This Week's Prayer

In fall of 2019, we began "A Year of Prayer:" a new opportunity to share in prayer together as a church family. As we work on the physical building of our congregation, so too we want to build up the spiritual strength of our life of faith together in Christ, through prayer. Each week we will share a prayer, written by a leader in our congregation, on a specific program area of our life together. We invite you to pray this prayer each week as we bring our joys and concerns to the Lord. 
 


Pastors 

Holy God,
      As our Creator, you know us better than we know ourselves.  You know our strengths and talents as well our weaknesses and limitations.  We thank you for calling us to be your covenant people and for pouring out your Spirit to equip us for service.
      Recognizing our diverse talents and gifts, you have called some to be apostles, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers. We give you thanks for our pastors, who have heard and answered your special call to the ministry of word and sacrament.  Thank you for their dedication to your church, both the church universal and our congregation.  
      We ask that you continue to bless their ministry among us.  Grant them wisdom as they seek to equip the members of this church for service in your kingdom.  Inspire them with a vision for how our congregation can witness to a city and society in need of renewal and redemption.  As we move together through this challenging pandemic, we ask that you grant them wisdom, patience, energy and health to deal with the many challenges of leading our church at this time.  And while we affirm the particular call and ministry of our ordained pastors, we ask that you strengthen each one of us as we seek to answer your call to witness in the world and to serve others. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. 
 

-Jim Bridgeman

 

Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.

-Luke 21:37-38

Prayer Archive

August 25, 2019

Neighbor Day

"As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, 'I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.'" - John 3:16-17


God our Creator,

     Christ our Redeemer and Spirit our Sustainer, Your creation calls us to live in community and to serve Your Kingdom here on earth. We thank you for the generous gift of this church, and for this spacious facility in which we are called to welcome our church family as well as our neighbors in this city to join in fellowship, experience the love of Christ, and serve our neighbors in need. We ask for your special blessing on our Neighbor Day event in September. Purify our hearts and ignite our passion for loving your people. Give us the gift of generosity to those in our midst and those who might come into our midst for this event.
     Bless our efforts to collect food for our neighbors in this city who are hungry. Fill our hearts with both joy and compassion as we seek to do good in Your name. Help us to work together and serve you in harmony and faith. Give us such a trust in you to work through this event that the fruits of our labors will be a witness to all.
     Thank you for the volunteers and leaders who will coordinate the many details for this undertaking, give them your spirit of enthusiasm. May your guiding hand be on every aspect of our undertaking.

 

In joy and hope we pray, Amen.

 

- Leslie Saum

September 1, 2019

Youth Group

"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" - Luke 3:21-22


Holy Father,

     Thank you for coming to us as a child in Bethlehem, and growing up in our midst. We are inspired by Jesus, who although worrying his parents, knew what his Father’s business was when he was found in the Temple with the wise ones of his day. We praise you for youth, for teenagers, especially the youth of this congregation and all those who serve with them.

     We hold before you the small group leaders, our Director of Youth Ministries, all who walk alongside our young people, who drive and host and counsel. We think of all of the decisions that face our youth each day. Give them courage to invite friends to Youth Group. Thank you for the gift of the Youth House and the recent renovation. May it provide a safe place for many holy conversations.

     May the strength and witness of this faith community, and the living Word of God, guide each one in every decision, friendship and opportunity for service. Keep us open to listen and learn together we pray.


Through Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.


- Dr. Joyce Emery

September 8 & 15, 2019

Music Ministry

"But Peter said, 'I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.' And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished." - Acts 3:6-11

 

Dear Lord,

 

     We thank you for the gift of music and the people you have given us who ably lead us in worship with music. Their talents are a blessing. We ask that you would use our choir, organist, and others with musical abilities to draw us all closer to you. We pray that your Holy Spirit will continually lead our music ministry to show your love and goodness. May all who hear sense your presence in both their hearts and minds. May your pleasure in our ministries for you be ever increasing, and may all your people grow in pleasing you. Amen.


