Shared during Sunday Worship on January 21, 2024.
All-wise God, our hearts overflow with gratitude because we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Together, we thank You, God, for being so intentional in forming each of us, particularly for these little ones who have received baptism before You today. At this time, we don’t take for granted the love of family and friends, the laughter in this space, and the leadership that our Brick community continues to show. Through these young ones and each of us present here, may we see Your hand move in our lives to the glory of Your name!
You are doing new things in our world today, God. For all who defy this season’s wintry conditions to get primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of the world’s economies running, we are thankful!
Compassionate God, in many places, there is darkness and despondency. Quiet all destabilizing forces and sources of hurt. Lord Jesus, you came to us as a child, would you fill the hearts of this world’s young with your cheer and care in these times? Invade all war-torn territories, especially Ukraine and Gaza, with Your comforting peace and filling provision. Likewise, we bear up Israel and Russia and ask that You reign through and through in our world, God!
O God, may the faith we hold and the joy that fills our hearts percolate this space and the streets of our nation. May our lives and relationships not miss your restoration and rest, Jesus. And may we know You more than we have ever done. In Jesus’ name. Amen!