40 Days of Prayer: Days 22-40

 

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Day 22   July 29
There is indeed a decision we each have to make. Sometimes we have to lay our grudges and offences down and merely choose to forgive. It is hard. It sometimes doesn’t even seem right. But it is the only way to peace. Father, I forgive those who have used me, who have taken advantage of me, who have made me either be a villain or to be less than I am. I release the debt! I will no longer hold to those values which were wrong of my forefathers; rather I will hold to you value of love forgiveness and life. Forgive me and our nation and heal our land.

Day 23   July 30
Father we are tossed from side to side wanting to believe the best but seeing possibly the worst. Others flame the fire to make us be driven by hate. I refuse to let hate drive me. I refuse to be taken hostage by the thought of segments of society. I will honor you Oh Lord and not forget your ways. Enough is enough and our land and our people have had enough! Forgive me where I have failed you and allow me the chance to declare your goodness to my brothers and sisters.

Day 24   July 31
Dear God we need the power of the Holy Spirit! I repent from neglecting so great a power. I am sorry I have neglected His wisdom and guidance and relied on my own on that of my fellow humans. I need the Holy Spirit; Our nation needs an outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Send this Father that we might walk in the power of your love and in the unity of your Kingdom!

Day 25    August 1
Now I repent for holding my black brothers as less than me. That hurts but I repent for both myself and for the people of my nation. Now I repent for holding my white brothers as the cause for my situation or feeling of victimization. Together we repent for all the harm we have done to one another in our thoughts, words, and deed! No More! No More! We are family; one race; the human race. We will learn to live work and love together. In Jesus Name I declare the chains are broken and we together are a free people. In Jesus Name!

Day 26    August 2
Lord I recognize that you chose to have our sins nailed to the cross of Christ; that He bore our sins and our burdens. I again go to the cross and place my personal sins and the corporate sins of our nation there so that Christ can forgive us. Forgive me O Lord! Forgive the people of our land! Bring us to the place where it is not a white person, not a black person, not an Asian person, a Latino person, or an Indian person, but rather just a person. May we learn to walk in this truth as you heal our Land!

 

Day 27    August 3
Father I love You and confess that I have gone astray in so many ways. Our people have gone astray as well with many of our ideologies and philosophies. We have chased the almighty dollar and social status. We have chased fame and fortune when the Greatest Treasure was to always be found in You! Forgive me of my personal greed and forgive the people of our land for our corporate greed. We have done horrible things; enslaving people, taking what wasn’t ours, developing plans and schemes regardless of how others were affected. Now God we have a chance to start over. Forgive our sins and give us a people to start over with; to walk in the Light as you are in the Light; to be that nation whose God is the Lord. We ask for your healing and favor on our lives and upon our nation.

Day 28   August 4
God forgive us of murder. Forgive us for killing others. Forgive us for destroying lives. Forgive us of our racial prejudices. We confess we don’t understand. Our nation has been racially divided; it has also been economically and socially divided. We don’t want race against race and people against people. Forgive us for this Oh Lord. We don’t want to hate or fear others because of the color of their skin. Forgive us for this Oh Lord! I confess that we need a Savior! We need one who can forgive each of us. We need the blood of Jesus to cleanse us from this unrighteousness. Please oh God Forgive us and heal our land.

Day 29  August 5
Lord, we have laid ourselves bare before you. We are unable in our own strength and wisdom to fix this mess we are in. We need you Lord. We need to hear from you. Raise up a people who are not afraid to love one another and who are not afraid to call evil; evil and to call good; good. Some say we are falling apart and some say things are just fine. We say we need you Oh Lord. We need you Oh Lord. You are the only remedy for ourselves and our nation. Come and heal us and our land in Jesus Name.

Day 30   August 6
We have seen killings, terrorism, racial hatred, unforgiveness, acts of cruelty, and the list goes on. We want to see love, righteousness, healing, goodness, hope, and a country that is a beacon of light to the world! Before that we ourselves must be that beacon! Let your light and glory shine on us Oh Lord! We open our hearts and our minds to you. Fill us! Fill us! Fill us!