- Carolyn Gasarch

September 22, 2019

Stephen Ministry Training

"As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them." - Luke 4:40

 

God of compassion and love, Lord Jesus...

 

You walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all. You showed us by example how to love and care for one another. Make known to us your caring presence as we begin this training class for Stephen Ministry. Thank you for the members of this class who heard your call to service and witness. We thank you for those who are a part of this ministry of listening, loving, caring, and supporting. May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of people within and outside of our congregation. Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve.

 

In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.


- Lucille Smiley

September 29, 2019

New Members - Pathway Class

"When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him." - Luke 5:11

 

Dear Heavenly Father,


      We come before you to ask your blessing on all those who will be attending the Pathways New Members Class at National Presbyterian Church. Please encourage those who are looking for a Christ-Centered church family to come and see how we seek to be a witness to God's love in Washington, DC.
     We ask for strength for our pastors and those who will be sharing information about our faith, our denomination, and our church. Be with us as we tell prospective members about worship at NPC and how we encourage our members to grow in their faith and love for Jesus Christ.
     We ask that you prepare the hearts of those who attend; help them to hear your voice and guidance as they decide if church membership at NPC is the right place for them to share their time, talents, and treasures, to your glory. We thank you for your power and might and your love for us as we try to make this important decision.

We ask all these in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


- Barbara Mitchell

October 6, 2019

World Communion Sunday

"Jesus answered, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick...'" - Luke 5:31


Heavenly Father,

 

     Thank you for this reminder that on this particular Sunday, churches throughout the world, in addition to ours, will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion. In your worldwide church, may we be especially mindful of the persecuted Christian; help us to never forget them. Lord, remember them, protect them, strengthen them.
     We come before you knowing that Jesus Christ died for our sins, Christ rose from the dead and that Christ will come again in glory. Thank you God for this gift. May we honor this gift by obeying your commands, by loving you and loving our neighbor. For everyone today, the table is ready.

 

In Christ’s name, Amen.


- May Yamate

October 13, 2019

Sunday Ambassadors

"And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles..." - Luke 6:13 

 

Our Heavenly Father,


     We thank you that you know our every need and that you know what people are seeking as they enter our church buildings. We praise you for each member of the Connections team and each member of our congregation as we serve those who come to have relationship with you, even though they might not yet know your plan for their lives. Help us to be Ambassadors of Jesus and to do your will and to be your voice in our interactions with all those we meet. Guide our conversations.

     We pray that you will use us all to help others to discover the love, grace and mercy that only you can provide. Thank you for the incredible privilege we have in representing you.


In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.


- Wanda Martinson

October 20, 2019

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

 
"A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher." - Luke 6:40
 
Dear Lord,
 
     We praise you for being a Great God, a merciful Savior, and a wonderful Friend. We need your wisdom in seeking and choosing our next Associate Pastor for Care. You know who you are preparing; please help this committee to discover the person you are preparing. Please lead and guide this committee through your Word and by your Spirit. As they do this work for you please increase their love for you, for one another, and for your Kingdom.
 
Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
 
- Lynne Gochnour
October 27, 2019

Scouts

"And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, 'Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.' When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, 'I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.'” - Luke 7:6-9

 

Dear God,

     We give thanks to you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We are grateful for the food that nourishes us, the clothing and shelter that warm us, and for the love of family and friends that sustains us psychologically. We are especially thankful for the blessings of children. As we raise our children, please continue to help us to nurture them correctly, both physically and spiritually so that they may follow in the path of your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
     We would especially like to pray for the children who are participating in Boy Scouts. Please continue to guide the adult leaders of the Boy Scouts, as they teach the important physical and spiritual lessons of Scouting. Help them to ensure that the Scouts learn the true meaning that Scouts are to be “helpful…friendly…clean and reverent” and that Scouts are “to do a good turn daily.” Please protect our Scouts and give them courage as they go forth in their Scouting activities, so that they may learn the important lessons of life, and thereby more fully serve you as their lives progress. Please also watch over the adults, who have generously volunteered their time and efforts to aid in this most worthy endeavor.

 

We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.


