2012 DOOR- Denver Mission Trip Sermons from worship
Here are some of the sermons that the youth who attended the DOOR Mission trip shared in worship on July 1st
The face of God still haunts me to this day. We had this homeless simulation. We had split in to groups. It was Jen, Lori, Dylan, Scott, Brooke, Hannah S, and Abi. Us girls went a different way than they guys. We stood in front of a market trying to ask people for a couple of dollars. Most people rejected us but we kept on. There was one lady who had just finished paying the parking meter when we asked. At first she said she had nothing for us. Then she stopped and opened her coin purse and gave us all the change she had. At first it was just like " Oh ok cool" but then I started to feel bad. We kept on just standing aroung when an older gentleman showed up and we asked for money. He said that if we were still there when he came out he would give us money. Ten minutes later he came out. He then asked about where we came from and we had to flat out lie to him. So he gabe us five dollars and told us to stay out of trouble. That is when I saw God's face.
This week we had many obvious God Moment but sometimes it is nice to point out the small things:
- Getting rental cars after we were told they didn't have any for us.
- Safe travels to and from worksites.
- Dry air and sunshine- rain waiting until we were done working
- Nobody getting seriously injured
- Meeting new poeple and forming friendships
- waking up each morning and knowing it will be a good day.
- bonding with the staff members
- nothing getting lost or stolen
- Having caring shaperones
- having a meal three times a day
- past freindships growing stronger.
God we pray for all those who are in need this day :
We pray for Kay, the head cook at Father Woody’s Haven of Hope. We are thankful for her energy and creativity and we pray for her and for all those like her who work to feed those who are hungry.
We remember all those who we worked beside this week praying especially in thanksgiving for the residents of the group home who came to join us in working in the ARC warehouse and who shared with us their years of wisdom.
For all of the anonymous individuals who gave us money when we were experiencing what it was like to be homeless. We will never be able to thank them for how deeply they touched our hearts and we pray for those who are truly on the streets that they might meet others who treat them with such dignity and who help to provide for their real and material needs.
We remember the children who we met this week both at the FCA camp and at the Bridge Project. We pray that these programs and their leadership might help these children to hope for a future in which their possibilities are limitless.
Offering petitions we pray for Sam who works at Metro Care Ring. It often seems tireless to work to solve the problem of hunger and to do so in a way that grants those coming in need a sense of dignity. We thank you God for those like Sam who are willing to work tirelessly on the large problems of this world.
Thank you Lord for the blessing of relationships which we built with those who we helped this week, to that end we pray this day for Libby whose house we painted this week. We thank you for her kind hospitality in providing us with water to drink and with a cool place to rest from the hot day.
You are a God of stories and we thank you that through your spirit you empowered the women of streets hope to come and share their stories with us.
We pray for all those in danger this day particularly remembering the people affected by the wild fires in Colorado and the west. Grant them protection from the fire and safe places to stay while they wait.
We pray for those with whom we shared this week: for the staff of DOOR, that this summer might be filled with blessings for them, and for the youth groups from Hesston, Wichita, and Newton that this week might have been for them a time of renewal and awareness as it was for us.
Lord this day, we especially lift up in prayer Neal Presa( Press- ah) , the newly elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA and we pray as well for all those gathered in Pittsburgh at General Assembly that through the ministry of your Holy Spirit you might grant them wisdom.
And now let us join our voices together and pray as your son taught us saying
Who art in Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom the power and the glory forever
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