The parable of the growing seed, which only appears in the Gospel of Mark, reveals how spiritual growth is a continual, gradual process. We have each seen it in our faith community or felt it personally. We’ve seen the results and changes in our friends and fellow servants in Christ, following a week of hard work and service in the heat of Appalachia. It has been evident as we prepare or serve chicken dinners with Chosen 300. A life of faith and spiritual growth has highs like a feeling of standing on a mountaintop, or it can be the low valley of despair, loneliness or doubt. The good news; God has promised that He will not abandon us, no matter where we are in our faith, in our spiritual journey. And we await that day of our own spiritual harvest, when doubts are erased, suffering is ended and the glory is God is fully revealed to us. For your patience and encouragement as we continue our spiritual journeys, we thank you in gratefulness. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for peace, hope and comfort in our world. We pray for freedom from cruelty, oppression and war; for governments and politicians dedicated to serving the weak, the poor and the hungry; for churches committed to spread God’s word of peace and love among all people; to make us willing to see and accept all people as being created in God’s image; and to give us strength to forgive those who have wronged us. We also pray for the safe return of all our troops who serve abroad and for an end to our wars there. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We pray for the work of your church our cities and neighborhoods; for our pastors, for our church council and church leaders, for your faithful servants preparing for ASP, that they see how the power of serving others can change a life to give it meaning and fulfilment. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We also pray for those in our church family who have special needs; for all who suffer and need your healing power and spiritual guidance; for those who have told us of their needs and those we name before you now. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
- Gary Sprague