Reign and Rain Down, a prayer based on Isaiah 45.8

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Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the LORD have created it. – Isaiah 45:8

Reign and Rain down, Glorious One
You alone are God
There is no other

Reign and Rain down, Glorious One
Let all the earth open to your gifts
New life and right relationship springing up
Budding and blooming in our wasteland

Life comes to our mortality
to our frail clay
to our dust
You hold us and wash us and form us
You flood us and fill us
That we may carry this great grace as it carries us

O, the glory of your grace
Grace extending more and more
More and more to us and more and more through us to others

O, bring the reign of redemption and reconciling
Salvation and solidarity
The fullness of your unfailing love

Reign and Rain down, Glorious One
Creating power flows from you
For you alone are God
There is no other

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Opening Prayer for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday by William Hemmerling

Palm Sunday by William Hemmerling

ONE:
Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
In Jesus Christ you rule and reign,
not as a tyrant, but as a humble servant
Open our hearts this day, take your throne
Open our lips this day with shouts of praise

ALL:
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!

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Opening Prayer for Palm Sunday © 2015 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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The Glory of God's Reign

Immortal Invisible by Diana Wolverton

This Sunday, Christians around the world will hear again the story of Christ’s Transfiguration before Peter, James, and John. I am fascinated by the idea of time shattering long enough for them to see Jesus, Moses, and Elijah, bathed in miraculous light, having a conversation. Like Isaiah before them, the experience was overwhelming. They trembled at a glimpse of God’s Glory. This theme of “trembling before God’s Glory” is seen in other Scriptures traditionally read on Transfiguration Sunday, especially Psalm 99. Spending time with this Psalm inspired the following worship resources. 

This worship resource would also be suitable for the last Sunday of the Christian year, Christ the King Sunday, also known as The Reign of Christ.

For a traditional worship setting, Psalm 99:1-5, 9 (NRSV) is combined with the classic hymn Immortal Invisible God Only Wise (United Methodist Hymnal #103). For a contemporary worship setting, the scripture is woven into Chris Tomlin’s powerful song of adoration, How Great Is Our God (CCLI #4348399). I pray your worship, now and always, is filled with the transforming presence of God’s Glory. – Lisa <><

The Glory of God’s Reign
Traditional Setting
ONE SPEAKING
The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

ALL SINGING
Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
thy justice like mountains high soaring above
thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

ONE SPEAKING
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

ALL SINGING
To all, life thou givest to both great and small;
in all life Thou livest the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree
and wither and perish but naught changeth thee.
Thou reignest in glory; thou dwellest in light;
thine angels adore thee, all veiling their sight;
all laud we would render: O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth thee.

Compilation © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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The Glory of God’s Reign
Contemporary Setting

ONE SPEAKING
The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name. Holy is he!

ALL SINGING
How Great Is Our God (CCLI #4348399)
Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2, Chorus

ONE SPEAKING
Mighty King, lover of justice, you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Lord our God; worship at his footstool. Holy is he!
Extol the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy.

ALL SINGING
How Great Is Our God (CCLI #4348399)
Bridge, Chorus

Compilation © 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.
For more information on the scripture translation, music, and art used in these worship resources, please refer to the copyright information page.