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This is the day

Blessed are we who come

In the name of the Lord.

 

We thank You

Lord, for You are good

Your love endures for ever.

From Your enduring love

All righteous gates

Open up to us.

 

A willing heart You give me

An open ear I give You

 

I come to do Your will

For this is the day

You have made

We will rejoice

Be glad in it.

 

Amen.

Speak Your calm

Drop Your dews of quiet rest

Till all our strivings cease;

Lord in our soul

Still the strain.

 

Through these storms that rage

Speak calm small still voice

That from this holy ground

Our lives speak—

 

The beauty of Your peace.

 

Improvisio; adapted from “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind,” by John Greenleaf Whitter (1872).

May God give you

May the Lord Himself give you peace

May He in all places give you hope

May He in all times give you joy.

 

May God Himself sanctify you

May He save you all the way

Through and through

 

May His Spirit fill you

May He power you

With love.

 

Make yourself an ark

“‘Make yourself an ark . . .
For my part, I am going to bring a flood of waters on the earth . . . ’”
Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.”
 
I’ve been pondering Noah’s faith. He built the ark, though it was a long time before the rain fell. I then remembered that’s just what Hebrews says: “By faith Noah . . . built an ark . . . .”
He built the ark on the “conviction of things not seen.”
 
Sometimes God nudges us to build “arks,” though there’s no present show of coming rain.
 
Come Holy Spirit, Lord, Giver of Life.
 
Remember the poor who hope in You.
Renew all dreams birthed in the footprints of Jesus.
Resurrect all fallen seed— with the hundredfold blessing.
Amen.

Broken bread

As we take, break, and eat Your Word
So take, break, and serve us
To Your world.
Amen.

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.

Hear our our prayers.

Give us more than dreams.

Give us more than vision.

Give us open wombs.

 

Sprout fruit on all our trees;

Overflowing; more than enough.

Enrich the ground where we stand.

Send Your rain.

 

Amen.

 

In the Bible we read You hear prayer and open closed wombs.
Hear our our prayers.
Give us more than dreams.
Give us more than vision.
Give us open wombs.
 
Sprout fruit on all our trees;
Overflowing; more than enough.
Enrich the ground where we stand.
Send Your rain.
 
Amen.
Holy Spirit of God our Father; Lord of Creation:
Fire our imaginations with images of Jesus’ life
And visions of restored creation;
That as your missionary people
We may with increasing passion
Join You in the works of
Mercy,
Justice,
And charity.
Amen.
When we wash one another’s feet
We join hands with Jesus
For the healing of God’s world.
 
So with towel and basin
Let us get on our knees
Before God.

In big print

Holy Spirit of Jesus,

Gift from our Heavenly Father:

On all our life write in big print the gospel

With words of power and full conviction.

Form our life the cruciform way

With arms outstretched

To the world you love.

Amen.

 

On the blue sea edge
Where big ships wait their call
Where at my feet crashing waves
Never stopping their deafening roar
Where in my soul deep calls
To sound a silent song
At the altar of praise
Where I receive
Peace
Hope
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Hope surprises

Let us tarry for Heaven’s surprises

Where in waiting hearts

Hope surprises with

More than enough

Love to pass

On the way

Of faith.





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