Day 31   August 7
There is and has been an attack on our nation and upon us. We have given in on many occasions and not heeded your voice. “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of any stronghold that exalts itself above Jesus Christ.” Our system of thoughts will line up with the Word of God! We crush every thought that is against Jesus! We bring into captivity every ideology that stands contrary to God’s Word! This day we declare Jesus is Lord over our nation and over our lives.

Day 32    August 8
God we are your workmanship created for good works before the foundation of the earth. You have placed power and authority within us. The enemy has come to try and strangle us but he will not succeed. You have given us great value. Value to all humanity. Great value to all humanity. We therefore declare we will no longer discriminate according to race, color, socio-economic standing, ethnicity, or any other element. We will stand firm in our resolute to love and to bring about divine change in Jesus Name!

Day 33   August 9
Lord, it looks like ethnicity is rising up against ethnicity, that special interests groups are demanding and separating themselves, that it is an us versus them mentality that nation is rising against nation and that we are approaching the return of the Lord Jesus. Let us not be asleep in doing good, in serving others, in declaring the power of the Cross of Christ to change a person and to change the world. We repent from being asleep and being neutral on far too many issues. We will not be neutral toward Jesus for such is as treason. Forgive us Oh Lord and bring us back to you. Heal our hearts and heal our land.

Day 34   August 10
God you have given us the Spirit of love power and a sound mind we therefore declare that we will use these in order to advance your Kingdom. We will not build our own kingdom but we will work to build Your Kingdom. Restore us to unity Oh God. Bring us to that place where the commonality of manhood causes us to put away all our petty, selfish, and childish ways. Let us be renewed by the life changing power of the cross even though it is foolishness to those who are perishing. We recognize it as the Power of God. Bring us all to that place as one!

Day 35   August 11
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me… Lord I declare I will be a Spirit filled and Spirit led person. Help me in my lack of love and in my attitude toward others. I declare forgiveness over those who have wronged me and ask for a time of reconciliation both within my personal relationships and within our nation. Jesus was in the world reconciling the world unto God therefor let me also be an instrument of peace. Use people and especially your presence to heal our Land in Jesus Name.

Day 36  August 12
Father, I know that life is not fair and the only place the playing field is level is at the Cross of Christ. Bring us to that place in our personal lives and in the life of our nation. We desperately need your healing and forgiveness and a remembrance that all people are created in the image of God therefore hate and prejudice have no place. The devil is a liar! May you have the victory Oh Lord over our thoughts, words, and deeds. May we see a spiritual renewal in our Land in Jesus Name.

Day 37    August 13
How long Oh Lord will the wicked go unpunished? How long before your mercy is turned away from our Land? I thank you that mercy triumphs over judgement and that your promises are yes and amen in Christ Jesus. Again, have mercy on us Oh Lord and teach us again the way to live. Let us return to Your Word and the ways of the Kingdom. Let our Light of love be brighter and let in shine in corners of what were once darkness. Heal our Land in Jesus Name.

Day 38   August 14
Father your Word says we can come boldly before your throne because of the blood of Jesus, therefore we come boldly to You asking for a mighty outpouring of love upon this nation and in our personal lives. Lord we declare you have both the power to bless us and the power to change us! Change our hearts Oh Lord. Change our lives! Change and correct our nation as well. We are a people called by Your Name!

Day 39  August 15
Lord, there have been many people who have lived, fought, and died for racial equality in this nation. There have also been those who have lived, fought, and died against racial equality. The truth from Your Word is we are all one in Christ. We are all one in Christ! This wall of division has been broken. This wall of division has been broken! Let us lay down any malice or hate and let it be replaced by Your Divine Love. I do not know all the answers but I do know You hold the keys. I put my trust in you and may our nation return to you and put her trust in You as well! Heal our Land Oh Lord.

Day  40   August 16
Great it is to dream life’s dreams as you gaze beyond the starry streams. But better it is to live life through and say at the end the dream came true. May our dream of a better land come true. May our dream of a better me come true. May our dream of our nation being one come true. May we walk daily in your light and love. May we love our fellow human. We are all one race; the human race. We have humbled ourselves and prayed Oh Lord. We have repented and we have sought Your Face. We now simply ask; In the Name of Jesus Heal our Land.

