Prayer for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

prayer group handsHeavenly Father, thank you for a spiritual home
For the legacy of those who have gone before us and welcomed us

Lord Jesus, thank you for your church
For the legacy of your word and witness across the world

Holy Spirit, thank you for renewing your church in every age
Unify us, Renew us, Reform us now

Make courageous and steadfast and persevering
in sharing your grace and Good News
in living your merciful, transforming love
in the building of your kingdom on earth as it is in heaven

Inspire us and defend us and send us out, Holy One
For the honor and glory of your name alone, Amen

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Prayer for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
© 2017 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Prayer: Raise Us Up

boxing gloves1 Corinthians 9:26 CEB
This is how I run- not without a clear goal in sight.
I fight like a boxer in the ring, not like someone who is shadowboxing.

We grow weary in doing good
In doing “church”
The tyranny of tasks grinds us down
The weight of needs buries us blow by blow

Holy Spirit, raise us up
Raise us up from the long count
Focus us
Fully engage us
Pressing on to the prize
Your calling clearly in our sight
in our hearts
in our hands

Raise us up again and again and again
Fulfill your steadfast, saving work
Fulfill your kingdom in us and in the world
For the honor and glory of You
The One, True God
Amen

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Prayer: Raise Us Up © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia.
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Set A Fire: a contemporary worship sequence

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Rebecca Brogan

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Rebecca Brogan

Alternate the song Set a Fire with portions of the prayer.
The music continues underneath the praying.

Set a Fire: a contemporary worship sequence
ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)
No place I’d rather be
No place I’d rather be
No place I’d rather be
Than here in Your love, here in Your love
Set a fire down in my soul
That I can’t contain and I can’t control
I want more of You God
I want more of You God

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Breathe into us the breath of new life
Come, Generous Spirit
Bring peace and bring hope
Bring courage for change
Bring freedom from all falsehood and fear

ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Embolden us with the fire of your heart
Come, Pentecost Spirit
Bring light and bring strength
Bring tongues filled with truth
Bring passion for the world to know you

ALL SINGING:
Set a Fire by Will Reagan (CCLI #5911299)

ONE OR ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Unify us in the ways of Christ
Come, Creating Spirit
Bring gifts and bring fruit
Bring life to dry bones
Bring wisdom to live justice and love

ALL PRAYING ALOUD:
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit

For a quieter worship time, transition into Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson (CCLI #23488). For a more energetic worship time, transition into Like a Lion by Daniel Bashta (CCLI Song #5675274).

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Today’s featured artist is Rebecca Brogan: visual artist, songwriter/musician, missionary, and philanthropist. Her organization, John the Baptist Artworks, is a not-for-profit min­istry, send­ing all prof­its beyond oper­at­ing expenses to mis­sions and charities, including Gospel for Asia, Samaritan’s Purse, Barnabas Fund, and her own mission work in the Sala­manca Mar­ket of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Set a Fire: a contemporary worship sequence, compiled by Nicole Sallee

Prayer for Pentecost 2012 © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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Come Holy Spirit: A Traditional Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost Altar Table by Gale West

Pentecost Altar Table by Gale West

Come Holy Spirit: An Opening Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday
ALL:
Prayer by Dimitri of Rostov (17th century)
United Methodist Hymnal #466

Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness.
Come, my Life, and revive me from death.
Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds.
Come, Flame of divine love, and burn up the thorns of my sins,
kindling my heart with the flame of your love.
Come, my King, sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there,
for you alone are my King and my Lord. Amen.

The accompanist begins playing.

ALL:
Every Time I Feel the Spirit
United Methodist Hymnal #404

At the start of the prayer, the accompanist begins playing the next song softly.

ONE:
Prayer for Pentecost 2012 by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

Come, Holy Spirit
Breathe into us the breath of new life
Come, Generous Spirit
Bring peace and bring hope
Bring courage for change
Bring freedom from all falsehood and fear

Come, Holy Spirit
Embolden us with the fire of your heart
Come, Pentecost Spirit
Bring light and bring strength
Bring tongues filled with truth
Bring passion for the world to know you

Come, Holy Spirit
Unify us in the ways of Christ
Come, Creating Spirit
Bring gifts and bring fruit
Bring life to dry bones
Bring wisdom to live justice and love

Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit…

ALL:
Spirit of the Living God by Daniel Iverson
United Methodist Hymnal #393

The accompanist stops playing.

The affirmation is spoken by the leader and people as written.

A Modern Affirmation
United Methodist Hymnal #885

ONE:
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is the one true Church, apostolic and universal, whose holy faith let us now declare.

ALL:
We believe in God the Father,
infinite in wisdom, power and love,
whose mercy is over all His works,
and whose will is ever directed to His children’s good.

We believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Son of man,
the Gift of the Father’s unfailing grace,
the ground of our hope,
and the promise of our deliverance from sin and death.

We believe in the Holy Spirit
as the divine presence in our lives,
whereby we are kept in perpetual remembrance
of the truth of Christ,
and find strength and help in time of need.

We believe that this faith should manifest itself
in the service of love
as set forth in the example of our blessed Lord,
to the end that the kingdom of God
may come upon the earth. Amen.

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Come Holy Spirit: An Opening Worship Sequence For Pentecost Sunday
compilation © 2013 Nicole Sallee
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Prayer for Pentecost 2012 © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

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Please contact Nicole for information and permission to publish this work in any form.

Worship Resource: Awakening

Worship Resource: Awakening
Scripture is spoken during the instrumental introduction to
Awakening by Chris Tomlin and Reuben Morgan (CCLI #5677399)

ONE SPEAKING: Psalm 57:9-10 (NIV)
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

ALL SPEAKING: Psalm 57:11 (NIV)
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
Let your glory be over all the earth.

ALL SINGING: Awakening
Verse 1, Chorus 1, Verse 2, Chorus 1, Chorus 1

ONE SPEAKING: Psalm 57:7-8 (NIV)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

ALL SPEAKING: Psalm 57:7-8 (NIV)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.
Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

ALL SINGING: Awakening
Bridge (twice)

Worship leader encourages prayer or praise during the instrumental interlude

ALL SINGING: Awakening
Chorus 2, Ending

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compilation © 2012 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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God Who Brings the Cleansing Rain

Fresh morning dew on a Water Horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile) by Luc Viatour / http://www.Lucnix.be. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

God Who Brings the Cleansing Rain
by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
Meter 77.77
Suggested tune: THE CALL
(United Methodist Hymnal #164)

God who brings the cleansing rain
Saturate our thirsty bones
With the milk of mercy sweet
With the blood that brings us home

God who rules the fiery sun
Kindle now our brittle hearts
Set ablaze our tender lives
Forge our ways till sin departs

God who rides the winds of change
Anchor us against its wrath
Set our face toward holy ends
Fix our walk upon your path

God who sends the silent snows
Quiet us against your breast
Cover us with hope-filled wings
Whisper soft your word of rest

God who steps into our time
Take away this needless fear
Turn our lives to songs of praise
Play us for your world to hear

© 2010 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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For another original hymn text on creation themes entitled Bless Christ Through Whom all Things are Made, click here

This text is one of four of Lisa’s original hymn texts found in Courageous Spirit: Voices from Women in Ministry

This is the third of four creation themed worship resource posts in honor of Sunday’s Earth Day rallies and celebrations. For more information on the Christian understanding of the care of creation, click here.