Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.
Make friends of God’s children; help those who are weak,
Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.
Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone.
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.
Take time to be holy, let Him be thy guide;
And run not before Him whatever betide.
In joy or in sorrow still follow thy Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word.
Take time to be holy, be calm in thy soul;
Each thought and each motive beneath His control.
Thus led by His Spirit to fountains of love,
Thou soon shalt be fitted for service above.
-William D. Longstaff
Katie shared this with me from the book The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World and I thought it was worth sharing:
May God bless you with discomfort
At easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships
So that you may live deep within your heart
May God bless you with anger
At injustice, oppression and exploitation of people
So that you may work for justice, freedom and peace
May God bless you with tears
To shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war
So that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and
To turn their pain into joy
May God bless you with foolishness
To believe that you can make a difference in the world
So that you can do what others claim cannot be done
To bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor
Dear God, I pray that you would do something so big, so fast at Revolution Church and through Revolution Church in the city of Tucson that our whole city would notice and they would know it was you. Amen.
Many of you asked for it, so here is a copy of the prayer I read at the end of my sermon last night:
Lord, we come to you, a bless’d and broken people,
Holding nothing in our hands, but sin and shame;
Knowing keenly all the conflicts of a prideful heart
That loves its fame and hates your name.
So we come to you without a single credit,
Clinging only to the precious cross of Christ,
Where the Lion on the throne who is the Lamb of God
Gave up his life in sacrifice.
Yet we try to live our lives each day without you;
Try to find ourselves in things that fade away;
Find importance in the things we do and not in you;
Like fools at play, we run astray.
So we come to you to glory in your mercy;
Come to call each other back to your great love;
Come to leave behind our idols and our substitutes
And fix our love on God alone.
There is mercy without measure in your death, Lord,
There is no other place where sinful men may hide,
And so we run to find the grace that is made ours in you,
We will live our lives where our great Savior died:
At the cross, the cross of Christ.
Turn not away your face from me, that I may find what I seek.
Turn not aside in anger from your servant, lest in seeking you I run toward something else.
Be my helper.
Leave me not, neither despise me, O God my Savior.
Scorn not that a mortal should seek the Eternal.
- St. Augustine
Almighty and everlasting God, who in the Paschal mystery established the new covenant of reconciliation: Grant that all who have been reborn into the fellowship of Christ’s Body may show forth in their lives what they profess by their faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
[Source: Jesus Creed]
Please protect those who made decisions that last night at Revolution
Watch over them now as they move forward into a new life with You
Help us to not be naive about the power of Satan
But help us to rest in the fact that you are more powerful and that you have already won
Lord, grant me the grace to be free from the excesses of this life.
Let me not get caught up with the desire for wealth.
Keep my heart and mind free to love and serve you.
Source: Sacred Space
Lord, you created me to live in freedom.
Mostly I take this gift for granted.
Inspire me to live in the freedom you intended,
with a heart untroubled and with complete trust in you.