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My Heart’s Desire

To walk as You walked

To see as You see

To love as You love

This my prayer, my heart’s desire

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Posted by on November 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Deliver me from the god of the stomach

I have told you these things many times before. Now I tell you again with tears in my eyes. Many people live like enemies of the cross of Christ.  The only thing they have coming to them is death. Their stomach is their god. They brag about what they should be ashamed of. They think only about earthly things.  But we are citizens of heaven. And we can hardly wait for a Savior from there. He is the Lord Jesus Christ.  

– Philippians 3:18-20

Deliver me O Father, from the god of the stomach.

It is easy to consider myself in the good group, the friend of Jesus and his cross. It is easy to point a finger at the woman over there, the guy at the office, and the many others who do not seek You, who feed their physical appetites 24/7, who brag about their sin, and who think only about earthly things.  But I am with you God.

Until I get honest, until I get really honest and admit to myself and confess to You that much of my life, in thought and in action, is about feeding the god of my stomach.  I want that which satisfies, that which taste good, that which makes my body feel comfortable and good. I am among those who don’t seek You, who excuse my sin and brag about my pleasures when You call me to a different life.   I am among those who think a great deal about earthly things. I am among those who think that heavenly things are far off, a reward for my “better than others life” at the end of my pleasures in this life.

I confess then O God, to myself and to You:

I serve the god of my stomach, of my physical and bodily desires and in so doing I do not always serve You and Your eternal purposes in the world.

I seek, not just Your will, so that I may live for you, but my pleasures so that I might enjoy my life.

My mind is most often on controlling life to make me feel some comfort, some joy, some enjoyment of heart and mind.  Even in my practices of faith, I choose to worship my way, with my music, with my tastes always ruling over what I will devour.

Lord Jesus, forgive me then:

for the times I am ungrateful, demanding a little more salt, a dash more of pepper, a little different taste to satisfy the palate and the stomach while many go with little or nothing.

for the pleasures I seek, I engage in, and thrive on, believing there is life to be found among the things that lead to death.

for the need to control, to have my needs met my way, and for how this often shapes my prayers and worship.

Hear my prayer, O Holy Spirit and deliver me from the god of my stomach so that I my be among the citizens of heaven, who can hardly wait for the Savior, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.  

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2017 in Scripture prayer

 

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Wrestling with God

Like Jacob, I wrestle.

         I wrestle with you the whole night, until that sacred touch upon my joints, the touch that leaves me healed and humble.

         I am healed for all my strivings, all my manipulations come to naught, in the recognition that I cannot win my own life, make my own way, find my own destiny, but can only entrust myself to the love and mercy of the one who loves enough to come and wrestle. 

        And I am left with an eternal reminder, that despite all my axious plans and pursuits, that it is You who creates and sustains.        

        It is You that attends the daily walk of the crippled one that I am.  It is grace that calls me to walk with You.

Like Jacob, I wrestle until I trust the ladder is for real.  

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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We need you (Psalm 22:1-10)

Gracious and Loving God, we readily admit this morning that we need you every day and every hour of our lives. Yet, we like the Psalmist (Psalm 22:1-10), we also find ourselves confused sometimes.   There are situations in which we cannot see your loving hand.  There are times when we feel as if you’ve left us in the dark with no way out.   As we gather here today, we lift to you all who need you:

for those who need your comfort and peace,

for all who need your healing touch and rest,

for all who need your courage and strength,

for all who need forgiveness and newness of life,

for all who have been mistreated, hurt, bullied, and abused,

for all who need hope in the midst of the struggles and darkness they are in right now.

Hear our prayers for all of these and for all people who acknowledge our need for you when we struggle with doubts, fears, and unbelief. Lord, hear our prayers, through Jesus Christ, who suffered and died and bears our burdens with us.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2017 in Chapel worship, Scripture prayer

 

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Prayers for the beginning of a new semester

Our Father in Heaven,

At the beginning of a new semester create in us a new desire, a new curiosity, and a new love for you and for the truth that we find through observation, study, and learning in this college community together.

Grant O Lord, that as students we might have courage and resolve in the hours and days of this semester to open ourselves to new perspectives, new ways of seeing, and new ways of understanding how all things find life and fulfillment in you. Grant that as you have given your best for us, that we may give our best in reading, in writing, in conversations, and in exploring in the many ways you have created us to learn.   May all learning lead us to be better people, loving and caring people, better prepared to serve you in the world.

Grant O Lord, that our faculty might have courage to serve as guides as we explore and learn and are challenged by new ideas and perspectives.   Give them strength and resolve in head, heart and hands to call all the best in us as students and all together in this campus community.

Grant O Lord, that all our staff, in every department and role, might have courage and resolve to serve you and your people with love, excellence, and goodness.   May our work always be work unto the Lord, in the joyous tasks and in those that make us feel challenged.

Teach us in the community to show love to one another, grace to all, and the fruit of the Spirit in every conversation, every meeting, every meal, and every interaction.   Give us the heart and mind to pray and support one another as we give this semester to you for your glory and purposes.

In the name of the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2017 in Chapel worship

 

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An abridged “Irish Prayer”

The Love of the Father is all around me,

Jesus Christ before me.  Christ behind me.

Christ at my left and Christ and my right.

The Holy Spirit dwelling within me,

therefore I will love and serve Him my whole life long.

*From the prayer attributed to St. Patrick.
 
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Posted by on December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

A Congregational Responsive Reading of Psalm 46 – led by two voices

Reader 1:     God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Reader 2:     God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

All:              “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Reader 1:    Because God is our refuge and strength we will not fear, though the earth should change.

Reader 2:     Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;

Reader 1:     Though its waters roar and foam,

Reader 2:     Though the mountains tremble with it tumult.

All:              God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Reader 1:     There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.

Reader 2:     God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;

Reader 1:     God will help it when the morning dawns,

Reader 2:     The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice and the earth melts.

All:              The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!

Reader 1:     Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what he has done.

Reader 2:     He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; and burns the shields with fire. 

All:              “Be still, and know that I am God!”

Reader 1:     “I am exalted among the nations.”

Reader 2:     “I am exalted in the earth.”

All:             The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge!

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Congregational prayers, Scripture prayer

 

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