Saturday, June 29, 2013

Church Family Prayer

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The original title of this song was “Stewardship Prayer.” That's fancy church word that just means taking care of the gifts that God gives to us... and then joyfully gifting them back to our great God. Its words encourage us to recognize that we should not just assume that we can take care of ourselves until something happens (or a church program fails)   when we declare, only then,  “all we can do is pray.” 

As not only individuals but also as a church family in unity, we need to humbly ask God's help so that we can really be good stewards, good caretakers, of His gifts -- especially of the gift of God's Great News, the Gospel. As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 2:5, 
 even as a church we must have God's power to share His Words to others, and to reflect God as Paul described in 3:18. A confession:  

This song is an example of my poor stewardship, to have carelessly mislaid the music ideas that God gifted to me. It was written on loose paper -- not in my journal -- on 2008.07.28 -- exactly one year earlier. I had no studio at the time, and “lost” the papers. I found this drafted song 365 days late while sorting through a box of papers while enjoying sitting upon the warm grass under a tree... near a fire ant nest. 
 (No, I didn't know what it was... 
I was visiting in Alabama and these creatures aren't 'up north' -- yet!) 
So I was delighted to later learn how God had protected me even when I didn't realize that He was doing so! And protected His song from loss.

Dedicated to our Lord, 28 July 2009 - from 29 July 2008 :)

Lord, I give myself to You.  
There's nothing else that will do.
Without You, I'll surely fail.                   

But with You, I shall prevail!

Philippians 4:12a and 13:  “I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation...For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.”  (NLT)


Lord, I give my life to You.                
All my things, time, talents too.
Without You, some “good deeds” are found.    

But with You, my great works abound.

Jesus in John 14:12: 
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”  


Lord, we give our Church to You.            
There's nothing else that will do.
Without You, we'll surely fail.                

But with You, we shall prevail!

Jesus in Matthew 16:18:  “"And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock  I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it [the CHURCH].”   

Lord, we give our Church Life to You.        
All our things, time,  talents too.  
Without You, some programs “meet needs.” 
With Your power, our Church mission succeeds.

Psalm 127:1  “Unless the LORD builds the house, 

they labor in vain who build it.”
Zechariah 4:6.  “Not by might nor by power but by MY spirit, says the Lord of Hosts.”


Lord, we give our Church work to You.    
Help our words reflect only You.
Lead us to teach all your World!        

Holy Spirit, empower our words!
First Corinthians. 2: 4-5:  ”And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Lord, we give our Church Love to You.    

Nothing greater can we do.
Help our words, deeds, hearts reflect You.    
Help this Church truly glorify You.
                       First Corinthians 10:31b:  
          “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”                   

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