Saturday, June 30, 2007

June 30th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

With praise and thanksgiving to God everliving, the tasks of our everyday life we will face--our faith ever sharing, in love ever caring, embracing God's children, the whole human race. With your feast you feed us, with your light now lead us; unite us as one in this life that we share. Then may all the living with praise and thanksgiving give honor to Christ and his name that we bear. ("Sent Forth by God's Blessing" - Text Omer Westendorf, 1916-1997, alt.)
Mark 10.32-52-For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.
2 Samuel 24-I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.
Hosea 4.1-10-Listen to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, for the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land.
Galatians 5.1, 13-15-It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
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Even though you have sinned, I still love you. I have work for you to do and send you out with the Spirit of My Love to serve that Love freely to others.
You came to serve.
I want to serve You.
You came to serve.
I want to earn Your Love.
You came to serve.
I can't earn Your Love.
You came to serve.
I have been given Your Love.
You came to serve.
I give You my life.
You came to serve.
I still sin.
You came to serve.
I act the fool.
You came to serve.
I am forgiven.
You came to serve.
I am unfaithful.
You came to serve.
I am unwise.
You came to serve.
I receive faith.
You came to serve.
I hear Your Wisdom.
You came to serve.
I gain knowledge in You.
You came to serve.
I am set free in You.
You came to serve.
I stand firm and free.
You came to serve.
I now will serve too.
Lord, I don't know why You decided to give Your life and serve me. But I give You all thanks and glory. I will serve You faithfully in Your Kingdom. Chosen, called, forgiven, freed and sent; I live for You. ---Amen

A Wednesday Evening Message June 27, 2007

A Wednesday Evening Message
Wednesday 6/27/2007


1 Kings 19.15-16, 19-21

Galatians 5.1, 13-25

Luke 9.51-62

Lord, open our ears, open our eyes, and open our minds and souls to hear Your Word spoken clearly. Move us to respond, as You would have us respond. Amen

God’ Word
I want you to hear this loud and clear!
You are Mine.
I have chosen you.
I love you!
Now fulfill the purpose I give to you.
Complete the mission.
Set your face to the Love on that Cross and live for Me.

Being Chosen/Baptism
If you had to pick a Sacrament that was most represented in today’s readings; which one would you choose?
I hear Baptism coming through.
In our Baptism God chooses us. Chosen appointed and anointed as His children.
God does something very important to us in this calling and anointing.
Elijah was instructed by God to anoint a few people. Which he really never really did; at least in a literal sense.
Anointing would have included a ceremony in which olive oil was poured on the head of a person to show that the person was now a "chosen one." This is like what we do in our baptismal ceremonies here.
However, Elijah didn't anoint. He placed his mantle on Elisha.
The prophet’s mantle was like a cloak, or a coat of protection, made of skin and covered with hair, probably of goat’s skin with the hair turned outward. It was the distinctive clothing of the prophet. The mantle was the physical means by which the prophetic power was transferred from Elijah to Elisha.
Placing the mantle or coat on Elisha showed that Elijah wanted Elisha to follow him and become a prophet.
God in a sense places a mantle on each of us at our baptism. We are chosen and through His gift of Love in that mantle, he protects us and develops us for Life with Him.
Another thing relating to baptism, especially in the Galatians reading.
We see two forces conflicting within us. The Spirit and the flesh. We go through life in conflict. Even after baptism. We are chosen and called by God, yet we struggle with sin. In baptism we receive the Spirit. The Spirit is infinitely strong.
But what do we do in life? We sometimes rely on our own wisdom and make the wrong choices. If we try to follow the spirit of our own human effort, we will fail.
Our only way to freedom from our evil desires is through the empowering of the Holy Spirit.
You have been called and empowered by the Holy Spirit in your baptism. We must rely on it.
Bury the "old" life just as Elisha did when chosen and called---he destroyed his "old" livelihood.
Especially symbolic in immersion baptism, we bury our old life and a new life is begun.
A life with a course of action. A life with a mission planned by God.
There will be dangers in this New Life but God will always be with you to lead and guide you through the power of His Spirit.
In our baptism, God comes to us and displays an awesome gift of His gracious love for us. We do nothing to deserve this love. Whether baptized as infant or adult, we could never do anything to earn this Love of God. God comes to us and loves us and gives us Life.

This Love is demonstrated by the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus for you and for me.
Jesus became our sin in our stead and crucified this life to save us from our sin.
You must crucify your old life as Jesus was so determined to crucify your sin for you.
Look at what Elisha did.
He slaughtered the oxen and used the plowing equipment to boil the meat and had a party with his friends.
Elisha destroyed his "old" means of making a living.
He crucified his "old" life and celebrated the new.
In Luke we read that Jesus "set his face to go to Jerusalem" --- we was about to destroy His life for our sin. Destroy His Life for New Life.
In this New Life is the ultimate Love for us.
And in this Love we are instructed to love each other. We are to love and be servants for and with each other. For and with our neighbors.
But who are your neighbors?
Think of a series of circles---larger and larger---going out---all are neighbors---including enemies.
Sure it will be easier for us to love those closest to us. But we are called to love even those on the outer edges. A tough mission and calling.
We are called to love and serve in the freedom that Christ has given us.
Next-having been baptized, and shown the Love of God in our baptism. We need to stop and hear and listen for what God would have us do with this new life.

Elijah has just experienced a close call. He was running for his life and hiding in a cave. God passed by him and spoke to him in the "still small voice." Then God sent Elijah on a mission to go back and get the job done. Go back and anoint Hazael, Jehu, and Elisha. And Elijah obeyed.
For Elijah the message from God occurred after he was in the depths of despair. God needed to feed Elijah with more than just a "shake if off and get going." So for Elijah, by watching the storm, the prophet’s eyes were opened to his own weakness and to the divine source of strength. The wind, the lightning, the earthquake were reminiscent of Elijah’s own methods against Ahab and the Baal (bail) priests. But the Lord was not in the noisy phenomena. It was after the "still small voice" that the divine presence became real.
The quiet spiritual resources superseded the blustering physical forces. The stormy Elijah was learning the gentleness of true giant hood. A further step was needed to free Elijah’s spirit from bitterness.
Elijah now got up and was ready to link up. Ready to go to the wilderness and get at the mission.
Elijah had been all wrapped up in himself. Wrapped up in a cave of self-pity. But God had widened his interests.
Elijah was trying vainly to comfort himself.
God picked Elijah up from his selfishness and sent him out on a mission to comfort and encourage others.
We sometimes in our selfish ways try to save ourselves. We fold inward and work on ourselves.
Sometimes we even think that if we can follow all the "good" actions God shows us that we can be saved. But in this thought we are as good as dead just as dead as those people with evil selfish desires are.
It’s the Spirit that leads to life. The Law cannot give life. I can only be made aware of my sins through the Law. The Law allows me to see and smell the stench of my sin. But it is the Spirit that leads to life.
Notice in the reading from Galatians how the works of the flesh are things we intentionally do.
But the "Fruit of the Spirit" is spontaneous.
The "Fruit of the Spirit" is not the result of the believer’s effort, but the gift of the Spirit.
Through God we hear of the roll we have to play in His Kingdom. In His Word and through His Spirit we are led on a mission for life in His Kingdom.
Loyalty is demanded of us. We are called to produce fruit. Spontaneous fruit.
We are baptized. We are loved. We have heard the Word.
Now let’s go! Let’s go with an attitude!

