Weekly Manna - 17th Sunday After Pentecost

2 October 2022

Increase Our Faith

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. – Luke 17:5-6 ESV

REFLECTION

Today’s Question:
What are you doing to fight injustice?

Prayer For Justice

—Andrew Wilkes, in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

This week’s prayers are written in call-and-response style. One person reads the lines labeled “One,” and the group responds with the lines labeled “All.”

ONE: We affirm that liberation is the divine intent for all human beings,
everywhere, in every age, especially for those who are oppressed, minoritized, and exploited.

ALL: Christ, set us free to experience freedom, justice, and peace.

ONE: We commit to upending injustice, working alongside those who are directly impacted.

ALL: Generous God, supply us with the courage to realize liberation by
interrupting injustice.

Prayer Of The Week:

ONE: Come marchers, intercessors, artists, and prophets.
Come newcomers and those who have tried, tried again.

ALL: Get close, get close, get closer now.
Draw near, ask questions, sing songs, take steps.
We need you together.

Prayer by Britney Winn Lee

Intercession

The Church (Body of Christ
Lord, teach us daily 
1) To walk in unity through humility
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3-4 ESV)

2) To be renewed in the spirit of our minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4: 23-24 ESV). 

3) To repent where we have been seeing Jesus too small and limiting Him. To ask for eye salve that we may have sight to see Jesus rightly and walk in His authority to make disciples of all nations as His salt and light. (Matt. 28:18-20; Rev. 3:18 ESV)  

Personal

Lord, teach me how to protect my connection with You, my spouse and children. Teach me and my household how to walk in honour towards You and each another. May You build Your living altar and place of rest in our hearts and homes. In Your name, Lord Jesus. Amen.
Teach me Your way, O Lord; that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name.
—Psalm 86:11

BLC Community

Father, teach us to walk in gentleness and with a humble mind as we mature as Your heirs and co-heirs in Christ. Heal those are who are hurting and unwell in our midst. Comfort, renew those who mourn. Encourage those who are fearful. Grant us Your wisdom and miraculous provision; and Your salvation for all family members and loved ones. In the name of Christ, Amen.

Nations

But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
– Amos 5:24 ESV

Lord,  realign the foundations of nations to align with God’s values of love, justice, righteousness, mercy and truth. Release Your judgements  on the earth that Your righteousness may be established. We set our hearts and minds to walk humbly, do justly and love mercy. To honour whom You honor.  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen. 

Righteousness & Freedom

Thank You, Lord that You know the plans You have for this nation, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope. We call upon You Lord, and come and pray to You. Hear our prayer.
Establish Your justice and righteousness in the land, let Your truth and mercy flow in and through all the structures of this nation. Heal us, Lord. Come Lord Jesus, come. 

LCM

LORD, speak to every one of your servants in the upcoming retreat. Ignite a fresh fire of love and unwavering commitment in our midst for You, Your  people and Your purposes. Grant Your wisdom and counsel to Bishop Thomas & all of us in LCM family to walk in unity and gracious humility that we may be  Your witnesses – Your light and salt on earth. Teach us to honour each other as Your family as we grow in knowing You deeply, and a heart as to care for each other.  Let us see and proclaim Your goodness on the earth wherever we are. In Your Name, Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do.
Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think’. – Andrew Murray

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
Reformation Service on 30 October,
Sunday @ Luther Centre, PJ @ 4:00 pm
All are encouraged to attend. 

BLC Church Camp

22 to 24 October, 2022

MEM (Men Encouraging Men), Wednesdays
Please speak with Larry.

Tuesday Bible Study, 8.30pm, weekly
Please speak with Janelle

Friday Bible Study, 8.30pm
Please speak with Ling Ling

Giving Tree, 8.15pm, Fridays
Please speak with Larry

TITHES & OFFERINGS

Collections for September  2022
Tithes & General Offering: Rm32,850
Mission Rm700
Agape Rm10,720