Morning Prayer: Tue, 01 Nov – Hebrews 12:1-2, 22-23; Revelation 7:9-10, 16-17; 19:5, 9 ~ remember your cheerleaders

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

All Saints Day is the feast of the known and unknown believers who are redeemed and now in heaven. It has been celebrated for centuries on this date. Those who have gone before us cheer us on, and encourage us to live faithfully.

Opening Sentence

I desire to love.

As I get older my arms must get wider to embrace more of the world.

I think of the ones I have cared for in my life, all remembered and all loved.

Though some be in heaven and some still on the road, all remembered and all loved.

Ita (480-570) in fostering courage

Reading: Hebrews 12:1-2, 22-23 (NLT)

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.
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No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.

Reading: Revelation 7:9-10, 16-17; 19:5, 9 (NLT)

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar,

“Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

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They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
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And from the throne came a voice that said,

“Praise our God, all his servants, all who fear him, from the least to the greatest.”

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And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”
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Prayer: – Hymn: “For All the Saints”

For all the saints, who from their labors rest, Who Thee by faith before the world confessed, Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest — Alleluia, Alleluia!

Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress, and their Might; Thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight; Thou, in the darkness drear, their one true Light — Alleluia, Alleluia!

Oh, may Thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, Fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win with them the victor’s crown of gold — Alleluia, Alleluia!

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, Steals on the ear the distant triumph song, And hearts are brave again, and arms are strong — Alleluia, Alleluia!

From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, Through gates of pearl streams in the countless host, Singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost — Alleluia, Alleluia!

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“Litany of the Saints” – John Becker

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Mon, 31 Oct – Psalm 119:169-176; Nehemiah 8:12; Philemon 4-7 ~ put on Christ

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:169-176 (NLT)

Let my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word! Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.

My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right. Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight.

Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.

Reading: Nehemiah 8:12 (NLT)

And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Reading: Philemon 4-7 (NLT)

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
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All Hallows Eve

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Confession of Faith: Coming into the light – renewal of baptismal vows

I call all heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.

I choose no other Lord than the Maker of heaven and earth.

This day I walk with Him and He will walk with me.

I fasten close to me this day that same Jesus who came to us as flesh and blood and was Himself baptized in the Jordan River.

He died upon a cross to rescue me, broke free from death, its conqueror. He left us, to return the more certainly. All these truths and their power I fasten close to me this day.

Resisting my own selfishness and sin, refusing to live as a slave to riches, pleasure or reputation, rejecting Satan and his lies, I call on heaven to witness today that I have put on Christ.
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“The Battle is Raging” – Laura Hackett

Jesus Christ who gave Himself for our sins | That He might deliver us from this present evil age…

For the battle is raging | The devil is raging | And I don’t want to be sleeping | While the battle is raging | For my spirit is willing | But my flesh gets tempted | Rise up, my soul, and start praying | ‘Cause I don’t want to be defenseless

I don’t fight as one beats the air | Give me eyes to see and ears to hear

I put on Christ | Make no provision for my flesh | Put on the whole armor of God | Leave no open door to darkness | And I take the scroll | I eat the scroll | I open up my mouth | And speak forth Your Word | And I take the Sword of the Spirit

I don’t fight as one beats the air | Give me eyes to see and ears to hear

Blessed be the Lord my Rock | Who trains my hands for battle | Who trains my hands for war

I don’t fight as one beats the air | I have eyes to see and ears to hear

It doesn’t have to be a blind battle | ‘Cause I have the mind of Christ

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Sat, 29 Oct – Psalm 119:153-160; Jonah 2:5-7; Romans 8:11 ~ choose trust

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:153-160 (NLT)

Look upon my suffering and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your instructions. Argue my case; take my side! Protect my life as you promised. The wicked are far from rescue, for they do not bother with your decrees.

Lord, how great is your mercy; let me be revived by following your regulations. Many persecute and trouble me, yet I have not swerved from your laws. Seeing these traitors makes me sick at heart, because they care nothing for your word.

See how I love your commandments, Lord. Give back my life because of your unfailing love. The very essence of your words is truth; all your just regulations will stand forever.

