Growing in Resilience: Your Spirit and Your Heart, based on Isaiah 57.15

Sacred Heart 3Growing in Resilience
Day 18, Read Isaiah 57
Reflection: Your Spirit and Your Heart, based on Isaiah 57:15, NRSV

For thus says the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.

High and Lofty One
Be with me
Forgive me and Heal me
From naming myself better or worse than others
From projecting and protecting a self-image
From claiming I deserve at another’s expense

Renew and Revive my spirit and my heart

Grant me compassion
Teach me judgment without being judgmental
Boundaries without guarding too much
Love without agendas

Grant me courage
Teach me truth without using it as a weapon
Engagement without abuse
Confronting without a win/lose mindset

Grant me hope
Teach me peace without apathy
Rest without laziness
Patience without despair

High and Lofty One
Grant me your spirit and your heart

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Growing in Resilience: You Answer, based on Isaiah 41.17-18

lightning tree by Marilyn

Lightning Tree by Marilyn Bouchard

Growing in Resilience
Day 2, Read Isaiah 41
Reflection: You Answer, based on Isaiah 41:17-18

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them. I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

We are dry
Brittle
Crusty
Empty

Parched with a thirst we cannot appease
Tongues heavy and stuck
No words escaping
We are too poor
Too desolate

You alone answer our silent screams
You, the Lord God

You fill and flood and quench
A wild river on the barren peaks
An ancient fountain in the deep wasteland
A still pool for resting and rooting
A spring of water gushing up to eternal life

You, answer
You, the Lord God, will never forsake

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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 (1 Corinthians 9.26)

boxing-gloves
1 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”
Endless tasks grind us down
Weighty needs bury us blow by blow

Holy Spirit
Raise us up from the long count
Raise us up again and again and again
Arouse us
Focus us
Strengthen us
Your calling clearly in our sight
in our hearts
in our hands

Press us on to the prize
Your glory
Your kingdom come
For you are the One, True, Living God
Now and forever
Amen

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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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