Archive for January 2011

Prayer for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

Street Light

Image Source = 3268zauber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stra%C3%9Fenlaterne.JPG)

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 17

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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Help me, Lord, to remove the beam in my eye

that I might see more clearly the work of your hands in my neighbors’ hearts.

Dislodge the darkness in my heart

and let the light of your presence,

always within me,

shine forth and bring the portion of your light that I possess

to shine with yours for the sake of the world.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/devotion-for-the-seventh-day-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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

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

Prayer for Tuesday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

A Curling Vine Tendril

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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 15

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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I turn the tendrils of my heart to you today

to embrace the trellis of the Cross.

Raise me up toward more light

that I might have life.

Prune me for more life in you.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/devotion-for-the-sixth-day-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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

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

Prayer for Monday of the First Week of Lent   3 comments

Christ with Beard; an Image from the 300s

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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 13

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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Let me see your face in every face I meet.

Let me learn the intimate connection between love of you

and compassion for all you have given me

to be at one within their struggles and real suffering.

Let me damp down my need to take

and let my heart fill with the necessity to give,

if I am to be your disciple.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/devotion-for-the-fifth-day-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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

Posted January 24, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

How Wondrous and Great Thy Works, God of Praise!   1 comment

Earth, from Apollo 17 (1972)

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), of The Episcopal Church

Words by the Reverend Henry Ustick Onderdonk (1789-1858), in 1826, while Rector of St. Ann’s, Brooklyn, New York; served as the Episcopal Assistant Bishop of Pennsylvania (1827-1836) and Bishop of Pennsylvania (1836-1844)

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1.  How wondrous and great thy works, God of praise!

How just, King of saints, and true are thy ways!

O who shall not fear thee, and honor thy Name?

Thou only art holy, thou only supreme.

2.  To nations long dark thy light shall be shown;

Their worship and vows shall come to thy throne;

Thy truth and thy judgments shall spread all abroad,

Till earth’s every people confess thee their God.

I Come With Joy to Meet My Lord   8 comments

Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesboro, Georgia, U.S.A.

(I was a member here in 2001-2003, while a student at Georgia Southern University.)

Image Source = http://www.trinitystatesboro.org/

Hymn Source = The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada (1971)

Words by the Rev. Brian Wren (born in 1936), of the United Reformed Church, a denomination in Great Britain

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1.  I come with joy to meet my Lord,

forgiven, loved, and free,

in awe and wonder to recall

his life laid down for me.

2.  I come with Christians far and near

to find, as we are fed,

man’s true community of love

in Christ’s communion bread.

3.  As Christ breaks bread for men to share

each proud division ends.

That love that made us makes us one,

and strangers now are friends.

4.  And thus with joy we meet our Lord,

His presence, always near,

is in such friendship better known;

we see, and praise him here.

Together met, together bound,

we’ll go our separate ways,

and as his people in the world,

we’ll live and speak his praise.

Prayer for the First Sunday in Lent   8 comments

The Temptation of Christ, by Simon Bening (1500s)

Image Source = Wikipedia

After 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 11

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Lord Jesus, to be your disciple is to be without an insurance policy.

You ask me to abandon a life that lives for bread alone.

I sometimes doubt if there is any other.

The challenge of your gospel intimidates me.

Your courageous defiance of evil,

your fierce integrity,

challenge my complacency.

You have drawn me into your Lent are making me afraid.

Give me the courage to follow you.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/devotion-for-the-first-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/first-sunday-in-lent-year-c/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/first-sunday-in-lent-year-b/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/first-sunday-in-lent-year-a/

Posted January 23, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s

Prayer of Dedication for the First Sunday in Lent   6 comments

Temptations of Christ

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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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Fostered by your tender care and secure in the haven of your redeeming love, we are emboldened to approach you, O God, with our gifts and offerings.  May they be used to bring refuge to the aimless, deliverance to the captives, and protection to all who call on your name.  For we bring them in Christ’s name, our source of salvation.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/first-sunday-in-lent-year-a/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/first-sunday-in-lent-year-b/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/first-sunday-in-lent-year-c/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/devotion-for-the-first-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

Posted January 23, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

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Prayer of Confession for the First Sunday in Lent   6 comments

The Temptation of Christ, by Simon Bening (1500s)

Image Source = Wikipedia

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:

O Judge and Redeemer, we come before you, shorn of all pretense and without cause for pride.  We care more about bread than our confession of Christ our Savior.  We worship many gods and do not serve you alone.  We offer bribes to garner your favor; we do not rely on your promised goodwill.  Forgive our deceit and grant us forgiveness.  Through Christ we repent our sinful ways.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/devotion-for-the-first-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/first-sunday-in-lent-year-c/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/first-sunday-in-lent-year-b/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/first-sunday-in-lent-year-a/

Posted January 23, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

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

Angels Ministering in the Wilderness, by Thomas Cole (1843)

Image in the Public Domain

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

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We call upon you, O God; hear our prayer.  We raise our voices in glad adoration.  You have brought your people out of bondage; you ministered to Jesus when he was tempted by evil.  You know when your people are afflicted, and understand their estrangement when they are alone and dismayed.  We pause along our journey of faithfulness to bow down before you and worship your name.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/first-sunday-in-lent-year-a/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/first-sunday-in-lent-year-b/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/first-sunday-in-lent-year-c/

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/devotion-for-the-first-sunday-in-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

Posted January 23, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 1900s

Prayer for Saturday after Ash Wednesday   3 comments

Statue of Reconciliation, Located in the Nave of the Medieval Coventry Cathedral, Which Nazi German Bombs Destroyed During World War II

Image Source = Rebecca Kennison (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:UK_Coventry_Statue-of-Reconcilliation.jpg)

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 9

Prayer by Jonathan Montaldo

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Remove from my heart its malicious tongue that does not speak of peace

but only of war and hate.

Let me recognize by your grace and teaching the sins of my mouth,

the harm I do so casually by my malicious words.

Let me fast this Lent from all talk that puts down my neighbor,

reviles my perceived enemies,

and creates division instead of community.

Lord, make my mouth an instrument of your peace.

http://lenteaster.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/devotion-for-the-fourth-day-of-lent-lcms-daily-lectionary/

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

Posted January 22, 2011 by neatnik2009 in Lent/Confession of Sin 2000s