Second Monday in Advent

Good morning, everyone.

Weekends have a way of whizzing by, don’t they?  It is like everything we haven’t got done in the week get stuffed into two days.  For me, weekends tend to very busy with weddings and trainings and church events.  So, I have to find other days to get caught up with tasks. Some weeks it seems like I am always catching up. lol

I did miss posting the Sunday prayer.  But today, I make up for it with both a podcast and a morning prayer.

My little Prayer-on-the-Go podcast for today:  https://www.spreaker.com/user/7828297/moody-monday

Today’s Morning Prayer Service 

Morning Prayer for Monday in Advent

An Order for Morning Prayer
(Note: this is intended as a form of private prayer but when doing with another or as a group, work through it responsively)

We greet the Day

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.
Amen.

Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

Kyrie
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Collect
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent Prayer
Come, thou long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a wonder at the wisdom and power of Your Father and ours. Receive my prayer as part of my service of the Lord who enlists me in God’s own work for justice.

Come, thou long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a hunger for peace: peace in the world, peace in my home, peace in myself.

Come, thou long-expected Jesus. Excite in me a joy responsive to the Father’s joy. I seek His will so I can serve with gladness, singing and love.

Come, thou long-expected Jesus. Excite in me the joy and love and peace it is right to bring to the manger of my Lord. Raise in me, too, sober reverence for the God who acted there, hearty gratitude for the life begun there, and spirited resolution to serve the Father and Son.

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, whose advent I hail. Amen.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

Reading  Isaiah 9:2, 6–7
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,  and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Psalm 85

Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you pardoned all their sin.Selah
You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.

Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
so that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.[a]
Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
and will make a path for his steps.

Reflective Prayer
Breathe in me O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me then O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy.
–St Augustine

Intercessory Prayers
We  offer to God the prayers of our hearts-

Gracious God source of all love and fount of all blessing, your Son Jesus Christ promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith.  Confident in his word, we offer you our prayers.

We pray for our world, for the leaders of nations and all in authority, that everyone may live in peace and mutual trust, sharing with justice the resources of the earth. May your love guide each heart.
(offer personal prayers for the world, leaders, the planet)

We give thanks for our church and every faith community across the world. Encourage clergy and religious leaders to lead with compassion, mirroring your love and grace by their lives and teaching.

We offer to your care, merciful God, all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Change lives today through your mighty healing touch and bring to know your loving presence at work in their lives.

(offer the names of those whom you hold in your heart….).

We pray for our own needs and concerns, giving thanks that answers and resolution are already on their way to us.  Especially, we offer these concerns to you…….

We give thanks for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing. May they find comfort and hope in the joy of your promise that you will greet us at the last and take us to your Father’s house.

Hear us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Lord Jesus, hallow this new day
I give thanks for your peace, wisdom and strength in my heart.

Help me to look at the world with eyes of love.
Help me to be patient, understanding,
humble, gentle and good.

Please let me see others as you see them,
that I may look past appearances,
and appreciate the goodness in everyone.

Close my ears to all of the gossip,
and save my tongue from speaking evil of others.
Please let only thoughts that bless remain in me.

Today I want to be well-intentioned and fair,
that everybody that who comes to me might feel your presence.

Loving God, clothe me in your kindness,
that throughout this day I might be a reflection of you. Amen.

May the God of peace enable us to do his will in every kind of goodness, working in us what pleases him, through Jesus  Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

 

First Saturday in Advent

Good morning everyone!

In a short while I will be training chaplains, so let’s cut to the best part.  Here is today’s prayer service.

Tomorrow I will be posting the morning prayer service and also  link the CCCC community’s Sunday online worship on blogtalkradio.  And all this while I am off to do a live service in Wellandport.  The magic of technology!

Blessings in your day!
Deb

Morning Prayer for Saturday in Advent

An Order for Morning Prayer
(Note: this is intended as a form of private prayer but when doing with another or as a group, work through it responsively)

We greet the Day

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.
Amen.

Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

Kyrie
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Collect
Make us, we beseech thee, O Lord, our God, watchful and heedful in awaiting the coming of thy Son, Christ our Lord; that when he shall come and knock, he may find us not sleeping in our sins, but awake, and rejoicing in his praises.

Seek the Lord  Isaiah 55.6–11
Seek the Lord while he wills to be found; *
call upon him when he draws near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways *
and the evil ones their thoughts;
And let them turn to the Lord, and he will have compassion, *
and to our God, for he will richly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, *
nor your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, *
so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

For as rain and snow fall from the heavens *
and return not again, but water the earth,
Bringing forth life and giving growth, *
seed for sowing and bread for eating,
So is my word that goes forth from my mouth; *
it will not return to me empty;
But it will accomplish that which I have purposed,
and prosper in that for which I sent it.

Reading: Luke 1: 26–38,

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.

The Magnificat Luke 1.46-55

1    My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour;
he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

2    From this day all generations will call me blessed;  the Almighty has done great things for me  and holy is his name.

3    He has mercy on those who fear him, from generation to generation.

4    He has shown strength with his arm  and has scattered the proud in their conceit,

5    Casting down the mighty from their thrones  and lifting up the lowly.

6    He has filled the hungry with good things  and sent the rich away empty.

7    He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,  to remember his promise of mercy,

8    The promise made to our ancestors,  to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

Reflective Prayer
Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe! You led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ.
May his word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are full of loving kindness for your whole creation, and we, your creatures, glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

Intercessory Prayers
We  offer to God the prayers of our hearts-

Gracious God source of all love and fount of all blessing, your Son Jesus Christ promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith.  Confident in his word, we offer you our prayers.

We pray for our world, for the leaders of nations and all in authority, that everyone may live in peace and mutual trust, sharing with justice the resources of the earth. May your love guide each heart.
(offer personal prayers for the world, leaders, the planet)

We give thanks for our church and every faith community across the world. Encourage clergy and religious leaders to lead with compassion, mirroring your love and grace by their lives and teaching.

We offer to your care, merciful God, all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Change lives today through your mighty healing touch and bring to know your loving presence at work in their lives.

We pray for our own needs and concerns, giving thanks that answers and resolution are already on their way to us.  Especially, we offer these concerns to you…….

We give thanks for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing. May they find comfort and hope in the joy of your promise that you will greet us at the last and take us to your Father’s house.

Hear us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Concluding Prayers
Thank you God for the love you give us.  We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, and for Christ to come again, that you would remain present with us.  Help us today, and everyday to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your love with each other. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.  Amen.

May the peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds upon that radiant love which manifested at Christmas with the gift of the Christ-Child.  And may the Divine blessing  of Christmas nurture us this day and always. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

 

 

 

First Friday in Advent

Hi everyone.

I squeaked in under the noon mark.  It is technically still morning.  I have had this screen up for several hours, but every time I started clicking the keyboard, there was an interruption.   Le sigh.

I know your days are like that too.  The dog wants out, the phone rings, an important email arrives, the landlord comes to the door unexpectedly (just said goodbye to him)… It is easy to get frustrated.  Some days it may feel like everyone else comes first. A little me time would be sooooooo nice.  Especially on a Friday after a long week.  Le bigger sigh.

Some wise person once told me that it was the interruptions in the day that were actually the points of ministry.  They were the ways in which we show love, help out, listen, be a friend, share important time together.  I see their point.  But there are days when I really want to get to the “to do” list.  Or just have a few hours to read a book or watch a movie or go for a walk.  I count too.  And so do you.

Let’s do it! Today, look for ways to balance the time spent with the interruptions and the time YOU need to accomplish what is important to you, too.   Even if that means a nap.  I think naps are very important.  Block it on your daytimer as an appointment.  No one needs to know it is with your pillow.  In this way, we have a chance to recharge, feed our soul, and feel better when someone calls on us.

