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Blog Archives: March 2016

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March
2016

Prayer : Easter Day

March 27 Alleluia! Christ is risen! “Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” Today, offer all of our Lenten prayers to the Risen Christ, who is seated at the right hand of God. He is alive, and he is mighty to save!   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 40

March 26 Today we wait by Jesus’ tomb. Ask God to help us feel how deeply we need that tomb to be opened, and for Jesus to be alive. Pray that we would long and hope for resurrection.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 39

March 25 Thank God today for the deep, deep love of Jesus. When we walked away from God, God ran after us, knowing he would end on the cross. Ask Jesus to help us begin to feel “how wide and long and high and deep” his love for us is.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
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Prayer : Day 38

March 24 On this night long ago, Jesus asked his disciples to watch and pray. Ask God to help us grow strong in prayer. Pray that we will keep our eyes open to see needs around us, and hearts ready to take them to the throne of God.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
2016

Lent : Learning How to Die

by Karl Digerness, Worship Arts Director Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. — Collect for the The Third Sunday in Lent, Book of Common Prayer Maybe you’ve had this same experience: you’re commuting home from work and as soon as you get home, you suddenly realize you can’t really remember the last 20 minutes of your life. A quick google search reveals it’s not so uncommon. “Highway hypnosis” (or as I’m hereby ...
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March
2016

Prayer : Day 37

March 23 Pray for everyone who will be attending an Easter service for the first time, or for the first time in years. Pray that they will meet the Risen Jesus and be drawn to give their lives to him.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
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Prayer : Day 36

March 22 Pray for our pastors and staff at City Church as they prepare for Holy Week and Easter services. Ask God to be near them and help them experience the power of these services in this very busy time of the church year.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
2016

Prayer : Day 35

March 21 Pray for Christians around the world who are walking with Jesus through Holy Week. Ask God to help us slow down, keep our eyes on Jesus and his cross, and to pay attention to the mighty story of our salvation this week.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 34

March 19 Pray for everyone at City Church who will be fasting in some way during Holy Week. Ask God to help us feel closer to all  who are truly hungry in the world.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
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Prayer : Day 33

March 18 Pray for every child and youth in our church family, and for the leaders and volunteers who serve them. Pray that they will grow to be full of Jesus’ love and grace, and to be people who draw others to Jesus, too.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
2016

Lent through the eyes of the Tenderloin

By Matt St.Pierre, City Hope Associate A good friend of mine who has experienced quite a bit of suffering once told me that he had come to believe that following Christ always includes suffering—either our own, or participating in the suffering of people we know and love.This can seem like a paradox when we consider the resurrection. And yet, to experience the resurrection of Christ includes first identifying with his death, with the cross. This is the rhythm of living that Lent invites us into — joining with the suffering and death of ...
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March
2016

Prayer : Day 32

March 17 Pray for Christians who are persecuted around the world. Pray for those who suffer because they worship Jesus. Ask God to be near them, to strengthen their faith, and to make it possible for them to worship in freedom and share the good news of Jesus with others.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
2016

Prayer : Day 31

March 16 Pray for people who have had to leave their homes because of war, violence, or oppression. Ask God to protect refugees: to provide for their needs, to preserve their dignity and to help them find rest. Pray that Christians everywhere would welcome refugees with compassion, hospitality, and love. May those in stable, safe places respond to refugees with kindness rather than fear.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
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Prayer : Day 30

March 15 Pray for parts of our world that are unsafe, unstable, or torn apart by war, especially: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, Israel/Palestine, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Mali, and Sudan. Pray that world leaders would govern in ways that promote justice and peace.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 29

March 14 The Psalmist sings, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it.” Pray that we will take care of this planet that has been entrusted to us. Ask God to give us a reverence and love for the earth, and always remember that it is not ours to abuse but it belongs to God.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 28

March 12 Pray for Leland House, a home and care center for 45 homeless adults with disabling illness. Pray that the residents would know they are loved, cared for, and not alone. Pray for those who work and volunteer at Leland House, that their service would bring them joyfully closer to Jesus.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 27

March 11 Pray for Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal as they work to make sure every person in their neighborhood has equal access to fair treatment under the law. Pray that our legal system would be just and generous to the poor and needy in our city.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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March
2016

Lent With Children

By Sarah Dahl, Children’s Ministry Co-Director - Sutter Campus Lent sneaks up on me every year. It’s an odd time, for a parent: just as we’re settling into the routine of a new year, a new semester at school, here comes Ash Wednesday and its disruptive insistence that we are more like dead fires, like scattered dust, than anything else. And then there’s the annual indignity of seeing my children marked with ash crosses, and hearing another adult tell them that one day they will die. I’ve been a mother for nine years now, and I am still ...
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2016

Prayer : Day 26

March 10 Pray for New Door Ventures as they support young people in our city by teaching job and life skills. Pray for all of the youth who participate in their programs: ask God to give them courage and support. Pray for the leaders of New Door as they continue to develop an education program for young people who are disconnected from school.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS
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Prayer : Day 25

March 9 Pray for the Kids Hope mentoring program at El Dorado Elementary School. Pray that the children of El Dorado will have spirited minds and open hearts. Ask God to give teachers and mentors stamina, patience, and love.   HOW TO USE THIS PRAYER GUIDE + PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS

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