Welcome to the Power of Prayer Gathering – April 3, 2020

One: Grace and peace be with you.

MOST: And also with you.

One: As we enter this time together…

 

SONG: The First of June                                                                by Paul West


One: Please join with me in prayer…      [from Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of New Zealand]



 

 

 

 

 

SCRIPTURE: Job 14:1-6 

“How frail is man, how few his days, how full of trouble! He blossoms for a moment like a flower – and withers; as the shadow of a passing cloud, he quickly disappears. Must you be so harsh with frail men, and demand an accounting from them? How can you demand purity in one born impure?

You have set mankind so brief a span of life – – months is all you give him! Not one bit longer may he live. So give him a little rest, won’t you? Turn away your angry gaze and let him have a few moments of relief before he dies.”

One: Hear What The Spirit Is Saying To The Church…

ALL: Thanks be to God


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONG: What a Friend We Have in Jesus                  (Joseph Scriven)


What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Je – sus,      All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to car – ry                  Ev’ry – thing to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit;        Oh, what needless pain we bear

All because we do not car – ry             Ev’ry – thing to God in prayer!

 

Have we trials and temptations          Is there trouble anywhere

We should never be discouraged        Take it to the Lord in prayer

Can we find a friend so faithful?        Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness         Take it to the Lord in prayer.

  

Are we weak and heavy-la – den;        Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our re – fuge –   Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?  Take it to the Lord in Prayer!

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee,    Thou wilt find a solace there.


SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:35-39

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love?

Does it mean God no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

One: Hear What The Spirit Is Saying To The Church…

ALL: Thanks be to God


 

 

 

 

 

 

“It Is Well With My Soul” – Song Perspectives


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Song: It is Well With My Soul (Spafford; Bliss)

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When peace like a river, attendeth my way

when sorrows like sea billows roll

whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say

It is well, it is well, with my soul

CHORUS

It is well,(with my soul)  it is well (with  my soul)

it is well, it is well, with my soul

 

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate

And hath shed his own blood for my soul

CHORUS

It is well,(with my soul)  it is well (with  my soul)

it is well, it is well, with my soul

 And Lord, haste the day when my fa-ith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound,  and the Lord shall descend

Even so, it is well with my soul

CHORUS

It is well,(with my soul)  it is well (with  my soul)

it is well, it is well, with my soul


 

 

 

 

 

Joys & Concerns

 

Litany of Healing (portions from Public Service of Healing)

 

 

 

 

 

RESPONSE:

We praise you and thank you, O Lord

 

 

 

 

RESPONSE:

Hear us, O Lord of life

 

One: You are the Lord who does wonders:

ALL: You have declared your power among the peoples

One: With you, O Lord, is the well of life:

ALL: And in your light we see light.

One: Hear us, O Lord of life:

ALL: Heal us, and make us whole.

One: Let Us Pray… (concluding with Lord’s Prayer)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONG: May the Peace of the Lord Christ Go With You     (Northumbria Community Trust)

May the Peace of the Lord Christ Go With You

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,

protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing

at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing

once again into our doors.

REPEAT

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you,

wherever He may send you.

May He guide you through the wilderness,

protect you through the storm.

May He bring you home rejoicing

at the wonders He has shown you.

May He bring you home rejoicing

once again into our doors.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOSING (in unison:) 

Friends, life is short and there is precious little time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us…     So make haste to be kind, and be quick to love, for within every act of love and kindness, the God who first formed us, reforms and transforms us again and again, now and forever! And for that God’s people say:  AMEN!

Go in peace, with love and courage that it will be well with your soul…


[NOTE: In silence, please feel free to leave this Zoom meeting when you are ready…]

PARTING MUSIC:                                                 Ook Pic

NOTE: The community is grateful to Susie R., Paul W. and Steve L. for their contributions to today’s gathering