Notice how Elijah permits Elisha to go back after he was chosen.
But Elisha returns with an attitude. An attitude that has eliminated his old means of making a living and readies for new service that God has called him to.
What will you leave when called by God?
Will you have the right attitude?
Elisha did not put his hand to the plow and look back.
He made a break. He destroyed the plow and the oxen.
Elisha was ready to move forward.
Jesus was resolute in his mission.
Jesus was curt and determined in his journey.
Jesus was truly a "man on a mission."
Will you be too?
Do you have the guts for it?
Are you determined to leave your old self behind?
Are you truly ready to make a break?
It’s time to decide!
Jesus was determined. He had an attitude. He accepted his fate.
Submit every aspect of your life to God.
Whew! There are some tough words. But true and honest words.
Words that come to us because in our baptism, God has a purpose for our lives.

Elijah was given a purpose.
God asked Elijah to anoint three different people.
Hazael an enemy king. God was going to use Aram as his instrument to punish Israel for it’s sin. Aram brought Israel’s external punishment.
Israel’s internal punishment came from Jehu, the next man Elijah was to anoint.
Jehu would destroy all the false gods being worshipped in Israel.
Then the anointing of Elisha was to point the people back to God.
God had given Elijah a Purpose.
In the Luke reading ---even the reading itself represents a break.
Jesus emphasizes the need for a break.
A break for the old to the new life in Him.
Break away---don’t turn back.
Turn to life in Christ.
Jesus wants total dedication from us.
We can’t pick and choose ideas and follow Him selectively.
There is a cost to following Jesus and each of us must be ready to serve, even when it requires sacrifice.
If you put your hand to the plow and look back you tend to get off track and go crooked.
Kind of like driving with the car in drive while looking behind. You may go crooked and wreck!
Focus on Jesus so that nothing else distracts you.
Keep your focus forward to that cross.
Jesus was intent on his mission and purpose!
Everything is stripped away but what is relevant to the Purpose of God.
Talk about a "Purpose Driven Life!"
Baptized, Loved and given the Mission---now Go! Live!

For Elijah, this turns out to be the first and last of the three appointments.
Since Elisha takes over Elijah’s staff or mantle, Elijah passed his spirit and mission on to Elisha and Elisha accepts the duty.
Put the old self to death.
Live in response to the new being you have received.
Let the Spirit direct your life.
Identify with the crucifixion of Christ.
Crucify your old behavior or old nature by living in the Spirit.
Live in the presence of God and each other; equal in His sight.
Live dependent on His grace and work with each other in service for and with each other.
Everyone in the church is free.
Live that freedom willingly performing the most menial tasks with and for one another out of the Love God has shown us.
Accept the crown of glory along with the cross.
Live while abandoning everything but the security in Christ.
Christ died to set us free. But not to free us to do whatever we want.
We are free to do what was impossible before.
Live unselfishly and stand up for this freedom and live the unselfish life in Christ.
Turn from your sins and nail them to the cross.
Sure you will still sin. But know that you have been set free from sin’s power over you and no longer have to give into it.
Let God crucify you sin for you---daily!
Now there’s some baptism!
Freed to be slaves. Chosen by the Spirit to live!
The Spirit has given you life.
Now go! Control that life in joy with His help.
Live by the Spirit and not by the flesh.

God’s Word
I want you to hear this loud and clear!
You are Mine.
I have chosen you.
I love you!
Now fulfill the purpose I give to you.
Complete the mission.
Set your face to the Love on that Cross and live for Me.


Friday, June 29, 2007

June 29th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

We are your heart, O Christ, your hands and voice, to serve your people is our call and choice, and in this mission we, the church, rejoice, alleluia! ("To Be Your Presence" - Text: Delores Dufner, OSB, b. 1939)
Mark 10.1-31-Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him...
2 Samuel 23-The God of Israel said, The rock of Israel spoke to me, "He who rules over men righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is as the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, when the tender grass springs out of the earth, through sunshine after rain.
Hosea 3-Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.
Acts 12.1-11-And behold, and angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up sayng, "Ge up quickly," And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, "Gird yourself and put on your sandals." And he did so. And he said to him, "Wrap your cloak around you and follow me."
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You have been freed from the slavery of sin to love and serve Me and each other.
You free me from my sin.
You send me to Love others.
You send me to be a servant in my freedom.
You had compassion on me.
You send me to have compassion on others.
You send me the Son.
You water me with Love in baptismal waters.
You grow me in You.
You refresh and nourish my soul.
You free me from my prison of death.
You wrap me in Your mantle of protection.
You loose the chains of my sin.
You give me purpose and mission.
I gladly go.
I gladly serve.
I gladly proclaim Your glory.
I gladly love those You give to me.
I gladly go.
Lord, You provide it all. Thanks! I will serve You this day. ---Amen

Thursday, June 28, 2007

June 28th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Thanks we give and adoration for your gospel's joyful sound. May the fruits of your salvation in our hearts and lives abound. Ever faithful, ever faithful to your truth may we be found. ("Lord, Dismiss Us with Your Blessing" - Text: attr. John Fawcett, 1740-1817, sts. 1-2, alt; Godfrey Thring, 1823-1903, st. 3, alt.)
Mark 9.2-50-"This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!"
2 Samuel 22-"He make my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me on my high places."
Hosea 2.2-23- I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, in lovingkindness and in compassion, and I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.
Psalm 16-You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
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I want you to hear this loud and clear! You are Mine. I have chosen you. I love you! Now fulfill the purpose I give to you. Complete the mission. Set your face to the Love on that Cross and live for Me.
Lord you send us each day, full of Your Love.
You give me faith.
I have heard the Son and listened to his Word.
You make Your path known to me.
I am Yours.
I give You eternal thanks that You have chosen me and loved me.
I go now to complete the mission and purpose You have set before me.
I go now focusing that mission on the Love You have shown to me on the cross.
With attitude and my feet on the high places of Your mountain, I go.
I live for You.
Lord, I love You! You are mine. I choose You. I go for You! I see Your Love on that cross. I live for You! I owe all to You. Thank You! ---Amen

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

June 27th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing, worship, thanks, devotion voicing: glory be to God on high! Christ, your cross and passion sharing, by this eucharist declaring you the final victory. ("Praise the Lord, Rise Up Rejoicing" - Text: Howard C.A. Gaunt, 1902-1983, alt.)
Mark 8.22-9.1-And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.
2 Samuel 20-21-So he blew the trumpet, and they were dispersed from the city, each to his tent.
Hosea 1.1-2.1-The word of the LORD which came to Hosea...
1 Kings 19.15-16, 19-21-Then he arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.
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Get an attitude. Turn to Me and change.
You show the way to walk.
You show the way of the cross.
With an attitude You are determined in Your mission.

