Memorial Day Prayer Service

Memorial Day Saturday 039MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER SERVICE
This service may be offered on Memorial Day itself or sometime during the holiday weekend. As persons arrive they receive a blank index card and a list of local, state and national political offices. The list may or may not include the names of persons holding that office.

You are encouraged to use many worship leaders for the various readings and prayers.

The congregation stands when singing, except during the offering. Feel free to underscore the prayers or scripture readings with instrumental music if you so desire.

For a PDF of this service, click here: Memorial Day Prayer Service 

SONG
God Bless America or America the Beautiful

WELCOME

PASSING THE PEACE/GREETING
At the end of the greeting, a solo trumpet begins to play Taps. A veteran or active duty member of the military in uniform processes in a lit candle and places it on the altar table. He/She then salutes the candle and exits. The congregation remains standing.

Memorial Prayer
ONE:
We gather this Memorial Weekend with persons all over our nation to remember those who make great sacrifices and to pray for God’s promised peace.

Jesus we hear your words, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NRSV)

And so, we remember those who have served in the past: those who are living, those who have died, and especially those who have died while serving. Please speak their names now.

Pause as persons respond.

Merciful God, we recognize these and thousands more who put the welfare of others ahead of their own safety. We are grateful and humbled by their actions. Bless them. Bring help and healing to all who still struggle in body and mind because of what they have experienced. Strengthen and comfort the family members as well, especially those who continue to grieve loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice. Amen

Now, let us remember those who are currently serving as active duty military or as reservists. Please speak their names.

Pause as persons respond.

Almighty God, we are grateful for those who are willing to sacrifice and to serve. Strengthen the men and women mentioned here today and all who risk their lives to protect others. Help all military personnel to serve with honor, wisdom, and compassion. Guard them from hard heartedness, despair, and evil. Strengthen and bless their families, especially when they are separated one from another. Surround them with your protection, your grace, and your peace.

Seat the congregation.

SCRIPTURE: Micah 4:1-4 NRSV
Hear these words of promise and hope from the prophet Micah. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.

ALL:
God of Love, it is your will for the nations to seek you and to know you.
It is your will for us live together in peace, provision and equity.
End the selfishness.
End the mistrust and misinformation.
End the violence.
Bring wholeness and hope to every system, relationship and person broken by war.
Show us where we can join you in your great work of peace.
Give us courage to act and your wisdom to know what to do.
We ask this in the strong name of Jesus
Our Savior, our Lord
The Prince of Peace
Who taught us to pray…

Conclude with the Lord’s Prayer

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 12:14-21 (NIV)
The Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed all their sick, warning them not to tell who he was. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Prayers for Our Country
The congregation is invited to write a prayer for our country on the index card. They then bring it forward and place it on the altar table or altar rail. Prayer at the altar rail is also recommended. 

SONG
Traditional: God of the Ages, United Methodist Hymnal #698
Contemporary: Everlasting God, CCLI #4556538

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 72:1-17 (NRSV)
In ancient times, Psalm 72 was used as a prayer for those who led God’s people. Today we pray it for our leaders.

Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor. May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more. May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust. May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service. For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight. Long may he live! May gold of Sheba be given to him. May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all day long. May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field. May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy.

Prayers for Our Leaders
The congregation is invited to take out the list of local, state, and national political offices.

ONE:
Almighty God, Pour out your Holy Spirit on those who govern our land,
Leaders of our nation, our state, our community and all who are running for office.

Silent prayer for the leaders  

Make our leaders aware of all you have entrusted to their care
and surround them with godly counsel.
Open their minds with wisdom and compassion,
so that all people may be treated fairly and with dignity.
Open their ears to the cries of the desperate and powerless
so cycles of poverty, disease, and abuse may be broken.
Open their eyes to see how best to respond and
open their hearts with courage to do the right thing,
even when pressured to do otherwise.

Dawn a new day of integrity and servant leadership upon our land.
Shower down your Spirit of collaboration for the common good
that there may be lasting peace and plenty for all. Amen.

SONG
Traditional: For the Healing of the Nations, United Methodist Hymnal #428
Contemporary: Your Love Oh Lord, CCLI #1894255

SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 7:14 NRSV
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Prayers of Confession 
ONE:
Lord of All, we confess our dependence on you.
Thank you for extending abundance, mercy, and protection
to our nation through the years.
Every resource, freedom, and opportunity we have is a good gift from you.
Without you, we are lost.

ALL:
In humility, we seek your face.
In repentance, we turn from our ungrateful, destructive and selfish ways.
In faith, we call on your power to forgive our sin and heal our land.

