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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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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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