I turn to You and believe.
I see Your glory and praise Your name.
With an attitude I am determined to repent and change.

You take my life and mold it.
You forgive me and begin the change.
With an attitude You send me out.

I work in Your Kingdom.
I tell of Your Love.
With an attitude I tell of Your Grace.
Lord, give me Your attitude of focus. Change me into what You wish me to be. Lead me, guide me and forgive me. Send me out I pray---with an attitude. ---Amen

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

June 26th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

"Go, my children, with my blessing, never alone. Waking, sleeping, I am with you, you are my own. In my love's baptismal river I have made you mine forever. Go, my children, with my blessing, you are my own." ("Go, My Children, with My Blessing" - Text: Jaroslav J. Vajda, b. 1919, alt.)
Mark 8.1-21-"Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember, when I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces you picked up?" The said to Him, "Twelve." "When I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets full of broken pieces did you pick up?" And they said to Him, "Seven." And He was saying to them, "Do you not yet understand?"
2 Samuel 19-Now therefore arise, go out and speak...
Daniel 12-Go your way...
Ephesians 2.11-22-But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
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Go! Refreshed and cleansed by baptismal waters; serve in Love.
I have received the Bread.
Give that Bread in Love to those I meet.
Speak His Word to those I meet.
You show me the way.
God, has come near by the blood of Christ.
Lord, today I Go! ---Go! in Your name---well fed---with Your Word---with You---I Go! ---Amen

Monday, June 25, 2007

June 25th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Oh, grant me then, well strengthened with heav'nly food, while here my course on earth is lengthened, to serve you, free from fear; and bring me home to praise you where none can peace destroy, where I will ever raise you glad songs in endless joy. ("O Living Bread from Heaven" - Text: Johann Rist, 1607-1667; tr. Cathernine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.)
Mark 7.14-37-And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.
2 Samuel 18-David sent the people out...
Daniel 11.21-45-Those who have insight among the people will give understanding to the many...
Luke 1.57-80-And at once his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he began to speak in praise of God.
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Go and speak the Word I have filled you with.
I go to praise Your name.
I go to confess my sin.
You forgive my sin.
You hear my praise.
You fill me with Your Word.
You fill me with Your Grace.
You open my ears.
You free my tongue.
I sing of Your honor and glory.
I give thanks.
You send me filled.
You send me in joy.
You speak Your mission.
I speak Your Word.
I point to You.
I serve You.
Lord, I begin in praise to You. I come to give You all honor and glory. Yet You give me so much more. You forgive me, You fill me, You teach me and show me Your way. Then You send me. I go this day in joy to serve in Your Kingdom. Serving and pointing to You. ---Amen

Sunday, June 24, 2007

June 24th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Break forth, my soul, in joy and say: What wealth has come to me today! My Savior dwells within my soul and makes my wounded spirit whole! ("O Jesus, Blessed Lord" - Text Thomas H. Kingo, 1634-1703; tr. Arthur J. Mason, 1851-1928, alt.)
Mark 7.1-13-Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders...?
2 Samuel 17-The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness.
Daniel 11.2-20-And now I will tell you the truth.
Luke 8.26-39-Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.
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You are Mine and I have woven My presence in and through your very being and brought you Life.
In the Bread and in the Wine I taste the fullness of Life.
I receive Your presence and You become one with me.
You walk with me through good and rough time.
You journey through the wilderness of life by my side.
In the Bread and in the Wine I hear Your Truth.
I receive that wondrous joy to tell to all what You have done for me.
In the Bread and in the Wine.
Lord, you feed me with an everlasting food. You feed me all I ever need. You give Yourself to me. In joy I give myself to You. ---Amen

Saturday, June 23, 2007

June 23rd Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

"Go, make disciples, baptizing them, teaching them. Go, make disciples, for I am with you till the end of time. Go. be the salt of the earth. Go, be the light for the world. Go, be a city on a hill, so all can see that you're serving me. Go, make disciples." - ("Go, Make Disciples" - Text: Handt Hanson, b. 1950)
Mark 6.30-56-The apostles gathered together with Jesus; and they reported to Him all that they had done and taught.
2 Samuel 16-Thus Shimei said when he cursed "Get out, get out, you man of bloodshed, and worthless fellow!"
Daniel 10.1-11.1-And behold, one who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke...
Galatians 3.23-29-For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
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Go! Do what I have shown you to do. Love each other.
You come.
You heal.
You forgive.
You teach.
You protect.
You defend.
You touch.

You build faith.
You give life.
You open mouths.
You open eyes.
You save souls.
You love all.
You create all.

I am healed.
I am forgiven.
I am chosen.
I am saved.
I am fed.
I am loved.
I am sent.

We go.
We speak Your Word.
We praise Your name.
We sing Your honor.
We worship You.
We do Your will.
We love You.

You choose in Love.
I receive Your Love.
We respond in Love.
Lord, it's all about You. You have done it all. You are my Savior. You are my King. I love You and adore You. I want to serve in Your purpose. Lead me and guide me and use me, I pray. ---Amen

Friday, June 22, 2007

June 22nd Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Abide, O dearest Jesus, among us with your grace, that evil may not harm us nor we to sin give place. ("Abide, O Dearest Jesus" - Text: Josua Stegmann, 1588-1632; tr. August Crull, 1846-1923)
Mark 6.1-29-They went out and preached that men should repent.
2 Samuel 15-And David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and he walked barefoot.
Daniel 9-O Lord hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay...
Psalm 22.18-27-But You, O LORD, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance.
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I create you for Me. Now live the Life I gave to you.
My life is in Your hands Lord.
My life is in You.
My life is for You.
My life is Yours.

I brought death upon myself.
I sin and deserve death.
I repent.
I seek Your forgiveness.

You have brought me Life.
You have forgiven.
You have renewed.
You have given new birth.