- Paul Waymack

November 3, 2019

Service of Remembrance

"Jesus answered them, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.'" - John 12:23-26

 

God our comforter and Savior,

 

     We praise you for giving us life here on Earth. Remind us to never take for granted each day that we get to spend with those we love. Thank you for blessing us with family and friends who walk alongside us in faith.

     On this All Saints Day let us take time to remember each beautiful moment shared together, and the great cloud of witnesses that surround us. Please bring comfort and peace to those who are grieving the passing of a loved one. Remind us that Your Son has prepared a room for each of us, and that there will be a day when we are reunited in Your loving arms. As Paul wrote in the book of Romans, “we are sure that neither death nor life…nor anything else is all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

 

Amen.

 

- Liz Martin

 

November 10, 2019

Online Worshiping Community 

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully." - II Timothy 4:1-5

 

Heavenly Father,


     Thank you for the freedom we have to gather and worship you openly every Sunday. Please be with us as we seek to worship you more joyfully and learn how to love and serve you more faithfully. Please be especially with all those who are worshipping with us online. Even though they are not with us physically, may they feel your love, your grace and your mercy.  As they participate in the service from wherever they may be, help them to hear a word from you, to feel your presence and gain strength from your word. May all who participate in Sunday services, either on-site or remotely, feel more prepared, encouraged and confident as we seek to follow you more closely every day. 

 

We ask this in the strong name of Jesus, our Savior.  Amen.          

                                                        
- Ginny Beeson

November 17, 2019

Milestones for Our Children

"Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, 'Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?' He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, 'Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.' One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 'There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?' Jesus said, 'Make the people sit down.' Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all." - John 6:3-10

 

Dear Lord,

 

     We thank you for the children of National Presbyterian Church. We thank you for their parents who faithfully bring them to church, keeping their vows of raising them in the Christian faith. We thank you for their Sunday school teachers, choir directors and others who volunteer each week to teach them about your Kingdom and your love for each of them.
     We celebrate with our families as their children reach these Milestones of the Christian faith and thank you that we can share this joy with our congregation. We pray that these Milestones will be increasingly meaningful to our children as their faith deepens and they grow in their love for you.

 

In the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.

 

-  Nancy Piho

November 24, 2019

Festival Choir

"On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

-Luke 17:11-19

 

      King of Kings and Lord of Lords, echoes of praise resound across the centuries naming the Messiah, Jesus, as the source of our eternal joy and salvation.Thank you for the inspiration you poured out upon George Frideric Handel in the 1700’s as he sought to give glory to you.

      Bless our “Festival Choir” as members and friends join their voices together to bless us all during this Advent Season as they sing portions of “The Messiah.” Guide our Director Michael Denham, Carolann Haley, our accompanist and Todd Fickley, and each member of the orchestra that our hearts would be tuned to the glory of your praise forever and ever.  Amen.

 

-Dr. Joyce Emery

December 1, 2019

Winter Warmth Drive for the Homeless in DC 

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

-Luke 1:46-55

 

      Loving God, you made the earth and its seasons, and you know and love everyone who lives in your world. As the seasons change and the nights grow cold, we lift up our homeless neighbors to your care. Thank you for moving our hearts to share winter clothing items as the summer heat turns to chilling cold.
      We pray for emergency shelters and permanent homes to be opened up, safe and warm, for those without homes right now. We ask that you would grant courage to those afraid of that next step, and break down every barrier that would keep people away from a safe place to stay.
      Please give us compassion for the vulnerable among us, and grant effectiveness to the church’s mission partners and local service agencies who care for men, women and children without regular places to stay. We all look to you in hope for our true home in the life to come.  In Jesus’ name and in the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

-John Turpin

December 8, 2019

Mission Gifts 

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith."

-1 John 5:1-4

 

      Lord Jesus, your birth is always special cause for celebration among your people. Not for tinsel, but for grace. Not for Santa, but for salvation. As we enter Advent, we ask that you would bless our NPC Mission Gifts, that they might give help and hope to the most vulnerable among us.
      We ask you to hold up especially our mission partners in our city, our nation, our world, who each day, labor to help those who need help most and to spread your Word, bringing it to people everywhere — no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys or their earthly journeys.
      We also ask your blessing and encouragement for the many in our Congregation and staff who serve you in Mission Gifts — the cashiers, the decorators, the organizers, the publicists, and yes, our many Givers. Use this time of your birth, Lord, to draw us nearer to you, and to our neighbors, near and far.  Amen.

