Lord God, Father who hears his children,
Thank you for answering my pleas. To have the Creator and Sovereign of the universe pay attention to me is a wonderful thing. I deserve nothing, yet you have given me so much — hope, love, joy and peace that passes all understanding.
Preserve me for your purposes, O Lord. Make me a genuine servant, seeking you with all my heart. Let my circumstances be merely a colorful background for the joy of your love in my life.
Thank you for this pandemic. Save people from suffering and dying — we wish no one ill — and also let us see how this moment serves your purpose to save the souls of many.
Use our modest efforts to point others to the Cross of Christ and the blessed entrance into the Kingdom of Power.
Let Jesus reign in our hears, in whom we pray and rejoice. Amen.
Eternal God, all praise is yours,
All glory, honor, power, and might!
What wisdom adorns your worthy crown!
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Move us beyond a life of self
To your most glorious kingdom reign,
Where words are spoken on Christ’s behalf,
And deeper meaning is given to pain.
I think too much of me and mine —
Let Jesus occupy my thoughts —
Let life be engaged around your throne,
And heart embrace the enduring Cross.
Be glorified this day on earth —
O God, let kingdom light appear!
Let multitudes behold its worth,
May many a man and woman come near!
Be God in me and through me call
With news of hope and cleansing blood,
By words I speak of vinegar’s gall —
Let grace be my consuming food!
Oh, Sovereign God —
Jesus is the captain of my soul,
For I submit my stubborn will to his;
My feet will follow every careful step,
The path to glory passing by the Cross.
O Father, give me eyes for love alone,
Its reaching rays to pierce the dark and rain,
To guide until the proving race is run.
Terrible times we face — we tremble,
O God, so now, together, we assemble
To cry for mercy — Increase our strength!
Deepen our faith! — We seek, at length,
New heavens and earth, the Son in glory —
Freedom from worldly category!
Our wonder is prayer, that lively phone —
The Spirit’s carriage to heaven’s throne!
Hear, O Lord, the soul’s deep groan!
Against the world raise high the walls,
Inside the Body, we hearken Paul’s
And John’s and Matthew’s holy calls.
Work among us, servants of heart
And soul and mind — Make wide
Your space of freedom — Never depart,
O God, for Jesus’ bleeding side,
His pierced hands, his bruised brow,
His shadowed cross are before us now.
Lord, hear our inner groans,
our unseen suffering, silent
affliction, swallowed pain.
We see your cross of blood,
betrayal, dark and craven,
in agony, utterly alone.
We speak to One who knows
the depth of anguish, finding
in Him our meaning of peace.
Not a day goes by without a thought
To the cross of life, the Lord’s sweet gift,
Where I with innocent blood was bought,
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