Archive for August, 2014

2 Corinthians 10

Mighty, victorious God,
in Jesus the Christ
you won a victory greater then any army,
the victory of the cross,
the victory of grace,
the victory over all evil powers.
For this we heartily thank you.

By your grace
may we learn to handle spiritual weapons,
the weapons of the Word,
clearing the way for the knowledge of God.

May we learn to take all our thoughts
captive to obey Christ.

We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

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2 Corinthians 9

Gift-giving God,
we cannot describe your gift to us;
it is too large to grasp
too complex too name
too far beyond what we can imagine.

As we meditate on your generous giving,
we are transformed from being selfish
to putting you at our centre
from self, to community,
from greed to generosity.

May we never give out of compulsion or duty,
but out of the generosity you love

and that enriches others,
through gifts of money,
through deeds of kindness
through words fitly spoken.

Encourage us to trust that your faithfulness and generosity
will be enough for us.

Thanks for your unsurpassed gift.

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2 Corinthians 8

Father God,
Your generosity knows no limit,
Your grace is sufficient for all:
You teach us, motivate us,
to learn generosity towards others.

We see the generous acts of our Lord Jesus:
he was rich beyond the wealth of any human,
he saw the need of all people
and for us he became poor,
poor to the point of suffering,
poor to the point of death on the cross.
And it took nothing less that this
to deliver us from sin, bondage and death.

By the poverty of our saviour
we became rich beyond counting.

Through Jesus Christ,
our gifts, great and small
are acceptable to you
you are able to make good use of them.

Thanks be to you, Jesus our Lord.

Amen.

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2 Corinthians 7

Most merciful, most holy one,
because of the rich promises you gave us,
we have ample motivation to cleanse ourselves
from every defilement of body and spirit
and so making holiness perfect
in the fear of you, our God.

We acknowledge and confess
that often we yield to the sinful self
to do what that old self pleases.

When we stray
work in us such godly grief
as leads to repentance and salvation,
and never brings regret.

Thus we find comfort
in the forgive of sins
and the new life in Christ Jesus,
in whose name we pray.

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2 Corinthians 6

Dear Almighty God,
You insist on being our Father,
You liberate us from the evil one,
The choice is completely yours to have us
as your sons and daughters.

Thank you, for now it is the acceptable time:
it is not too late to turn to you.

Now is the day of salvation,
it is not a day to be destroyed
or to be cast out of your presence.

May nothing be found in us to obstruct anyone’s way
to you
on that day.

We honour and give thanks for all servants who
endure suffering, hardship and mistreatment
for the sake of the gospel.

Praise to you for allowing us to be
an embodiment of the temple that is your dwelling place.

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2 Corinthians 5

Almighty Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all of life:

By our sin we forfeit life,
we show how little we value,
what poor use we make of it.

Now, through the gift of faith, we see
that undeserved gift we have in Christ:
a new creation!

The old has passed away!
The new has come!

In Christ we have been reconciled to God.
We do not fear condemnation or death.
We rejoice because you no longer count our trespasses against us.

You announce good news for all people, and the whole world:
God, you are reconciling the world to yourself!

Thank you Jesus, for in the cross you took our sin on yourself,
So in you, Jesus, we have become the righteousness of God.

Thanksgiving, praise and glory to You!

Amen.

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2 Corinthians 4

Dear redeemer God and our heavenly Father,
we confess that we also are often unbelievers,
our minds are blind,
and we do not notice that
the gospel shows us the glory of Christ
in the image of God.

We pray:
shine into the darkness of our hearts
give us the light that comes
from beholding the glory of God
in the face of Christ Jesus.

We trust:
through the gift of the gospel
we will be able to overcome the adversities of life
we will not be crushed by enemies
we have many questions, but they will not drive us to despair
and we are confident that you will not abandon us
and you will keep us safe, and allow no one to destroy us.

May the life of Jesus be visible in us.
May your grace be visible to multitudes.

Bring us at last safely into your presence,
as you prepare us for an eternal weight of glory
that awaits us.

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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