Thursday, July 21, 2022

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Esther 2:19-36 read by Mark Beingessner

Sixth Week after Pentecost, Thursday, July 21, 2022

Esther 2:19-3:6

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your sacred prayer space seeking your compassion and forgiveness. You know what we have been up to. You know our deepest secrets. You know where we have been. You welcome us and ask us to share what we have done. We have judged and condemned others. We have not represented ourselves, our ancestors, or you with honour. We have followed mob mentality and sought to harm others out of our hurt and anger. Help us, LORD, for we have become brute beasts before you.

All-knowing, All-seeing God, you are here with us, waiting for us, as we draw close to you. You speak words of loving kindness, warning us of what is at our threshold and what we are using as guards at the doorway to our inner beings. Today, we choose you as our guard, you who protects us, gives us life, and gives us the best of the best. We remove the imposter guards who seek to destroy us. Praise to you, our Provider, our Protector.

I receive your forgiveness today, Loving LORD, and thank you for…

We praise you, LORD, for your ways are perfect. You pick us up when we fall. You carry us when we are weak. We are now fresh for our journey. You have cleaned and nourished us with your compassion and forgiveness. We sing songs of praise to you as we sojourn together today, remembering and honouring you and those who have gone before us.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 138:1-8
Acts 1:15-20

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