Day 160 | Wednesday, 26 August 2020 – Lord’s Prayer today at noon.
“God's grace - Supporting, Caring, Surprising. Grace - Tending, Holding, Embracing. Grace -God's amazing grace.”
“Holy God, as the light of the sun is transformed by plants into energy, so we transform your Divine Light into love and service. Open our hearts so we may draw down the Light. Fill us with your presence, and turn our acts of kindness, words of blessing, gifts of service into Light for others. Amen.”
A Prayer of Confession:
“Great God of love, you are lavish in your care for us, stunning us with beauty, answering our prayers, giving us ideas and friends when we are in need of help. Yet how little we take notice of your care, how rarely we offer thanks, how quickly we think we are the only ones concerned. We easily get over-whelmed and overburdened, we seldom feel praise welling up in us, we let whining and grumbling have their way with us.
God of great love let us breathe deeply this day and experience your presence, as fresh as cool water. Amen.”
An Affirmation of Faith:
“We believe in God, Creator of the good earth, where the trees form a corridor of praise and the birds form a choir to welcome each dawn; the holy earth, where flowers spin in delight and the ocean washes pain from the shore; the precious earth, where air, water, fire and living creatures tumble together, sometimes in joyous accord, but often in hurtful disarray.
We believe in Jesus, the restorer of the good path, who leads us into the depths of prayer and the heights of praise, who guides us through valleys of despair and along mountain paths of risk, who beckons us to renew relationships and restore unity.
We believe in the Spirit, who stirred the church into being and continually prompts us to be a river of hope, a stream of care, a fountain of joy and an ocean of love.
We believe in an amazing God, a risen Christ, a life-giving Spirit.”
“We pause to reflect for a moment on your grandeur ..
your creative power ...
your immense presence that fills the heavens ...
your wisdom that dwarfs ours ...
your holiness that renders us poor and helpless in comparison.
We believe in you, and therefore we have purpose.
We believe in you, and therefore we have perspective.
We believe in you, and therefore we have an anchor for our restless souls.
We believe as best our feeble faith allows.
Please help our unbelief and strengthen our faith.
To this we aspire, O God of our ancestors. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
A Blessing: “Whenever we miss the power of your persistent, recycling fountain of grace, O God, shake us up, wake us up, change us. Let us be your people, both now and ever more.”
Quotation: “He who was without sin was baptized in the River Jordan to avoid the sin of standing apart from us.”
-Barbara Brown Taylor