Today we had a change of venue for the contemporary service at HFUMC .We were in the sanctuary instead of the gym, our regular location. With little time for a full rehearsal & sound check, it was a scramble, but it all came together.
Here’s Sunday’s setlist:
“Mix your praise with prayer and your worship with intercession” (Kent Henry)
I’ve been in hundreds of worship services and prayer meetings.
Humble, lovable worship dude has put in his 10,000 hours.
Yet, sometimes I struggle when leading congregational prayer.
Some of us are not skilled in the art of prayer.
If the prayer is off the top of my head (extemporaneous), it might lack depth and thoughtful connection to the theme at hand.
I can default to safe, well-worn cliche’s. Sometimes I repeat the same prayers I’ve uttered many times before.
Other times my inner space cadet may come out and I might even say something, well … stupid.
Now I know that would never happen with you.
But I have heard some wacked-out public prayers that seriously crossed the line into bad theology. Just sayin’ Don’t let that be you either.
Here’s a better way.
I wrote this prayer to find words of intercession when the earthquakes were striking Japan in 2011. It was my second blog post and has ranked as one of my highest page views. It’s been on my mind since the Costa Concordia disaster.
What follows is an edited version that can be applied in different contexts.