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40 Days of Prayers, Day 12 to 21

 

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Day 12 July 19
Lord, we have relegated you to just another deity within our thought processes. That is not true! You are the one true God, Creator of the Universe and the very essence of our life. Forgive us for trusting ourselves rather than You. How can we better love and serve our fellow humans? Forgive us for not being peacekeepers in a time of turmoil and battle. How can we better love you? Our hearts long for your mercy and peace between all humankind. Heal our land Oh Lord.
Day 13 July 20
Lord when we examine the history of our nation we see much bloodshed, greed, and hatred. What began in the Spirit became a work of the flesh in so many areas. We cannot undo history but we can rewrite the future. From all the horrific acts of hatred, greed and bloodshed please forgive us and our nation. We have seen how one in power can destroy another and the one destroyed can live with unforgiveness. Both create sin within our heart. Forgive us and our nation and heal our Land. Let us live together in harmony with all races within our land.
Day 14   July 21
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord. We thank you and love you Lord. You have given us life and health and healing. You have shined your great love upon us. We praise you and magnify your Name. Let us walk in your presence daily and acknowledge you for all Your goodness. Thank you for sending your Son Jesus to be our Savior and Redeemer. It is in His Name we ask you to forgive us and heal our land. You are a Great and Mighty God!
Day 15   July 22
Lord we have laid ourselves bare before you, confessing our unrighteousness and our sin; For while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Now may we live for You. The devil is a liar! We are your children called by your Name. Today we place a stake in the ground and say NO MORE! No more hatred! No more violence! No More sides. It is not black vs white but rather the dark vs the light! May we forever walk in the Light!
Day 16  July 23
Today Lord we declare that our country will serve you! Our hearts will serve You! Our Lives will count and matter! We will honor and respect our brothers and sisters. We will hold dear each and every person. We are ONE! Color is no longer a barrier! We are a United front against Sin and death!
Day 17  July 24
Lord may I find a person today whom I would not normally speak to or spend any time with and may I tell them they are loved! May I move out of my comfort zone and become the person you intended me to be! Forgive me where I have missed opportunities to love and give me insight in how to change this nation. Heal our Land Oh God!
Day 18  July 25
I am undone Oh Lord because I have not obeyed you or loved my fellow human as I should. Help us to tear down the walls of distrust and dishonor. I want to love my fellow human and be a part of a society where the Kingdom of God is seen! Help me to be intentional in my relationships with people who are not like me. Father, reduce me to love in Jesus Name!
Day 19   July 26
Dear Father, I will not shut up, give up, or put up until I go up. You have put a fire within me to be a solution and a witness to your love! I will share that love with all. My life and our nation are intertwined! I am here to be your ambassador of love and hope. All racism, All hatred, all enmity, all lies must go in Jesus Name! Please heal our Land oh Lord and bring us to that place where we can see clearly! Jesus is Lord!
Day 20  July 27
Father, let me not faint on the way to your destiny for me. Let my nation not give in to secularism, to humanism, to anything other than the power of your gospel. I confess we have let other agendas creep in, we have allowed other philosophies to take precedent, and we have neglected the Great Salvation you won for us. Let us forever embrace the Gospel of Christ and truly become the nation whose God is the Lord. Forgive us and Heal our land Oh Lord.
Day 21  July 28
Lord may You raise up Prophets and Prophetesses in the Name of Jesus. May we see young people and children leading the way into your Kingdom. I repent for ever being ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and may I forever proclaim Your goodness and hope to the Land where I live. I repent of ever having no love or cold love. We are one in You Oh mighty King. Teach us to live together a people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and cultures. May we have no agenda but your agenda! May we have no desire but your desire! May You heal our hearts and our land in Jesus Name!

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Earnest Sanders

Sanders' 58th Anniversary
Earnest & Georgia Sanders on their 58th Anniversary, January 2013. Georgia passed in 2014.

