Calling

Psalm 78:70-72
“He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance.  And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”

Mark 1:16-18
“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.  ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’  At once they left their nets and followed him.”

1 Corinthians 7:19b-20
“Keeping God’s commands is what counts.  Each of you should remain in the situation you were in when God called you.”

Worthy Master, you have designed us to be uniquely effective, and our gifts are yours to request.

callingYou teach us diligence in humble work so that you might transform it into holy service.  By consistently offering our natural skills we invite you to use us for spiritual purposes.

Train us to be community builders, champions of integrity and your faithful followers.  Until you call us for greater tasks, may we honour you with holy joy in the situation you have chosen for us.

Through Christ our Lord we ask this; called to be an obedient servant and now seated on your glorious throne.

Listen to ‘Precious Lord’ by Next Church Band

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Author

Revelation 1:8
“‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”

John 21:25
“Jesus did many other things as well.  If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”

Hebrews 12:2
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Author of Life, you introduced our world, and its conclusion is in your hands.

authorYou drafted every word in the eternal script; with love you penned every perfect letter in the manuscript of salvation.

Write our stories with the ink of your great story.  Inscribe peace and hope through the pages of tragedy and sorrow in our lives, bringing glory to the author of our faith.

Through Christ we ask this, who at the cost of his own blood has written our names in the Book of Life.

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Rainbow

Genesis 9:13-15
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.”

Matthew 17:5
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.  Listen to him!’”

Psalm 36:9-10
“For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.  Continue your love to those who know you, your righteousness to the upright in heart.”

Father of creation, you illustrate the faithfulness of your word with moments of unexpected beauty.

rainbowIn the midst of the conflicting clouds and sunbeams that colour our lives, you provide a sign of your presence.  In every ordeal your overarching promise of salvation shines bright.

May we point to the Father, Son and Spirit as the spectrum of hope in a devastated world.  Use us as rays of sun piercing through rainclouds of sorrow.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, the true Light broken and dispersed for us, and the fulfillment of a covenant of love.

Listen to ‘New Again’ by Sojourn

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Wheat

Judges 6:3-4, 6, 11-13a
“Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country.  They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel…Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help…The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak…where…Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.  When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’  ‘But sir,’ Gideon replied.  ‘If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?  Where are all his wonders…?’”

Psalm 126:5-6
“Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”

John 12:24
“‘I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.’”

Sower of Life, you have not stopped singing songs of creation over the soil of this earth.

wheatOnly in you can we bury our questions and disappointments and have them sprout and flourish into a harvest of hope.

Thresh our anxious hearts and remove the chaff of fear.  Remind us that unpromising kernels sown in your strength ripen into stalks heavy with grain.

In the name of Christ we offer our prayers, the perfect seed fallen into death to produce sheaves of glorious life.

Listen to ‘Barnfloor and Winepress’ by Wen Reagan

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Bitter Water

Exodus 15:22-26
“Then Moses led Israel…into the Desert of Shur.  For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.  When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter…So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’  Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood.  He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet.  There the Lord made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.  He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God…I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’”

John 5:2-9
“Now there is in Jerusalem …a pool…Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame and the paralyzed.  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years…[Jesus] asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’  ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.  While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk.’  At once the man was cured…”

Psalm 71:20
“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.”

Gentle Healer, you are the source of health and wholeness.

bitter waterYou test us with the good things of earth that ultimately prove unsatisfying, but you do not abandon us in our disappointment.  While the bitterness still lingers you approach us and pledge your faithfulness.

In our longing for sweet water, do not let our souls turn sour.  Redirect our gaze from soothing pools to the true cure for our brokenness.

Through Christ we ask; the living water that heals us from the disease of sin and quenches our eternal thirst.

Listen to ‘Psalm 116‘ by Redemption Hill Music

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Without Ceasing

Daniel 6:10-12a
“Now when Daniel heard that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem.  Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.  So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree:  ‘Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or man except to you, O king, would be thrown into the lions’ den?’”

Luke 18:1-5, 7a
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  He said, ‘In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men.  And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’  For some time he refused.  But finally he said to himself, ‘…I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming’…And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?

Ephesians 6:18a
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”

What daring love you inspire, O God, when you command us to call upon your mercy and compassion.

without ceasingBy prayer that persists despite all obstacles, you establish deep relational roots in our hearts.  We are bound ever more tightly to you through our cries, pleas and praises.

Keep this vital venue from being severed by doubt or discouragement.  Do not let silence destroy our source of strength.

With the blessing of the Spirit, through the channel of Christ, we voice our requests to you.

Listen to ‘Before the Throne‘ by Sojourn

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Blossom

Exodus 25:8, 31-33
“Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them.  Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you…Make a lampstand of pure gold and hammer it out, base and shaft; its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms shall be of one piece with it.  Six branches are to extend from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other.  Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms are to be on one branch…”

Isaiah 27:6
“In the days to come Jacob will take root, Israel will bud and blossom and fill all the world with fruit.”

Hebrews 9:24
“For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence.”

Great Designer, you have commissioned all beauty as a faint and earthly impression of your glory.

322You adorn your dwelling place with lamps and blossoms—light and life.  Your petals promise hope of a harvest.

With you as our centre, may our souls burst with the bloom of springtime.  Cause each tiny bud we bear to flower for the growth of your kingdom.

Remembering Christ, the true Branch, we ask this, who blossomed only to die, that we might taste the fruit of heaven.

Listen to ‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’ by Redemption Hill Music

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