And, pray!  Including prayer and meditation in your day is a sure fire way to restore balance into your life.  Oh, I have just the thing for you! 🙂

Here is today’s prayer service for the first Friday in Advent.
Blessings,
+Deb

Morning Prayer for Friday in Advent

We greet the Day

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.
Amen.

Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

Kyrie
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Collect
Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for the peace you give us.  We ask that as we wait for all your promises to come true, that you would remain present with us.  Help us today – and everyday- to worship you, to hear your word, and to do your will by sharing your peace with each other.  We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem.  Amen

Song of the First-Born  Colossians 1.15–20
Christ is the image of the unseen God, *
the first-born of all creation,

for in him were all things made, *
in heaven and on earth.

Through him and for him were all things made,
before all he exists, holds all things in one. *
The Church is his body, and he is its head.

He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; *
in all things he alone is supreme.

God made all his fullness to dwell in him, *
to reconcile through him all creation to himself,

everything on earth and everything in heaven, *
all gathered into peace by his death on the cross.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever. Amen.

Reading:  Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiber’i-us Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Iturae’a and Trachoni’tis, and Lysa’ni-as tetrarch of Abile’ne, in the high-priesthood of Annas and Ca’iaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechari’ah in the wilderness; and he went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
2     Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

3 Know that the Lord is God!
It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!

5 For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Reflective Prayer
Lord, you are the light of the world.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
Heavenly Father, we long for your plan of rescue and redemption to be realized. Give us hearts that see Your beauty and wait in hope for You to make all things good and new again.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.
May Your light and love shine brightly in our hearts, spreading hope and peace to those around us. Amen.

You are almighty, above and beyond everything. You are victorious. Darkness, sin and death are under your feet. You are holy, beautiful and full of love. How we adore thee. Amen.

Intercessory Prayers
We  offer to God the prayers of our hearts-

Gracious God source of all love and fount of all blessing, your Son Jesus Christ promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith.  Confident in his word, we offer you our prayers.

We pray for our world, for the leaders of nations and all in authority, that everyone may live in peace and mutual trust, sharing with justice the resources of the earth. May your love guide each heart.
(offer personal prayers for the world, leaders, the planet)

We give thanks for our church and every faith community across the world. Encourage clergy and religious leaders to lead with compassion, mirroring your love and grace by their lives and teaching.

We offer to your care, merciful God, all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Change lives today through your mighty healing touch and bring to know your loving presence at work in their lives.

We pray for our own needs and concerns, giving thanks that answers and resolution are already on their way to us.  Especially, we offer these concerns to you…….

We give thanks for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing. May they find comfort and hope in the joy of your promise that you will greet us at the last and take us to your Father’s house.

Hear us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Concluding prayers
O come, O come, Emmanuel!
Redeem thy captive Israel,
that into exile drear is gone
far from the face of God’s dear Son.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, thou Dayspring bright!
Pour on our souls thy healing light;
dispel the long night’s lingering gloom,
and pierce the shadows of the tomb.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Lord of David’s Key!
The royal door fling wide and free;
safeguard for us the heavenward road,
and bar the way to death’s abode.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face shine  on us and be gracious to us. The Lord look upon us with favour and grant us peace. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

 

First Thursday in Advent

Okay.  I know it has been a heckuva long time since posting.  Life gets busy.  Things get in the way.  This is a truth of my life – and likely yours too.

We’ve started the Advent journey, the count down to Christmas and once again our hearts lift with the story of that little babe born in the manger so long ago.  I don’t even mind the early onset Christmas music this year.  We NEED to hear some happy, joyful tunes in this screwy Scroogy world.

So I make a promise to post here daily.  And I will even offer you a morning and (soon) evening prayer service you can follow or just pray with us.  Bishop Jean and I recorded these in the wee smalls, feeling the nudge to invite everyone to pray and to remember that God is with us always, and most especially at Christmas.

December 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas, also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker, on whom our modern day Santa Claus is based. He was the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor in 270 – a very early bishop indeed!

