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Joy to the World: A Christmas Prayer

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Father, forgive our foolishness and stubbornness in seeking joy in all the wrong places.

We look for joy in riches, we look for joy in parties and celebrations, we look for joy in successes.

We look for joy in drinks and drugs, in sex, in the victory of sports, in buying and selling, in spiritual experiences that comfort and excite.

Guide us to true Joy, that can only come from You; joy that comes into the world and invites us to receive You as King.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Reign in my life, reign in our lives, reign on earth, as it is in heaven, that all Your creation will take joy in You and Your salvation offered to all through Jesus Christ, Your Son. May we truly glorify and enjoy You forever.

No more let sins and sorrows grow…

Replace our anxieties and fears with joyful trust in You and let the latent distrust that leads to sin be conquered through the love of Your reigning Lordship in our lives and in the world.

Replace our sorrows and mourning with praise and gratitude for Your constant Presence, strength and comfort.

He rules the world with truth and grace…

We give thanks O God, that You rule the world.

We give thanks O God, that You rule with truth and that You lead us to the truth that sets us free.

We give thanks O God, that You rule with grace and that we are led by Your love and goodness that we do not deserve and cannot earn.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on December 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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“Song of Joy for Today”

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! – Psalm 118:24

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

Put away your sorrows, put away your tears,
put away confusion and all your fears.
If God is with us, who can stand against us?
Today is a day of victory!

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

Put away your sin, flee from all temptation,
put away all sadness, all frustrations
God is with us, present with us here;
His love and goodness have come near.

Today is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.
A day to view the beauty of creation,
a day to praise God for all he has done.
Today, yes today, is a day that God has made
for us to rejoice and be glad.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“May God bless all the earth” – A communal prayer based on Psalm 67

ONE:  Almighty and Merciful God, you have been gracious to us and blessed us in every way.

ALL:   Surely you have made your face to shine upon us.

ONE:   Forgive us for our limited view of your blessings; for hoarding and enjoying your mercies selfishly, with no concern to share with others.

ALL:   You have blessed us to share gracious with others, that your way may be known upon the earth.

ONE:   We pray that your saving power will be known among all nations.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   For you, O God, judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

ALL:   Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

ONE:   The earth has yielded its increase; You, O God have blessed us.

ALL:  May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth honor him.

ONE:  May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

ALL:  Amen.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I will give thanks to you forever – A prayer based on Psalm 30

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For I have known the reality and feelings of potential loss in all areas of my life; yet You have drawn me up from the pit.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For I cried out to You and You have healed and restored me.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

For You have brought me through the weeping and mourning of potential disaster and loss of life as I have known it and brought me to a place of joy.

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

The sackcloth gone, the coat of joyous colors now my clothes, my silent distressed heart now gives full blown praise;

O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to You forever!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Mother’s Day Prayer

Our Heavenly Father, giver of all good gifts, we give thanks to you this day for your gift of mothers.  We thank you for our mothers, we thank you for all mothers, and we thank you for those women in our lives who are not are mothers, yet in spirit and in action reach out and care for us as a mother would. We thank you for mothers who have been an example to us of the Christians Faith, those who are led by the Spirit of God in their lives.

Grant that we might be more appreciative of all that mothers do for us.  Grant that we might speak words of thanks and love more often and words of complaint much less.

For the mothers of our lives we pray your blessings of peace and joy; strengthen them in faith, in hope, and in love.  Encourage them in days when they feel overwhelmed with the many tasks and problems of life.  Encourage them when they feel insecure, insufficient for the job, like they have failed.  Lift their eyes beyond the moments of a particular day and help them to see the big picture of mothering along with the successes that are theirs in raising and caring for us their children and their families, as well as those who they have influenced beyond their own families.

  •  Father, we pray for those whose mothers have finished  life’s course. Comfort all who grieve the loss of their mother’s this day.
  • We pray for mothers today, who have lost a child, knowing that a day like mother’s day can open the wounds of grief and pain as they are reminded.  We pray for the many mothers of this country and the world who mourn today, because they have lost a son or daughter in the battles and fighting of war.  Bring your strength, comfort, and      assurances to those who need you today due to such a great loss.
  • For those women who desire greatly to be mothers, but  have not been able to bear children, grant them your peace and grace that they may discover your goodness and joy in their lives.
  • We pray for any who have never known their birth mothers.  Grant them peace in the unknown things of life and grant that they might take joy in those who have been mothers to them in spirit and in action.
  • We pray for those mothers we know who have yet to accept your salvation, may their hearts be opened unto you.
  • For any who have tensions and struggles in their relationship with their mothers, grant this day to be an opportunity for new life and reconciliation.  May love conquer a multitude of sins, may love bring new life.

Father, we know that none can live out a godly and righteous life without you, so pour out your Holy Spirit upon our mothers and all women who seek to serve you in love.  May their lives find satisfaction and deep joy in serving you and your purposes in this world.

We worship you and honor you today O Lord, thanking you for your beautiful and holy design of motherhood and its impact on our lives. Father, you are the giver of all gifts.  Today we thank you for our mothers, bless them today and always through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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