Funeral Arrangments for Earnst Sanders

UPDATE: Visitation for Mr. Sanders is Sunday, July, 17th only, sorry for any inconvenience

James H. Cole Funeral Home
16100 Schaefer  Detroit, MI 48235   313-835-3997
Visitation: Sunday, July 17, 2016  9am-9pm

Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church
Celebration of the Life of Earnest Sanders
Monday, July 18, 2016
Family hour: 10:00 am   Worship Service 11:00 am

Hello Friends
Last night, July 10, 2016, Mr Earnest Sanders went home to be with the Lord. He had been home from the hospital almost 2 days when he had a fall at his home. He is a man who will be remembered by many, loved and respected, and dearly missed!
Please pray for the family.
Blessings to you all

Wayne

Happy Anniversary: Pastor Wayne & Deb

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Happy Anniversary to Pastor Wayne and his wife Deb. They have enjoyed 31 years of wedded bliss. May they have many more.
Friday, July 15th, following Food Pantry, Pastor Jerry will teach a class for all who would like to become Assisting Ministers. Helping with Holy Communion, reading the scriptures, ushering and more will be discussed. Please email the office if you wish to attend.
The church office will closed this week. Emails and phone messages will be answered.

Message from Pastor Wayne

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I am deeply saddened and disturbed by the recent upheavals in our country and around the world. Senseless killings, murders, and human destruction seems to confront us daily. I don’t know why young black men are victimized and murdered by those in authority. I also don’t know why police officers were recently ambushed and murdered in Dallas. I also don’t know why over 40 people were murdered in Orlando. We can all surmise one reason or another but the truth is this: pure evil has been unleashed!
God help us! The Bible says where sin abounds Grace the more… Meaning we need the Grace of God to be poured out upon humanity that we may love more perfectly, that we may tolerate differences, that we may embrace the power of the Cross of Christ where we can each find forgiveness and healing. It is not a time for sugar coating and playing make believe. We are in a real crisis. It is a call to prayer!
Will you join with me in the 40 days to pray daily for the peace and restoration of our country and its people? When somebody asks my race I only have one answer; Human. That’s it. So from one human to another let’s pray and rebuke this evil and usher in the Kingdom of God’s

Love, Pastor Wayne

Day 1: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14    Here is where we start…

 

Message from Presiding Bishop of ELCA

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Last night and through this week, there was more tragic news of violence and lives taken. This news has impacted the daily lives of many in this church and in the neighborhoods where we serve.

Please join us in prayer.

Praying and lamenting the ongoing violence in our world and across our country.

Praying and lamenting the loss of lives due to gun violence and racism.

Praying and lamenting for the needs of the whole human family.

Today, July 8, at 11:30 a.m. (CDT) the ELCA will be live streaming a service of prayer and lament from the offices of the churchwide organization over the loss of lives due to gun violence and racism. Watch live and join with us in prayer at ELCA.org/blacklivesmatter. A recording of the worship service will be available for those who are unable to view it live.

Please join us.

In the days ahead, we must consider how we might join together, and with ecumenical partners, to dismantle systems and structures that perpetuate hatred and violence in church and society.

But in this moment, our calling is to a ministry of presence. A ministry of “showing up” with each other and especially with the members of our congregations and the people in our communities.
God’s peace,
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lenten Service canceled Wednesday Feb. 24

Because of poor weather, the Lenten service this evening has been canceled. A Lenten thought is provided below.

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Have you ever noticed that the feel of the music in many churches changes at this time of year? Right now we are in the season of the Church Year known as Lent. During Lent, the sounds and singing in many of our churches could best be described as “sad” or “somber.”

Do you know what gives the music that sad, somber sound? Oftentimes it is because it is written in a minor key. In the music of our Western culture, songs are generally written in either a major or minor key. If they are written in a major key, they tend to sound more cheerful or upbeat. If they are written in a minor key, they tend to sound somber, sad or even scary.

Go to YouTube and listen to hymns like O Sacred Head Now Wounded and Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted. They sound sad and somber. They sound like a funeral. They are written in a minor key.

Lent is life lived in minor key. During the 40 days of Lent we follow our Savior Jesus on his dark and difficult road to the cross. We see him suffer. We watch him die. We are reminded that it is our cross which pressed down on his shoulders. It is our dumb and dirty deeds which caused his pain. Lent is a time of repentance and sorrow over sin.