Time of silence for prayers of confession. Follow with words of promise and pardon.

OFFERTORY SONG
Traditional: This is My Song, United Methodist Hymnal #437
Contemporary: Revelation Song, CCLI #4447960

SCRIPTURE: 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NIV)
ours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

Prayers of Thanksgiving
ONE:
Let us give thanks to God,
Maker of Heaven and Earth,
For the blessings and gifts
so freely bestowed upon us

ALL:
Thank you for the beauty and wonder of your creation,
in earth and sky and sea.

Thank you for men and women, boys and girls
who by their words and deeds reveal Jesus Christ,

Thank you for our daily food and drink
And for a safe, dry place to sleep

Thank you for our nation
Our neighbors,
Our families and friends,

Thank you or minds to think,
hearts to love,
hands to serve,

Thank you for health and strength to work,
for leisure to rest and play,

Thank you for freedom
And for all who work courageously and sacrificially
For truth, peace, and justice,

ONE:
Above all, let us give thanks
for the great promises and mercies
given to us and all the world
in Jesus Christ our Lord

ALL:
Alleluia! Alleluia!
Praise and glory be to God
Father, Son and the Holy Spirit
Now and forever. Amen.

SONG
Traditional: For the Beauty of the Earth, United Methodist Hymnal #92
Contemporary: Hosanna (Praise is Rising), CCLI #4662491

BENEDICTION

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Memorial Day Prayer Service © 2013 Nicole Sallee and Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
Original prayers by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.
Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

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Prayer for a Loved One Who Doesn't Believe in God

mother baby holding handsIn her book Prayers for Life’s Ordinary & Extraordinary Moments, Mary Lou Redding offers a prayer for parents to pray when their child doesn’t believe in God. It could be easily adapted for any loved one.

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I was drawn to the simplicity and honesty of this prayer and my own need for it with so many that I love. It seems especially helpful in situations when you and the loved one no longer live near each other or the relationship is strained.

Be encouraged that God never gives up and continues to reach out to all people, including your loved one, including you. – Lisa <><

Father God, thank you for your unconditional love
for each of your children.
I pray today especially for my child
who says he doesn’t believe in you.

Lord, help my child struggling with cynicism and despair.
I believe that doubt is part of the faith journey.
Please send a sensitive soul to encourage my child–
someone who will say words to gently point
this one I love so much toward you.

Loving God, I lift up __________ to you.
Though it is difficult, I release my child to you,
trusting you to continue to work in his life.
Help me to let go and trust
that the seeds of faith I helped to plant will take root
and that my child will grow in the sunlight of your love.

Thank you, dear God, for hearing and acting.
I am grateful that you love this child
much more than I ever could,
and that though I must let go, you never will. Amen.

Set A Fire: a contemporary worship sequence

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Rebecca Brogan

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Rebecca Brogan

Alternate the song Set a Fire with portions of the prayer.
The music continues underneath the praying.

Set a Fire: a contemporary worship sequence
ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)
No place I’d rather be
No place I’d rather be
No place I’d rather be
Than here in Your love, here in Your love
Set a fire down in my soul
That I can’t contain and I can’t control
I want more of You God
I want more of You God

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Breathe into us the breath of new life
Come, Generous Spirit
Bring peace and bring hope
Bring courage for change
Bring freedom from all falsehood and fear

ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Embolden us with the fire of your heart
Come, Pentecost Spirit
Bring light and bring strength
Bring tongues filled with truth
Bring passion for the world to know you

ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Unify us in the ways of Christ
Come, Creating Spirit
Bring gifts and bring fruit
Bring life to dry bones
Bring wisdom to live justice and love

ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit

For a quieter worship time, transition into Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson (CCLI #23488). For a more energetic worship time, transition into Like a Lion by Daniel Bashta (CCLI Song #5675274).

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Today’s featured artist is Rebecca Brogan: visual artist, songwriter/musician, missionary, and philanthropist. Her organization, John the Baptist Artworks, is a not-for-profit min­istry, send­ing all prof­its beyond oper­at­ing expenses to mis­sions and charities, including Gospel for Asia, Samaritan’s Purse, Barnabas Fund, and her own mission work in the Sala­manca Mar­ket of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Set a Fire: a contemporary worship sequence, compiled by Nicole Sallee

Prayer for Pentecost 2012 © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Nicole for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

For more information on the art and the use of this devotional in other settings, please refer to the copyright information page.

Come Holy Spirit: A Traditional Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Altar Table by Gale West

Pentecost Altar Table by Gale West

Come Holy Spirit: An Opening Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday
ALL:
Prayer by Dimitri of Rostov (17th century)
United Methodist Hymnal #466

Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life, and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love, and burn up the thorns of my sins,
kindling my heart with the flame of your love.
Come, my King, sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there,
for you alone are my King and my Lord. Amen.

