Open My Lips- a prayer based on 1 John 1

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Jesus
Light of Life, Light of Healing
Light of Relationship and Saving Love

Open my lips as you open my eyes
Open my lips as you open my ears
Open my lips to declare your praise
Your power
Your welcome
Your hope

Open my lips in all seasons
in all circumstances

You reveal, I receive
New life is born

You reveal, I reveal
Your Kingdom comes
Your family increases
as does the joy

Open my lips

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Open My Lips by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia © 2016
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Prayer: All Will Be Revealed

Nothing is hidden that won't be revealed 2Prayer: All Will be Revealed
ONE:
Timeless One, give us wisdom
to know when to wait and when to act
to know what to pick up and what to leave behind

ALL:
Holy One, give us faith
to stand, trusting all will be revealed
to bow, knowing all will be revealed

ONE:
The hidden will be brought to light
hidden actions of our hands
hidden motives of our hearts
hidden words, hidden thoughts

ALL
Holy Spirit, shine the light of Your love
On all I would rather leave in darkness
Draw out, hold and heal
All I would rather leave untouched

You are near with power to save
Enter the very center of my being
Raise me to new life in Jesus Christ.
Amen.

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Prayer: All Will Be Revealed © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Three short prayers for the new year

Approaching the wave, by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

We seek your truth
Your love
Your healing
You
You will be found
Hallelujah!

Meeting the wave, by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Open my being
to share who I am in you
to receive who they are in you
to rejoice in who we are in you

Welcoming the wave, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Welcoming the wave, by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

For the blessings of today
which remind us of the
blessings of the past
which point forward to the
blessings still to come
we give you thanks

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Three short prayers for the New Year © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Wave series of photographs © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: Rest on Me (Luke 2:22-38)

old hands baby hands2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas
Day 23 Reading: Luke 2:22-38
Simeon and Anna

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;
this man was righteous and devout,
looking forward to the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit rested on him.
– Luke 2:25

Prayer: Rest on Me
Holy Spirit,
as you rested on Simeon and Anna,
so rest on me
Keep me expectant and open to your appearing
Fill my speech with stories of your praise and glory

Holy Spirit,
You reveal salvation to every person
reveal it again to me
Shine your light on every motivation,
on every hidden thing
Pierce my soul
so nothing I say or do opposes you

Holy Spirit,
as you guided so many that first Nativity,
so guide me
Continue to point me forward
eyes open, steady and true
Lead me to a faithful end,
so I may rest in peace forever with you
with others
and with my true self

I trust and pray in the name of the Promised One
Jesus Christ
my Savior and Savior of the World
Amen

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This post is part of the 2014 Bible Reading Plan for Christmas. Click here for more information, including a list of all the readings.

Prayer: Rest on Me © 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Worship Resource: Eyes Open

Christ Icon by Nikola Mihaylov via Wikimedia Commons.

Christ Icon by Nikola Mihaylov via Wikimedia Commons.

Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.
Eyes see the prowling lion. Faith sees Daniel’s angel.
Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow.
Eyes see giants. Faith sees Canaan.

Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior.
Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees his blood.
Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure, a promise-breaker.
But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal
bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.
– Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name

Hebrews 11:1 NRSV
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

The following worship resource was inspired by a devotion entitled Eyes Open by Steve Garnaas-Holmes and is adapted and published here with his gracious permission. I have found Steve’s work consistently beautiful, thoughtful and prayerful and look forward to worshipping alongside him through his daily posts on his blog, Unfolding Light. Consider this an enthusiastic recommendation to join me as a subscriber.
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Worship Resource: Eyes Open
ONE:
On the road to Emmaus,
their eyes were kept from recognizing the Risen Christ.

ALL:
Open my inner eye to see your presence.

ONE:
Thinking the Risen Christ to be the gardener,
Mary Magdalene asked, “Where have you taken him?”

ALL:
Help me see you in all people.

ONE:
The Risen Christ stood on the beach in the morning light,
but the heartbroken fishermen did not know it was him.

ALL:
Help me trust in your presence,
even when I do not feel it.

ONE
Weary and guilt-ridden, Jacob realized,
“Truly, God was in this place and I,
I did not know it.”

ALL:
You have walked with me
even when I did not know it.
Grant me gratitude and trust.
May I ever wonder at your presence
and walk in faith. Amen.

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Eyes Open © 2014 Steve Garnaas-Holmes
adapted by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: Open Our Eyes, Our Hands, Our Lips

Open to the Light, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Open to the Light, photo by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Merciful God, open our eyes
That we may see you at work
In us
Through us
Around us

Prince of Peace, open our hands
That we may release all that weighs us down
The burdens
The critics
The striving in our own strength

Holy Spirit, open our lips
That we may share the story of your saving love
With joy
With authenticity
With a power beyond our capability

All for your glory
All for you glory
All for you glory
Amen

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Prayer: Open our Eyes, Our Hands, Our Lips © 2014 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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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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