Pastoral Prayer for Sunday, July 18, 2021

God of Abraham and Sarah, Mary and Joseph, we offer up our prayers and unite them with all the saints and with your angels in heaven. You are a God is who is mighty but gentle and who openly reveals yourself to us but who also desires to be sought after and wooed. You have created the community of faith called the Church, the very Bride of the Christ, so we can worship You, learn about You and have a place to practice how we are to love one another in this fractured world. Come, Spirit of Life, fill this room, saturate our hearts and lives with Your Presence!

Lord of Creation, we come this day and thank you for the gifts our fragile planet provides us from water, minerals, and trees to soft breezes, gentle rains, and nudges from a dog’s nose asking us to scratch it behind their ears. We acknowledge we have not been the best trustees of Your Creation, however. Recent news headlines indict our inability to care for your planet through poor forest management, rising seas and coastal flooding, sustained droughts and through causing the extinction of species. Forgive us and direct our ways to care for our world and for each other before it’s too late.

We pray for those living out West amongst the wildfires raging there. Particularly, bless those who have placed themselves in harm’s way to fight these blazes and bless their families who await their safe return.

We are mindful of those impacted by the horrible flooding in Germany and Belgium and the loss of life and livelihood from the recent rains.

We lift before Your Face our neighbors in Cuba and Haiti as their citizens clamor and cry out for justice, freedom, and political and social stability.

This morning we thank you for the freedoms and liberty we share in our nation and for the gift of the separation of religion and the government. Hold close to Your heart those who suffer from religious persecution at the hands of others who discriminate and oppress because of one’s faith, nationality, or identity.

Lord of Justice, we pray for our community leaders beginning with the President and Vice-President, Congress, the Court, our Governors and legislatures, our Mayors, Commissioners and heads of police, fire, and education; dog them to lead apolitically with justice, and fairness.

On this day, we are grateful for doctors and nurses who place themselves in harm’s way in this latest spike in the pandemic. We have been reminded our health is not bulletproof and give us the grace and sense to do all we can to remain safe.

Each of us comes this day with our own lists of joys and concerns and place them upon your lap. Receive our prayers of concern over illness, pain from physical or emotional injury, and grief over the death of one close to us. Spirit, pray with us in this time of silence…

And now, O Christ, we weave our prayers together using the prayer you taught your disciples as we pray simply, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.  Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever.  Amen!

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The Message: Now is the Time!, 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

A sermon preached by Patrick H. Wrisley on June 20, 2021.

In previous weeks, we have noted the strained relationship between Paul and the church he founded in Corinth. In essence, he is reminding them to be the Church and stand out from others in the world. Thus far in Second Corinthians, Paul has been talking with them about the ministry of reconciliation and their involvement in it. Just sentences before our text this morning, Paul makes the appeal, “So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!”[1] Interestingly, the word “ambassador” is the from the same Greek word we get the word “Presbyterian.” Just think about that for a moment and let that sink in! You are an ambassador!

Our scripture today is Paul’s plea for the church to not take their relationship with God for granted. They were not bearing the fruit of a close relationship with God in their community; they were acting like what we would call Sunday morning Christians. They dressed up and acted like good Christians when they went to church once a week but then went on to reflect the values of the world the rest of the time. Worse yet, they were living out the world’s ways within the church community itself and it was tearing them apart. As you listen, note how Paul is calling them to account and is letting them know in not-so-subtle ways that they need to be experiencing the same issues he is experiencing in his ministry; after all, he says, they are in the ministry together. Listen to the Word of the Lord.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

6.1 As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says (in Isaiah 49:8),

“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
    and on a day of salvation I have helped you.”

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

11 We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12 There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13 In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.[2]

 Have you ever wondered what it would be like to listen to one of the spiritual giants of the Bible preach? Just imagine what it would be like to hear the words straight from Jesus’ mouth, from Peter’s lips, or from Paul’s first-hand story. Do you really think we would take their words more seriously if we heard them with our own ears? From our standpoint today, we might wistfully think to ourselves, “Well, if I were alive back then and heard them speak, surely I would understand what they said and would believe and live the life they are describing!”

Well, I just don’t know. Would we? Lest we forget, Paul is known to have literally killed someone with his preaching! In Acts 20, Paul is in Troas waxing eloquently way past midnight when young Eutychus drifts off to sleep with Paul’s droning on and he falls out a three – story window and dies![3] Dear Paul was not known for his great delivery.  And just for for the record, I’ve never killed anyone with my preaching!  (Not to say that some of haven’t muttered, “You’re killing me, Preacher” as I am proclaiming the Word!).