Reading: Jonah 2:5-7 (NLT)

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“I sank beneath the waves, and the waters closed over me. Seaweed wrapped itself around my head. I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O Lord my God, snatched me from the jaws of death! As my life was slipping away, I remembered the Lord. And my earnest prayer went out to you in your holy Temple….”

Reading: Romans 8:11 (NLT)

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
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Declaration of Faith:

Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.

+ I determine amidst all uncertainty always to trust.
+ I choose to live beyond regret, and let You recreate my life.
+ I believe You will make a way for me and provide for me, if only I trust You.
+ I will trust in the darkness and know that my times are still in Your hand.
+ I will believe You for my future, chapter by chapter, until the story is written.

Lord, I will trust You, help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown. Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with You.
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“Oceans Where feet may fail” – Hillsong (Worshipmob version)

You call me out upon the waters | The great unknown where feet may fail | And there I find You in the mystery | In oceans deep | My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name | And keep my eyes above the waves | When oceans rise | My soul will rest in Your embrace | For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters | Your sovereign hand | Will be my guide | Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me | You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders | Let me walk upon the waters | Wherever You would call me | Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander | And my faith will be made stronger | In the presence of my Savior

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Fri, 28 Oct – Psalm 119:145-152; Habakkuk 2:1, 3; Romans 10:13-15 ~ waiting here for you

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:145-152 (NLT)

I pray with all my heart; answer me, Lord! I will obey your decrees.

I cry out to you; rescue me, that I may obey your laws. I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in your words. I stay awake through the night, thinking about your promise. In your faithful love, O Lord, hear my cry; let me be revived by following your regulations.

Lawless people are coming to attack me; they live far from your instructions. But you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. I have known from my earliest days that your laws will last forever.

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Reading: Habakkuk 2:1, 3 (NLT)

I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard-post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint.
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This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed.

Reading: Romans 10:13-15 (NLT)

For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
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Prayer: Cedd (620-664)– on honest reflection

Listen,
+ hear the Word behind the word.

Listen,
+ sensing when the spirit’s stirred,
+ there is healing in the waters
if God’s touch is what you seek.

We must wait,
and know God’s moment,
listen well before we speak.

Listen,
+ and let the silence cradle you.

Listen,
+ for the Voice that’s speaking through
all the chaos of the talking
and the Babel that divides.

And in waiting for
God’s moment
that in peacefulness decides,

Listen
+ God is not in a hurry.
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“Waiting Here for You” – Christy Nockels

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Morning Prayer: Thu, 27 Oct – Psalm 119:144; Deuteronomy 32:47; Luke 7:1-7 ~ the laws of long life

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Sentence

I have come to seek You, O God, just as I am I come.
I have come to be sought by You, just as I am I come.

I will wait for the Lord. My soul waits, and in His word do I hope.

Reading: Psalm 119:144 (NLT)

Your laws are always right; help me to understand them so I may live.

Reading: Deuteronomy 32:47 (NLT)

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These instructions are not empty words—they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life in the land you will occupy when you cross the Jordan River.”

Reading: Luke 7:1-7 (NLT)

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum. At that time the highly valued slave of a Roman officer was sick and near death. When the officer heard about Jesus, he sent some respected Jewish elders to ask him to come and heal his slave. So they earnestly begged Jesus to help the man. “If anyone deserves your help, he does,” they said, “for he loves the Jewish people and even built a synagogue for us.”

So Jesus went with them. But just before they arrived at the house, the officer sent some friends to say, “Lord, don’t trouble yourself by coming to my home, for I am not worthy of such an honor. I am not even worthy to come and meet you. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.
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Prayer:

Lord God: You are the giver of life; Your laws are always right!

+ Give me understanding, Lord, and I shall enjoy a long life in the place You have given me.

+ Give me understanding, Lord, and I will welcome Your word into my life.

+ Give me understanding, Lord, and I will receive Your power into my life.

+ Give me understanding, Lord, and I will realize Your word within my life.

+ Give me understanding, Lord, and I will tell others the good news of what You have done for me.

Lord God: Speak Your word in me and through me to a world that is dying for want of knowledge of You. Send forth Your word and heal them. Let Your glory be over all the earth.
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“Be Exalted, O God” – Church on the Green, Sun City West, AZ

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!