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


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.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Romans 4:1-25

You raised Jesus from the dead.
He was delivered up for our trespasses.
He was raised for our justification.
We believe it is true.
Though we do not see it,
We trust that you have credited us with righteousness.
Against all hope, like Abraham, we believe,
Keep us from wavering;
Keep us fully persuaded that you have the power to do what you have promised.
So that soon when we stand before you,
It will be a day of rejoicing and not of judgement.
In Christ’s name alone we pray.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Romans 3:21-31

Father you have taken unrighteous us
And made us righteous.
We who have sinned and fallen short;
    Are justified;
    Recipients of grace;
    Atoned for;
At the cost of Jesus blood sacrifice.

You have punished our sin and changed our status.
    May we know this glory;
    Trust your grace;
    Turn towards your mercy;
    Enjoy your favour;
    Revel in our adoption;
    Celebrate our forgiveness!
We are grateful indeed.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Romans 3:9-20

Our need is immense,
Our hearts are black,
Our love is inward,
Our desires are self-conditioned.
Our actions are hideous,
Our speech deceptive,
Our mouths bitter.
Our feet are ruinous,
Our legacy vile,
Our paths strewn with conflict,
And there is no fear of you in us.

Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.

Lord have mercy on us.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Romans 3:1-8

May we know you, trust you and love you as you are.
May we see you in your word,
Hear you in our hearts,
Trust your constant faithfulness,
Rejoice in your justice,
Tremble at your righteousness,
And live truly with your presence.
May you be to us
God the speaking one,
God the faithful one,
God the just one,
And God the righteous one.


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Romans 2:17-29

We are confident that we are right;
Sure that we are guides;
Self-assured in our knowledge;
Forgive us that we do what we teach against;
We blaspheme your name amongst the nations.
Circumcise our hearts.
Give us a desire for your law.
Inwardly transform us by your Spirit.
For Jesus Christ sake.