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Dear Lord,

We pray that as we immerse ourselves in the reading, discussing, praying and proclaiming of your story, that we will grow in our love for you – with all our hearts, souls, and minds.  Amen

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”‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.”  — Matthew 22:37

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Dear Lord,

In a week in which two dear people from our church, Ruth and Larry,  entered the Church Triumphant, we give thanks for their gifts to our faith community and for all who have preceded them in service to Christ at Blue Ridge Presbyterian.  Where would our faith be without those who teach, encourage, share a loving word, and otherwise help build up the body of Christ in our midst?  Help us Lord to be grateful for them, to be strengthened by their witness, and to not take those around us for granted.   Amen.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.   — Hebrews 12:1

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Dear Lord Day,

There are so many possible routes that lie before us.  Sometimes it’s hard to discern which way we should go.  But your word is a guide which helps us find our way.  We thank you for the gift of your scriptures and for the Holy Spirit which helps to lead us, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, life decision by life decision.  Amen.

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“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

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 Dear Lord,

We pray that as we approach our time with The Story, that we will hunger and thirst for spiritual growth and transformation — both individually and as a congregation.  Amen.

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 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”  — Matthew 5:6

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Dear Lord,

Support everyone on the BRPC team who is working to bring The Story to our church.  To the CE, Worship and Property committees, to all those who have stepped forward to teach, to all those who are signing up for resources and beginning to study the opening chapters.  There is a place for everyone as we prepare to embark on this journey.  Help everyone to feel welcome, needed, appreciated, treasured as we get ready to jump together!   Amen

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 The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

— Ephesians 4:11-13

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Dear Lord,

Monday morning.  The beginning of a work or school week for many.  We continue in prayer as we anticipate another beginning on September 7th – that of our 31-week study in The Story.  Just as we prepare for our work week or days at school, so we prepare for this time of studying your word together.  Chapter 1 awaits us – “Creation – The Beginning of Life as we Know It.”  We approach this beginning with hope, anticipation, curiosity, and perhaps some questions (questions are great!).  Guide us as we prepare to set out on this journey.  Amen 

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In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.  Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.    — Gen 1:1-5

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Dear Lord,

On this Lord’s day,

“Breathe on me breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what thou dost love,

And do what Thou wouldst do.”

Amen

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Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:  I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.   —  Isaiah 42:5-7

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Dear Lord,

As I come in from the heat of working in the yard, I think of how you provide for us in all ways.  The summer sun to grow your creation.   A tree for shade.   A drink of water to refresh.   Your holy word is all those things too – nurturing, growing, refreshing, renewing.  As we tend the garden, help us also tend those pages.   Amen                

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The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.  The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.  — Psalm 121:5-8

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Dear Lord,

As we go through these recent weeks, the headlines have been sobering.  From the unrest in Ferguson, to gruesome killings in Iraq, to the ongoing violence in Syria, Israel/Palestine and Ukraine, and then the sweep of the ebola epidemic in West Africa.   Tell us this is not your story.  Tell us that all this violence and suffering is not the final word.  Tell us that your grace and love will master all.

Ah, but you have told us.

Amen

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.   The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.    — John 1:1-5

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Dear Lord,

We pray that you will help us welcome others to share in the study of your word through The Story at BRPC.  Help us make that invitation, to extend a hand, and to be a place of warm hospitality as we grow closer to you and one another.  Amen.

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May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus,so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.   — Romans 15:5-7