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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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Lament for Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Charleston

We lament O God, this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Nine dead – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Families broken – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!

Church and community and nation devastated – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!

Hate, violence, guns and bullets – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Hear our cry O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Rise up O God, we have no one to turn to but you.  Take action, Strong and Merciful Father.

Comfort all who mourn in shock, in pain, in suffering.

Feel our pain, collect our anxious hearts and minds.

Come to our aid in every way.

Rise up against the hater, the shooter, the murderer, the unrepentant perpetrators of violence.

Hear our prayers O God, with all our brothers and sisters – this is not the way it’s supposed to be!!!

Rise up, O God, redeem and deliver until “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done” on earth as it is in heaven.” Amen

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Fragile, Broken, Pieces

Fragile.

Sometimes I feel so fragile Father, as if I am one of those pieces of glassware mother never allowed us to play with or get near or touch.  Fragile, so easy to slip, to fall, to break. Fragile from the hand to the floor where I break into a thousand pieces.

Broken.

Sometimes I feel so broken Father, as if the slip and the fall are all that are in my past, all that define me, all that I have to claim as who I am.  Broken. Shattered. Smashed against the hardness of the surfaces that I can no longer bounce from. Far from the hands from which I slipped and fell. Far from the soft and gentle touch that created, shaped, and held. Broken. Pieces.

Pieces.

Sometimes I feel so disjointed, so fragmented, so divided; like so many pieces. Like the stories I heard as a child, of the egg that fell off the wall.  And sometimes it seems Father, that there is no way to even think about getting back on the wall, because there are so many pieces to gather, to repair, to mend with no hands, no glue, no way to put me all back together again.

Fragile, Broken, Pieces.

But then you Father, are the Potter.  Help me trust in your hands. To bring together fragile, broken pieces to hold in Your hands, never to be so fragile and broken and pieced up again.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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One word prayers

Lord.

Lord!

Lord?

Help!

Ouch!

Please.

What?

Who?

Why?

How?

Really?

Wow!

Thanks!

HALLELUIAH!

AMEN!

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Song of Grief – (July 21, 1997)

I sit here, I’m crying, I’m missing you.

My heart aches, my soul grieves in losing you.

And I pray that I may know that its okay,

But inside it simply doesn’t feel that way.

For I’m longing to hear your voice, to touch your hand again.

 

Lord God, Why? Is my questioning.

Yet questions, even answers, don’t take the pain.

I can’t imagine living without you,

It is not a thing I even want to do.

For I’m longing to hear your voice, to touch your hand again.

 

Lord, help me trust in you,

May I find my hope in you.

Though I do not understand

Give me faith to walk thorough valleys of unknown.

 

I sit here, I’m crying, I’m missing you.

I know you are somewhere else, there’s no touch for now.

Yet, my memories will never fade away,

and I will keep them with me to my dying day.

And then will hear your voice

and touch your hand again.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Lament of the Hem Graspers – Matthew 14:36 (NKJV)

They begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.”
– Matthew 14:36 (NKJV)

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?

Have I not begged?  Have I not stretched out my hand to grab hold of the hem of Your garment?

Yet “perfectly well” I do not know.

Has not the woman who released her daughter to You, begged for her safety as she entrusted a life to your care? Has she not grasped to the hem of your garment as she prayed for her child?

Yet, her child is dead. Lost to her for good, in what feeble humanity can only call an accident.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

Has not the fifty-year old man, with a wife and three young daughters, who tried everything to fight cancer; has he not begged and stretched our his hand to touch the hem and find life?

Yet, wellness is not to be found.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

Has not the one with a failing marriage, the battle trodden addict, the poor starving dead, the weak and oppressed suffering the abuses of power, war, and inequity, have they failed to beg enough, strive enough, hold enough, grasp enough for Your attention, Your touch, and Your word.

How long, O Lord? Will You forget us forever?
How long will You hide Your face from us?

In grasping for the hem, with you leave us hemmed in? In longing for the fringe, will you leave us on the fringe?

Now O Lord, turn you head and see those who reach for the hem of Your garment, Turn and see, give them Your full attention. Speak your words of life and of hope, “Take heart, your faith has made you well.”

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?

I beg, I strive, with all who grasp to the hem of Your garment.

 

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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