A Prayer for Pentecost

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Today in the church calendar is the day of Pentecost, when after Jesus had ascended into heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to his Apostles, birthing the Christian church’s beginning. Today we celebrate the indwelling of God, the Holy Spirit. This is a prayer for the day of Pentecost:

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the beginning of time you moved over the face of the waters;
you breathe into every living being, the breath of life.
Come, Creator Spirit, and renew the whole creation.

Holy Spirit, voice of the prophets:
You enflame men and women with a passion for your truth,
and through them call your people to the ways of justice and compassion.
Come, Spirit of Righteousness, and burn in our hearts.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Jesus:
By your power Jesus came to bring good news to the poor
and release to those held captive.
Come, Liberating Spirit, and free us from the powers of sin and death.

Holy Spirit, Advocate, Teacher:
You speak to us of our Lord,
and show us the depth of his love.
Come, Spirit of Truth, abide in us and lead us in the way of Jesus Christ.

Holy Spirit, wind and flame:
You filled disciples with joy and courage,
empowering them to preach your word and to share your good news.
Come, Spirit of Power, make us bold witnesses of your redeeming love.

Holy Spirit, Spirit of Peace:
You break down barriers of language, race, and culture,
and heal the divisions that separate us.
Come, Reconciling Spirit, and unite us all in the love of Christ.

Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life:
At the close of the age
all creation will be renewed to sing your praises.
Come, Creator Spirit, and make us new creations in Jesus Christ.

Have you joined ‘ONE’ yet?

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Most of us have at least heard about ‘ONE’ but there are some that may know nothing about it and maybe many others that have not signed up to ‘help make poverty history’. If you are wondering what it is all about, you can get a glimpse by checking out this excerpt from Bono’s new book ‘On the Move’. Read the ‘virtual paper’ here, then click on the link to one.org and sign up. We can’t continue to ignore Africa and go on living our lives happily as if they don’t exist. We need to do something, even the smallest thing can help. Sign the declaration, wear the wristband and t-shirt, and tell everyone that they too can help to make extreme poverty history!

strugglin’

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been struggling…pretty much with life. Life comes at you hard sometimes and often when you are taking the heat, you are sometimes at a loss for words. That seems to be where i am right now. I’m certain that soon many words will come out of the place I am in right now, but until then…I will have to refrain. But to keep any readers pacified until i come out with these new words, I have recently (last week) wrote a song called ‘life’ and although the music really makes the song complete, I figured I would post the song here. I was one of those songs that (especially the last bridge part) I looked at and said to myself, ‘where did that come from?’ so here it is…enjoy!

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Displace Me!

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Well it has been a week since me and my wife slept outside in a cardboard coffin for two with about 4500-5000 other people at Magnuson Park in Seattle. As you probably read before in my other post about this, we displaced ourselves from our homes for Invisible Children’s nationwide ‘Displace Me’ event to help bring more awareness to those in dire need in Northern Uganda. It was quite a night!
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On Notice!

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So I decided to copy my friend Matt and post my own ‘On Notice’ blog, so hopefully this goes over OK and I don’t get anyone wanting to sue me! So here goes my own first ‘On Notice’:
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Celtic Evening Prayer

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This is the evening prayer from my Celtic Daily Prayer book from the Northumbria Community and I think it is a helpful and healing prayer, especially in times of trial and struggle. We used it in our Solas gathering last Sunday night and when I read it, it helps me to direct my heart in joy to the Lord in the midst of my own trials. So I hope that it will help others. Here it is:

Lord, You have always given
bread for the coming day;
and though I am poor;
today I believe.

Lord, You have always given
strength for the coming day;
and though I am weak,
today I believe.

Lord, You have always given
peace for the coming day;
and though of anxious heart,
today I believe.

Lord, You have always kept me
safe in trials;
and now, tried as I am,
today I believe

Lord, You have always marked
the road for the coming day;
and though it may be hidden,
today I believe.

Lord, You have always spoken
when time was ripe;
and though You be silent now,
today I believe.