Lent

Prayer for Peace

Heavenly Father, we come to You today with heavy hearts and weary souls, the weight of this world’s brokenness pushes down on us, heavier and heavier every day. How long Lord will we wait for Your return? How long must we endure the hurt of this life? We cry out to you, Lord, have mercy. 

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Disaster and tragedy surround us. We pray for those wounded, physically and emotionally, may your peace provide them healing. We pray for those who mourn the loss of loved ones, may your comfort overwhelm them.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who find themselves confused and angered by the brokenness and devastation in our world. As they weep and wonder, may they find assurance and serenity in You.

Lord in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lord, take our hurt, our fear, and our pain, replace them with forgiveness, with trust, and with comfort. Move your church to bold acts of love, of compassion and generosity. This is our prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Nothing But The Blood

"Nothing But The Blood" was written by Baptist preacher, Robert Lowry (1826-1899). Stylistically, the hymn uses an adapted call and response posing first a question and then providing an answer. The main theme of the song continually points singers and listeners alike to the forgiving work of Christ on the cross.

What can wash away my sin? 
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
What can make me whole again?
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

For my pardon this I see
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
For my cleansing this my plea
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Nothing can for sin atone
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
Naught of good that I have done
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

This is all my hope and peace
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus
This is all my righteousness
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

Oh precious is the flow
that makes me white as snow
No other fount I know
Nothin’ but the blood
Nothin’ but the blood
Nothin’ but the blood of Jesus

CCLI # 7064076
Written by Robert Lowry
Arranged by Blake Flattley

photo by James Harris