“I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.”
God of Heaven, we gather as your people from places across the world to seek your guidance for the church. We ask that you fill the hearts of the faithful and drive away our own desires and thoughts. Give us the mind of Christ, give us the heart of Christ, and give us the voice of Christ that we may think, feel and speak in your ways only. Mercy, grace and forgiveness are the cornerstones of Christ’s life on earth and his service to others. Grant us that same foundation that we may share it with others. For when the world is shaken by the storms of life, when all things seem broken and fractured, you remain steadfast and solid. Our church history is riddled with times when our own sin has removed us from your will. And today we ask that where we have been misguided and deceived by well-crafted arguments that are not grounded in your Spirit, forgive us. We seek to be wise people who build the church upon the rock of your love. We seek a fresh falling of your Spirit for our church, that your love would speak loudly in our lives and that the world might know whom we follow by the way that we love those around us. Open our ears that we may hear your voice calling us to deeper water and deeper relationship with you. Speak into our hearts and drive away any doubts or fears, cast away our sin so that we might draw close to you. Gather us into your arms and still our own voices, opinions, and minds that we may only hear the still small voice of your grace filled mercy and forgiveness. Open our eyes to see your face in those we encounter today. We open our hands to be filled with your work that we might share your love to those you have called us to serve in Christ’s name. Amen.
Seeking only YOU (inhale)
We listen intently (exhale)
**Prepared by Rev. Julia Norman, Deacon, South Georgia Conference