Mar 1, 2015

Prayer of Adoration: O Come, Let Us Adore Him

Here’s an opening prayer from David Beswick.

Opening Prayer of Adoration
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Lord Jesus,
preaching good tidings to the people,
proclaiming release to captives,
setting at liberty those who are bound: 
We adore you. 

Lord Jesus,
friend of the outcast and the poor,
feeder of the hungry,
healer of the sick: 
We adore you. 

Lord Jesus,
denouncing the oppressor,
exposing the hypocrite,
overcoming evil with good: 
We adore you. 

Lord Jesus,
pattern of gentleness,
teacher of holiness,
prophet of the kingdom: 
We adore you. 

Lord Jesus,
dying to save us from our sin,
rising to give us eternal life,
ascending to prepare our heavenly home: 
We adore you.

~ written by David Beswick, and posted on http://www.beswick.info/rclresources/L3B97OS.htm

Reflection on Psalm 19

Roddy Hamilton has written given Psalm 19 a thoughtful treatment.  He suggests:  You need to read this real slow and have an instrumental version of Fields of Gold playing in the background. It is indeed a thing of beauty. Voice A is reading the Psalm and Voice B is interpreting it. Take your time with this one. Enjoy the beauty of the psalmist’s poetry and make space for wonder. Don't let it pass. It’s too valuable.”

Responsive Reading of Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork.

Look to the mountains and see everlastingness…
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.

Search both day and night and watch for the glory of it…
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;

Listen to the silence and hear wonder speak…
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.

Look to the horizon to hear a word about eternity…
In the heavens God has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a beloved from a wedding canopy,
and like a strong athlete runs its course with joy.

Look to the sunrise and enjoy God’s forever-promise…
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them;
and nothing is hid from its heat.

Look to the seasons and live God’s rhythm…
The law of God is perfect, reviving the soul;
the decrees of God are sure, making wise the simple;

Look to creation’s order and accept its wisdom…
the precepts of God are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of God is clear,
enlightening the eyes;

Look to justice and truth and feel their light…
the fear of God is pure, enduring forever;
the ordinances of God are true
and righteous altogether.

Look to the word and recognise its call…
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

Look to God’s commandments and taste their sweetness…
Moreover by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

Look to creation’s order and know justice…
But who can detect their errors?
Clear me from hidden faults.

Look to grace and know its forgiveness…
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;
do not let them have dominion over me.

Look to what brings life and live its example…
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Look to God’s covenant and know its love…
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you, O God, my rock and my redeemer.

The heavens are telling the glory of God.

~ written by Roddy Hamilton, and posted on Mucky Paws. http://www.nkchurch.org.uk/index.php/mucky-paws

Opening Prayer: 1 Corinthians 1

Here’s an opening prayer inspired by 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25.  It comes from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website.

Opening Prayer
(inspired by 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25)
 
Loving God,
we come to you in worship and thanksgiving.
You are greater than we can understand;
open our eyes that we may see the wonderful truths
you have shown to us in Jesus.
You are more loving than our hearts can respond to;
help us to give ourselves to you in worship
so that we learn what you want us to be.
You are wiser than we can know;
still our minds as we worship you
so that we can understand the things you are saying to us.
Loving God, in Jesus
you chose to come to the world in humility.
You chose the path the world saw as foolish.
You used what the world considered weak.
We worship and adore you. Amen. 

~ from The Worship Sourcebook 1.4.42.  Posted on the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship website. http://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/worship-service-a-foolish-message-1-corinthians-1/

Prayer for Others: Psalm 19: 14

Here’s a prayer of intercession inspired by Psalm 19:14.  It was written by Terri C. Pilarski and posted on RevGalBlogPals.

Prayer for Others
(inspired by Psalm 19:14)

Creator God, we come before you
asking prayers for those who lead
nations
cities
churches
homes.

As you poured out your love in the Word
may we hear your word and follow;
may the words of our mouths
and the meditations of our hearts lead us
to you.

Holy One, we come before you -
a people broken into shards of lives
sick,
poor,
hungry
hidden by the limitations of our eyes.

Help us to see as You see
as you poured out your love in the Word.
May we hear your word and follow
may the words of our mouths and
the meditations of our hearts lead us
to you.

God of Mercy, we come before you –
seeking to live as you command, but often failing,
and thus we are torn by
cries of despair
anger
power
control
lost to foolishness and
stumbling blocks
despite your love in the Word

Help us to hear your word and follow
May the words of our mouths
and the meditations of our hearts lead us
to you.

Gentle God, we come before you
giving thanks for all our blessings
the gift of life
hope
faith
love
family
friends
all we care for this day.
Help us to be Your hands.

Incline Your heart, O gracious God, and teach us to love
O Christ, our rock and our Redeemer.
Amen.

~ written by Terri C. Pilarski, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.  http://revgalblogpals.org/2012/03/11/sunday-prayer-lent-3b/

Prayer for Lent 3, Year B

Holy One, Creator of the stars and seas,
your steadfast love is shown to every living thing:
your word calls forth countless worlds and souls;
your law revives and refreshes.
Forgive our misuse of your gifts,
that we may be transformed by your wisdom
to manifest for others
the mercy of our crucified and risen Lord. Amen.

~ from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.  Posted on Thematic, Intercessory and Scripture Prayers for the RCL, Vanderbilt Divinity Library. http://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/