Ruth 1:11a, 14, 16-17a
“…Naomi said, ‘Return home, my daughters.  Why would you come with me?’…At this they wept again.  Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-by, but Ruth clung to her…‘Don’t urge me to leave you or turn back from you.  Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay.  Your people will be my people and your God my God…’”

John 6:66-69
“From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.  ‘You do not want to leave, too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.  Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’”

Zechariah 8:7-8
“This is what the Lord Almighty says:  ‘I will save my people from the countries of the east and west.  I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.’”

Righteous One, following you is a journey to abundant life.

followYou have chosen us and we long to remain your companions, devoted to your ways and intent on your destination.  Our footsteps are loyal because you are faithful.

Do not let us turn aside when the path becomes lonely and unfamiliar.  Keep us in our true family despite discouragement, so that we discover the rich heritage we have in you.

In the name of Christ we pray, who chose to be obedient even on the road to death, and rose to life to bring us home.

Listen to ‘Come Come Ye Saints’ by the Lower Lights

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Mark 8:22-25
“…some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him.  He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village.  When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, ‘Do you see anything?’  He looked up and said, ‘I see people; they look like trees walking around.’  Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes.  Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”

1 Corinthians 13:12
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

Job 19:25-27
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes—I, and not another.  How my heart yearns within me!”

Redeemer and Lord, your light brings healing with its radiance.

mirrorYou release us from darkness, and guided by your patient hand we begin the blurred journey of faith.  Though we have been graced by your first touch, we long for the perfect second sight we will one day enjoy in your presence.

Continue to heal our clouded vision so that we gaze clearly upon your beauty.  Where we are blind, restore the eyes of our heart to understanding.

In the name of our Saviour we ask this, who lost sight of your face to enable us to become truer reflections of you.

Listen to ‘Windows of Thy Grace‘ by Red Mountain Music

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Genesis 25:29-34
“Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished.  He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew!  I’m famished!…Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’  ‘Look, I am about to die,’ Esau said.  ‘What good is the birthright to me?’  But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’  So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.  Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew.  He ate and drank, and then got up and left.  So Esau despised his birthright.”

Matthew 26:20-23, 25
“When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the Twelve.  And while they were eating, he said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me.’  They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other, ‘Surely not I, Lord?’  Jesus replied, ‘The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.’…Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, ‘Surely not I, Rabbi?’  Jesus answered, ‘Yes, it is you.’”

Philippians 3:18-20
“For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame.  Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven.”

Lord of all, you provide our daily bread and nourish us in our spiritual hunger.

bowlYou are our priceless inheritance and the joy of our lives.  We desire your presence at our table more than the world’s feast for the senses.

Turn our eyes from the pot and the payment to the Lamb who gives true life.  Do not let us sacrifice the privilege of your blessing for a taste from a tainted bowl.

This we ask in the name of Christ, who surrendered his heavenly birthright not for his own sake, but in love to pay our ransom.

Listen to ‘Christ for Us’ by Shelby Murphy and Redemption Hill Church

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Right Hand

Job 40:9, 14
“Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?…Then I myself will admit to you that your own right hand can save you.”

Luke 6:6, 10-11
“On another Sabbath [Jesus] went into the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shrivelled…He looked around at them all, and then said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’  He did so, and his hand was completely restored.”

Isaiah 41:10-13
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Saviour God, you sustain all life by your righteousness, holding our fragile world with your gentle touch.

right handWhen we rely on the work of our hands to save us, we find our strength withered and efforts futile.  In dignity your word upholds us, clasping our shame in order to heal.

Stretch your holy arm over us and restore us.  Lend us your power as we reach for you.

We pray this in the strong name of Jesus Christ, who by his bound and pierced right hand extended salvation to us.

Listen to ‘Your Hand Will Cover Mine‘ by Adrian Plass, Phil Baggely, David Clifton and Ian Blythe

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1 Peter 1:3b-4a, 6
“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade…In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

Romans 8:17
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Job 42:12-14
“The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the first…And he also had seven sons and three daughters.  The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch.  Nowhere in all the land were found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”

Righteous God, you have stored up a vast estate held in trust for us.

inheritanceOur suffering results in humility and equality with the forgotten.  Together we inherit salvation and grace from your generous hand.

Transform our sorrow into compassion.  As we are heirs to your goodness, let us leave a legacy of mercy to our sisters and brothers.

In Christ’s name we pray, who suffered to grant even the least of your children the beauty of your inheritance.

Listen to ‘Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendour’ by Ordinary Time

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Hebrews 11:11-12
“By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.”

Luke 2:25-28
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout.  He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts.  When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God…”

Isaiah 40:29-31a
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.”

Patient Father, every moment has meaning when we spend it in your presence.

waitYou ask for prolonged faith to mature our knowledge of you.  Enriched by time spent humbly in worship, we are more equipped to draw upon the strength you provide.

May we joyfully dedicate our years to anticipating the fulfillment of your promises.  Lighten the burden of waiting by your restorative touch.

Thank you for faith’s great reward, Jesus Christ, the hope of all generations—our Messiah and long-awaited Child.

Listen to ‘How Sweet to Wait’ by Red Mountain Music

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Deuteronomy 34:1-4
“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo…There the Lord showed him the whole land…Then the Lord said to him, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’  I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.’”

Luke 9:28-31
“…[Jesus] took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.  As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightening.  Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendour, talking with Jesus.  They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.”

Hebrews 11:13a, 15-16
“All these people were still living by faith when they died.  They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance…If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.”

God of light and splendour, the vista of eternity unfolds before you.

mountaintopIn this lifetime we may only glimpse the glories of a new land, as your servant Moses did.  Yet from heaven’s realms, he returned to view the coming of a new kingdom.

Prepare us now to receive your certain promises, though faith does not result in immediate sight.  Allow us to trust that you are preparing our true homeland.

Thank you that we can pray these things in the name of the one who fulfills the vision of saints and prophets, Jesus Christ.

Listen to ‘Praise to the Lord, the Almighty’ by Jaron and Katherine Kamin

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