Clothe Me, Blessed Christ- a prayer based on Colossians 3


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Colossians 3:12-14
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Clothe me, Blessed Christ
in my chosenness
my holiness
my belovedness

Clothe me for your great work of love
in compassion and kindness
humility, meekness, and patience
ready to care and companion
ready to share and serve

Clothe me in forgivess
for all who have wronged me and your beloved
forgiveness for my enemies and myself

Clothe me so peace and harmony may be known by all
so all may come to your table and body
beautiful, broken
buried and raised and victorious

Clothe me in gratitude
in your abiding presence
in your nourishing word
in your wisdom
in your community of grace and growth

Clothe Me, Blessed Christ
So all I do, in word or deed, brings you honor
and honors all your children. Amen.


Clothe Me, Blessed Christ © 2021 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Sermon Recording- What Love Looks Like (1 Corinthians 13)


Sermon Series: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
What’s love got to do with it? Everything! It’s the who, what, when, where, how and why of our words and actions as follower of Jesus Christ.

Cornerstone Scripture for the Series: 1 John 4:15-17
God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world.

Message: What Love Looks Like
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 11
Offered 7/17/16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota Florida

Love = Agapebarbara brown taylor love neighbor
Sacrificial, Unconditional, Makes the first move
Love is a choice tied to an action
Not so much an emotion but a motivation

Click Here to see the video of a child hitting then hugging a pinata mentioned in the sermon.

Love is a Verb- Patient and Kind
Love is patient – enduring, persevering, long suffering (verse 4)
Patience is not irritable or resentful (verse 5)
Patience bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (verses 7-8)

Love is kind– caring, generous, thoughtful, compassionate (verse 4)
Kindness is not envious, boastful, arrogant, or rude (verses 4-5)
Kindness does not insist on its own way (verse 5)
Kindness does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth (verse 6)

Harper describing her picture of the monster
“So, like, this is a monster and he is mad because everyone is being mean to him.
But then I come to him and tell him, ‘You don’t have to be mad, just be nice to them’ and then I hold his hand and then he was happy. I’d like to take him home to be happy so he’s not alone.”

I’m excited to now offer mp3’s of my Sunday messages. A huge thank you to Leon and my brothers and sisters at Trinity United Methodist Church, Sarasota for all their help in making this possible. If you’re ever in Sarasota, please drop by for worship Sundays at 9am or 10:30am, or drop by during the week for a chat or small group. You and those you love are always welcome.

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Lord, Make Me Kind

A Little Kindness by Michelle Chiang (aka voodooxfishy)

Micah 6:8 NRSV
He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. – Mother TeresaA Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for living in someone’s skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me unless there is peace and joy finally for you too. – Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. -Og Mandino

If you have not often felt the joy of doing a kind act, you have neglected much,
and most of all yourself. – A. Neilen

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. – Mark Twain

Proverbs 21:21 NRSV
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.

Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
– Charlie Chaplin, in ‘The Great Dictator’

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
-Lao Tzu

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
– Joseph Joubert

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
-Steve Maraboli, A Savior At the Grocery Store

1 Samuel 20:14 NIV
…show me unfailing kindness like that of the LORD as long as I live…

Hidden in simple kindness is the power to change a situation, change a life, change the world. What is God’s power in the world, even the power to create the universe, but God’s overflowing kindness? All the great spiritual teachers tell us this: that loving kindness is not a little thing, or even an ordinary thing. It is a superpower.
– Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Kindness

Galatians 5:22-23 NIV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama

Lord, Make Me Kind
ONE SPEAKING: Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

ALL SINGING: Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands, verse 1
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all,
Healing pain and sickness, blessing children small,
Washing tired feet, and saving those who fall;
Jesus’ hands were kind hands, doing good to all.

ONE SPEAKING: Colossians 3:12 NIV
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.

ALL SINGING: Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands, verse 2
Take my hands, Lord Jesus, let them work for you;
Make them strong and gentle, kind in all I do.
Let me watch you, Jesus, till I’m gentle too,
Till my hands are kind hands, quick to work for you.

For a post entitled Compassion, click here
For a post entitled Little Things, Great Love, click here

For more from today’s featured artist Michelle Chiang (aka voodooxfishy), click here

Jesus’ Hands Were Kind Hands (United Methodist Hymnal #273) Words by Margaret Cropper © 1979, Stainer & Bell, Ltd. (admin. Hope Publishing Company)

Lord, Make Me Kind compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Quotes: Compassion

Shinsetsu (Kindness): Japanese Art by Soniei

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)
Be kind and compassionate to one another,
forgiving each other,
just as in Christ God forgave you.

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
–Norman Cousins

Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it. As busy, active, relevant ministers, we want to earn our bread by making a real contribution. This means first and foremost doing something to show that our presence makes a difference. And so we ignore our greatest gift, which is our ability to enter into solidarity with those who suffer. – Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

Luke 7:12-13 (NRSV)
As Jesus approached the gate of the town, a man who had died was being carried out. He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow, and with her was a large crowd from the town. When the Lord saw her, he had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What appears bad manners, an ill temper or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone. -Miller Williams

The human capacity to care for others isn’t something trivial or something to be taken for granted. Rather, it is something we should cherish. Compassion is a marvel of human nature, a precious inner resource, and the foundation of our well-being and the harmony of our societies. If we seek happiness for ourselves, we should practice compassion: and if we seek happiness for others, we should also practice compassion. – Dalai Lama

Compassion lies at the heart of the authentic Christ-following life. Any spiritual experience – whether it be one of solitude and silence, prayer and fasting, or worship and celebration – that does not result in a deeper concern for our suffering neighbors can hardly be called Christian. The critical test of relationship with the Holy One always involves the quality of our love for those around us. If our communion with God isolates us from the painful realities of our world, inoculates us into an excessive preoccupation with our own well-being, it must be considered suspect. If, on the other hand, it finds expression in greater compassion and a willingness to show care, then it passes the test for genuineness. – Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion

Our times cry out for a mass movement of compassion. This urgent need coincides with the goal of the Christ-following life, for unless our faith makes us compassionate, it can hardly be called Christian. Following Jesus means moving out of our privatized, isolated, and self-enclosed worlds into a compassionate engagement with our suffering neighbor. As we open ourselves to the pilgrimage experience, … we journey from self-centeredness to compassion. May you and I become everyday pilgrims whom God can use to bring healing to our broken world.
– Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion

Mark 6:34 (NRSV)
As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity. When your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes compassion. –Stephen Levine

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.
~ Henry Drummond

When we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection — or compassionate action.
– Daniel Goleman

Give yourself entirely to those around you.
Be generous with your blessings.
A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.
-Steve Maraboli, A Savior At the Grocery Store  

Become as single-minded in compassion as others may be in fear, hate, violence or hard-heartedness. Grant love and blessing without regard either to people’s deserving or to your own fate. Love indiscriminately, and people will witness a truly world-changing power. It’s happened before. It can happen again. Even in your own town.
Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Spread Love

May those without hope
take heart in you, O Christ.
May those with no home
find shade at your right hand.
May those near the end
see beginnings;
May those at the last
become first.
At the foot of your cross, O Christ,
I come in prayer.
O Christ, be my help,
O Christ, be our hope.
~Pamela Hawkins

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