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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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Confession and Longing after God – (Psalm 139 and 1 John 2:15-17)

Our Father in Heaven, Creator and Sustainer of all that you have made, Savior and Redeemer of our lives; as we have gathered for worship today we have affirmed our joy in your presence and your salvation. We have been reminded through the Psalm (139), that we can go nowhere in which we are not in your presence, we can never take in all that you are and how great your thoughts and your mercies toward us, and we can always trust in you as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer of our lives. For all of this we give you thanks and pray that our gratitude would grow and show in the way we live our lives every day.

And yet Father, we are challenged by your Word that calls upon us, “Do not love the world or anything in the world…”   We confess this morning, that each and every one of us have not loved you perfectly. We look around and see things in this world that we want. We have craved worldly and sinful things. We have lusted after things that appeal to our eyes. We have boasted about our own abilities and centered our lives upon ourselves in pride. We pray that you will lead us again to the truth, that the world and its desires pass away; that only those who do your will find life and life eternal.

So this morning Father, whatever has caught our eyes, whatever has captured our attention, whatever has led us away from you, we confess our shortcomings and sin, and pray that you will recreate us anew, that you will save us and redeem us from our sin, in thought and in deed, and empower us to live lives that are holy and pure, lives that conform to your will, through the power of Jesus Christ in his resurrection.   Lead us, transform us, and empower us to live a new life in Christ. In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Dance of Home”*

Deep inside every woman and man,

deep inside every child, every teen;

there is a longing, an empty void,

prompting a search for a place to call home.

 

People try, many things, the void to satisfy,

but God alone, has a home, that meets our hearts desire,

quenches a thirst, a fire inside, longing after love.

 

The Father is calling all people,

the Son has opened the doorway to all,

the Spirit sets a place at the table,

for all who will enter the banquet hall.

 

Our longings are filled when we dance with the Father.

Our longings are filled when we dance with the Son.

Our longings are filled when we dance with the Spirit.

Our longings are filled in the Dance of Home.

 

People try, many things, the void to satisfy,

but God alone, has a home, that meets our hearts desire,

quenches a thirst, a fire inside, longing after love.

 

There is a great celebration,

a party with which no other compares.

There will be singing, and there will be joy,

love will be shared in the Dance of Home.

 

Oh, come! Dance with the Father,

Come! Dance with the Son,

Come! And dance with the Spirit,

Come and dance in the Dance of Home.

©1997 Jonathan C. Bratt

*”The Dance of Home” is a song written a number of years ago.  I recently came across the lyrics on an old computer and thought, that should be part of “Groan ups”.

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2014 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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One Desire, One Heart – John 8:28-29

“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he had not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.”

John 8.28-29Jesus, Lord, you who reveals to us both the real heart of God and the true purpose of our lives, grant that in following after you, in dying to self and rising to the life that is in you alone, that we might:

*Do nothing on our own, but only as the Father instructs.

*Say nothing on our own, but only as the Father has shown.

*Trust that You are with us and never leave us alone.

*Always do what pleases you.

In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 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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Change my heart, O God

God of Grace and God of Greatness, You bless us this morning with Your presence.  We are humbled as we consider our place before You.  God of Love and God of Mercy, You bless us this morning with Your Presence.   We are thankful as we consider how You have lavished us with your everlasting love.  Thank You Father, Thank You Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit.

Change.  Lord that is a word we do not like.  Change.  It brings out our deepest fears, plays on our insecurities, leaves us nothing to fall back on but You.  And perhaps that is why life never stays the same, that it is constantly changing; so that we might learn in simple faith to fall in your arms of love and power.

And so we pray this day O Lord, as your people.

Change us. Change our hearts.

            Change our fear into faith, our weakness into strength.

            Change our sinfulness to faithfulness, our despair into hope.

            Change our pride to humility, our loss to gain.

            Change our desires that we may desire only You.

            Change our minds where we have thought wrongly.

            Change our actions, where we have behaved wrongly toward You and toward others.

            Change our hearts, where we have labored to hold on to grudges, bitterness, and anger;

            Change our hearts to forgive as you have forgiven, to love as your have loved us.

            Change our cowardice to boldness in our witness to You.

            Change our priorities, to care about that which you care about: people, lives, love.

            Change our worship, that we may honor You more than pleasing ourselves.

Change us.  Yet not just us O Lord. Change our church, change Your church!  Change our nation, our leaders, those who influence our society. Change the world, bring peace where there is war; help where there are needy, good where there is evil, love where there is hate.

Change our hearts O God.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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