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A Prayer for Four Voices (adapted from Lorica of St. Patrick, ca. 377)

The prayer was prepared for a Chapel Worship Service at Roberts Wesleyan College on 10-23-13 in which our speaker, Billy Swann, from Dublin, Ireland spoke on “Faith Mountains Move” from Matthew 21:18-22.

Prayer Voice 1:        I arise today

Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,

Through a belief in the Threeness,

Through confession of the Oneness Of the Creator of creation.

Prayer Voice 2:        I arise today

Through the strength of Christ’s birth and His baptism,

Through the strength of His crucifixion and His burial,

Through the strength of His resurrection and His ascension,

 Prayer Voice 3:        I arise today

Through God’s strength to pilot me;

God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,

God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,

God’s word to speak for me, God’s hand to guard me,

God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,

Prayer Voice 4:        God’s hosts to save me From snares of the devil,

From temptations of vices,

From every one who desires me ill,

Afar and anear, Alone or in a mulitude.

Prayer Voice 1:         Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Prayer Voice 2:         Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Prayer Voice 3:         Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Prayer Voice 4:         Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,

Prayer Voice 1 & 3:   Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Prayer Voice 2 & 4:   Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,

Prayer Voice 1 & 3:   Christ in the eye that sees me,

Prayer Voice 2 & 4:   Christ in the ear that hears me.

Prayer Voice 1:         We arise today

Prayer Voice 2:         Through a mighty strength,

Prayer Voice 3:         the invocation of the Trinity,

Prayer Voice 4:         Through a belief in the Threeness,

Prayer Voice 1:         Through a confession of the Oneness

Prayer Voice 2:         Of the Creator of creation

All Voices:                 Amen.

 

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Out of control

controlHeavenly Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life,

I have come to understand how much of my life is obsessed with control.

I want to be secure, so I try to control processes and ends that give me security.

I want have purpose, so I try to control my time and efforts to assure that they make me feel important and meaningful.

I want success, so I try to control my image and the “truth” about me I want people to know.

I want to be loved, so I try to control relationships in ways that meet my need for people to like and to value me.

I want to control, so that I, like Adam before me, may be like God.

Forgive me, O Father, Creator and Sustainer of all life,

Cause me to trust in you and have faith in your many mercies,

that I may be free from the desire and need to control.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Confessions from An Affirmation that “This is My Father’s World”

Our Father, Creator and Maker of All Things, Sustainer and Lover of our Souls, we give thanks to you this day for the world that you have created and for your faithful love and mercy toward us.

Forgive us Lord, for although, this is your world, sometimes we are so obsessed with ourselves, our gifts and abilities, or our struggles and problems that we fail to discern and recognize this is our Father’s world.

Forgive us Lord, that though all nature sings, we often are silent in giving you the praises that are due to you.

Forgive us Father, for although, you speak to us everywhere, in all of life and all of creation, we often are distracted by the attractions of the world, the flesh and the devil, and we often are more concerned with what we have to say, than we are what you are saying to us.

Forgive us Father, that is the midst of the wrong that seems so strong in our world, we forget that You are the Ruler yet and that Christ is victorious in all things.

We sing “This is My Father’s World”.  Lift our eyes O Lord, to see beyond ourselves, beyond our boundaries of our community, our nation, our race, our perspective, so that we may see the needs of all peoples.  Grow our faith that we might trust that you have the whole world in your hands and that we might actively love and care for the world, even as you do.

Where there famine, bring food, immediate food and long-term solutions to hunger needs.

Where there is oppression, bring freedom and release.

Where there is war, bring peace, bring hope, bring peace-makers.

Where there is sorrow, bring comfort.

Where there are differences, teach us to love as you love the whole world.

We pray these things in name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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