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National Day of Prayer: May 4, 2017

Thursday, May 4, 2017

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The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. Created by a join Congressional resolution 1952 and signed into law by President Truman, it has become a uniting observance for people of all faiths. Click here to visit the National Day of Prayer web site. This year’s theme is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us! It was taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God…”.

National Prayer

Hear Us…Forgive us…Heal us!

We worship You, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  You are the living God of our nation’s founding fathers: George Washington, John Adams, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and many others.  When we pledge our allegiance, it’s as one nation under You.  Every time we use American money to buy or sell, we make the statement that in You we have placed our trust.

We acknowledge that You are the One who has set us high above all the nations on the earth. You have made us the head and not the tail.  We have led the free world. The whole world has known that we are identified with You, and they have respected us.

Again and again, You have given us victory over our enemies. You have blessed us when we have gone out and when we have come in. You have blessed us in our bustling cities and in our beautiful countryside. You have blessed our “fruited plain” so that we have had an abundance for ourselves and for others. You have opened up the storehouse of Your bounty, and have blessed the work of our hands. You have given us unprecedented prosperity so that in the past we have lent to many nations but been debtor to none.[1]

We now turn to You as the God of Our Fathers.   You alone are our Hope for the future.  If we as a nation do not get right with You, no one in Washington or in our state capitols can reverse the downward moral and spiritual spiral that has become a free fall and is provoking Your judgment. We approach You now with fear and trembling, as we confess our national sins:

We confess national addiction to sex. To money. To pleasure. To entertainment. To pornography.  To technology. To drugs. To alcohol. To food. To television. To popularity. To ourselves.

We confess we no longer fear You, and thus we have not even the beginning of wisdom with which to handle the vast knowledge we possess.

We confess our foolishness of denying You as the one, true, living God, our Creator to whom we are accountable, living as though our lives are a cosmic accident with no eternal significance, purpose or meaning.

We confess our greed that has run up trillions of dollars of national debt.

We confess our arrogance and pride that has led us to think we are sufficient in ourselves.

We confess to believing that the prosperity of our nation has been great because we are great while refusing to acknowledge that all blessings come from Your hand.

We confess that we depend upon our military might and our weapons systems to protect us from harm and danger, while denying, defying, and ignoring You.

We confess that we have allowed the material blessings You have given us to deceive us into thinking we don’t need You.

We confess that we live as though material wealth and prosperity will bring happiness.

We confess that we have marginalized truth and mainstreamed lies.

We confess choices that reveal we would rather live in bitterness, resentment, and anger, rather than forgive those who have hurt us or acknowledge our own wrongdoing.

We confess that we have become one nation under many gods, divided and polarized, with license to sin and justice that no longer follows the rule of law.[2]

Therefore, we turn to You with tears of shame and a heart of fear for the judgment we are provoking. We repent of our sin. Please, God of Our Fathers, do not back away from us. Do not remove Your hand of blessing on us. As we return to You with humility…With sincerity…Out of necessity…With a desperate sense of urgency.  Please! Return to us! Hear our prayer. Forgive our sin. Heal our land. 

For the Glory of Your Great Name…JESUS.

Amen

Anne Graham Lotz

Some content is drawn from Deuteronomy 28:1-14

Some of these confessions have been taken with permission from The Daniel Prayer, Anne Graham Lotz, Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016

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Spirituality and You: Listen Up

Monday, May 1, 2017

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“When people speak from outrage and anger, when they talk about arguments and conflicts, listen carefully. They are telling you what is important to them. They are telling you their values.”
–Hildy Gottlieb

In this quote, Hildy encourages us to listen up. When people talk blame and conflict they are really talking about values. As she instructs: reframe the blame and conflict into values and see beyond the story.

When you are caught in a maze of blame, anger and conflict, ask yourself these questions:
–What is important to that person? Ask this several times if necessary until the answer seems right.
–What is important about that?
–Why is that important to him/her?

Listen through the lens of compassion so you can unlock your next steps. This approach is part of the process that Hildy calls Catalytic Thinking. It is an important and effective method of bringing people together.

–Charter for Compassion.org<http://Compassion.org>

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Spirituality and You

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Eleven Ways to Practice Resurrection Now

Refuse to identify with negative, blaming, antagonistic, or fearful thoughts (though you cannot stop “having” them.)
Apologize when you hurt another person or situation.
Undo your mistakes by some positive action toward the offended person or situation.
Do not indulge or believe your False Self—that which is concocted by your mind and society’s [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday

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Ash Wednesday—Beginning of Lent
As children, how we loved a treasure hunt—hidden jellybeans and pennies turned to gems and gold doubloons in our young imaginations!  Even as adults, perhaps on an antiques adventure, we thrill at the thought of a secret only we can know, at the challenges and possibilities of an undiscovered trove.
On Ash Wednesday, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Heaven

Monday, February 20, 2017

You don’t go to heaven; you learn how to live in heaven now. And no one lives in heaven alone. Either you learn how to live in communion with the human race and with all that God has created, or, quite simply, you’re not ready for heaven. If you want to live an isolated life, [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 13, 2017

Love is Essential! 
Wendell Berry, writes, “I take literally the statement in the Gospel of John that God loves the world. I believe that the world was created and approved by love, that it subsists, coheres, and endures by love, and that, insofar as it is redeemable, it can be redeemed only by love. I believe [more…]

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World Day of the Sick

Saturday, February 11, 2017

25th World Day of the Sick: February 11, 2017
The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992 as a special time of prayer and sharing and of offering one’s suffering. Each year it is recognized on Feb. 11, the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes, recalling a series of [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Ethical and Religious Directives

Monday, February 6, 2017

(by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings)—You may know that Jennings is a Catholic organization, which is the foundation of our identity and mission. You may not be familiar with the document that helps to define and safeguard our Catholic mission.“The Ethical and Religious Directives for Health Care Services” (ERDs) [more…]

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Spirituality and You: wisdom from proverbs

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

This week, Sister Valerie shares more proverbs from around the world. Which one do you like the best?

“When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.” (Yiddish)
“He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him.” (Dutch)
“When a blind person carries a lame person, both go forward.” (Swedish)
“Hold a true friend [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Wisdom

Monday, January 23, 2017

This week Sister Valerie Sweeney invites us to look at some proverbs from other countries. Can you find the wisdom that each one contains?

“In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.” (Chinese)
“The reverse side also has a reverse side.” (Japanese)
“It is [more…]

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