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You made us

Lord, 

You made us; 
We belong to you. 

We’re part of you,
And of your realm above.

Therefore, we respond 
With ceaseless praise;

With thanks, rejoicing,
Constant prayer, and love. 

 

References

He made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you ((Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Painful honesty

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

So then, putting away all falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6; NRSV).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).

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Lord,

When I have to speak
With painful honesty,

Trying to do the best I can,
In love,

How folk respond
Is wholly up to them –

I can’t control
Their judgement or rejection.

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us (Luke 11:4; NIV).

Lord,
When someone hurts me,
Please give me the courage
To be direct with them,
Speaking the truth
With honesty and love.

Then, however they respond,
Help me to forgive them,
Not only with my lips,
But in my heart.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Suffering

People often react to suffering as if it were unreasonable, unfair, or somehow shouldn’t happen to them, long after the initial phases of shock and anger are over. However, suffering is, in fact, a natural and unavoidable aspect of life for us all, given our fragile, vulnerable, mortal bodies and minds. All of us will experience our fill of it one way or another before we die. What counts is how we react to it, learn from it, and use it, to help us on our journey towards maturation here on earth.  

Suffering
* Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward (Job 5:7; NIV).
* Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away (Psalm 90:10; NIV).
* A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (John 13:34; NIV).
* …show mercy and compassion to one another (Zechariah 7:9; NIV).
* …suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:4-5; NIV).

Lord,
We know that life
Inevitably includes
Sickness and sorrow, 
Suffering and pain,
Regret and loss.

In good times and bad,
Please help us to offer
Comfort, support and love
To one another,
As we journey through life,
Towards you.

 

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Serving God

Hello, everyone. Today’s prayer is a very simple, basic request to be given a chance to serve God, and to be helped to respond. It’s good to say a prayer like this at the start of every day, to remind us to be ready for when that moment comes – and come it will. There is always that moment when we know we have a choice between stepping forward to help, and passing by on the other side of the road…

Serving God 

And who is my neighbour?” (Luke 10:29; NIV).

Father,
I can do nothing without you –
Please help me to serve you today.

Give me an opportunity, Lord,
And help me to recognise it.

Show me what to do,
And what to say.

Help me to respond immediately, 
And to do my best, for your sake.

Father,
I can do nothing without you –
Please help me to serve you today.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

 

 

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