Prayer has always been a cornerstone of the North Hills congregational life. Every Sunday there’s the opportunity to share aloud or in your heart intercessory prayer for anyone needing the special warmth of the touch of God’s hand, or to celebrate prayers answered and praises due. We also email names lifted up to the entire North Hills family.
“All were united in their devotion to prayer…” Acts 1: 14a
During our current sermon series “WORDS OF LIFE: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments” we encourage everyone to dedicate some time on Monday every week to pray this prayer for God’s leadership through the Holy Spirit.
“Come, Lord Jesus, make us aware of those around us. May your Holy Spirit guide us as we seek to find those people and places in need of inclusion and grace. Help us to look at the Ten Commandments and help us to see how they apply to our lives today. Give us insight into how you want us to live out your commandments in our lives today as we seek to be your disciples. Help us to invite others to become disciples of Jesus. AMEN.”
North Hills also features an outside prayer labyrinth that can be used for meditation or guided prayer.
TAKE THE 9:29 PRAYER CHALLENGE
Join us as we pray at the request of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, praying every day at 9:29 am and 9:29 pm for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the time the neck of George Floyd was under a knee.
O God of peace and healing,
We come before you feeling powerless to stop the hatred that divides races and nations.
We come before you saddened and angered by the denial of human rights in our land.
We come before you with wounds deep in our hearts that we long to have healed.
We come before you with struggles in our personal lives that it seems will not go away.
And we pray Lord, How long?
How long to peace?
And we hear, “Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
How long for racial justice? Not long, because no lie can live forever.”
How long for our wounded hearts? Not long, I call you by name, you are with me, you are mine.
How long for our struggles? Not long, for my grace is sufficient. I hold you in my everlasting arms beneath which you cannot fall.
How long for the healing of what is broken inside and all around us? Not long, for we shall overcome, together in partnership, human holy partnership, we shall overcome.
Larry Reimer, from Race and Prayer: Collected Voices Many Dreams edited by Malcolm Boyd and Chester L. Talton (Morehouse Publishing, 2003), 153.
(Citations in quotation marks are from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech, “Our God Is Marching On,” before the state capitol in Montgomery Alabama, March 25, 1965)
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