You have come to me.
You hasten to my side.
You gave me Life in Jesus.
You gave me a new birth.
Lord, I give You all glory and praise for Your gracious forgiveness and Love. ---Amen

Thursday, June 21, 2007

June 21st Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

The Lord now sends us forth with hands to serve and give, to make of all the earth a better place to live. The angels are not sent into our world of pain to do what we were meant to do in Jesus' name; that falls to you and me and all who are made free, Help us, O Lord, we pray, to do your will today. ("The Lord Now Sends Us Forth" - Text: Anonymous. Central America; tr. Gerhard M. Cartford, b. 1923)
Mark 5.21-43-Immediately the girl got up and began to walk...
2 Samuel 14-"Help, O king."
Daniel 8-When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it...
Isaiah 65.1-9-I said, "Here am I, here am I."
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Go! Do My will!
There comes a time when I must go and do the will You have for me to do.
There comes a time when I must rise from the dead, with Your breath of Life in me and walk.
There comes a time when I hear Your advice and council that I must go and do.
There comes a time when after hearing Your explanation to the vision that I go and do.
There comes a time when I stand up for You and say "Here am, I, send me!"
There comes a time....and that is now.
Lord, You teach me, You heal me, You explain visions, You breath Life into me, You choose me and You send me to do Your will. Here am I...I go---Amen

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

June 20th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

On our way rejoicing gladly let us go. Christ our Lord has conquered; vanquished is the foe. Christ without, our safety; Christ within, our joy; who, if we be faithful, can our hope destroy? On our way rejoicing; as we forward move, hearken to our praises, O blest God of love! ("On Our Way Rejoicing" - Text: John S. B. Monsell, 1811-1875, alt.)
Mark 5.1-20-"Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
2 Samuel 13-Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment which was on her; and she put her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.
Daniel 7-"I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed."
2 Chronicles 30.13-27-Then the Levitical priests arose and blessed the people; and their voice was heard and their prayer came to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.
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Go forward in My way. I have filled you and refreshed you.
I worship and praise You Almighty God.
I hear Your Voice and follow.
I am filled with Your Spirit.
You gather us in and fill us and refresh us.
Now You send us out in joy.

You heal me and forgive me.
You teach and instruct in Your way.
You fill each with Your Spirit.
You bring us together in joyful song.
Now we rejoice and tell the world of all Your deeds.

When I am wronged, I bring my trouble to You.
You hear my cry from heaven.
You heed my voice and come to Your people.
You fill us with Your Light.
Now we rejoice in forgiveness and healing and praise Your glory to all the world.

You give us visions of Your glory.
We look in hope to that cloud to see You.
You are present now and always and everlasting.
We see the hope of Your power, reign and dominion over all.
Now we rejoice in Your everlasting Power and proclaim it to all the world.

We pray to You.
You hear our prayer.
You come to our aid and show us Your Love.
We see Your Love on that cross and give thanks.
Now we, on our way rejoicing, gladly go forward with You.
Lord, in worship You make Your presence known- You fill me with Your Word- You fill me with Your presence- You fill me with Your Spirit- You send me out- I will gladly go rejoicing into Your kingdom this day to do Your will.---Amen

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

June 19th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

God be with you till we meet again, holy wings securely hide you, daily manna still provide you: God be with you till we meet again. Till we meet, till we meet, til we meet at Jesus feet; till we meet, till we meet, God be with you till we meet again. ("God Be with You Till We Meet Again" - Text: Jeremiah E. Rankin, 1828-1904)
Mark 4.21-41-Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?
2 Samuel 11-12-So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and change his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped.
Daniel 6-...and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.
2 Chronicles 30.1-12-O sons of Israel, return to the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, that He may return to you who escaped and are left from the hand of the kings of Assyria.
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I came to you so that all of you would have a place to gather together in Love.
Till we meet again.
I look to that time that I meet with You.
I look to that place we gather in Your care.
I look to the Love shared together in You.
All creation gathers before You.
Your power and glory rule the universe.
You are our awesome Savior.
You forgive sin and set us free to new Life.
You cause us to joyously follow Your command and teachings.
I stand up for You yet kneel at Your feet.
When I escape from Your side You hunt me down and pull me back to You.
You are my Lord and Savior!
Lord, till we meet again. I look to meeting with You all day long. At the start of the day---in the middle of the day---and throughout the day---I find Your presence. We will some day join hand-in-hand and gather together in Your Love at the foot of the cross and revel in Your glory. Till we meet again. ---Amen

Monday, June 18, 2007

June 18th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness. Hallelujah! We sing your praises, all our hearts are filled with gladness. Now he sends us all out, strong in faith, free of doubt, strong in faith, free of doubt. Tell to all the joyful gospel.
Mark 4.1-20-"And those are the ones on whom seed was sown on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold."
2 Samuel 9-10-Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, "Mephibosheth." And he said, "here is your servant!" David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly." Again he prostrated himself and said, "What is your servant, that your should regard a dead dog like me?"
Daniel 5-Then Daniel was brought before the king.
2 Chronicles 29.1-19-"My sons, do not be negligent now, for the LORD has chosen you to stand before Him, to minister to Him, and to be His ministers and burn incense."
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Go out and proclaim My glory to all the world!
You fill me with joy and gladness.
You give me faith beyond what I ever expected.
I give You praise and glory.
I give You honor and sacrifice.
You free me from all doubt and send me.

I hear Your Word and accept it.
You make me fruitful and productive.
I bear fruit because of You.
I accept the forgiveness You have given, in humility.
You free me from all doubt and send me.

You show me deep kindness.
I love being Your servant.
I love proclaiming Your glory to all the world.
I will stand up for You.
You free me from all doubt and send me.

You have chosen me to minister.
I will uphold the duties.
I will not be negligent.
I will stand in Your presence to serve You.
You free me from all doubt and send me.
Lord, You have given me all I need, filled me, freed me from doubt, given me faith, given me the courage, forgiven me and chose me and have sent me as Your servant. You bring me great honor that I don't deserve. I gladly accept Your honor and give You all the praise and glory. I gladly and joyfully serve You in Your Kingdom. Thanks be to God! ---Amen

Sunday, June 17, 2007

June 17th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Grant us your peace throughout our earthly life, our balm in sorrow, and our stay in strife; then, when your voice shall bid our conflict cease, call us, O Lord, to your eternal peace. ("Savior, Again to Your Dear Name" - Text: John Ellerton, 1826-1893, alt.)
Mark 3.20-35-"For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother."
2 Samuel 7-8-"When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house fro My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever."
Daniel 4-"It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me. How great are His signs and how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and His dominion is from generation to generation."
Luke 7.36-8.3-And He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
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My peace I give to you.
I want so badly to do Your will.
I want to follow You and be by Your side.
I want to be Your brother.
I want to be Your servant.
I want to know Your peace.

