Thursday, April 17, 2014


A PRAYER FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

Isaiah 53


Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.


That can't be our savior
Can it?

Look at you
You don't look very brave or dangerous
Certainly not strong enough to take on
our enemies... our burdens... our needs

We need to look for somebody else
Someone stronger
Leaner
Tougher
Someone who can take on our oppressors and liberate us from their tyranny


That can't be our savior
Can it?

Listen to you
We don't hear anything?
Only silence... Nothing
No words of protest or anger
No shouts at his persecutors


We need someone who will speak up
Declare the time for revolution
Sound the cry of freedom
Utter judgment upon those who condemn us

That can't be our savior
Can it?

You are just giving up
Acting like a lamb being led to the slaughter
No objection
No complaint
No plea of innocence

We need someone who will speak in his defense
in our defense
Someone who will resist the hangman's noose
Who will not die in complicity with his executioners
Someone who will be defiant before the last nail is hammered in the cross

 That can't be our savior
Can it?

Yes, Lord Jesus
It is you who are our savior
You who are obedient
Even to the last
Obedient to what God has called you to do

Yes, Lord Jesus
It you who are our savior
You who through your faith
Shout even in your silence
God's love for humankind

Yes, Lord Jesus
It is you who are our savior
You are the conquerer
over the power of death
and the grip of the grave

Hallelujah
We are saved
Hallelujah
We will rise again
Hallelujah
We will live with you forever

Amen

A PRAYER FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

Isaiah 53


Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.


That can't be our savior
Can it?

Look at you
You don't look very brave or dangerous
Certainly not strong enough to take on
our enemies... our burdens... our needs

We need to look for somebody else
Someone stronger
Leaner
Tougher
Someone who can take on our oppressors and liberate us from their tyranny


That can't be our savior
Can it?

Listen to you
We don't hear anything?
Only silence... Nothing
No words of protest or anger
No shouts at his persecutors


We need someone who will speak up
Declare the time for revolution
Sound the cry of freedom
Utter judgment upon those who condemn us

That can't be our savior
Can it?

You are just giving up
Acting like a lamb being led to the slaughter
No objection
No complaint
No plea of innocence

We need someone who will speak in his defense
in our defense
Someone who will resist the hangman's noose
Who will not die in complicity with his executioners
Someone who will be defiant before the last nail is hammered in the cross

 That can't be our savior
Can it?

Yes, Lord Jesus
It is you who are our savior
You who are obedient
Even to the last
Obedient to what God has called you to do

Yes, Lord Jesus
It you who are our savior
You who through your faith
Shout even in your silence
God's love for humankind

Yes, Lord Jesus
It is you who are our savior
You are the conquerer
over the power of death
and the grip of the grave

Hallelujah
We are saved
Hallelujah
We will rise again
Hallelujah
We will live with you forever

Amen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A PRAYER FOR PASSION SUNDAY


PASSION SUNDAY

MATTHEW 26

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”


We will pray with you
Lord Jesus
We will bow our heads and cry unto God

The hour is late 
and the enemy surrounds us
coming to take you away
and bang you on their cross

No Lord God no
Forbid them
Save your holy prophet
from the clutches of death

We will pray with you
Lord Jesus
Cry unto God for deliverance

You must be spared
So the hungry be fed
the blind given sight
and the dead raised

No, Lord God, no
Save our teacher
Our healer must be rescued
to continue his work

We will pray with you
Lord Jesus
and beg for deliverance from this hour

We when they take you away
they will take us too
Whip and beat and imprison us
and we are sore afraid

No, Lord God, no
Spare us in this hour of peril
so we can return home
to families and friends

We will pray with you
Lord Jesus
but we need your grace and mercy

Strengthen our faith to believe
healing comes from your wounds
forgiveness comes from your dying 
and life eternal comes from your rising

Hallelujah!

Amen




A PRAYER FOR PSALM SUNDAY

PSALM SUNDAY

PSALM 118


22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
    From the house of the Lord we bless you.[b]
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
    up to the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you;
    you are my God, and I will exalt you.
29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.


Come, Rejected One
Come and march into our lives 
For we are sinful and downtrodden 
in need of mercy and forgiveness
We are lost on our wandering paths
No direction, No purpose

We await the One who can cleanse us
and give us new life and new possibilities

Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!