He had a great, compassionate heart and is credited with many miracles and generous acts, including saving three sisters from a life of prostitution and three other unfortunates who were about to be pickled for human consumption!  It is thought that he was in attendance at the council of Nicaea, at which the Nicene Creed was hammered out.

Because he was so generous and tended to dip into his own pocket to assist his community members experiencing challenges, one of his attributes is that of Patron Saint of pawn shops.  He is a fascinating saint.  You Can learn more here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas

Now for today’s morning prayer service.

Morning Prayer for Thursday in Advent

An Order for Morning Prayer

(Note: this is intended as a form of private prayer but when doing with another or as a group, work through it responsively)

We greet the Day

O Lord, open our lips:
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.
Amen.

Hear, O Israel

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.

This is the first and the great commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.

There is no commandment greater than these.

Kyrie
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

Collect
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Song of Mary  Luke 1.46–55
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; *
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel, *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,

the promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever.
Amen.

Reading:  Isaiah 40:1-11

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the LORD blows upon it; surely the people is grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.

Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings, lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!”

Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.

Psalm 97

1 The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
2 Clouds and thick darkness surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
3 Fire goes before him
and consumes his foes on every side.
4 His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all peoples see his glory.
7 All who worship images are put to shame,
those who boast in idols—
worship him, all you gods!
8 Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments, Lord.
9 For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light shines on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.

Reflective Prayer
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received,
and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones,
and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
— St. Therese of Liseux

 Intercessory Prayers
We  offer to God the prayers of our hearts-

Gracious God source of all love and fount of all blessing, your Son Jesus Christ promised that you will hear us when we ask in faith.  Confident in his word, we offer you our prayers.

We pray for our world, for the leaders of nations and all in authority, that everyone may live in peace and mutual trust, sharing with justice the resources of the earth. May your love guide each heart.
(offer personal prayers for the world, leaders, the planet)

We give thanks for our church and every faith community across the world. Encourage clergy and religious leaders to lead with compassion, mirroring your love and grace by their lives and teaching.

We offer to your care, merciful God, all who are in sorrow, sickness, discouragement or any other trouble. Give them patience and a firm trust in your goodness. Change lives today through your mighty healing touch and bring to know your loving presence at work in their lives.

We pray for our own needs and concerns, giving thanks that answers and resolution are already on their way to us.  Especially, we offer these concerns to you…….

We give thanks for those who have died and for those who mourn their passing. May they find comfort and hope in the joy of your promise that you will greet us at the last and take us to your Father’s house.

Hear us, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Concluding prayers
Mother Mary, as you carried your dear Son in your immaculate womb, you also carried him in your heart. Pray for me, this Advent, that I may surrender myself to the will of the Father in imitation of you. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you and never hesitated to fully embrace His divine will. Pray that I may imitate your perfect example so as to share a deeper union with you and your divine Son.  Amen

May the God of peace enable me to do his will in every kind of goodness, working in us what pleases him, through Jesus  Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God!

Prayer – an action of the heart

be the church

Okay.  It has been a while since I have posted.  We all know how that is.  We start out with the best of intentions and then life gets in the way.  A lot.

But I keep getting the nudge to write, to share, to reflect, to spread a message and to encourage you all to keep speaking up  too.  So, I promise to keep this up in my bookmarks where it is visible, a reminder that we have work to do together.  What is that work, you ask?  Prayer, my friends.

Do not roll your eyes. 🙂   Let me tell you right now that you are a powerful being.  You are the child of the Most High God who knows you and loves you and wants to create with you.  Together we can create miracles.