I fail to do Your will.
I fail to follow You and leave Your side.
I fail to be Your brother.
I fail to be Your servant.
I fail to know Your peace.

Grant me forgiveness for my failures.

I listen to hear Your will.
I look to be at Your side.
I link myself to You as my brother.
I respond in service to You.
You give me Your peace.

I declare Your signs and wonders.
I declare Your deeds of grace.
I marvel at Your everlasting Kingdom.
I praise You as my Brother.
You grant me Your peace.

You give Your all and forgive my sin.

You build my faith.
You save me from my iniquities.
You give me life.
I run in joy and thanksgiving.
You are my Peace.
Lord, I love You! You have heard my sin. You know how far from You I have strayed. I rush to You with perfume and ointment to bath You with thanksgiving, praise and admonition that You would find it in Your heart to forgive me. You in turn build my faith. You give me peace. You give me purpose. You save me from my death. You take my death into Yourself and free me. I love You Lord! ---Amen

Saturday, June 16, 2007

June 16th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Here thy praise is gladly chanted, here thy seed is duly sown; let my soul, where it is planted, bring forth precious sheaves alone, so that all I hear may be fruitful unto life in me. ("Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty" – Text Benjamin Schmolck, 1672-1737; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.)
Mark 3.1-19-Jesus withdrew to the sea with His disciples…
2 Samuel 6-And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might…
Daniel 3-He said, "Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!"
Galatians 2.15-21-I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
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Feel My presence in all creation and become one with Me.
I hear the singing of creation.
I hear the birds, dogs, and small creatures in the leaves.
I see the beauty of all You have made.
Beauty surrounding me.

In this place there is praise sung to You.
In this place You have planted life.
You give rest and renewal.
You give a Sabbath rest.

Let this rest bring forth Your beauty.
Let this rest bring forth faith.
You cause me to dance for joy.
You cause me to praise Your glory.

You have called me to be with You in rest.
You have called me to stand for You.
I see Your presence in the midst of the fire with me.
You are with me in work and in rest.

I give You thanks that You are with me and in me.
I give You thanks for faith so deep.
I give You thanks that You died to sin with and for me.
I give You thanks that I can live!
Lord, Your creation is awesome. I see, I hear, I smell, I sense with my whole being the Life You freely give. Life in You and with You. You live with me in the good times and the bad times. You bless me richly. Be with me this day to lead me and guide me. Show Your presence and hear my praise. ---Amen

Friday, June 15, 2007

June 15th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Here in this place the new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away; see in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day. Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame; call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name. ("Gather Us In" - Text Marty Haugen, b. 1950)
Mark 2-And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
2 Samuel 4-5-...Behold, we are your bone and your flesh.
Daniel 2.24-49-However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries...
Psalm 32-I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; and You forgave the guilt of my sin.
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Your space is My space. You are My flesh and bone, I am in you and you are in Me. Now go and let My Light stream forth from you.
When I think of space, I think of places that belong to me.
But then I realize that none of the space belongs to me.
All space belongs to You.
What I think is my space is Your space.

When I think of my being; I think of my body.
But then I realize that my body does not belong to me.
My body belongs to You.
What I think in my body is Your body.

You have chosen to unite Yourself with flesh and blood.
You have chosen to save me through Your flesh and blood.
My spirit belongs to You.
What I think is my spirit is Your spirit.

You gave the world Light.
Created Light for me.
In that Light I see Jesus.
What I think is my Light is Your Light.

You took my sin into You.
You died on that cross for my sin.
In that sin, I see Life in You.
What I think is my sin became Your sin.

You reveal mysteries beyond my comprehension.
I turn to You in all Your mystery and seek forgiveness.
You take my sin and forgive me.
What I think is my forgiveness is that awesome forgiveness from You.

I am filled with Your Light in the freedom you graciously give.
I run to the world and proclaim Your glory.
You give me glory in Your glory.
What I think is Your glory becomes my glory.

I have faith in You.
I place all trust and hope in You.
Only through You do I live.
I am alive! I am in You! You are in me!

Thanks be to God!
Lord, You have revealed Your mystery of Love in Jesus Christ. I give You thanks for this mysterious forgiveness. I ask that You would forgive my sin. Fill me with Your Light. Help me to turn from sin. Fill me with faith in You. Send me to do your work for Your purpose. ---Amen

Thursday, June 14, 2007

June 14th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

The trumpets sound, the angels sing, the feast is ready to begin. The gates of heav'n are open wide, and Jesus welcomes you inside. Sing with thankfulness songs of pure delight. Come and revel in heaven's love and light. Take your place at the table of the King. The feast is ready to begin; the feast is ready to begin. ("The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing" - Text Graham Kendrick, b. 1950)
Mark 1.21-45-"If You are willing, You can make me clean." Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, "I am willing; be cleansed."
2 Samuel 3.2-39-"Now then, do it! For the LORD has spoken of David...
Daniel 2.1-23-Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter, so that they might request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
2 Samuel 11. 26; 12.10, 13-15-Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." And Nathan said to David, "The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die."
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Come to My table, turn from your sins, repent and let Life begin.
Lord, I turn from my sin.
I ask you to make me clean.
Please have compassion and touch my life with Your forgiveness.
I hear Your voice in that I shall not die.
I deserve death, but You invite me to that Table of forgiveness.
For You it was a table of death.
For me it is a table of Life.
Life in You and for You.
I love this table.
I love this bread and body.
I love this wine and blood.
I love You Lord and all You do for me.
Thank You for this table.
Thank You for what You have done for me.
Thank You for the suffering and dying.
Thank You for saving me.
I celebrate my forgiveness with a grateful and serving heart.
Let the feast begin!
I turn to You Lord and repent. I ask You to forgive me. I deserve death. I turn to You Lord. You are my hope and salvation. Only You. Forgive me and grant me a new life. ---Amen

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

June 13th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Here, O Lord, your servants gather, hand we link with hand; looking toward our Savior's cross, joined in love we stand. As we seek the realm of God, we unite to pray: Jesus, savior, guide our steps, for you are the Way. ("Here, O Lord, Your Servants Gather" - Text: Tokuo Yamaguchi, 1900-1995; tr. Everett M. Stowe)
Mark 1.1-20-And Jesus said to them, "follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
2 Samuel 2.1-3.1-And the LORD said to him, "Go up."
Daniel 1-Now God granted Daniel favor and compassion...
Galatians 2.11-14-But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel...
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Link hand in hand and keep your focus on Me.
We hold hands and focus on You Lord.
We hold hands and see Your grace.
We hold hands and follow You.
We hold hands and reach out.
We hold hands and receive Your favor and compassion.

We focus on You to remain truthful.
We focus on You to become straight.
We focus on You and hear Your Word.
We focus on You in Your Love.
We focus on You and Live.