People today judge preachers just like they did Paul in Corinth centuries ago! Pastors are judged oftentimes by their ability to deliver a decent sermon. People want to be inspired, encouraged, fed, and entertained by a message that does not make them feel uncomfortable, agrees with their political views, and does not last too long so that we can beat the Baptists and Methodists to our favorite brunch spot. Surely people will listen to their pastor who is invested in them physically, spiritually and emotionally and heed the call to follow and live like Jesus. The deal is this, Church: It does not matter who the preacher is, whether it’s Paul, Pam, Nic, or me because what matters is that the message is the same: Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation!

A Christian life exists at the nexus of the already and the not-yet. The Church was birthed by Spirit to tangibly live out of the fact we, indeed the world, have been redeemed by Christ and that we are to help usher in the Kingdom of God until the fulfillment of time when the Lord comes again. Salvation is a present reality that begins this very moment and extends into the future. Paul is cudgeling the Corinthians to be a part of that process in their own life and in the life of the Church.

Paul is reminding the church that because God has reconciled with them, “Then why, Corinthians, doesn’t your life show it?” I love what commentator John McFadden writes, “Paul’s pastoral message to the self-absorbed Corinthians was, in effect, ‘get over yourselves!’” In Christ we are a new creation, a new missional community so let’s live a life that demonstrates that.[4] The problem is that when you and I don’t, when the Church fails to live into its mission, we end up doing what Paul warns us of inverse 1: We end up taking the grace of God in vain.

That means we take it lightly. Flippantly. Carelessly. We fail to receive the gift. Professor Scot McKnight says this is Paul’s “Not so subtle way of saying (to us) “Be reconciled to God by being reconciled with the Gospel Mission (of being ambassadors).”[5]  Verses 4 through 13 are Paul’s way of proving to the Corinthians that he has done his job; he’s begging them to enter into the work and do the same.

Friends, yesterday history was made in our nation as collectively as a country we recognized Emancipation Day.  Emancipation Day, Juneteenth, is a day African American brothers and sisters commemorate when the very last slaves in Texas heard about emancipation and were set free. As of yesterday, all of us were invited to commemorate it, too! Emancipation Day is a day that I as a white man can pause and reflect upon my own life and assess whether I oppress others with my words or behavior or am I liberating others with acts of grace and mercy. Juneteenth is a celebration of moving from bondage to liberation and freedom! This is exactly the message Paul is trying to get across:  Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of your salvation, your liberation, your freedom! So, live into that freedom, Church!

Say yes to a new life beginning this day!

Say yes to an intimate relationship with God today.

Say yes to renewed relationships with those you have strained ties with and are now separated.

Say yes to moving from a Sunday morning spectator of the Christian faith and become a presbyter, an active ambassador, letting others know of God’s love for them through Christian acts of service and mission.

When Paul says now is the acceptable time and now is the time for our salvation, it’s his way of reminding us we have been liberated and our rights have been restored.  It’s his way begging us to Say, Yes! to new life.

Friends, from what do you need liberation from? How is God urging you to live your life as an active, vital disciple of Jesus Christ in and through this church and in our community?  How do you personally make the engine and ministry of this church run? Oh, may the Holy Spirit haunt each of us until we know. We have been lulled over the last year to say ‘no’ to many things; now is the time to say, Yes!  Amen.

© 2021 Patrick H. Wrisley, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, 401 SE 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301.  Sermon manuscripts are available for the edification of members and friends of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and may not be altered, re-purposed, published or preached without permission. All rights reserved.


[1] 2 Corinthians 5:20.

[2] New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

[3] I was reminded following the service this was preached that I failed to mention the important part where Paul went downstairs and brought the boy back to life.