 

-Bryan Smith

December 15, 2019

Parenting Series 

 
Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
 
-Luke 2:27-32
 
 
      Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of children! We pray for their parents as they seek to raise their children in a world that often seems hostile or indifferent to the gospel. Give them strength and courage to seek You first. Grant them the wisdom to teach, correct and guide their children according to your Word. We pray that You will use the Parenting Series to help parents lead by example and to provide them with the encouragement of others who will affirm their purpose in raising children who seek to honor and follow You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
 
 
-Amy Thompson 
 
December 22, 2019

Flower Ministry  

"And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?"

-Matthew 6:28-30

 

Dear Heavenly Father,
       Thank you for creating the Earth and all of the fantastic forms of life that inhabit our planet, especially the amazing and beautiful flowers in every color, shape, size and description that delight us and help us communicate our love for you and for each other. 
       Thank you for the women and men who established and have carried on NPC’s Flower Ministry for so many years.  We are grateful for their artistic gifts and their ability to use those gifts to glorify you. Please continue to bless and inspire the members of the Flower Ministry as they continue to create beautiful floral arrangements and displays which serve to reflect your beauty, bring comfort to those who mourn, bring cheer and encouragement to those who suffer and surprise and delight all of us during times of joy and celebration. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

-Joanna Lam & Gerri Hall  

December 29, 2019

Christmas & Christmas Eve Services

"When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road." 
 
-Matthew 2:10-12  
 
Holy Jesus,
As we patiently wait for your coming once again, we ask your blessings on all those involved in the Christmas Eve services at National Presbyterian Church. Few of us know all the work that goes into these services, but we know that they proclaim to many – those who regularly attend, visitors to our church, and some who only attend services occasionally – the fulfillment of the promise you made to your people thousands of years ago for a Messiah. Guide and strengthen all those involved in planning and conducting these services. And open the hearts of all who attend them, so that they may be inspired to boldly confess that you are Kings of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Savior of the world. Amen.
       
- Glenn Schmitt
January 5, 2020

Baptism 

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
 
-Luke 3:21-22   
 
 
Gracious God, creator,
      We thank you for your constant, generous love, given freely and unconditionally. Thank you, most loving father, for all of our blessings, especially for our children, those innocent joys and the future of our faith community.
      At the moment of baptism, we are reminded that you called us your children before we were even born. In your image you made us. In this and every child is planted the seeds of your eternal love. 
      We ask for your special blessing on all children baptized at NPC and their families. Guide us to support their faith journey on earth. Open their heart and mind to Christ. Nourish us with the fruits of the Holy Spirit so we may share a bountiful harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with our community.
 
-Bethany Velasco
January 12, 2020

Facilities Team

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

-Ephesians 2:19-22

 

Dear Father in Heaven, 
      You have blessed this congregation with a beautiful church and campus: a fitting place to gather in your name, meditate on your word, and discern how we may act as your agents to carry out your work and purpose in the world.
      Thank you, Lord, for the hands, hearts and minds devoted to maintaining the church’s physical space and negotiating the challenges and aging systems within that space.  We hold up the entire Facilities Team, Lord, that you will sustain them in their efforts. Please grant them the strength and energy to face the challenges ahead; help them to seek your will when tough decisions must be made. 
      Help us, as a congregation, to recognize, honor and support the work of the Facilities Team. Help us to be very good stewards of all the donations that have been so generously gifted for this work. Encourage those in the congregation with gifts in facilities operation to feel called to come forward and assist the Facilities team in this important work. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

-John Neely 

January 19, 2020

Officer Training

Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

-1 Timothy 3:8-9  

 