We approach Your cross hand in hand.
We approach Your cross and bow in prayer.
We approach Your cross in Your Love.
We approach Your cross in Love for each other.
We approach Your cross and look to You.

At Your cross we see Your glory.
At Your cross we are filled with Love.
At Your cross we celebrate Communion.
At Your cross we see Your Grace.
At Your cross we are saved.
Lord, I approach Your cross hand in hand with others. Living in faith and hope you have come to us and given us salvation. Given us Love and grace. Given us all we need. I bow in Your presence. I love You. I praise You. You are God! ---Amen

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

June 12th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Jesus, we are gathered, Jesus we are gathered. Jesus, we are gathered, we are gathered, Lord Jesus, for you. ("Jesus, We Are Gathered" - Text: Patrick Matsikenyiri)
Romans 16-Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
2 Samuel 1-Your beauty, O Israel, is slain on your high places!
Psalm 72-May he also rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Galatians 2.1-10-They only asked us to remember the poor-the very thing I was was eager to do.
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I will gather you together with the faithful in My Kingdom.
Reveal Your mystery to me this day Lord.
Reveal Yourself to me.
Reveal the secret kept for long ages past.
Reveal Yourself in flesh and blood.
Reveal Yourself in the bread and wine.
Reveal Your beauty in all places.
Reveal Yourself from sea to sea.
Reveal Yourself in and to the poor.
Reveal Yourself in Love.
Reveal Yourself in the action I take.
Reveal Yourself in faith.
Reveal Yourself to me.
Reveal Your mystery to me this day Lord.
Lord, this day I ask that You show Yourself to me. Lead me and guide me. Let me follow and serve You. Reveal Yourself to me, Lord. ---Amen

Monday, June 11, 2007

June 11th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Come and fill our hearts with your peace. You alone, O Lord, are holy. Come and fill our hearts with your peace. Alleluia! ("Come and Fill Our Hearts" - Text: Psalm 136:1; Taize Community)
Romans 15.14-33-And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another.
1 Samuel 29-31-Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
Psalm 71-For You are my hope; O Lord GOD, You are my confidence from my youth.
Matthew 10.7-16-Freely you received, freely give.
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See how I fill you with blessings and peace. Fill you to overflowing.
Lord, You fill me up.
You fill me till I overflow with peace.
You fill me till I overflow with blessing.
You fill me till I overflow with goodness.
You fill me till I overflow with knowledge.
Lord, You fill me up.
You, Lord are my hope.
You, Lord are my confidence.
You, Lord are my salvation.
You, Lord freely give.
Lord, You fill me up.
You, send me in Love.
You, send me with Knowledge.
You, send me to serve those I meet.
You, send me in joy.
Lord, You fill me up.
I will praise Your name.
I will sing Your praise.
I will tell Your story.
I live for You.
Lord, You fill me up.
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Lord, You fill me up and send me out in Your Love. Show me Your way. Teach me to serve. Lead me to Love my neighbor this day. ---Amen

Sunday, June 10, 2007

June 10th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Unseal our lips to sing your praise in endless hymns through all our days; increase our faith and light our minds; and set us free from doubt that blinds. ("Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now" - Text: attr. Wilhelm II, 1598-1662; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878, alt.)
Romans 15.1-13-Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Samuel 27-28-So now also, please listen to the voice of your maidservant, and let me set a piece of bread before you that you may eat and have strength when you go on your way.
Psalm 70-Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; and let those who love Your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified."
Luke 7.11-17-And He came up and touched the coffin; and the bearers came to a halt. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, arise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak.
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Let My touch bring you Life from death.
I come before You this day in praise and thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving for the gift of children.
Thanksgiving for the blessings of their lives.
Each child unique and loving.
Each child precious to me.
I come before You this day giving thanks for graduations.
Thanks for a life lived together.
Thanks for football games and concerts and softball.
Thanks for time spent together with homework.
Thanks for the one on one conversations.
In life Lord You give all we need.
In life You have encouraged us.
In life You have taught us the way.
In life You show us how to persevere.
We praise You, Almighty God!
Lord, through the lives of children You teach me too.
You teach me how to love.
You teach me how to teach.
You teach me how to trust in You.
You bless me as a parent.
For both children and parents You freely grant Life from death.
We praise You for our relationship with parent and child.
We praise You and thank You for relationship with You.
We love You and magnify Your name.
We spring to Life from death and shout Your majesty in Life.
Lord, today we celebrate my youngest child's High School graduation. We party for a life You freely gave to us. We celebrate the times together in laughter, joy and even in sorrow and pain. We celebrate life. I give You thanks for the Life You gave to us. I give You thanks for the Life we live in You. I give You thanks for the Life through Jesus Christ. May we celebrate Life today and always. As we celebrate the life of Stephanie, we celebrate Your Life freely given too. We are richly blessed. Thanks! ---Amen

Saturday, June 09, 2007

June 9th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Here are symbols to remind us of our lifelong need of grace; here are table, font, and pulpit; here the cross has central place. Here in honesty of preaching, her in silence, as in speech, here, in newness and renewal, God the Spirit comes to each. ("God Is Here!" - Text: Fred Pratt Green, 1903, 2000)
Romans 14-For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. for to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
1 Samuel 26-The LORD forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the LORD'S anointed; but now please take the spear that is at his head and the jug of water, and let us go. So David took the spear and the jug of water from beside Saul's head, and they went away, but no one saw or knew it, nor did any awake, for they were all asleep, because sound sleep from the LORD had fallen on them.
Psalm who seek God, let your heart revive.
Galatians 1.11-24-For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
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Your place to worship Me is always present, with you and in you.
Lord, how I need Your Grace each and every day.
I live for You and in You.
I turn to You in my sin.
I am humbled by Your presence.
Yet, here in this place you come to me.
Lord, how I need Your Grace each and every day.
Grace to lead and guide my actions in temptation.
Grace to show me acts of love in place of acts of revenge.
Show me how I should act in this world.
Yet, here in this place you come to me.
Lord, how I need Your Grace each and every day.
Grace to show me how to live and die for You.
I am eternally thankful because You lived and died for me.
Joy in hearing my calling to be Your child.
Yet, here in this place you come to me.
Lord, how I need Your Grace each and every day.
I seek You each and every moment.
You revive my heart and fill me with Love.
You send me filled with Your Love to love my neighbor.
Yet, here in this place you come to me.
Lord, how I need Your Grace each and every day.
Grace that is revealed to me in the Bread and the Wine.
Grace that is shown in Your Word.
Grace present with me and in me.
Yet, here in this place you come to me.
Lord, Your Spirit is given to me, without a doubt in places of worship. In the Bread and Wine. In the Word spoken. In the silence of meditation and in prayer. Your Grace descends to earth to save each of us and all of us. Your Grace comes in corporate worship and in the midst of my heart. Your Grace and Spirit are wonderful gifts to me and to all. Thank You, Lord that I can stop and worship You together in special assemblies with friends and neighbors or even stop and worship You at any place and any time in my heart. Your temple is wonderful and beautiful. To You is all glory, honor and praise. ---Amen

