Prayer For Homecoming

Gentle...yet powerful.
Lowly...yet almighty.
Shepherd...yet King.
In your gentleness, guide us.
In your power, strengthen us.
In your lowliness, strip from us our selfish pride which only destroys us.
In your greatness, lift us up that we might aspire to greater things.
As a shepherd, call us to be your servants.
As a King, call us to be your royal priesthood.
O God, who is our shepherd and our King;
O Christ, who was crucified and is now risen from the dead;
O Spirit, who comforts and empowers;
O great One in Three, Holy Trinity, this hour, set us free to worship. Amen.

O God, we trust in your power to create, to sustain, to enable. But we could not trust if we did not know that you are always near. Be with us, Lord, as we are gathered here to worship you. Help us not to check our minds or our hearts at the door, but enable us to bring all that we are to you, so that we might experience your touch upon all aspects of our life. We pray this because of, and in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

O God, our resurrection & life, the promise of your new life in Christ is like a breath of fresh air in a dry & thirsty land. We have gathered as believers, & as those who are honestly seeking the truth. Guide our worship this hour.

O God who makes all things new, speak to us as whole people today. May your truth touch not just our intellects, but also our deeper yearnings of heart & soul. We bring with us our daily concerns, as well as our more eternal questions. May your new creation in us shed light upon our everyday walk.

O God who fed the multitudes with but a few loaves & some fish, feed us now with the abundance of what you freely offer, that we might overflow with your goodness right where we live. All this we pray in the name of, & because of, Jesus our Christ. Amen.

God who is greater than the most powerful forces in this world, enable us to be still & know that you are God.
O Lord who answers out of the whirlwind of everyday life, breathe in us your Holy Spirit to strengthen, comfort, & guide us in the midst of the storm.
O still, small voice, speak to us this hour, that we might become makers of your peace in our homes, in our communities, in our world.
We pray all this in the name of the One who calmed the raging sea. Amen.

It is always good to go home, O God.

We are grateful that our final home is in you, for that is where our hearts are. But in the meantime it is wonderful to return to our earthly roots, and to celebrate the sense of joy and familiarity we feel when we go there. . .

It reminds us that the whole earth is yours, and that wherever we go, we are still part of a larger family. We thank you for the things about home that remain comfortable to usthe good people we knew, the memories that are rekindled when we return, the places where we once walked and sat and studied, the stores where we shopped, the church where they sing the old songs, pray real prayers, and declare the gospel the way they always did.

And we thank you for what those returning bring to us at homea sense of freshness, a reminder that there is a world out there beyond the one we know, a witness to the power of the church and the congregation to draw them back, and a testimony to the way the gospel continues to go out from this place to the farthest corners of the earth.

Give us an assurance that life goes on and is good, and the knowledge that our fellowship in you can never be broken, regardless of how far we roam or what we do.

Let the spirit of Christ reign in our hearts today, and make us glad together. And let your name be glorified in the renewal we experience. For you are our God, and we have never forgotten it!


Gracious God,
Thank you for wanting to spend time with us.
Thank you for teaching us how to hang out with you.
Thank you that we can feel right at home with you.
Bless us according to our known and unknown needs.
In Jesus' name,

Oh Lord
I ask that you grant me with a blessing to bring my grandbabies home.
Oh Lord I ask that you be with my daughter and her mother as they go on this journey tomorrow as they try to bring( Lea. Rj. Bre. And Zae, home. In our father's name Jesus Christ. Amen.

Bless us, most loving provident God,
may this coming home be a re-creation and experience of hospitality and hope.

May all who enter this home, may all who walk through these doors
know and feel your love and presence.

Keeping watch on our going out and our coming in,
no one is stranger, all are guest; no one is alien, all are friend.

May the life celebrated in each room in this house
give delight and honor and reverence to you.