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Opening Prayer

Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben

Eternal God, we come looking for You, longing for Your deliverance, straining to hear Your promises. We approach You in prayer, waiting, perhaps even desperate, to hear a word from You.

How long must we endure before we receive Your comfort?

How long must we wait before we are assured of Your help? Speak Your word of hope.  

There are many who would fill the silence with their own words of pride and arrogance, lies and falsehoods.

When will You show judgment on their unfaithfulness? Speak Your word of truth.

Those who persecute, jeer, and abuse without cause have consumed our energy and sapped us of strength. Speak Your word of comfort.

May we refuse to yield to the pressure to turn away from Your decrees. May we obey Your statutes and not forsake our trust in You. Speak Your word of guidance.  

In Your mercy, revive us. Speak Your life–giving word.

O God, speak into this day and in all that it presents us, for we hope to hear Your word of love.  

For it is in Your word that we find our strength and in Your name we pray.  Amen.

Thought of the Week

While I reiterate the professions of my dependence upon Heaven as the source of all public and private blessings; I will observe that the general prevalence of piety, philanthropy, honesty, industry, and economy seems, in the ordinary course of human affairs particularly necessary for advancing and conforming the happiness of our country.

—George Washington
Answering a letter from the General Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in the United States, May 1789

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