[4] John T. McFadden, Feasting on the Word: Year B, Volume 3: Pentecost and Season after Pentecost 1 (Propers 3-16) by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor, et el. -Kindle

[5] Scot McKnight, Connections: Year B, Volume 3: Season after Pentecost (Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship) by Joel B. Green, Thomas G. Long, et al. – Kindle

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The Message – The Whimsical Hand of Providence, Mark 4:26-34

A sermon preached by Patrick H. Wrisley on June 13, 2021

Mark 4:26-34

26He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.[1]

I want you to imagine that you’re living in early first century Palestine. Is there really any question about who is in charge and running the show? It was Caesar and the power of the Roman empire. Rome imposed the taxes, built the civil infrastructure in the cities as well as a huge, conscripted army to be feared; its legal system favored the well-connected and wealthy. There was no confusion as to who was “in charge”: Tiberius Caesar. The Romans were swift to silence those who challenged Caesar and that’s why our text this morning is really quite scandalous. Jesus is describing a different type of kingdom that is over and against that of Caesar. Jesus was making a political statement that in contrast to the kingdom of Caesar and Rome, he’s saying, “let me tell you about the Kingdom of God and what it’s like!”

The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who slept through growing season only to wake up and find a bountiful crop had grown while they slept. Forces that are greater than the farmer and the very earth itself are at work to produce the grain.

The Kingdom of God is like a little tiny weed that grows so large so quickly birds make their nests in it. The Kingdom of God will spread its subterranean roots where it wants and will grow as God sees fit whether we want it to or not. Weeds are like that, aren’t they?

Yes, Jesus was describing a revolutionary new kingdom in contrast to Rome. The Kingdom of God is one that arises out of surprising grace instead of violent power. The Kingdom of God grows whimsically fast and in unexpected places. If you were Tiberius Caesar and heard these parables and understood what they were saying, you’d become anxious because these words are subversive to your power and rule. This backwater Rabbi Jesus is describing a competing system of power and governance that is not in synchronicity to Roman rule!

Jesus’ audience struggled to understand this fact expressed in these parables about seeds. So did the Romans and religious officials. If we’re honest, we live our lives as though we have forgotten the meaning of these parables, too. We have forgotten Jesus is trying to describe a different way of living and relating to one another. One that is governed by the ever-gentle hand of Providence in the most whimsical way.

What is Providence?  Providence is the unseen but ever-so-intentional care of God that works in your life, my life, this church’s life even when we are not aware of it; it’s kind of like a seed that is planted and grows grain while we sleep.

What is whimsy? Whimsical is someone or something that acts in a playful, fanciful, or amusing way.[2] It’s like having a bird make its home in the middle of a giant weed instead of a solid, sturdy tree; the Kingdom of God grows on its own and in places you would not expect.

I like to think of our parables this morning as our reminder to remember God’s whimsical hand of Providence in our lives and in the life of this congregation. Just as Jesus’ listeners centuries ago did not understand the parables he told them about the in-breaking Kingdom of God in their Romanized world, so it’s difficult for us to discern the movement of God’s whimsical Providence in our coronavirus-plagued and fatigued world. Friends, Jesus’ parables today are our reminder that though our lives and our world today is not what it was like 14 months ago, God has been at work expanding the realm of Christ’s reign in ways we may have not noticed. Let me give you some examples.

For the last year, we have been a church distributed. In other words, we have been separated by time and place and have been worshipping from our homes, hospital rooms, or offices as we engage in worship. The spread of the Good News has emanated from this church to literally all over the world from Taiwan to New Zealand, from Miami Gardens to Clewiston as a result of Livestreaming!

The Kingdom of God has been growing while we ambled through the pandemic in the way you have faithfully given to maintain the ministries of your church. If I were a Happy Land teacher, I would hold up a little clear cup of dirt that had a seed put in and we could watch the sprouts begin to snake their way to the surface. You have trusted God’s unseen hand of Providence to take what you give and join it with other faithful givers to spread the canopy of coverage the Kingdom.

The Kingdom of God has been growing through your spiritual depth as a people of God. This congregation is not the same as it was five years ago. It is a congregation that has evolved from conflict to a congregation of grace.  There was a time when this church was known for what it was against; today, the whimsical nature of Providence has us known as a church for who and what we are for and about. We are becoming a place where we can model to the community what it means to “come and reason together” about those hard issues and seek to learn from one another.

The Kingdom of God is reflected in relationships that were once torn but are now healed between the church and the presbytery. We are truly partners in ministry again and are making a difference!

The Kingdom of God is sprouting with a passion to make Sunday the best two hours a week you can have as we move to a two-service worship model with fellowship and spiritual nurture sandwiched in between Contemporary and Traditional worship! Your Elders have said we need to spend more time together in fellowship and in growing our faith, so we are building schedules and structures to make that happen.

The whimsical weeds of the Kingdom are showing forth in the students who have received the $115,000 in scholarships we awarded to both undergrad and graduate students this year.

