Archive for January 2011

Ours the Journey   1 comment

Rush Hour on Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Hymn Source = Chalice Hymnal (1995 ), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Words by the Reverend Julian B. Rush, a retired United Methodist minister and Executive Director of the Colorado AIDS Project (1983-2001)

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1.  In the midst of new dimensions,

in the face of changing ways,

who will lead the pilgrim peoples

wandering their sep’rate ways?

God of rainbow, fiery pillar,

leading where the eagles soar,

we your people, ours the journey

now and evermore.

2.  Through the flood of starving peoples,

warring factions and despair,

who will lift the olive branches?

Who will light the flame of care?

God of rainbow, fiery pillar,

leading where the eagles soar,

we your people, ours the journey

now and evermore.

3.  Though we reach the highest heavens,

holding worlds at your command,

we are yet a desert people

searching for the promised land.

God of rainbow, fiery pillar,

leading where the eagles soar,

we your people, ours the journey

now and evermore.

4.  Should the threats of dire predictions

cause us to withdraw in pain,

may your blazing phoenix spirit

resurrect the church again.

God of rainbow, fiery pillar,

leading where the eagles soar,

we your people, ours the journey

now and evermore.

We Sing for All the Unsung Saints   4 comments

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

The Communion of Saints

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Words (1996) by Carl P. Daw, Jr. (Born in 1944), an Episcopal Priest

Hymn Source = Lutheran Service Book (2006), of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

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1.  We sing for all the unsung saints,

That countless, nameless throng,

Who kept the faith and passed it on

With hope steadfast and strong

Through all the daily griefs and joys

No chronicles record,

Forgetful of their lack of fame,

But mindful of their Lord.

2.  Though uninscribed with date or place,

With title, rank, or name,

As living stones their stories join

To form a hallowed frame

Around the myst’ry in their midst:

The Lamb once sacrificed,

The Love that wrested life from death,

The wounded, risen Christ.

3.  So we take heart from unknown saints

Bereft of earthly fame,

Those faithful ones who have received

A more enduring name;

For they reveal true blessing comes

When we our pride efface

And offer back our lives to be

The vessels of God’s grace.

Hail, Thou Source of Every Blessing   1 comment

The Journey of the Magi, by James Tissot

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Translated from the original German text by the Reverend Basil Wood (1760-1831), in 1813

Hymn Source = American Lutheran Hymnal (1930), of the American Lutheran Church (1930-1960)

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1.  Hail, Thou Source of ev’ry blessing,

Sov’reign Father of mankind!

Gentiles now, Thy grace possessing,

In Thy courts admission find.

Grateful now we fall before Thee,

In Thy Church obtain a place;

Now by faith behold Thy glory,

Praise Thy trugh, adore Thy grace.

2.  Once, far off, but now invited,

We approach Thy sacred throne;

In Thy covenant united,

Reconciled, redeemed, made one.

Now revealed to eastern sages,

See the star of mercy shine;

Myst’ry hid in former ages,

Myst’ry great of love divine.

3.  Hail, Thou all-inviting Savior!

Gentiles now their off’rings bring,

In Thy temple seek Thy favor,

Jesus Christ, our Lord and King.

May we, body, soul, and spirit,

Live devoted to Thy praise,

Glorious realms of bliss inherit,

Grateful anthems ever raise.

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Prayer for the Second Sunday in Lent   6 comments

Washington National Cathedral at Twilight

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Prayer Source = Jonathan Montaldo, compiler, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton:  Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Thomas Merton’s Own Words (Liguori, MO:  Liguori, 2007), page 25

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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Awaken all of us who gather in your name, Lord,

to the power of your death and rising from the dead.

Allow us to rise from the sleep of our daily cares

to the glory of your transfiguration,

the light of your Father shining in you for us.

Allow us to see how gathering in your name

is experiencing paradise.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/devotion-for-the-second-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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Posted January 26, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

Prayer of Dedication for the the Second Sunday in Lent   6 comments

Abraham Journeying Into the Land of Canaan, by Gustave Dore

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Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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Great Shield and Defender, you visited Abram and made him a great nation.  You sent to earth Jesus, who called out the church.  We join with the hosts who have gone before us, pilgrims on a journey toward your promised land.  We pause on the way to give you our offerings, and dedicate ourselves anew to the faithful quest.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/devotion-for-the-second-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

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Prayer of Confession for the Second Sunday in Lent   6 comments

Christ the King Portal, Chartres Cathedral

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Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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Said in unison:

Beloved God, whose mercy is everlasting and whose grace endures forever, look with favor upon us as we confess our sin.  Lift our minds from earthly things to the vision of your heavenly commonwealth.  We revel in self-glory; we delight in vain pursuits; we worship the idols of our base desires.  Forgive our shortsighted behavior and reconcile us through Jesus to your eternal will.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/devotion-for-the-second-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

Prayer of Praise and Adoration for the Second Sunday in Lent   6 comments


Christ Pantocrator

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Prayer Source = James G. Kirk, When We Gather:  A Book of Prayers for Worship, Year C (Philadelphia, PA:  Geneva Press, 1985)

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God of the heavenly commonwealth, we praise you for Jesus, who came as your servant; he opened the gates for us to enter your realm.  We laud you for the prophets who proclaimed your vision; through them we see clearly what your covenant involves.  We give you all honor for what the disciples delivered to us; they taught us to worship you, and to that end we now lift our voices.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/devotion-for-the-second-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/second-sunday-in-lent-year-a/

Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

Prayer for Saturday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

Peace Sign

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Prayer Source = Jonathan Montaldo, compiler, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton:  Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Thomas Merton’s Own Words (Liguori, MO:  Liguori, 2007), page 23

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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Order my disordered heart.

Let me see in whoever is enemy and stranger to me

the other half of myself that I refuse to embrace.

Loving Spirit, perfect the image of your love in me every day.

Create an inclusive heart within me.

Let my heart become peaceful.

May I bring peace wherever I go

and to whomever I encounter.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/devotion-for-the-tenth-day-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/tenth-day-of-lent/

Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

Prayer for Friday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

Pet Rock

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Prayer Source = Jonathan Montaldo, compiler, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton:  Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Thomas Merton’s Own Words (Liguori, MO:  Liguori, 2007), page 21

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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I shall understand your sacred mission to the world

only by acknowledging my poverty,

my imprisonment in a daily round of desires for empty things,

my habitual blindness to who I am

and who you truly are for me.

Help me understand your work in me.

You have come to liberate me just as I am.

You love me just as I am.

You will heal me just as I am.

Today I know my sins and renounce them.

I affirm my will to follow your way

and be more truly your disciple.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/devotion-for-the-eighth-and-ninth-days-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/ninth-day-of-lent/

Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

Prayer for Thursday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

Base of a Redwood Tree

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Prayer Source = Jonathan Montaldo, compiler, Lent and Easter Wisdom from Thomas Merton:  Daily Scripture and Prayers Together with Thomas Merton’s Own Words (Liguori, MO:  Liguori, 2007), page 19

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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If I go to the sea, you are there.

If I go to the forests, you are there.

If I enter the city, you are there

in everyone and everything I see.

Open my eyes to your goodness

that is everywhere around me.

Give me a heart that delights in your infinite creativity.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/devotion-for-the-eighth-and-ninth-days-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/eighth-day-of-lent/

Posted January 25, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s, Nature 2000s

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