Merciful Father, thank you for your word. Thank you for the honor of preaching it and teaching it. Thank you for time to study it deeply. Thank you for translations in my native language. Thank you for faithful mentors who open your word to me.
Christ Jesus, save me from taking your word for granted. For tuning out at a familiar passage. For twisting your word to my advantage or viewpoint. For using your word as a weapon. For being prideful and hardhearted in what I already know. For staying in the shallows, obsessing in exegesis. For allowing work and trouble to choke the grace of your word’s correction and consolation.
With the help of your grace, I surrender and submit again to the calling you have placed on my life as a follower and a leader. I need you, Holy Spirit. Come, tend the soil of my soul. Keep me soft in your hands, that your word would root deep, grow true, and bear fruit in season and out.
For the building of your kingdom, for the salvation of your world, for the honor and glory of your name alone, blessed Trinity, I long and pray. Amen
The power is from you, Glorious One
An extraordinary power to persevere
and to speak
It comes to my mortality
to my frail clay
to my dust
You hold me and wash me and form me
that I may carry your power as it carries me
O the glory of your grace
Grace extending more and more
more and more to me and more and more through me to others
Your Spirit of faith and life flowing, flooding…
Find us, glorious one
Find us all for we are your treasure
Find us and raise us from the earth
that we may dance at your throne
that we may sing and shout our thanksgiving
to the honor and glory of your name forever
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NRSV
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.
Jesus, you are gentle, lowly, vulnerable.
You choose to be with us in our weakness.
You win the world with your love, sacrifice, and humility.
Your power is made perfect in
our honesty with our dusty condition
Free us from posing as experts with all the answers.
Free us from silver tongued speech and human wisdom.
Let us know nothing with certainty other than the eternal truth
that you are the Anointed One, the Liberating King,
who was crucified on our behalf.
We entrust the message you have given us back into your hands.
We rely on your Spirit to demonstrate your power
that our faith and the faith of those we serve may be rooted in you alone.
pour out your Holy Spirit upon the servants of your Word,
that in its proclaiming
many would come to saving faith,
many would rise in compassion and holiness,
that in all things Jesus alone would be honored and glorified.