But is Lent really such a sad season? Jesus bore that cross willingly in love. And because he did, we are forever forgiven for every last one of those dumb and dirty sins. Look carefully at the words of those “sad” and “somber” hymns that we sing during Lent. “If my sins give me alarm and my conscience grieve me, let your cross my fear disarm; peace of conscience give me” (Jesus, I Will Ponder Now Christian Worship 98:4). As we cling to the old, rugged cross, we are reminded that we will exchange it one day for the crown of heaven. Is that really something to be sad about?

Scientists call the coastal regions where fresh water and sea water mix an estuary. Lent is an “estuary” where the bitter tears of sorrow over sin are mixed with the sweet, joyful tears of sins forgiven.

So, as you live life in minor key during this Lenten season – as you sing those sad, somber melodies – make sure you listen carefully to the words. Yes, it is your sins that caused his suffering. That is your punishment which he bore. But he did so willingly in love. Because he did, you are forgiven. You are going to heaven. When we really listen to the words, we come to realize that the sad, somber songs of Lent are really the happy hymns of heaven.

By Rev. Andrew Schroera

Hedy Hedman

Eleanor Hedman, known to all as Hedy, died on Christmas Eve 2015. She was a long time member of our church and was treasurer of the Women’s Association for many years. Unable to live on her own, Eleanor Hedman (Hedy) moved, earlier this year, to be close to family in Minnesota. The funeral will be there, plans have not yet been announced.

Ahead of her time, Hedy was a businesswoman who owed and ran a book store of church and religious supplies for many years. A pillar of our church, she was a walking history of the Lutheran church in Michigan. In the photo below, she is shown (left) being interviewed by Ken Mirjah, with help from Joanne Grierson, during our Centennial celebration in 2011.

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Pastor Wayne’s Christmas Message

From Pastor Wayne:

In 1972, Johnny Nash wrote and released the popular hit; “I Can See Clearly Now.” What a great line!
A little over 2,000 years ago three astronomers went in search of a King only following a star lite in the night. Both of these actions and thoughts deal with the issue of focus. Clarity, Vision, Purpose, and Hope are all components of seeing clearly and being focused. A cataclysmic event took place over 2,000 years ago that has changed the face of life on planet earth. It involved an obscure village and a seemingly uneventful birth, but the angels in heaven as well as our three travelers were of a different mindset. FOCUS! Larry King, famous CNN talk show host was asked if he had the choice of one person to interview in all of history who would it be. He stated it would be Jesus Christ and the one question would be to ask him if he indeed were born of a virgin. The reason behind this question was that the answer would explain history.
If indeed the virgin birth were not true then Jesus would not be God and his sacrifice would be only on the human level. This historical and supernatural event does indeed help explain the depths of human history. By being born of a virgin Jesus is indeed fully God and fully man. It is absolutely a miracle, both natural (child birth) and supernatural (conception).
In this season of Christmas and Epiphany I want to encourage you with these thoughts. If you believe in Christmas then you believe in miracles; and some can happen! May you experience the miracle of God’s love in your heart and soul as we journey together in this thing called life.

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Christmas Around the World: December 19

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Saturday, December 19 at 4:00pm is our Christmas Party! The Sunday School will present their special program on “Christmas Around the World”. The kids have been working hard and this issue to be a special treat.

After the program, we will have out annual Christmas potluck, so bring a dish to share. All this excitement will leave us ready to have a joyous Christmas carol sing-along.
Do not miss this Christmas triple play of children, Christmas carols and a meal with Christmas cheer.

Food Pantry: Thrivent & Harvest Bounty

Thrivent  milk give away at the Food Pantry.
Thrivent milk give away at the Food Pantry.

The Food Pantry continues to serve our community. Recently, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provides extra funding for milk. Through Gleaners, we are always able to provide fresh vegetables or fruit to our clients.

We always give away fresh vegetables and fruit at the Food Pantry. Last week, with the bounty of a Michigan harvest season, we had even more than usual.
We always give away fresh vegetables and fruit at the Food Pantry. Last week, with the bounty of a Michigan harvest season, we had even more than usual.

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