Friday, June 08, 2007

June 8th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

You are holy, you are whole. You are always evermore than we ever understand. You are always at hand. Blessed are you coming near? Blessed are you coming here to your church in wine and bread, raised from soil, raised from dead? You are holy, you are wholeness, you are present. Let the cosmos praise you, Lord! Sing hosanna in the highest! Sing hosanna! Sing hosanna to our God! ("You Are Holy" – Text Per Harling, b. 1948)
Romans 13-But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
1 Samuel 25- Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me…
Psalm 68-O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary.
1 Kings 17.17-24- O LORD my God, I pray to You, let this child’s life return to him.
Rejoice! I have come to you bringing Life eternal.
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You are holy, Lord God of the Universe.
I receive you day by day, deep into my heart.
Help me to grant no provision to the lusts of the flesh.
Forgive me when I fail, dear Lord.
You are holy, Lord God of the Universe.
You are all that I will ever need.
I need nothing else but you.
In the bread and wine I receive the wholeness of Life eternal.
You are holy, Lord God of the Universe.
Let Life return to this child of Yours.
Stretch over me and in me and give me Your Breath of Life.
O Lord my God, I pray to You.
You are holy, Lord God of the Universe.
You have been raised in flesh and raised from the dead.
In death You bring Life.
Come to me and stay with me today.
You are holy, Lord God of the Universe.
You are awesome in Your sanctuary.
Let the cosmos and all creation praise You Lord!
Sing hosanna to our God!
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Lord God of the Universe, hear my prayer this day. Forgive my sin and give me Your Breath of Life. Feed me with Your Body and Your Blood. Let me see you this day. Send me with Your Spirit into Your Kingdom so that I may follow and do Your will this day. You are Holy! You are God! Let the cosmos praise you, Lord! Blessed come here this day! --- Amen

Thursday, June 07, 2007

June 7th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Words from afar, stars that are falling, sparks that are sown in us like seed: names for our God, dreams, signs and wonders sent from the past are all we need. We in this place remember and speak again what we have heard: God's free redeeming word. ("What Is This Place" - Text Huub Oosterhuis, b. 1933; tr. David Smith, b. 1933)
Romans 12-And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Samuel 23-24-So David inquired of the LORD...
Psalm 67-Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You.
Psalm 68.1-10, 19-20-Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation.
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Look around - renew your mind - see Me around, in and with you and find My comfort I give you.
I look to the stars and they seem so distant.
I look to the moon as it quietly yet brightly shines.
I see the planets spinning in space.
I shade the brightness of the sun.
The universe seems so far away from me.
I can't fathom creation.

I look below at a blade of grass.
I feel the warm breeze.
I see insects on the ground.
I see birds in the air freely flying.
The world seems so close to me and in my face.
I can't fathom creation.

I hear the noise of traffic.
I hear jet engines in the sky.
I read the printed word of a book.
I see the effects of electricity.
The world seems so in my control.
I can't fathom creation.

We gather together to worship You.
We sing praise and give thanks.
We unite as one body with various gifts.
You come to be with us and stay with us.
You died and rose so we could live.
I can't fathom Your Love.

I go proclaiming Your salvation.
I live Your Love in my world.
I look at the universe and see You.
I look at my world and see You.
We take Your Love and make it active.
We live for You.
Lord, each day I look around---sometimes when You seem so distant---so awesome---it's hard for me to imagine why You care for us. Then I see how You came to all of us and how You come to each of us. I see a Love that passes all understanding. But I also am gracious that You have freely given this Love to us and to me. And I live out my life to and in You because of what You have done for me. Thank You! ---Amen

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

June 6th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

Let us go now to the banquet, to the feast of the universe. The table's set and a place is waiting; come, ev'ryone, with your gifts to share. ("Let Us Go Now to the Banquet" - Text Guillermo Cuellar, b. 1955)
Romans 11.25-36-For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen
1 Samuel 21-22-So the priest gave him consecrated bread; for there was no bread there but the bread of the Presence which was removed from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place when it was taken away.
Psalm 66-Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
Daniel 1.1-21-But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission form the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself.
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Come to My table and My feast. Eat the Bread of Presence. Be filled with Life in Me then share My gifts with those I love in this world.
I have defiled myself.
I need Your forgiveness.
I need Your Food of Love.
Forgive me and save me I pray.
Lord, I come to You
I feed on You at Your table.
I am filled with the Love of the Bread of Life.
I am filled with awe and joy and bow down in worship before you.
From You
To You
Through You
Are all things forever.
Lord, I sin every day and need Your forgiveness. You feed me Daily Bread, forgive me, fill me and send me. You are an awesome God. I owe all to You and give You all thanks and praise forever and ever. ---Amen

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

June 5th Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

As we gather at your table, as we listen to your word, help us know, O God, your presence; let our hearts and minds be stirred. Nourish us with sacred story till we claim it as our own; teach us through this holy banquet how to make Love's vict'ry known. ("As We Gather at Your Table" - Text: Carl P. Daw Jr., b. 1944)
Romans 11.1-24-If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
1 Samuel 20-But truly as the LORD lives and as your soul lives, there is hardly a step between me and death.
Psalm 65-They shout for joy, yes, they sing.
Proverbs 8.4-21-Take my instruction and not silver, and knowledge rather than choicest gold.
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Come to My Table of Life and take that step from death to Life in Me.
You are inviting me to come to Your table.
You are inviting me to be fed by You.
You are inviting me to live in Your presence.
You are inviting me to tell of Your Grace.
Lord, I come to the table expecting nothing.
Lord, I leave the table filled with everything.
Lord, You fill me with Your Love.
Lord, You have taught me Your Love.
Christ is that one Holy Bread.
Christ is all the food I need.
Christ is that Love lived through You.
Christ is the root, the holy dough and the step.
You show me that step from death to Life.
You fill me with faith to take that step.
You receive me into Yourself as I step out.
You change me from death to Life.
I go now in service to You.
I go now in Your gracious Love.
I go now to live the story.
I go now to sing of Your Love.
Lord, I give You thanks and praise that You have graciously fed me with that lump of dough that makes it all holy. You have given me Jesus. I sing in joy and thanksgiving to the world the story You create in me. I take that step and receive Life from death in Jesus. You alone are my God and Savior. ---Amen

