Contemporary Worship Resource: Lift Up Our Face

look upThe instrumental portion of Lift Up Your Face by Third Day is perfect for inserting a scripture or prayer when used in the midst of worship. Here are a couple of ideas…

OPTION ONE: SCRIPTURE
ALL SINGING:
Lift Up Your Face as recorded by Third Day
CCLI Song #5880485
© 2010 Songs From The Quarry
chorus, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus

Instrumental music continues during the scripture reading

ONE or ALL: Psalm 25:1-7 NRSV
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
Do not let me be put to shame;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;
let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord
Teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth, and teach me,
For you are the God of my salvation
For you I wait all day long.
Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord,
and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

ALL SINGING:
Lift Up Your Face as recorded by Third Day
CCLI Song #5880485
© 2010 Songs From The Quarry
Bridge, chorus multiple times, ending

OPTION TWO: PRAYER
ALL SINGING:
Lift Up Your Face as recorded by Third Day
CCLI Song #5880485
© 2010 Songs From The Quarry
chorus, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus

Instrumental music continues during the prayer

ONE or ALL: King of Glory, Lift Up Our Face
King of Glory, lift up our face
You, our Provider and Parent
You, the Maker of All Things New

King of Glory, lift up our face
Bowed low beneath the weight of fear
and worry
and falsehood
So much is out of our control
So much we have brought upon ourselves

King of Glory
Lift up our face
How can we seek your face with our eyes on the dust?

King of Glory
Lift up our face
How can you save us if we keep trying to save ourselves?

King of Glory
Lift up our face
Enter in with Your blessing
Your healing
Your strength
Your salvation
Your glory

ALL SINGING:
Lift Up Your Face as recorded by Third Day
CCLI Song #5880485
© 2010 Songs From The Quarry
Bridge, chorus multiple times, ending

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King of Glory, Lift Up Our Face © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Adapted from King of Glory, Lift Up Our Heads based on Psalm 24
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.

The Touch of the Towel, a poem based on John 13:1-17

towel-and-basinThe Touch of the Towel, a poem based on John 13:1-17, the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet

Jesus, you kneel before me
You remove my shoes and I am exposed
My feet are grimy
full of calluses and cracks
pungent with sweat and toe jam
I’m embarrassed by them
I pull back but you reassure
You’re not offended
I feel welcome in your hands
vulnerable, yet safe

The cleansing begins
I see your reflection in the ripples
I see me, too
Your water brings truth and life
Who I am and who I can be

I am whole and home in the touch the towel
You look at my neighbor and hand it to me

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Click Here for another reflection on John 13, entitled Jesus Washes Feet
Click Here for a reader’s theatre version of John 13
Click Here for a worship resource entitled Christ’s Call to Serve
Click Here for quotes and a worship resources entitled Lord Make Me Kind

The Touch of the Towel © 2011 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.

Prayer: Reworking the Fragments

knitting afghan
Healthy religion, as the very word re-ligio (“rebinding”) indicates, is the task of putting our divided realities back together again: human and divine, male and female, heaven and earth, sin and salvation, mistake and glory. – Richard Rohr

Holy One
You knit us together
And breathe us into being

When our lives remind us of our frailty
When they unravel
and rend
and fray
You gather us in again
Reworking the fragments
With grace upon grace
Until the beautiful new is born

Help us cling to this promise
This hope
Especially in the between time
Trusting the new is coming
Trusting You

Glory to you, our great Love.
Glory to you, our Resurrection.
Glory to you.

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Reworking the Fragments © 2014 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.

Photo Credit: Scrappy Knitting, Completely Couchy Blog

Forgiveness: Seventy Times Seven

Seventy Times Seven by worsethantremors

Seventy Times Seven by worsethantremors

Matthew 18:21-22
“Lord, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?”
“Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy times seven.”

Seventy Times Seven by Steve Garnaas Holmes
Because you will find
that many reasons not to.

Because it will take that many times
to go through the motions
before you do it from the heart.

Because you have to keep setting
that burden down again
until you are free.

Because we never stop
letting go.

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Photo credit: Seventy Times Seven by worsethantremors

You Can Read the Bible: Two Approaches

South Sudan Bible Reading by Steve Evans via Wikimedia Commons

South Sudan Bible Reading by Steve Evans via Wikimedia Commons

I. You Can Read the Bible by Steve Harper
One of the biggest mistakes we have made with the Bible is leaving the impression that only scholars can correctly interpret it. Everything is made so layered, nuanced, and complex that many folks instantly feel they lack the “training” and “horsepower” to make it through all the mazes.

So, they either stop trying or they become passive and wait for the “experts” to tell them what’s “right.” But the fact is, the Bible is intended to be understandable! The original languages do contain levels of insight, but their essential meanings are accessible to us all.

Here is a way to make it so in your personal reading and in your conversations with others. Take a passage, read it, and ask:
(1) What is the big idea?
(2) Why is it important?
(3) Where does it presently connect with my life–or–why is it not a part of me?
(4) Should it be part of me? If so, how can I continue (or begin) to put it into practice?

Most Bible passages will “bear fruit” when these questions are applied to them, either in private or in a group. And when you add to your own inductive study the additional resources of concordances, dictionaries, maps, and commentaries, you will find the messages of scripture influencing your life day after day.

II. SOAP
The SOAP Method for keeping a spiritual journal is practiced by thousands of Christians. I first learned of it from Wayne Cordeiro, pastor New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. For more information on this simple and powerful way of engaging the Word of God, click here for the video on their website.

Here’s a brief summary of the process.
S = Scripture
Read the Bible passage for the day. Copy the verse which catches your attention word for word into your journal.

O = Observation
Write a brief description of what is going on in the passage you read.

A = Application
Write about how your life will be different today because of what you have read.
• Lessons to be learned
• Examples to be followed or avoided
• Promises to be claimed and enjoyed
• A character trait of God revealed

P = Prayer
Write out a prayer for yourself and others based on what you read today.

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Click Here for more information on today’s featured image, South Sudan Bible Reading by Steve Evans

Prayer: Jesus, Help Me Breathe

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust by Cheesysteele

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust by Cheesysteele

Matthew 6:27 NRSV
Jesus said, “Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?”

Jesus, help me breathe
My flimsy barricades of control are failing
Again
Worries pressing in
Closer
Closer
Closer
Stifling
Searing
I’m suffocating in ashen dreams
Help me breathe

Help me believe
All my failure and foolishness
Brokenness and indulgence
Are made whole in your greater grace
Help me breathe

Help me trust you Jesus
And help me trust all you provide
New Life
Perspective
Truth
Hope
Peace
Breathe

What is your will?
What is your desire?
You make the way
You are The Way
Breathe
Breathe
Breathe

John 20:19-22 NRSV
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

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Jesus, Help Me Breathe © 2014 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.