I just checked on the chapter and verse for “anything you ask in my name” and this is what came up.  Most gospels and more:

19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  Matthew 18:19


22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”  Matthew 21:22


24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  Mark 11:24


13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  John 14:13


If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  John 15:7


16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and
bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  John 15:16


23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in
my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.  John 16: 23,24


5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the
one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. James :5,6

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of l
ights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17


22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and
do what pleases him. 1 John3:22


14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything
according to his will he hears us.
 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask,we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14,15

So, are you getting the picture?  Are you getting a sense that we can do so much good in the world by combining our intentions and prayers? Are you getting a sense of your holiness and invitation to make a difference?  I think it is exciting!

Even though I see things through a Christian window, I believe that everyone of every faith has this connection with Creator.  Let’s all work as one family to heal and bless one another and the world.

So, let’s begin with this prayer:
Gracious God,
Thank you for the gift of this day filled with promise and blessings.
Send your holy angels to guide and protect us and those whom we love.
Help all who are in any need or trouble
Heal and bring relief to those who are experiencing illness
Comfort are who are feeling hopeless, lost and afraid
May we know your goodness and loving kindness in our lives.
And reach out to all with love and gentleness.
In your holy name we pray.
Amen

Have a great day, everyone.
+Deb

 

Finding Strength

connected copyThese past months have been challenging for so many people.  Instant access to news has put many of us into overload.  Hurricanes, wildfires, nuclear threats, massacres, injustices, loss of rights…. every way we turn there seems to be a shift and a change in what we hold to be safe and true.

Okay. Time out.  Let’s have a huddle and regroup.

You are here on this planet for a reason – and that reason is good.  You come into this world with unique gifts and skills, with a unique outlook, with the spark of the divine within you.

We need to all recover this sense of powerful self.  We are not flotsam and jetsam bobbing on the unpredictable tides of fate.  Here is a secret:  we are incredibly powerful.
We have within us the power to heal, to bring peace, to speak our intentions and change the world.

Do you believe this?  Do you understand that like Jesus, you can command the winds to calm and the storms of life to subside?  Do you believe that you can touch a soul and bring healing?  Do you believe that with a loving word you can turn someone’s day around?

Believe it.

If we could get to that place where we can recover our God-given commissioning to be the change we want to see, this world would be transformed in a second.  If we could blanket this planet with a wave of compassion and love, there would be a shift unlike anything we’ve seen before.  Greed, abuse of power, dark and twisted leaders, corrupt corporations could not stand against it.

How can we do this?  It is so very simple.  It is the heart of what Jesus came to teach us:
Love one another.

Love is colour blind.  It sees past the person, the circumstance, the situation.  It does not judge. It embraces, lifts up, celebrates and fills the universe with laughter and joy.  Love stands up to fear, to threats, to negative thoughts, to abusive and manipulative systems and in its great light, the shadows fade and disappear.  Love reveals the lie.  Love reveals the truth.  Love always wins because Love is Divine Essence.

That Essence flows in each of us, no matter what colour, creed, orientation we are or what place we come from.  That Essence, that Divine force within us, cannot be contained.  We are empowered to use it, to draw upon it, and to join our intentions  to transform our lives and the world.

And, I should add that Love doesn’t make us the doormat or the whipping post.  Tough love means we do not condone or accept ugly behaviour or abuse.  We agree to leave a space where Divine Love can step in and work in that person.  Love doesn’t mean that we put ourselves in danger or peril.  Each person is responsible for their own life and their own actions.  We can lovingly witness and bless them to their good.

Do not let the bad news drag you down.  Do not let your life be dictated by the negatives, the fears, the “what ifs” and those who would make you feel less than to satisfy their own insecurities.

You are a miracle.  You are Divinely empowered.  You have all that you need to stand up and be proudly you.  The world needs your voice and your gifts.  Today, take a moment and connect with the truth of this – you are not victim.  You are strong!  You are powerful.

Now, let’s take that truth and in that spirit of Love send prayers of healing, peace, prosperity, balance, compassion and joy to the planet.  See people smiling and happy.  See homes and roads being rebuilt.  See communities working together.  See people embracing and sharing meals together.  See the weather calming, balance restored and people loving and appreciating the Earth.