Monday, June 04, 2007

June 4th- Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

On you, at earth's creation, the light first had its birth; on you, for our salvation, Christ rose from depths of earth; on you, our Lord victorious, the Spirit sent from heav'n; and thus on you, most glorious, a three-fold light was giv'n. ("O Day of Rest and Gladness: - Text : Christopher Wordsworth, 1807-1885, alt.)
Romans 9.30-10.21-For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
1 Samuel 19-Saul tried to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away out of Saul's presence, so that he struck the spear into the wall.
Psalm 64-But God will shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly they will be wounded.
Proverbs 7.1-4-Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.
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Even though sin attacks you as a spear to pin you to the wall; I am that arrow of Love, coming to you to save you straight to your heart.
Sin and Temptation hound me Lord.
Day after day I feel pinned to the wall.
Help me and save me.
I look to Your Law.
I see Your Word.
You have saved me with the arrow of Love.
Etched Your Love into my heart.
And given that Three-fold Light.
Thank You Lord!
Lord, You alone are God. The one who saves me when I sin. The one who shows me Light. The one who etches the Law on my heart and shows me my sin. The one who etches Your Love in it's place and shows me Life. You alone are God. Send me with the gifts of Your Spirit this day. ---Amen

Sunday, June 03, 2007

June 3rd - Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm

June 3rd - Daily Word, Hymn and Psalm
Dearest Jesus, at your word we have come again to hear you; let our thoughts and hearts be stirred and in glowing faith be near you as the promises here given draw us wholly up to heaven. ("Dearest Jesus, at Your Word"- Text: Tobias Clausnitzer, 1619-1684)
Romans 9.1-29-So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
1 Samuel 17.55-18.30-Now it came about when he had finished speaking to Saul. that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as himself.
Psalm 63-Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You.
John 16.12-15-All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.
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Just as two close friends are knit soul to soul; I am knit to the Father, the Father is knit to the Spirit and the Spirit is knit to the Son. So I will be knit to you.
I run and run and seem to go nowhere.
I search and search and seem to find nothing.
Then I see You!
You run to me.
You search me out and find me.
Then I see You!
I see You in the Sanctuary.
I see Your power and glory.
I see You!
I see Your lovingkindness.
I learn from the Spirit.
I see You!
I see You Father!
I see You Son!
I see You Spirit!
You come to me!
You knit me soul to soul with others
You knit us together in You.
I see You!
We see You!
We praise You!
Lord, the Trinity is an awesome, wonderful, powerful mystery. I give You all my praise and thanks for Your presence in my life. ---Amen

Saturday, June 02, 2007

June 2nd - Daily Word, Hymns and Psalms

June 2nd - Daily Word, Hymns and Psalms
Maker of all things, all thy creatures praise thee; all for thy worship were and are created; now, as we also worship thee devoutly, hear thou our voices. ("Father Most Holy" - Text: Latin hymn, 10th cent.; tr. Percy Dearmer, 1867-1936, alt.)
Romans 8-for I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us form the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Samuel 17.1-54-You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts...
Psalm 62-My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
Romans 5.1-5-...the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
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I have saved you from the giants of sin and death. Feel the power of My Spirit poured into your heart and worship and praise Me alone.
I cry out to you from the silence.
I cry out to you in the midst of the storm.
I cry out to you in the battle.
I cry out to you when I feel alone.
I need you in the silence.
I need you in the storm.
I need you in the battle.
I need you when I'm alone.
You come to me in the silence.
You come to me in the storm.
You stand by me in the battle.
You comfort me when I'm alone.
While I wait for You in the silence,
I begin to hear the whisper of Your voice.
I feel Your presence within me.
I know of the Love Your pour into my heart.
When the storm is at it's height,
You protect me with the Rock.
In the midst of the storm You are there,
And I cling to Your salvation.
As I fear in the midst of battle,
Of the foes that I encounter,
You give me the power of Your salvation,
And win the battle for me.
In my loneliness of heart,
I witness Your creation.
I see Your awesome universe,
And worship You alone.
Lord, I give you thanks and praise and all my worship that You come to me in the silence, that You protect me in the storm, that You won the battle for me, that You comfort me when lonely. Use me this day as Your instrument to help those in this world, that need to see Your touch of Love through me. ---Amen

Friday, June 01, 2007

June 1st - Daily Word, Hymns and Psalms

It's time to change formats again. Every June I like to change formats of my Daily Devotions and offer some explanation to what in the world I'm doing here.
If you follow the readings day by day. In one year you will have read through the entire Bible.
The first three readings of each devotional accomplish this.
The third scripture passage listed follow the theme of the church year in some way. So not only do you read through the Bible in one year---you also do a little more!
Next you will see a statement that I seem to hear God telling to me. It's a statement that seems to be from God.
Finally, I always close with a prayer.
Over the years I have used various formats. The first was just my reflections on the scripture passages. Then I used phrases that I seemed to hear God speaking through people. Last year I used pictures and visions from God. This year I will be quoting words from Hymns or Music I have heard and changing my writings to be my offering of psalms to God.
So we'll see how it goes. All in all, I offer my time and worship and prayer to God in my devotional. You are welcome to come along for the ride. I know you will hear the voice of God somewhere along the way.
Through the Blog site, feel free to make any comments or observations you would like to share.
June 1st - Daily Word, Hymns and Psalms
Holy Father, holy Son, Holy Spirit, three we name you, though in essence only one; undivided God we claim you and , adoring, bend the knee while we own the mystery. ("Holy God, We Praise Your Name" - Text: source unknown; tr. Clarence A. Walworth, 1820-1900)
Romans 7-Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God thorough Jesus Christ our Lord!
Samuel 16-And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he."
Psalm 61-Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Psalm 8-O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
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Come, pause and dwell on that awesome mystery of Me and the depths of My Love.
O Lord day by day I cry to you!
I search you each and every morning.
I seek to understand Your way and Your call.
I'm a sinful man.
Yet You reveal Yourself to me.
It just doesn't make sense.

I'm a sinful man.
I don't do what I want to do in Your sight.
Yet You still show me the mystery of Your Love.
You show me Your mystery in Word.
You reveal Your Love through Christ.
It just doesn't make sense.

Then You graciously anoint me with baptismal oil.
You choose me!
I'm a sinful man.
You choose me and lead me to that Rock that is higher than I.
You reveal Your Love through Christ to me day by day.
It just doesn't make sense.

I will give You praise and honor and glory forever and ever!
You are majestic throughout all space and time!
You are my God and Savior!
I'm a sinful man and turn to You.
You come to me as Creator, Redeemer and Comforter.
It just doesn't make sense.
Lord, I give you thanks and praise for the mystery of Your very being. I give you thanks and praise for the mystery of Your Love. Forgive my sin this day and use me in Your Kingdom I pray. ---Amen