Heavenly Father,
      We ask your blessing for those who will participate in our church’s officer training.  We thank you for guiding them to the opportunity to serve you and the congregation of this church.
      As they learn more about the important roles they will have in serving our congregation, guide each of them in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. Give them the moral strength to make decisions that are in the best interests of our church and the community they have been asked to serve.
      During their term in office, help each of them to set examples that will not only encourage others to serve but also nurture the growth of our church. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

-David and Renee Dragics

 

 

January 26, 2020

The Session

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

-Luke 14:7-11  

 

Almighty God and Gracious Lord:
      We are grateful for your church on Nebraska Avenue and the community it creates in the name of your son Jesus Christ.  He has shown us that he is present when we gather together.
      We humbly accept the responsibility to be a self-governed church in our Presbyterian tradition.  We ask for your guidance for our governing body, the Session.  Have the Holy Spirit light fires in the hearts of these women and men who have pledged to serve the congregation so that they may be passionate about leading our church.  Give strength to both Session’s ruling elders (laity) and teaching elders (pastors).  Grant wisdom to the Session’s Moderator and leader, Pastor Renwick.
      Encourage the Session in its new season of strategic planning. Show the best ways that the congregation can serve the community in your name. Let newly ordained elders flourish in the soil of service.  Grow them into great spiritual leaders of the congregation.
      Sanctify too the work of Session’s Executive Committee as it designates elders for specific obligations of leadership at this time of transition. Continue to bless the work of our Councils as they oversee the ministries of the church and its operation.  May they work in harmony with the congregation to make our church reflect your light to our neighborhood, city, and even the world. In Christ’s name. Amen.  

-John Gregg

February 2, 2020

Confirmands and Mentors

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

-Luke 15:3-7 

 
Lord God,
      We praise Your name and thank you for your presence in our lives and the gift of your grace every day.  We offer our gratitude for these young confirmands and their mentors – guide them through this confirmation process as they lean on each other seeking to learn more about you.
      Strengthen the mentors; give them the knowledge to help forge a path for these young Christians toward their confirmation. Bless these confirmands with the presence of your Holy Spirit; may they see You as they seek a better understanding of Your word; gift them with wisdom…with discernment…with insight.  We humbly ask that you energize our congregation as we offer our loving support to all who are a part of the confirmation process.
      Lord, what a blessing it is to come before you and know that you hear our prayers; we praise you for your everlasting faithfulness to us; may our hearts be filled with the love of Christ every day.  Amen.

-Dennis Burgart

February 9, 2020

Family Retreat  

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

-Luke 15:31-32  

 

Heavenly Father,
      We praise you for the upcoming Family Winter Camp and for promising your presence whenever two or more are gathered in your name. We ask that your holy purposes would be accomplished and we thank you, even now, for how you will provide beyond what we can imagine.
      For those who have organized this event, we ask that you multiply their efforts as only you can. We pray for the speaker, for inspiration and wisdom as he prepares his talk on Love Languages. We pray for each parent and child attending. Help them to grow in love for you and for each other and to enjoy the beauty of your creation. Lord, protect them from injury, sickness and the temptation to take this opportunity for granted. We ask that you refresh, renew and strengthen all those participating so they may live lives to your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Amy Thompson 
February 16, 2020

Small Groups  

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

-Luke 17:1-4

 

      Lord Jesus, thank you for setting an example for us while you were here, of the power of a small group. Your 12 disciples, equipped by your Spirit, shared the power of your Gospel, and new believers are added to your family every day because of their faithfulness!
      Our small groups today are no less powerful! You are alive- your Spirit is alive- your Word is alive, and through our small groups we can be reminded of these truths, lay our burdens down together in prayer, and grow in boldness for you and your kingdom!
      Help us be willing to be family for one another in small groups. Grow this ministry at our church in number and in power, Lord, for your good pleasure. Thank you Father. In Jesus name. Amen.

