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“In the tomb”

Cold.  Dark.  Still.  Breathless
except for my occasional gasp in the midst of disbelief

Cold. Dark. Still. Dead
Nothing to do or think or feel as I sit with you in the tomb

Just sitting, just waiting, for what I do not know…
For a realization  that its all just a dream, that today did not really happen
That betrayal, denial, running away and death itself did not really happen.

Just sitting, just waiting, for what I do not know…
I only know that I must sit and wait with you in the
Cold dark still breathless place

And so I wait…with you.

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Posted by on March 31, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“Is it with a kiss?” – Reflections on betrayal

Is it with a kiss that you betray?
Is it with a kiss, my friend, you demand your way?
Is it with a kiss, you send me to die?
Yes, it’s with a kiss. I cry. I cry.

Is it with a kiss, an expression of love?
Is it with a kiss, my friend, you try to look good?
Is it with a kiss, you say your good-bye?
Yes, it’s with a kiss. I cry. I cry.

Weep for the loss of one I love.
Weep for the love not yet understood.
Weep for the willful rejection of hearts.
O weep! I cry! I cry!

Is it with a prayer that you betray?
Is it with a prayer my friend, you demand your way?
Is it with a prayer, you say good-bye?
Yes, sometimes a prayer. I cry. I cry.

Is it with a hymn, a word of praise?
Is it with a gift, my friend, you’re offering today?
Is it with your worship, you betray?
Yes, sometimes in these. I cry. I cry.

Weep for the loss of ones I love.
Weep for the love not yet understood.
Weep for the willful rejection of hearts.
O weep! I cry! I cry!

©1995 Jonathan C. Bratt

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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A Communal Prayer of Confession

SILENT PRAYERS: Prayers of the People

RESPONSIVE PRAYER OF CONFESSION:  Pastors

Pastor/Leader:    Lord Jesus, in the silence you have brought to our minds and hearts our actions and words that have hurt, discouraged and impacted the lives of others.  Give us courage to take the prompting of your Holy Spirit seriously today and to take action to confess and seek reconciliation with those whom you have directed us to.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace. 

Pastor:    We have sinned, Lord.  We have wounded You by our actions, our thoughts, and our failures to act according to Your will. We have given into the flesh, the world, and the devil.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:    Our sins are many, our weaknesses inevitable.  We have broken your commandments.  We have not worshipped, as we ought.  We have not listened to Your Word.  We have denied you when confronted with our society’s norms of behavior.  We have ignored you, O God.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:   We have acted spitefully to friends and strangers.  We have fought with our family.  We have been impatient with those less capable than ourselves.  We have sought to be over others at work, school, home, and church.  We have spoken evil of others.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.  

Pastor:    We have neglected charitable work.  We have neglected the hungry, the sick, the poor, the abused child, the imprisoned.  We have not hugged the sorrowing and the lonely.  We have not gone out of our way for those in need.  We have not forgiven those who hurt us.  We have not loved as You have called us to.

PEOPLE:  We come to you, our Savior, to confess our sin and seek your peace.

 

SILENT REFLECTION: Prayers of the People

THE LORD’S PRAYER:  Unison

BENEDICTION:  “Go in the peace, the love, and the forgiveness of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Bartimaeus Prayer” – Prayers from Mark 10:35-52

“Teacher, we want you to do something for us?”

“What do you want me to do for you?”

“Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”

“You don’t know what you are asking. Are you able to drink my cup or be baptized with my baptism?”

“Sure we can. We have been hanging with you quite some time now Jesus, we got this!”

Like James and John I come to you Jesus. I have lots of ideas of what you can do for me. Lots of confidence in my potential to be in charge with you. Lots of confidence in how well I have everything figured out and in place. Well sort of…I still don’t quite get that stuff about going up to Jerusalem and being condemned and mocked and flogged and spit upon and killed. But I am here, with you Jesus, committed and strong, and ready to take the great blessings and public positions you have for me.

Forgive O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Bring pause to my life to stop, to reflect, to understand what you are up to, to learn and to love. Forgive O God, for the self-centered desires emerging even in the midst of the desire to serve, the mixed motivations, the hidden heart that is revealed in quiet and stillness before you.

“Take heart, get up, Jesus is calling you.”

“What do you want me to do for you?”

“Teacher, I want to see.”

“Go; your faith has made you well again.”

“Lord, I want to see. I want to see clearly. Help me to see and follow you on the way. Amen.”

Prayers from Mark 10:35ff

 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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