Come, Rejected One
Come and march into our streets 

We hide away from the muck and mire
Behind gated communities and in SUVS 
never seeing the hurt and hungry 
and huddled masses

We await the One who can free us from our fears
and engage us with all our brothers and sisters

Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!


Come, Rejected One
Come and march into our nations

We are a jealous and quarrelsome people 
Desiring what is not ours
and willing to spill the blood of their children 
and ours to get it

We await the One who can heal our wounds 
and break the spear and the sword


Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!


Come, Rejected One
Come and march into our world

We have despoiled the skies 
and muddied the waters
killing the birds of the air 
and the beasts of the land

We await the One who will make us trusted stewards
of the precious gift of this planet we share

Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!


Come, Rejected One
Come and march into our lives
our streets and nations and world 
Forgive us
Save us renew us

Amen






Thursday, March 27, 2014

A PRAYER FOR THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT

A PRAYER FOR LENT 4

Ephesians 5:8-16
The Message


8-10 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.

11-16 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!
So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!


Where is the light?
When will be able to find our way
O God
Where is the light?

We have wandered around 
in darkness
Looking everywhere 
for what would make us happy
and fulfilled

We have grasped in the gloom
of night
Reaching for things
that would protect us and keep 
us safe

Where is the light?
When will be able to find our way
O God
Where is the light?

We move in the shadows
so no one will see us
Moving stealthily
alone in our pursuit
of things we desire

We live in gloom
wanting to be happy
Trying to find purpose
and meaning
some sense of achievement 

Where is the light?
When will be able to find our way
O God
Where is the light?

Praise you, O Christ
that you have come 
to shatter the darkness
and give us light

Praise to you, O Christ
that your words of life
lift the veil of sin
and bathe us in forgiveness

Praise to you, O Christ
that lifted upon the cross
you take our burdens
and lighten our load

Praise to you, O Christ
that rising from the grave
you defeat the powers of death
and shine eternal life upon us

Praise to you, O Christ
Light and Life and Love
Forevermore

Amen



Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A PRAYER FOR THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT



LENT 3

Romans 5:6-11
 (NRSV)

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9 Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.[e] 10 For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11 But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


O God
We are weak
and need your strength

We are made weak
by our sins and shortcomings
words spoken in anger
hurtful acts against those we love

We are made weak 
by our selfishness
our wanting and grabbing and hoarding 
things and more and more things

Strengthen us
Lord Jesus
for life and love

We are made weak
by our arrogance
believing our way, our truth
is The Way and The Truth

We are made weak 
by our pettiness
wanting to strike back
gaining the advantage over others

Strengthen us
Lord Jesus
for life and love

We are made weak
by worshipping the idols
of weapons and war
conquering and enslaving and destroying

We are made weak
by our blindness
to the pain around us
the hungry and homeless

Strengthen us
Lord Jesus
for life and love

By your cross we are saved
By your death we are cleansed
By your sacrifice we are reconciled
By your rising we are eternal

Strengthen us
Lord Jesus
for life and love

Amen



Thursday, March 13, 2014

A PRAYER FOR THE SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

LENT 2

Genesis 12:1-9
 (NRSV)

12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”[a]

4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan.


Just like that
Right God
Drop everything and follow you
to wherever you lead

Quit our job
cancel our appointments
clear our schedule
so we can go where you send us

Just like that
Tell our family and friends
that you have somewhere for us to go
some new adventure to take on 

Some ill defined quest
without a clear mission statement
A new ministry to which you are calling us 
to strange people in a strange place

Just like that
Go charging off toward some Canaan land
where you will direct us 
show us the way

Arrive unannounced 
Hoping you know what the heck 
you have gotten us into
and considered all the risks

Just like that
Go where you send us
Do what you ask 
Sacrifice all 

Rely of faith and grace
Trusting that you will work it all out
Pick us up when we mess us
Rejoice when we do the right thing

Just like that 
Right God
Just go
and leave everything up to you

Ok 
Ready or not 
Here we go
Off to follow where you lead

Ok
We are putting our trust in you Lord
Relying on your strength 
purpose and vision

Ok
We are yours Lord
Send us where you will
Show us the way

Ok  
Just like that

Amen