in Your care as our congregation keeps them close in our hearts.
Bless all those sharing in today’s service and may we be reminded that you are always with us as together, we share in Your prayer.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
and deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.