The Kingdom of God’s roots have been quietly burrowing in the soil as we work on our twenty-first Habitat House.

The Kingdom of God is budding with our new Minister of Music, Reid Masters, and his infectious enthusiasm and vison for all ages of this church to sing and play music to the glory of God.

Friends, the Kingdom of God is when a community realizes that that even though there is no “going back to what was normal” because everything has changed, the whimsical hand of Providence is on the tiller steering the ship.  Beloved, all I know is that while the economy has held its breath the last year, as our nation was fighting for its soul, as we buried our loved ones who died from the pandemic, God’s Holy Spirit was moving in and through this place, through you, in ways that have made us stronger, more resilient, more accepting, and more welcoming and affirming.  Beloved, the overarching trajectory of God’s character is bent towards love and justice, and we recognize the fruits of the Kingdom of God when love and justice are visible.  Look around you! They’re sprouting here!  

This week, I ask you intentionally set aside at least 15 minutes to pause and reflect over the last fourteen months.  It’s so easy to look over the year and see all of the no’s and negatives it brought, but I want you to reflect upon all of the yesses and positive outcomes that have emerged as well.  Think upon where the whimsical Hand of Providence has been at work in your life. Once you recognize it, turn into a prayer of praise to God! Amen.

© June 13, 2021. Patrick H. Wrisley, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, 401 SE 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301.  Sermon manuscripts are available for the edification of members and friends of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and may not be altered, re-purposed, published or preached without permission. All rights reserved.


[1] New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

[2]See https://languages.oup.com/google-dictionary-en/.

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The Message: Down, but Not Out!, 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

A sermon preached by Patrick H. Wrisley on June 6, 2021

Over the years, I have learned something that they don’t teach you in seminary: There are churches out there where the pastor and the congregation don’t get along. Sometimes the relationship gets so bad they have to part ways. If this is a pattern with a succession of the church’s pastors, then the church becomes known as a Clergy Killer Church.  These are churches that have the propensity to run its pastors off.

The church in Corinth could be called a Clergy Killer Church.  It has a fierce relationship with its founding pastor, the Apostle Paul; indeed, the church in Corinth put the ‘fun’ in dysfunctional. On one hand, it was a church whose members practiced incest, they fought with one another and segregated wealthy Christians from the poor ones during communion. On the other hand, the church openly challenged Paul’s authority, credibility and character. It’s believed that both First and Second Corinthians are really a composite of perhaps five different letters that Paul sent to them in response to various crises. We are picking up today with Paul in the middle of a theological discourse and pastoral pep-talk on how Jesus-followers are to be encouraged when anything and everything around us seems to be falling apart. He’s reminding the church to look beyond the pending crisis to the larger scope of God’s care and future. Listen to the Word of the Lord from 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

13 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. 15 Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

5.1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.[1]

Paul is writing to say that his ministry has been a challenge and although he may appear to be knocked down, he’s not out.  He sends his colleague, Titus, with this letter to the Corinthians reminding them get their business in order because Paul is coming back and is eager to see them. Paul is confident they will be reunited again; if it’s not in this life, then it will be when Jesus brings us all together in his presence in our eternal life.  Though our bodies are getting older, slower, heavier, creakier, and achier, our innermost being is getting renewed and strengthened by God day by day. Paul reminds the Corinthians, he’s reminding you and me, that when things seem bigger than we are, it’s going to be okay because God is bigger still! We may get knocked down, suffer set-backs or illness, lose jobs or loved ones but because of Jesus Christ we are never ever out! We cannot out god God. We cannot out god God.  God is always bigger, grander, and sovereign!

Say that to yourself! “I cannot out god God.”  In other words, friends, Paul reminds the Corinthians that God takes what we have to offer and will turn it, will bend it to His divine purposes. Even when things appear to be going badly, God has a way of turning it to our good!

Note with me verse 16. Paul writes, “So we do not lose heart.” The King James Version poetically says it this way: For which cause we faint not. Eugene Peterson in The Message translates it bluntly, “So we’re not giving up.” What Paul is literally telling us is that followers of Jesus don’t give up because we cannot out god God! When our spirit fails us, Holy Spirit fills us. When we fall down, Jesus reaches out and picks us up. When we are weak, then what? Then He is strong! We may get knocked down, but we are never out!

