Scripture: Matthew 17:2 (NRSV)
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became bright as light.
Living Prayer: The Heart of Worship
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—
this is true worship.” (Romans 12:1).
Let us seek the heart of worship which is to know and love God with the whole of our lives. The apostle Paul reminds us that true worship is the offering of our very selves. Let us come before God with an open heart and listening ear. Help us ponder the question, “What do I value most?” and answer the question from the perspective of those closest to us and from the perspective of God. Help us learn about ourselves through their eyes and through God’s eyes. Let us see the ways our lives reflect “true worship” born of offering ourselves as a “living sacrifice” as well as the ways we have failed to fully worship God. And let us understand how what we worship needs to change. Amen.
New Prayer Requests:
We ask churches and church leaders to join us in the following prayers either by sharing them during worship, printing them in bulletins, or sharing them in some other way. To make a prayer request, please contact Marlene Gasdia-Cochrane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prayers of Intercession:
- For the people of Ukraine whose lives continue to be shattered by war.
- For those grieving or suffering due to the ~3,800 gun violence deaths that happened in the US since the start of the new year.
- For the family and friends of The Rev. James R. Kelley, Sr., who died January 9, 2023. He served at Old South Church in Boston as well as at many schools, academies, and universities. Following his retirement Jim was appointed to the Barnstable Police Department as Chaplain to the Department and member of the domestic violence unit.
- For those suffering from depression and anxiety.
Prayers of Joy and Thanksgiving:
This Week in History:
February 11, 1990 (33 years ago): Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, is released from prison after 27 years. [History]
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church, CT, and Director of The Meetinghouse, a place to gather, grow and flourish.