Praise and Thanksgiving

Romans 8:31–39 — What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We bow our hearts before you God this morning in humble worship. We confess that you alone are the shepherd and we are the sheep. You are the Creator and we are the created. We know that you hold our very lives in your hands and our lives belong to you. Yet we also know that your love for us is so strong that nothing in the world – no virus, no sickness, no flu, no accident – can break the seal of its eternal bond. What a precious promise to know that we are safe and secure in you and in your care for your church!

Global Topics

We join our voices to pray again for the work that’s being done in Northern Italy by Rob and Sandy Krause, this family from Arizona who has planted in Serinisamo. We pray that his outreach ministries would continue to reach into their community and give those that are afraid a true peace in the forgiveness of Christ. We pray that the presence of the church in that area would grow in her influence for the sake of Christ’s name. We pray that you will continue to support the work financially through the generosity of the saints. Thank you for allowing us to be connected to other churches and missionary efforts so that we can see you move across this earth!

We also pray for your care over our team that has gone to minister at Rancho 3M this week. Please watch over them and keep them safe in the work they will be doing and knowing your peace in these unsettling times. Make their ministry powerful and effective and may your Name be glorified through their efforts.

National Topics

The President has called for today to be a National Day of Prayer as we face the coronavirus pandemic. Please give our leaders at every level the wisdom and grace they need for all the decisions they must make at this time. Be with our healthcare workers – for whom this may be the most challenging time of their careers. Be with those who are or who will become sick. For all these people across this land, Lord have mercy. Turn us away from pride and self-reliance and turn us to Christ and to the cross. Pour out your spirit in revival power so that more people are found by Christ in these days than become sick through the virus. Refine your church and equip her to meet the challenge and the opportunity presented by these days and show the world that your arm is not short that it cannot save, nor is your ear deaf that it cannot hear!

Local Topics

We ask your favor on all the churches in Phoenix who are gathering in person or online this morning. As our great shepherd, Lord Jesus, help us to know your love that surpasses knowledge and your tender care over the flock. Be with us in the midst of this trial, Lord, and give us faith to know your presence, so that (as the hymn writer said), “With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm!”

Fellowship Topics

We pray that your gospel will go forward in powerful ways in our body during this time of uncertainty. We pray that you will give us a heart of love to serve instead of fear. We pray that our lives may be marked by “Joy unspeakable, and full of glory” rather than by gloom and apprehension. We ask for your peace that passes all understanding to rest upon each member of our body. These are the fruits of your Spirit, Lord, and you have promised them to us – cause them to grow in abundance in each one of us now! Keep us near the cross, near to Christ and knowing that our sins are nailed there – we bear them no more and we are eternally safe in Jesus. Own us by your Spirit and assure us that the most important thing of all is true for every one of us who is purchased by his blood – it is well with our soul!
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