Expect Love to win.  See past the bad news, the 24 hour news grind, the frustration as abuse comes to light.  Expect Love to overcome it all as lessons are learned, as people have changes of heart, as one by one people choose to honour their true spirit and let Love rule.

Look within to see the shining light that is your soul, your connection to Creator.  You have that same spark, those same qualities.  Jesus tells us we can do even greater things that he did.

Believe it.  Receive it.  Join me in blessing the world and each other.  Love one another.

Blessings,
+Deb

Letting Go….

let goI am watching CNN again today and hearing the profound stories of those who survived the Las Vegas massacre and others’ experiences. I am tearfully listening to people who became shining stars in that dark moment, who became saviours to others and their heartwrenching stories of goodness, love and sacrifice.

As I sit here in my cluttered office with Oliver the cockapoo sleeping by my feet, I am struck with the blessings that surround me. Sure, money gets tight tight. Sure, life isn’t always smooth. Sure, there are challenges to face and work through.  But, I am not hearing the echo of screaming and gunfire in my head.

When huge events shake up the world, we are affected too.  We empathize.  We know how it feels to lose a loved one or face a critical challenge.  It triggers feelings in us.  Looking at the news from Las Vegas, some of my friends are angry.  “Get rid of the guns,” they say in frustration. “What is it gonna take?”

Others are feeling unsafe. “How can we go anywhere without feeling it is dangerous?”

Emotions are raw right now but when we take a big step back, we see that this kind of thing happens — and very little changes as time goes by.  But, WE can change.  We have power to make a difference for good in the world.

The first thing we can do is not let the fear of the unknown paralyze us.  We are here to enjoy our life. We can find happiness even when we are feeling upset. Do not let the “what ifs” stop you from experiencing joy.

The second thing that we can do is take action.  If you are in the US, call your rep.  Speak up about gun control, if that is what you are feeling.  The rest of us can donate our time, talent and treasure to caring for people and the planet in the way that feels best for us.  Honor each other.  Honour the Earth.

And, we need to let go, trusting that all of this somehow has purpose — to bring us closer together, to prompt us to reach out, to hug our loved ones a little tighter, to count our blessings.

These huge events are actually calls to action.  Love will conquer fear.  Blessings will flow.  Light will shine.  Hope will find us.  Today, let go of the worry and negative thoughts that pull us down.  Be fearless.  Dare to love.  Be prayer warriors.  Speak up for what you know to be true and right.  Then let go and let God work out the details.

Peace,
+Deb

 

 

Sunday Night

comfort

On this beautiful evening, let’s join our hearts together to send blessings to the people of the planet.

Let’s send love to those in any need: especially to the people of Puerto Rico, those contending with the after-effects of earthquakes floods, wild fires and other disasters.
Let’s send angels to assist all who are in any need and danger, bringing rescue and relief to those who are desperate and without hope, and may those angels work with every helping hand to restore each circumstance to wholeness.

Tonight, be reminded that you are loved.  You are beloved.  More than you can ever know.  Hard things and challenges come, but they are not visited on us from on High.  In this rollercoaster life, this remains true: we are never alone.  Nothing can separate us from Divine Love.  When we ask, the cavalry is already on the way.  And you know, often, WE are part of the cavalry for one another through our actions and our prayers.

Tonight, know that your kind thoughts make a difference.  Pray without ceasing. And expect that good things come to you, too.

Blessings,
+Deb

TGIF…

love

Okay.  It’s been a week or so since posting.  Life has a way of presenting obstacles as we try to get through the “to do” list.

I am sure you know what I mean.  We have great intentions of doing something and get sidetracked, sometimes kidnapped.

As I type this I’m watching CNN and seeing the heartbreaking video from Puerto Rico.  Nine days since the hurricane and people are getting more and more desperate.  Water, medicine and food are in scarce supply.  There is no power. Line ups for gas are hours and hours long.  Two weeks ago, these folks were going about their day, just are we are doing.  Today, they are struggling to survive.