The accompanist begins playing.

ALL:
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
United Methodist Hymnal #404

At the start of the prayer, the accompanist begins playing the next song softly.

ONE:
Prayer for Pentecost 2012 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Come, Holy Spirit
Breathe into us the breath of new life
Come, Generous Spirit
Bring peace and bring hope
Bring courage for change
Bring freedom from all falsehood and fear

Come, Holy Spirit
Embolden us with the fire of your heart
Come, Pentecost Spirit
Bring light and bring strength
Bring tongues filled with truth
Bring passion for the world to know you

Come, Holy Spirit
Unify us in the ways of Christ
Come, Creating Spirit
Bring gifts and bring fruit
Bring life to dry bones
Bring wisdom to live justice and love

Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit…

ALL:
Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson
United Methodist Hymnal #393

The accompanist stops playing.

The affirmation is spoken by the leader and people as written.

A Modern Affirmation
United Methodist Hymnal #885

ONE:
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is the one true Church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare.

ALL:
We believe in God the Father,
infinite in wisdom, power and love,
whose mercy is over all His works,
and whose will is ever directed to His children’s good.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of man,
the Gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,
the ground of our hope,
and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
as the divine presence in our lives,
whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance
of the truth of Christ,
and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself
in the service of love
as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,
to the end that the kingdom of God
may come upon the earth. Amen.

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Come Holy Spirit: An Opening Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday
compilation © 2013 Nicole Sallee
You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.

Please contact Nicole for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

Prayer for Pentecost 2012 © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

You are welcome to use this work in a worship setting with proper attribution.

Please contact Nicole for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

7 Letters of Revelation: Alive and Awake

alive awake awareRevelation 3:1-6 NIV
The Risen Christ says, “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

There was every indication of life and vigor. But outward appearances are notoriously deceptive; and this socially distinguished congregation was a spiritual graveyard. It seemed to be alive, but it was actually dead…. The reputation that Sardis had acquired was a reputation with human beings – but not with God. – John Stott, What Christ Thinks of the Church: an Exposition of Revelation 1-3

Proverbs 6:6-11 NRSV
Go to the ant, you lazybones; consider its ways, and be wise. Without having any chief or officer or ruler, it prepares its food in summer, and gathers its sustenance in harvest. How long will you lie there, O lazybones? When will you rise from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want, like an armed warrior.

Ephesians 10:14 NRSV
Sleeper, awake!
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.

Jesus did not numb himself or withhold himself from human pain, as we see even in his  refusal of the numbing wine on the cross (Matthew 27:34). Some forms of suffering are necessary so that we can more fully know the human dilemma, so that we can even name our shadow self and confront it. Maybe evil itself has to be felt to understand its monstrosity, and to empathize with its victims. Brothers and sisters, the irony is not that God should feel so fiercely; it’s that his creatures feel so feebly. If there is nothing in your life to cry about, if there is nothing in your life to yell about, you must be out of  touch. We must all feel and know the immense pain of this global humanity. Then we are no longer isolated, but a true member of the universal Body of Christ.
– Richard Rohr

They watch for Christ who are sensitive, eager, apprehensive in mind, who are awake, alive, quick-sighted, zealous in honoring him, who look for him in all that happens, and who would not be surprised, who would not be over-agitated or overwhelmed, if they found that he was coming at once…. This then is to watch: to be detached from what is present, and to live in what is unseen; to live in the thought of Christ as he came once, and as he will come again; to desire his second coming, from our affectionate and grateful remembrance of his first. -John Henry Newman

Psalm 57:7-8 (NIV)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

We’re like kids whining in the back seat, “Are we there yet?” Well, we are there yet. We are here now. But we’re so busy being busy, and whining about it, that we don’t notice. Our busyness is not fruitfulness; it’s fear. We’re afraid of the stillness, afraid of the dark, afraid of what might come up in the silence. We’re afraid of not being in control and of being dependent, afraid of not knowing. We keep busy to stay unconscious. Advent invites us into the dark, into the silence, into wakefulness.
– Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Pregnant Pause

Let me describe what it means to be truly present. Being present involves letting go of our constant preoccupations, immersing ourselves in the here and now, and giving ourselves wholeheartedly to whatever is at hand. … It’s about becoming more aware, alert, awake to the fullness of the immediate moment. If we are with another person, it means engaging with him or her with all of our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength. Such wholehearted attention requires patience, time, and disciplined effort. And it is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to those around us, especially our suffering neighbor. -Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes

Prayer: Break Through
Break through Jesus
Break through the tombs we make for ourselves
Break through the layers of sin and habit
callused eyes
hardened mind
gravelly heart

Awaken us from apathy and busyness and self-deception
We’re just going through the motions
We’re asleep at the wheel of life
Forgive us and awaken us from automatic pilot faith

We know nothing can keep you in the grave
You are risen, just as you said
We trust you to raise us up with you
and to make us alive with your joy. Amen

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This is the fifth of seven posts based on themes from Revelation chapters 2-3. In these scriptures, Jesus reveals the timeless message of what His church should look like.