Have you ever heard of the ancient Japanese art form called, Kintsugi?  It’s the art of taking broken pieces of pottery and putting them back together again with gold as the binding agent. Writer Tiffany Ayuda comments that Kintsugi is “built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Every break is unique and instead of repairing an item like new, the 400-year-old technique actually highlights the “scars” as a part of the design.”[2]

Friends, this is what Paul is talking about. We may get knocked down and broken but God delicately takes our broken pieces and binds them back together again through the golden, sacrificial life, death and resurrection of Jesus and makes us more beautiful and stronger than ever before!

The most obvious sign that God practices Kintsugi with members of the Church is our communion supper. Jesus who was beaten, battered, and left for dead by the spiritual and political systems of his day appeared to be down and out. Lest we forget, we are an Easter people and Paul is reminding us not to stay camped out and living in the shadows of Good Friday! Our Lord’s Supper is the tangible way the Son of God is telling you and me, “They thought I was down but I busted out!”  The Supper reminds us God practices the art of kintsugi as the Creator God takes what is broken and makes it complete again, stronger and more beautiful than ever. We do not lose heart, beloved. Why? Because we can’t out god God.

Friends, as we come to the Table today let us gather up all the broken pieces of our lives and bring them before the Lord. Whether they are pieces of shattered dreams, jobs, health or relationships, let’s come as brothers and sisters and ask the Spirit to put us back together again stronger than before.  Let’s pray.

© 2021 June 6, Patrick H. Wrisley, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, 401 SE 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33301.  Sermon manuscripts are available for the edification of members and friends of First Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and may not be altered, re-purposed, published or preached without permission. All rights reserved.


[1] New Revised Standard Version (NRSV). New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

[2]Tiffany Ayuda, How the Japanese art of Kintsugi can help you deal with stressful situations. Whether you are going through a job loss or divorce, this practice of fixing broken things may help heal what’s broken in you, April 18, 2018. See https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/how-japanese-art-technique-kintsugi-can-help-you-be-more-ncna866471.

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Pastoral Prayer for Sunday, May 30, 2021

Pastoral Prayer for May 30, 2021

            Tenderhearted God, You who hang the stars and planets in their places also wipe the tears from the faces of those who mourn or who are scared. We gather as your Church, your people, this morning to lift up our gratitude for Your liberating love through Jesus Christ and for the opportunity to live this day, live this life, focused on living humbly and in service to the Gospel.

            Lord, we gather this morning and are so grateful that as a nation, we can begin waking up from the Rip Van Winkley stupor of shut-down COVID life.  Make us mindful of those people who are still anxious to go maskless because of underlying health conditions and help us to be patient as we re-engage life with all of its fulness. We are especially mindful of the fact of how fortunate we have been with our ready abundance of health care and the vaccine; yet, we are mindful of the many places throughout our world where there is a shortage of doctors, quality healthcare, and vaccine and treatments for those suffering from this mutating virus. We pray for our sisters and brother around the world still gripped in the pandemic.

            Holy Spirit, we pray you blow winds of peace into those places in the world where there is war and civil unrest from the streets of Columbia and Hong Kong to the alleyways of Jerusalem, Gaza and to the suburbs of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Forgive us for our fixation and glorification of violence and replace our hearts of stone with hearts of mercy and grace.  Forgive our proclivity to take the easy economic way out of trouble instead of rooting out the base causes of injustice.

            On this Memorial Day weekend, we take this Sabbath Day and use it to remember the lives of all who have died in service of our country. Memorial Day is so much more than beach and beer; it’s a reminder that others have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. We pray for their families and we commit those who have died into You loving Providential care.

            We pray for the K family as we mourn B’s death.  We hold JG and RP up to You as they grieve the death of their brothers.

            We pray for those students graduating and ask that You keep them safe while they prepare for a new phase in their life.

            We commit to You those preparing for a major surgery or are facing a dire diagnosis; assuage their anxiety and fill them with the hope of Easter.

            We pray for our local, state and  national leaders whether in government, law enforcement, or in the judicial system. Holy Spirit, we pray that You haunt them when their decisions are unjust and encourage and bless their efforts when their work makes for justice and fairness.

            Ancient of Days, You who have delicately knit us together in our mother’s womb, plumb the depths of our spirit and being and receive the prayers we silently offer You now…

            Now hear us as we pray the prayer Jesus taught his beloved: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory forever. Amen.

Copyright May 30, 2021 by Patrick H. Wrisley

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