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Elder's Prayer - July 8, 2018

Elder's Prayer

Please find below the notes from the Elder's Prayer this past Sunday.

Psalm 95:

1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker! 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your fathers put me to the test and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation and said, "They are a people who go astray in their heart, and they have not known my ways." 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath, "They shall not enter my rest."

Today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts. Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker... For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods!

(Prayer)

Lord, you alone are God! All others are deception and destruction.

You are our Creator and our re-Creator. For you bought us back from our own corruption.

You mercifully loved us while we were unlovely in sin. Then you exalted those whom you loved.

You gave us your name and called us your own children.

Let us now worship and bow down. Let us kneel before you, our Maker.

As we are your children, the sheep of your pasture, give us ears to hear your voice.

Let us not harden our hearts, but rather respond to you in repentance.

Even as we sing this morning of your greatness and your mercy, help us to examine ourselves, to know our own frailty, and to rest on your salvation alone.

We are yours because you loved us first.

Amen.