Merciful Lord, we confess that we don’t answer your call to follow and to serve you. Instead, we offer excuses that all begin with, “I can’t.” Yes, we have limitations — physical, financial, medical, emotional — but the problem comes when we begin to define ourselves by those limitations. Even when we can, we say can’t. How it must grieve you, Oh God, that we become content with just sitting still day by day because of “can’t.” Forgive us, Lord, for not recognizing our gifts, for neglecting to nurture and use them. Lead us to see that we can, so that we may live into the fullness of life you promise when we follow you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The Fellowship of the Mat (11am)
October 11, 2020 • Tom Hite • Mark 2:1-5
Ash Wednesday: 40 Days to Life
February 17, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. (Joel 2:13, NIV)
When Words Fail (11am)
February 14, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
God of grace and glory, we confess we aren’t used to either grace or glory. Tempers flare, patience withers, and our ability to be graceful all seem to have vanished. Glimpses of your glory catch us by surprise, because we only see what our eyes are used to seeing. We have become calloused by so many complaints, disgruntled by speaking so much disgust, and infuriated by all the irritants in our lives. Today, Lord, we ask: Silence our flapping tongues. Allow us to become awestruck in your presence, our words failing because of your glory abounding. Open our hearts, minds, and spirits to worship in your love, for we beg this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Don’t Outrun Jesus! (11am)
February 7, 2021 • Rev. Brian Sixbey
We get tired, and sometimes, we get sick and tired. When the Lord taught us how to live through Moses, the prophets, and by the example of Jesus, we were taught to take rest and rely on the Holy Spirit for strength. The human body, mind, and spirit need rest by design. Sometimes, taking a nap is spiritual. Sometimes, asking for help is spiritual. When and if we find ourselves getting tired, help us, Lord, to rely on your Spirit instead of our own stamina. May we wait on you Lord, and renew our strength, in Jesus’ name. Amen.