Week of July 18th

Father, as your children, we give you thanks for the abundance of your goodness which you have stored up for those who fear you and which you have worked for those who take refuge in you in plain sight for all the world to see. You have made your love for us clear by sending your Son into the world so that we might live through him. We know that we are able to abide in you, Father, because you have given us your Spirit. As we live this new life of love, fear is cast out, and we are able to love our brothers and sisters. We have come to know and to believe the love the Father has for us.

We rejoice in knowing you, Father. Our joy is made complete in you only. All other loves pale as we behold your beauty. You have given us work, loved ones, and a mission as a church to impact Indianapolis with the gospel – but none of these compares to the surpassing greatness of knowing you. Give us a heart of worship to know you more.

The joy of the Lord is our strength.

As a church, we are thankful for the unity we have with other believers. In our arrogance, we often see only our own needs, and we cultivate ambition in our hearts. Teach us instead to pray for your kingdom and for your will to be done.

We thank you for the formation of the new Central Indiana Presbytery. May we begin to love our city and our entire region by first loving those we call our regional church – our family of churches. We ask that as we host the inaugural presbytery meeting in September, you would give us one heart and one voice to glorify you, Father. We pray that you would bless these sister churches with godly leaders, vibrant worship, expanding ministry, and intimacy with you:

Two Cities Church in Lafayette, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Brownsburg, Christ Community Church in Carmel, Crossroads Community Church in Fishers, New City Church in Irvington, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Muncie, Grace Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Christ Presbyterian Church in Richmond, New Life Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, and the Reformed University Fellowship at Purdue

Let our love be genuine. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, may we honor those you have chosen and loved and blessed.

Finally, we thank you for our leaders, those you have called to be our shepherds and teachers. We pray for our elders, deacons, teachers, staff, and community group leaders - that they may handle the gospel message and shepherd us with integrity. We ask that you would care for Scott, Betty, Candace, and Sammi Sluder this week as they mourn the passing of Scott’s mother. Comfort them with the comfort they have given us in our times of need.

Surround them with your love, and shelter them under the shadow of your wings.

We pray all of these things in the name of Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep and the Overseer of our souls. It is his name we magnify and his kingdom we serve. Amen.

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