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Prayer of the early morning riser – Mark 1:35

How early did you rise, O Lord, to hear the Father’s voice?

How early did you rise, to breathe the Spirit’s breath?

While it was dark, quite early in the morn you woke; you listened and you breathed.

How lonely was the place, you met in solitude,

Where strength would come, resolve be sure, to follow Father’s will?

To a lonely and deserted place; the meeting face to face,

Only here could soul be forged, the heart bow down, then rise again.

What prayers would fill your mind, your lips, when in this sacred place?

What songs and psalms, laments and pleas would occupy this time?

What answers did you listen for? What answers did you find in fellowship Divine?

Teach us to pray, Lord Jesus. Amen

 

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Isaiah 35:1-10

Almighty God, our Heavenly Father; you have saved us with a great salvation, you have been merciful to us and not dealt with us as our sins deserve, you have graciously blessed us and through Jesus Christ your son have called us your children. You have poured out your Spirit upon us to guide, comfort, empower, and aid us on our journey till the end.  You have poured out your Spirit upon us to strengthen us to serve you in this world.

Yet, there are times Lord, when we feel like we are in the desert just like the prophet Isaiah alludes to.  We grow tired and our strength fails us for we are really weak.  Some of us are discouraged this morning; all kinds of things discourage us. Some of us come with burdens too heavy to bear, for there are all kinds of weights that burden us.  Some of us come with problems, with illnesses, with heartbreak, for this world is not always generous, nor fair.  Some of us come with sin and guilt; our hearts tell us that we are not right with you and our neighbors. Some of us come looking for your mercy and forgiveness.

We know Lord it is not just us individually in need today.  The whole world needs you.  Peoples from every tribe and nation and language stand in need of you today.  Asia needs you.  Africa needs you.  Europe needs you.  South America needs you.  Australia needs you.  All the nations all over the earth need you, for you are the Creator and Lord of the earth

And so Lord, hear our prayers for all those who are needy this day, both great and small.  Hear our prayers for others and hear our prayers for ourselves.

Let there be rejoicing in the wilderness, joyful singing in the desert land of life.  Display your glory and splendor once again and let us see you.  Strengthen our hands, encourage our legs.  Take away our fears and make us strong in faith. Save us, Lord Jesus!

Let the blind see and the lame walk, lead us on your Highway to Holiness that we may truly live for you.  Hear our prayers today.  Let us come and worship you.  Let sorrow and mourning flee away and everlasting joy and gladness be with your people through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“The Spirit of the Lord is upon us” (Luke 4:16-21)

Almighty and Loving God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, together in your loving initiative and purposes in this world.

Give us the grace and power of the risen Christ to believe that through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of the Lord is upon us.  Lift our hearts and minds beyond our selfish preoccupations to see the need of people throughout this world, both near and far away.

We claim your grace and your call upon our lives:

that you have anointed us, to follow Jesus, to proclaim good news to the poor,

that you have sent us to proclaim freedom to people in all kinds of prisons and bondages,

that you have sent us to proclaim recovery of sight to the blind, freedom to the oppressed and the year of the Lord’s favor and goodness to all.

Grant, most gracious God, that we will open our eyes to see the plight of the poor and oppressed, to open our hearts and hands to their need, to open our minds to be transformed in our living lives that reflect your love toward them and all people. We pray that we might not be simply proclaiming in word, but that today, and every day, the scriptures will be fulfilled as we live the risen life of Christ and reflect his glory in the world.

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

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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