Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Ephesians 6:5-9

Our Father
Up ahead is a day when we will see.
We will see you.
And then we will know that reality is larger than what we see now.
Help us to see who we labour for.
Help us to see what really matters.
Help us to see ourselves truly.
And live in your presence as we work.
That you may be glorified.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ephesians 6:1-4

Our Father,
You nurture us;
You train us;
You instruct us;
May we honour and obey you;
And submit to your Lordship of our lives.
May we be blessed by you;
And may this blessing overflow into our families;
May they be places of honour, nurture and instruction.
For your glory alone


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Ephesians 5:21-33

Father, replace
Dominance with submission;
Narcissism with sacrifice;
Taking with giving;
Impurity with radiance;
Disdain with respect;
Depravity with holiness;
Ugliness with beauty;
Self-love with radical care;
Selfishness with love;
And conflict with peace.
For your glory alone


Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Surprising God

Our Father
You are a God whose son dies that we might live;
A God who gives that we might get;
Who serves that we might be saved;
Who speaks that we might know you;
Who empties himself that we might be filled;
Who suffers that we might escape pain;
Who pays that we might be ransomed;
Who substitutes that we might be forgiven;
Who declares us righteous though we are not!

 If we chose to live we die.
If we seek ourselves, we lose our souls.
If we serve our desires, we lose our hearts.
As we hold, we lose,
As we take, we weep,
As we lash out, we hurt ourselves,
As we worry, we fear,
As we strive, we miss,
As we serve ourselves, we become lonely,
As we become rich, we become poor,
And as we find ease, we find emptiness.

But when we die, then we live,
As we give, then we get,
As we suffer, we find joy,
As we serve, we find purpose,
As we forgive, we find peace,
As we submit, we find freedom,
As we live outwardly, we find inner healing,
As we pray, we are protected.

Father as we live remembering what you have done,
Help us to sow love where there is hatred.
Peace where there is war.
Grace where there is hurt.
Faith where there is doubt.
Hope where there is despair.
Light where there is darkness
Joy where there is sadness,
And life where there is death.


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Romans 4:1-25

You raised Jesus from the dead.
He was delivered up for our trespasses.
He was raised for our justification.
We believe it is true.
Though we do not see it,
We trust that you have credited us with righteousness.
Against all hope, like Abraham, we believe,
Keep us from wavering;
Keep us fully persuaded that you have the power to do what you have promised.
So that soon when we stand before you,
It will be a day of rejoicing and not of judgement.
In Christ’s name alone we pray.