This is happening in places around the US, Mexico and around the world.  People just like us, faced with incredible hardship and challenge.  The power of our prayers is needed more than ever before.

But, even in the midst of all this sadness and I am seeing smiling faces on the screen.  Yes, there is a great deal of pain and frustration, but there is this message: “We have no food, but we have our life!  We have hope!”  One elderly woman whose home was devastated is being cared for by neighbours.  People are reaching out, sharing what they have.  There is much gratitude, even in the face of such life changing circumstances.

This holds a lesson for us.  Our challenges are valid too.  We may not be hit with a hurricane but there are many ways life can throw wrenches in our plans.  We can get paralyzed by fear and doubt.  It can sap every bit of happiness and leave us drained and sad.

Try this.  Ignore the worry.  Ignore the what ifs.  Close the door on fearful thoughts.  Just refuse to entertain them.  Instead turn your thoughts to the blessings you have, the love around you, the support in your life.  Think happy things.  Read uplifting books.  Watch funny movies.  It is okay to laugh even when there are problems.  This is a way to solving them, believe it or not.

As we focus on good and trust that answers are coming, things reframe.  And, as we bring an attitude of joy and lightness, it affects everyone around us.

Be a transformer:  Pray for those in need.  Share what you have.  Refuse to entertain worry and fear.  Know that you never walk alone.  On this feast day of St. Michael and All Angels on the church calendar, we are reminded that we have very busy helpers working on our behalf.  Let them do the heavy lifting and do something that will lighten your heart.

Blessings,
+Deb

 

Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves….

first time

“The first time people show you who they are, believe them.” Wisdom born from experience from Maya Angelou that resonates with our own.

This is a phrase I have heard a lot lately.  Perhaps it stems from the current climate of “fake news” and the search for what is true and real.  We have a lot of information coming at us all day, all the time.  We need, at heart, to know who to trust for ourselves and for others.

I have always gone with my gut, being an intuitive kind of person.  I tend to give the benefit of the doubt, go the extra mile, do the Christian thing when dealing with people, even if my first impression has been a little mixed.  We all get a little star-crossed at times, wanting to see the good in relationships -especially blooming romances.  Alas, time has a way of revealing what is beneath the surface and we sometimes find our true love is actually a toad, not a prince/princess or that a friend we have trusted doesn’t have our best interests at heart. Those situations bring lessons and help us in our quest to find those whom we can trust.

Sometimes it is easier to see the red flags in someone else’s life.  As a mom, I saw the “Eddie Haskells” in my sons circle of friends.  I saw them like they were coated in neon paint.  I learned along the way that they had to learn for themselves the cost of poor decisions even after I warned them to be careful.  We meet with our friends and our Dear Abby gets tagged.  So much easier to see things transpiring elsewhere.

There are times in our lives when it is important to do a little stocktaking, an inventory of our journey.  Are we happy?  Are we doing what we love?  Is someone blocking us? Are we being true to ourselves?  What needs to happen for us to move forward?

As we focus on the people in our lives, there are questions to consider as well.  Are we getting the support we need?  Are we free to be who we are?  Are we feeling loved and appreciated?  Are we feeling resentful or trapped?  Are there feelings that need to be aired?  Do we need to let go of those people who are toxic or negative?

How do we live out Jesus’ commandment to love one another?  How do we protect ourselves from those who would take advantage of our good nature?  How do we find our own truth and our direction forward on the path?

Rule #1.  You deserve respect.
Rule #2   You are not a doormat or someone’s venting post.
Rule #3   Your  experiences and opinions are valid.
Rule #4   If your first impression is not favorable, listen to your early warning system.
Rule #5   Talk to a trusted friend if you are feeling unsafe in any situation.
Rule #6   If something seems to good to be true, it probably is.

Well, that was very interesting. To be honest, this isn’t where this blog was going in my mind when I began.  I offer it with love and hope the message is helpful.

Now, off to finish the notes for tonight’s class.

Blessings,
+Deb