Matthew 2:2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
My King and my God, the celebration of the wise men’s visit at Epiphany is still a month away, but images and songs of the Magi are already everywhere. This Saturday I pray for the Bear River East Baptist Church. May they indeed be wise men and women of the east. With their pastor, Fred, may they be truly guided in the good work to which You have called them in these days. You have prospered their ministry: continue to show them favour.
Amid the festive events and preparations of early December give me pause to seek You and honour You, Lord Jesus. You are the Way for me to follow: I thank You. You are the Truth for me to know: I open my mind and heart to You. You are the Life for me to live now and forever: bless Your holy name! Amen.
Malachi 3:1 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.
Practical God, You appear in down-to-earth ways, as You stood among us in Christ two thousand years ago. I thank You for those moments when I do know You, right in front of me, suddenly appearing in a temple, so to speak. Sometimes the temple is a Church, gathered to praise and pray. Sometimes the temple is under the trees in the forest. Sometimes the temple is in the pages of a book. Sometimes the temple is in the eves of a neighbour. Praise You! You are Reality with a personality.
This weekend, make Yourself so real to my brothers and sisters of the Bear River East Baptist Church. Bless Pastor Fred and that Church family with all the hopes of Advent. Strengthen their sense of ministry in the area. Help them fulfill all their good plans. In Your power: Father, Christ, and Spirit. Amen.
James 2:15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
This new day, Creator, the wind has died down, the rain pauses, the temperature is a bit warmer. But the winter is coming, and some people will find this a hard season. May all who come to Digby Baptist Church for the Free Winter Clothing Give-Away be blessed as much as possible. And, whenever I have plenty of, well, anything: may you inspire me to be generous.
This weekend I praise You, great and good God. And I pray now for other congregations: Culloden Baptist Church, Ashmore Baptist Church, Rossway Baptist Church, and Plympton Baptist Church. Especially inspire the people of Rossway as they have their final service with their Pastor, Sharon. And speak clearly with Plympton, as they celebrate the baptisms of believers this weekend! In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Isaiah 42:10 Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
you islands, and all who live in them.
I lift up my heart to You, my Source, my Grace, my Friend, my Lead, my God. From my point upon the wide earth I join my praises to those of millions, this weekend. Looking out upon the waters, I rejoice in all that is created. Sitting down to eat, I am grateful for all that supplies my bodily needs. Communicating with others, I seek purpose for my life and your will in all things.
In these days, may You ‘meet with’ Your people in my own church, and with the Tiverton Baptist Church, and First Baptist Annapolis Royal. May these brothers and sisters know they are far from being loners in Christianity, but are with us, part of a team. Glory to You, Mighty One, who bind us together with Christ and the Spirit! Amen.
Matthew 15:29 After Jesus had left that place, he passed along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up the mountain, where he sat down.
Your travels, Master, in Palestine show how local and down-to-earth Your life was. It was ordinary, in a sense. You were simply human. In Your days here, You walked everywhere, as others did. You did not get far from home, like I do, so easily. You went from seashore and crowds of people to hilltops for solitude. Keep training me, I pray, for such balance in my life.
Mighty Miracle Worker, we are praying this weekend for the ‘Church on the Lake,’ Middle Sackville Baptist Church, NB. May they keep on discovering how You walk among them, and empower the ministry that they share. I also pray for folks who are close to us, who need help, and would be blessed by Your powerful touch: Dwight, Joe, Peter, Jack, Mandy, John, Dick… my list goes on and on. Thank You, Jesus, for reaching them all – and me. Amen.
1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
God, marvelous Three-in-One, on this weekend I approach Your throne of grace. Your unity appears perfect and beautiful: Father, Jesus, Spirit. You are the heart of relationships, and bind all things together. Inspire me all the more to learn my part in this universe, this world, this race of humanity, this community, and the Church.
I call out today because of the divisions and animosity that have arisen between many people at this pandemic time. It can be so sad and hard, how people don’t get along. So much is because of their differing attitudes to health and socializing amid COVID and the guidelines that keep changing. Let there be miracles of understanding, of protection and safety, of wisdom and just action. As my congregation meets this weekend, I pray for the Victory Baptist Church, Rexton, NB – let that fellowship also be one as You, Jesus, and the Father and the Holy Spirit are one. Amen.
Exodus 16:4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.“
Jesus: Bread of Heaven, I turn to You in prayer so that I may be sustained, by soul fed, and my path led. Today is World Food Day, and the theme this year is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.” Divine Provider, I think my food is basically quite safe; I intercede for those whose food is lacking and is not safe. For the health of those who are hungry or diseased, I pray. Help us who are healthy and rich to share much more.
Master, Your teaching is food for our minds. Today, guide the Annapolis Digby Baptist Association, that this group of churches may learn afresh to associate well together. And when congregations meet tomorrow, bless the Grangeville Baptist Church in NB. Let their worship be sweet and Your guidance be clear. Amen.
Genesis 13:10 Lot looked about him, and saw that the plain of the Jordan was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar…
“Lord, lift me up and let me stand by faith on heaven’s table land; a higher plain than I have found, Lord plant my feet on higher ground.” This Thanksgiving weekend, dear Lord, I rejoice and give thanks for the rich blessings that surround me. To You be the glory on this glorious weekend.
As believers gather to worship You, Creator, I pray today for the Uplands Baptist Church of Moncton, NB. May that congregation be lifted up, like a city on a hill, and shine with the light of Jesus into their community. May they be blessed in the challenges of covid protection, that divide so many opinions. And may their worship be sweet and true this Thanksgiving. Amen.
Acts 15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.
Holy One, though You are available everywhere, I praise You for the moments that are special, the places that stand out as holy, the groups that are following Your way, and the occasions that are filled with Your Spirit. And, glory be!, when I heard stories from other people, I see that You meet them differently than You have met with me. For the diversity of faith experience I rejoice, Mighty God: Your ways are wonderful.
This weekend I am called upon to pray for the Second North River Baptist Church, near Salisbury, New Brunswick. May their fellowship, discipleship, and service in the community be encouraged and strengthened. May they be a light shining on a hill for Jesus. Amen.