God of all creations and blessings, thank you for this wonderful day to worship you. Although we are unable to physically congregate at the church, it is our blessing and joy to be able to congregate from our individual houses of praise and prayer.
Lord, it seems only a while ago that we celebrated the new year, yet the calendar is already on its last page. It has been, however, the longest year we’ve ever experienced in our life time. It is written that we will not be tested beyond what we can bear. In the long battle and struggle with this pandemic, however, there are signs of fatigue everywhere, especially in people’s heart and mind. We ask you, Lord, to reach out and place your soothing hands on the tired souls.
Lord, we thank you for encouraging signs and news about development and effectiveness of vaccines. We pray for timely availability and equitable distribution to mitigate and prevail from the current adversity. Lord, as much as we wish for quick passing and end of this pandemic, we also pray for speedy and balanced recovery from the deep scars it has been wreaking. In particular, Lord, we pray for leaders to focus and address with urgency the economic and financial disparity in our society that has been worsened ever more in this difficult time.
Lord, we thank you for allowing us to celebrate the ordination of a new elder, Grace Bai, in the recent past. We are truly blessed to have her pure heart for serving this faith community. We ask you, Lord, to abide with her along her new journey. We also thank you, Lord, for our staffs who have been tirelessly working for your ministry in this challenging time. Above all, we thank you for bestowing the overflowing empathy in our own community and for blessing us to enjoy abundant giving in the Teesdale toy drive this week.
Lord, in the midst of this difficult time, we particularly pray for our young children, students, and elderly parents. We thank you for having been holding them in your caring arms for health and safety. We ask you, Lord, to continue to provide them protection, patience, and resilience. And, most of all, Lord, we pray for families and family members who may have been adversely affected in health, career, or finance. May your power of healing bring the necessary comfort and restoration.
As we hear your words of truth through your faithful servant, Rev Park, we open our heart with thirst. Nourish this heart, Lord, with hope as we prepare and wait for your second coming in this season of Advent. May our worship be pleasing to You
We prayed in Jesus name, Amen