This Week’s Congregational Prayer: Gracious and Merciful Lord, as I bow in prayer before you, I want to thank you for being my heavenly father, for placing me in my church family, that I might better know your love and peace and joy, as well as knowing your correction and my need to submit to your will for my life. As your creation continues to spring forth in new life, blossoming into the wonder and beauty of growth, so may my heart be refreshed through the wonder and blessing of your word. I praise you and thank you, Lord, for your recreation of my soul. In Jesus’ name. Amen.