September 2, 2018

A Community Prayer

 

Here As In Heaven (V1, V1, C)

VERSE 1

the atmosphere is changing now

for the spirit of the Lord is here

the evidence is all around

that the spirit of the Lord is here

 

CHORUS

overflow in this place, fill our hearts with your love

Your love, surrounds us 

You're the reason we came, to encounter your love

Your love, surrounds us

Reader: Some of us come with hearts dashed with disappointment

Together: Let us hear your hope whispering in our ear

 

Reader: Some of us are deep in the dark of the night

Together: Let us see the sun rising in the distance

 

Reader: Some of us are exhausted from conflict

Together: Let us find strength in each other

 

Together: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened; I will give you rest.”

 

Reader: Some of us come hardened by bitterness

Together: Let your tender touch soften our souls

 

Reader: Some of us are frightened by the future 

Together: Let us find guidance and wisdom from your Spirit

 

Reader: Some of us are haunted by failures

Together: Let us find healing in your embrace

 

Together: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened; I will give you rest.”

 

Reader: Some of us feel defeated and without answers

Together: Let us find an unexpected way forward

 

Reader: Some of us are stubborn and refuse to surrender

Together: Let us trust your spirit and just let go

 

Reader: Some of us need to say sorry to another

Together: Let us seek repair and let apologies flow from our lips

 

Together: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened; I will give you rest.”

 

Here As In Heaven (V1, C)

VERSE 1

the atmosphere is changing now

for the spirit of the Lord is here

the evidence is all around

that the spirit of the Lord is here

 

CHORUS

overflow in this place, fill our hearts with your love

Your love, surrounds us 

You're the reason we came, to encounter your love

Your love, surrounds us

Reader: Some of us come with hearts open to new opportunities

Together: Let us hear you guiding us forward

 

Reader: Some of us are experiencing new light and new life

Together: Let us see the sun and bask in it’s warmth

 

Reader: Some of us are living in a time of peace

Together: Let us reach out to others in distress

 

Together: “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full."

 

Reader: Some of us are experiencing great delight in our circumstances

Together: Let your goodness remain in our lives

 

Reader: Some of us are hopeful for the future

Together: Let us remain in hope and trust in Your guidance

 

Reader: Some of us are finding joy in success

Together: Let us give thanksgiving and praise for Your blessings

 

Together: “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full."

 

Reader: Some of us feel victorious and content

Together: Let us continue moving forward in embracing this reality

 

Reader: Some of us have found complete joy in surrendering

Together: Let us continue in trusting in Your Spirit

 

Reader: Some of us at peace with our relationships

Together: Let us use our position to empower and equip

 

Together: “I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full."

 

Together: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit, amen.

 

Here as in Heaven (B, V2)

BRIDGE X2

Spirit of God, fall fresh on us

we need your presence

Your kingdom come, Your will be done

here as in Heaven

 

VERSE 2

a miracle can happen now

for the Spirit of the Lord is here

the evidence is all around

that the Spirit of the Lord is here


Great are You Lord

VERSE

Your give life, Your love

Your bring light to the darkness

You give hope, You restore

Every heart that is broken

Great are You Lord

CHORUS

It's Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise, we pour out our jpraise

It's Your breath in our lungs

So we pour out our praise to You only

BRIDGE

All the earth will shout Your praise

Our hearts will cry, these bones will sing

Great Are You Lord


Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships so that you may seek truth boldly and live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with anger: at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that we may reach out our hand in comfort and turn their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that through Jesus Christ we’ll have the strength and power necessary to create change in this world and in our neighborhood, so that together we will courageously try what others claim cannot be done.

May God bless you with remembrance that we are called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch. Amen.

Trevor Grindle