Morning Prayer: Saturday, 10 June – Acts 4:13-22 ~ can’t do anything else

Morning Prayer

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Guide us, O God, by your Word, and Holy Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover peace; through Christ our Lord.

Reading: Acts 4:13-22 (NLT)

The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves.

“What should we do with these men?” they asked each other. “We can’t deny that they have performed a miraculous sign, and everybody in Jerusalem knows about it. But to keep them from spreading their propaganda any further, we must warn them not to speak to anyone in Jesus’ name again.” So they called the apostles back in and commanded them never again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus.

But Peter and John replied, “Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about everything we have seen and heard.”

The council then threatened them further, but they finally let them go because they didn’t know how to punish them without starting a riot. For everyone was praising God for this miraculous sign—the healing of a man who had been lame for more than forty years.

A Sunday Morning Prayer for Preachers:

O Word of Grace and Challenge, I pray for each one who preaches this coming Sunday:

+ For the preacher who gets up full of inspiration and energy, give him grace and humility.

+ For the one who enters the pulpit with pain in body and spirit that must be overcome, give him healing and courage.

+ For the preacher who faces the challenge of a congregation that is splintered and fractious, give him peace from his own anxiety and from theirs.

+ For the preacher whose faithful presence is still met with mistrust and judgement, give him trust and confidence in Your power in him.

+ For the preacher to a community that is devastated by trauma–flood, tornado, government closure, violence – give him hope and give him strength.

+ For the preacher who longs to cast a vision of justice and mercy for the city, the nation, the world, give him imagination and passion.

+ For the preacher whose own well of Spirit is dry and dusty, give him life giving streams of love and energy.

+ For the one who is weary of well doing, give him fresh grace and bread for this day.

+ For those who long to preach, but have no place to do so formally, may they find that along with St. Francis that there are many ways to preach, even without words.

+ And for all hearers of the Word this coming Sunday, provide them with eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to receive good news, hidden things that they have not known.

By your Spirit, I commend these all to you, Amen.

“”Salvation Has Been Brought Down”” – Praise And Harmony


Concluding Prayer – 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 (NLT)

Preaching the Good News is not something I can boast about. I am compelled by God to do it. How terrible for me if I didn’t preach the Good News! …I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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