Click here for a worship resource entitled Awakening.

Prayer: Break Through © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Worship and Preaching Resources for Pentecost Sunday

pentecost fire dovePentecost is one of my favorite holy-days. Through story, song and lots of red Christians celebrate the new birth and empowerment of Jesus’ followers by the Holy Spirit. Our remembering raises up a prayer for God’s fire to fall on us as well, that we too would share the Good News with boldness, welcome, and joy. – Lisa <><

Reader’s Theater: The Story of Pentecost
Retell Acts 2 through the use of multiple readers, a dancer, projected images, some simple staging and a couple of sound effects.

Prayer for Pentecost 2012
This prayer (or song lyric) was born out a hunger for revival. Each verse was inspired by scriptures relating the work of the Holy Spirit.

Wind of the Spirit
An original hymn text which may be sung or spoken

Prayer Service: Naming and Claiming the Holy Spirit
A service of prayer, scripture and song inspired by Francis Chan’s excellent book, Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.

Set a Fire
A contemporary worship sequence of song and prayer

Come Holy Spirit
A traditional worship sequence for Pentecost Sunday including prayers, hymns and an affirmation of faith

Holy Spirit Liturgy
A compilation suitable for the opening of a traditional worship service, including a call to worship, hymn selections, opening prayer and affirmation of faith.

Prayer: Come Holy Spirit
This prayer references many Biblical stories with images of God as Fire and closes with The Lord’s Prayer.

Come Holy Spirit, Come Live in Me
A prayer based on the promises of Jesus to send the Holy Spirit (John 14:25-26, John 16:7) and a passage from Francis Chan’s excellent book, Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.

Worship Resource: Awakening
A compilation of selected verses from Psalm 57 and the song Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan. Recommended for use in a contemporary or blended worship setting.

Pentecost: Christ Proclaimed in Many Tongues
A compilation of quotes and scriptures on this theme

Pentecost: Power to Witness
A compilation of quotes and scriptures on this theme

Pentecost: Wind and Flame
A compilation of quotes and scriptures on this theme plus an original prayer entitled Living God, Holy Inferno

Pentecost: A New Community
A compilation of quotes and scriptures on what the early church looked like as a result of Pentecost

You are welcome to use any of these works in a private or public worship setting with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish any of these works in any form.

Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony

Relay for Life Luminarias, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Relay for Life Luminarias, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

This past Saturday, I was blessed to participate in my first Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony. It was a powerful experience of remembrance, community and hope. As I wrote the names of loved one on bags it hit home that three of our girl’s four grandparents have battled cancer. I love you Memere, Pepere and Papa and trust God one day there will be victory over this disease. – Lisa <><

Click here to read why Relay for Life participants walk through the night.

Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony
ONE:
Merciful God, at the close of this day we gather to claim your promises on behalf of all whose lives are touched by cancer. The darkness is closing in, but the darkness is not dark to you. To you the night is bright as day. Help us to claim your light and life.

In your hope, we light these candles and walk in solidarity with those who are currently on the journey of cancer treatment. Strengthen them. Encourage them. Fill them with your healing love that they may run this race with persevering faith. Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it. (based on John 1:5)

ALL:
Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ONE:
In your grace, we light these candles and walk in memory of those who have died from cancer. Thank you for the gift of these lives. Thank you for the goodness and wisdom you have blessed us with through them. Draw those of us who remain closer to one another and to you. Flood us with your hope, your compassion and your power that we may have victory over this disease. Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ALL:
Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it.

ONE:
Take to heart these words from Psalm 27. As you hear the descriptions of evildoers and enemies, think of them as cancer. (Psalm 27:1-6 NRSV)

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

ALL SINGING:
Selected verses of This Little Light of Mine
By Harry Dixon Loes (public domain)

This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Anywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine. Let it shine. Let it shine.

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Prayer for a Relay for Life Luminaria Ceremony © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
You are welcome to use this work with proper attribution. Please contact Lisa for information and permission to publish this work in any form

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