Prayer: O Lord, My Heart is Not Proud

Sunrise over sea
O Lord, my heart is not proud
I trust you and need you and honor your blessed presence

Cleanse and nurture my soul
that I may rejoice in what delights you,
see as you see, love as you love

Cleanse and nurture my soul
so my thoughts are as yours,
so I am quick to respond to your bidding

Cleanse and nurture my soul
so that I may leave this world more as you intend it to be

I place myself honestly and humbly into your care,
for you know me truly and love me completely
Amen

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O Lord, My Heart is Not Proud © 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Save my Soul Good Gardner, a prayer based on the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13.1-9)

seed-sower-jeremy-sams

Based on Matthew 13:1-9

Save my soul, Good Gardener
Evil flies in wanting to steal my hope
Work piles up, insecure boulders ready to crash, leaving no room to root
My faith begins to wither as does our relationship
Distractions grow, choking my gratitude
my perspective
my spirit

Guard me
Guide me
Deliver me
Clear the land
Weed then seed
Nourish the soil of my soul
I long to blossom and bring forth your fruit, a hundred fold

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Save my Soul Good Gardener © 2017 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 Promises of Pentecost
This short, simple script begins with the Jesus’ promises concerning the Holy Spirit at the Last Supper, journeys through Jesus’ promise before his ascension, and on to the fulfillment of those promises on the day of Pentecost. Scriptures include: John 14: 16, 17, 26; 16:13; Acts 1:5-8; Acts 2:1-21

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.

Pentecost Prayer
Adapted from the Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori to 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: What the Fire Gives
Reflection and blessing for Pentecost by Jan Richardson, as found on her blog The Painted Prayerbook

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.

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
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Advent Photo-A-Day: Day 5, Flood

baptism shell waterThe thought behind the photo:
The continuing flow of God’s mercy, cleansing and grace.
Remember your baptism and be thankful!

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 51:1-2 NIV
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 22:22-23 NIV
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” Sing for joy, O heavens, for the LORD has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the LORD has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel.

Take a few moments to worship along with Paul Baloche
as he sings Hosanna (Praise is Rising).

The December 5, 2013 devotion from http://umrethinkchurch.tumblr.com 
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 24:36-39, The Message
But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father knows. The Arrival of the Son of Man will take place in times like Noah’s. Before the great flood everyone was carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ark. They knew nothing—until the flood hit and swept everything away.

What a downer. Here we are preparing for the merriment of Christmas and we read this warning to be on our guard for Christ’s return. What is one to do? Should we stop having fun “carrying on as usual” to focus on being pious? Where are all the rules for how faithful people are supposed to live? What if Christ comes when we’re at the movies or at a party, rather than at church?

The tendency is to feel guilty. We ask ourselves, should I be doing more? Am I really acting like a follower of Jesus?

The Jesus in the book of Matthew is aware of what’s coming, but he is also pretty focused on the needs of the day. In other words, he wasn’t so focused on the future that he ignored what the hungry, the imprisoned, the marginalized needed of him at that moment.

So the exact day and hour? No one knows that. Luckily, we aren’t required to know everything—not even the time of Christ’s return.

What is asked of us is to pay attention.

What spaces in your heart or mind need to be cleared to make room for Christ this Advent?

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Thank you Rethink Church for a great way to make preparing for Christmas more meaningful. Join me and thousands more in setting aside time to reflect, focus, and literally picture the deep themes of Jesus’ birth.

Click here for more information on Advent Photo-A-Day from Rethink Church.

Click here for a master list of links to my submissions. Lisa <><

Prayer: King of Glory, Lift Up Our Heads (Psalm 24)

Psalm 24 by Anneke Kaai

Psalm 24 by Anneke Kaai

Psalm 24 NIV
The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
The world, and all who live in it;
For he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.
He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
Who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O you gates;
Be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates;
Lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty– he is the King of glory.

Prayer: King of Glory, Lift Up Our Heads
King of Glory
Lift up our heads
You, our Provider and Parent
You, the Maker of All Things New

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

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

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

King of Glory
Lift up the latch on every door
That you may enter in
With Your blessing
Your healing
Your cleansing
Your strength
Your glory

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Today’s featured artist is Anneke Kaai. Click here for an explanation of her piece, Psalm 24, from the book The Psalms: An Artist’s Impression. Her work was found via Eyekons, a Multi-Tiered Marketplace for Christian Art.

Prayer: King of Glory, Lift Up Our Head © 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.