A Call to Prayer

As we start the fall season, the time of harvest, the time of reflection and beauty, we are also pressing in to know the Lord.  It is a time to come before the Lord in repentance, of prayer and fasting.  This Sunday was a series of testimonies, prayer, and meditation.  This week's prayer topic: We pray for spiritual renewal and revival in the East End of Richmond, that God would manifest more of his Kingdom and his Presence among us and in our neighborhoods. Pastor Don Coleman opened with a call to prayer, followed by five young adults leading in prayer for our teachers and students in the schools: Natasha Coleman, Jarrell Banks, Dan Case, and Skip Long. And then Becca Granger explained the EEF children's ministry, and led the kids in the Lord's prayer.

Erin led in this corporate prayer:

Psalm 38 confession

Leader: Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

All: For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

All Sing: You, O Lord are my hiding place. You save me from trouble.

Leader: I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.

All: Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.

All Sing: You, O Lord, are my hiding place. You save me from trouble.

Leader: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 

All: Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

All Sing: You, O Lord, are my hiding place. You save me from trouble

Ida Bunyan, born in India, gave her testimony.

Ida Bunyan

 

Pastor Corey used these slides to guide us into this season of prayer:

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Our prayer topic for this week was given:

We pray for spiritual renewal and revival in the East End of Richmond, that God would manifest more of his Kingdom and his Presence among us and in our neighborhoods.

At the end of the service, the Worship Team led in a song written by the Music Interns in the summer of 2013:

Declaration of Dependence

We're done with clinging to the ways that box us in Now we know we wanna cling onto the love you're offering

For too long we've put our faith in our own strength We must submit unto the reign of our true king

So as a nation, we call a mighty God who's waiting on a simple declaration of our dependence

Back to Him is where we wanna be Now we see That we're nothing Without our king

We're gonna fall unless we're holding to your hands Too many bruises come from making that mistake

We'll let you be the one who heals our every ache Don't wanna take a step unless you lead the way

So as a nation, we call a mighty God who's waiting on a simple declaration of our dependence

Back to Him is where we wanna be Now we see That we're nothing Without our king

Selfish love and selfish gain left us empty singing

(We) (De-) (-Clare) Our dependence

Finding refuge in Your name We don't want the fame for

(We) (De-) (-Clare) Our dependence

We will trust in nothing else You're our help

(We) (De-) (-Clare) Our dependence

No more chasing useless things You're our king

(We) (De-) (-Clare) Our dependence

So as a nation, we call a mighty God who's waiting on a simple declaration of our dependence

Back to Him is where we wanna be Now we see That we're nothing Without our king