-Lynne Gochnour 

February 23, 2020

Who is Missing  

      Heavenly Father, thank-you so much for all those you have brought through our doors: members, regular attenders and visitors. We pray that all those attending our worship services may feel your love and your presence.
      We pray especially for those who have attended regularly, but whom we no longer see. We pray that wherever they are, may they be surrounded by love, faith and your Holy Spirit. We also pray most fervently, that if there are some in our church family who are “missing,” and need our help and support, that you will lead us to those people, so that we may minister to them in loving and helpful ways.  We pray all this in Jesus’ name, who reminds us that wherever we are, He is with us always.  Amen.

-Ginny Beeson

 

“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

-Luke 15:8-11

March 1, 2020

Men's Ministry     

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.

-Luke 20:27-36

 
 
      As Jesus gathered His disciples from seashores and fishing boats, walking through the community and even a tax booth. He invited them to follow Him in an adventure of a lifetime!
      NPC Men’s Ministry seeks to follow that example - calling men to be Christ’s disciples -reflecting Jesus’ love, grace and wisdom in the places where we walk, fellowship, raise families, worship and work.
      To that end, our prayer is that as we grow in serving the King of Kings, we might be men that faithfully study and apply His Word, pray for the redemption of lives around us near and far, and witness to His hope in the joyous and hard places He puts us. In Christ’s Powerful Name! Amen.
 

-Gregg Gochnour 

March 8, 2020

College Students  

He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

-Luke 12:22-31

     
 
      Lord God, we lift in prayer to you today the many college and university students affiliated with National Presbyterian Church. We pray for those students who have worshipped with us and their families here for many years, but whose studies have taken them to schools around the country and around the world.
      We also pray for those students who have found a home during their college years here in Washington and have made National Presbyterian Church a part of their life in our city. Be with them all, as they seek to know your will for their lives. Give them strength, courage and vision for their futures. Help us to help them, in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.
 

-Nancy Piho

March 15, 2020

Children's Ministry 

 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.
-Luke 18:15-17
 
 
  Heavenly Father, we give you great praise and thanks for the National Presbyterian Church and particularly for its Children’s Ministry. Through your Holy Spirit, countless lives of children and their families have been shaped. You have brought gifted, creative leadership to this ministry which has further drawn committed volunteers whose hearts are filled with Your spirit.
      Please Lord; continue to fill each teacher and leader with wisdom, patience, kindness and compassion as they seek to encourage children in Christ's ways. We pray that the things You want instilled in the hearts of Your children are the things that they show them. Lord, inspire more leaders to step forward and teach the next generation how to walk with you and love others in Your name.
      We pray that many children will receive Jesus Christ as Savior, and build friendships with people they can bless and be blessed by. May the Bible lessons they are taught draw them closer to you. Please watch over them and surround them with your protection. We praise you that you have blessed our Children’s Ministry so richly, and pray that your continued presence may further bind us together in Christ. We ask these prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 

-Sue Lockwood 

March 22, 2020

COVID-19  

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night. For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh. The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span[d] is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!
-Psalm 90: 1-4, 9-10, 11-17
 
 
Merciful God,
      You have seen nations rise and fall, you know every tribe and nation, no language is foreign to you. You better than us know the power of pestilence and disease. We trust your healing mercy.  We praise you for your majesty and might, for your sovereignty across every age.  We know that we are dust, and our time a blink in the span of created history, but hear our pleas for mercy.  
      As fears of the COVID-19 virus capture the rhythm of our daily lives, and we seek to be careful in our personal habits and interactions, heal our land. Guide us as members and friends of the Body of Christ at NPC to be your careful hands and compassionate hearts during this time of distancing. We are so mindful of our elderly, our health care workers, doctors, nurses and first responders. It feels like we are on the precipice of a disaster. Calm our fears. As public places close and businesses and restaurants shut their doors, we are mindful of so many workers, our family and friends, who are losing any type of gainful employment. As the stock market falls day after day, we know of plans and gifts, and futures that will have to be altered.  
      We put our trust in you. Guide us to works of compassion, and careful pursuits, draw us to learn new ideas, and reshape our priorities. Give us a new dose of love and appreciation for our family members.  Draw us to a future where all are cared for and the vulnerable are protected. We believe in the power of amazing grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  
 

-Rev. Joyce Emery