Thursday, 11 January 2018

A Surprising God; A Surprising Life

Our Father
You are a God whose son dies that we might live;
A God who gives that we might get;
   Who serves that we might be saved;
   Who speaks that we might know you;
   Who empties himself that we might be filled;
   Who suffers that we might escape pain;
   Who pays that we might be ransomed;
   Who substitutes that we might be forgiven;
   Who declares us righteous though we are not!


If we choose to live we die.
If we seek ourselves, we lose our souls.
If we serve our desires, we lose our hearts.
As we hold, we lose,
As we take, we weep,
As we lash out, we hurt ourselves,
As we worry, we fear,
As we strive, we miss,
As we serve ourselves, we become lonely,
As we become rich, we become poor,
And as we find ease, we find emptiness.

But if like you we die, then we live,
As we give, then we get,
As we suffer, we find joy,
As we serve, we find purpose,
As we forgive, we find peace,
As we submit, we find freedom,
As we live outwardly, we find inner healing,
As we pray, we are protected.

Father in the light of the cross give us your Spirit.
Change us to
   Sow love where there is hatred;
   Peace where there is war;
   Grace where there is hurt;
   Faith where there is doubt;
   Hope where there is despair;
   Light where there is darkness;
  Joy where there is sadness;
  And life where there is death.

Amen

Thursday, 14 December 2017

John 1:14

Our Father,
Your Son, the eternal Word became human:
He became as us;
He became with us;
He became for us.
He settled among us;
     He enabled us to see him;
     He revealed you to us.
He is now as us;
But we did not recognise him,
And instead rejected him!
What humility!
What grace!
What condescension!
What mercy!
May it not be so this Christmas.
Instead may we know you! Love you! Worship you!
Amen

Thursday, 7 December 2017

John 1 - Christmas 2017

Father,
It is a staggering thought that Jesus
The pre-existent one;
The co-existent one;
The Trinitarian son;
The intellect of creation; 
The spring of life;
And the brilliant light;
Embraced our smallness to become a man; rejected and killed on our behalf.

This truth is both exhilarating and devastating.
That he should live amongst us gives us hope, power, honour, meaning, joy and peace.

We pray this Christmas
Give us eyes with sight that we may see his glory.
Minds of comprehension that we may know his greatness.
Hearts of trust that submit our destinies into his loving hands.
Souls of worship submissive to his beauty.
Lives of adoration that are filled with generosity.
And love that explodes into wonder at what you have done.
For your glory alone.

Amen

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Ephesians 6:5-9

Our Father
Up ahead is a day when we will see.
We will see you.
And then we will know that reality is larger than what we see now.
Help us to see who we labour for.
Help us to see what really matters.
Help us to see ourselves truly.
And live in your presence as we work.
That you may be glorified.

Amen 

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ephesians 6:1-4

Our Father,
You nurture us;
You train us;
You instruct us;
May we honour and obey you;
And submit to your Lordship of our lives.
May we be blessed by you;
And may this blessing overflow into our families;
May they be places of honour, nurture and instruction.
For your glory alone

Amen

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ephesians 5:21-33

Father, replace
Dominance with submission;
Narcissism with sacrifice;
Taking with giving;
Impurity with radiance;
Disdain with respect;
Depravity with holiness;
Ugliness with beauty;
Self-love with radical care;
Selfishness with love;
And conflict with peace.
For your glory alone

Amen

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Surprising God

Our Father
You are a God whose son dies that we might live;
A God who gives that we might get;
Who serves that we might be saved;
Who speaks that we might know you;
Who empties himself that we might be filled;
Who suffers that we might escape pain;
Who pays that we might be ransomed;
Who substitutes that we might be forgiven;
Who declares us righteous though we are not!

 If we chose to live we die.
If we seek ourselves, we lose our souls.
If we serve our desires, we lose our hearts.
As we hold, we lose,
As we take, we weep,
As we lash out, we hurt ourselves,
As we worry, we fear,
As we strive, we miss,
As we serve ourselves, we become lonely,
As we become rich, we become poor,
And as we find ease, we find emptiness.

But when we die, then we live,
As we give, then we get,
As we suffer, we find joy,
As we serve, we find purpose,
As we forgive, we find peace,
As we submit, we find freedom,
As we live outwardly, we find inner healing,
As we pray, we are protected.

Father as we live remembering what you have done,
Help us to sow love where there is hatred.
Peace where there is war.
Grace where there is hurt.
Faith where there is doubt.
Hope where there is despair.
Light where there is darkness
Joy where there is sadness,
And life where there is death.


Amen