Dear Lord, yesterday we attended
a musical program
of a violinist and a pianist.
We are fortunate that musicians
who live in this retirement community
are happy to share their talents.
Music expresses our deepest emotions.
David played the harp to soothe Saul.
The Psalms speak of the exuberance
of musical instruments.
Thank you, Lord, for writers and players
of music who give you praise and lift our spirits.
Psalm 100: 3-5.
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp. Praise him with tambourine and dance; Praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
O Lord God, we give you thanks for flowers.
Yesterday we bought plants and seeds
for a window box and for the garden.
When we walked past lilies in the garden,
we were reminded of Christ’s rising.
Flowers at funerals remind of your care.
Flowers lift our spirits and inspire us.
We delight in picking flowers
to share with those who are sick
and to decorate the house.
Thank you, Lord God, for flowers
that remind us of your love. Amen.
Song of Solomon 2:12
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
When she had said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
Dear Lord, now your servant
in our government is quoting scripture
to justify his ruling to separate children
from their parents who try
to enter our country.
Lord, the cry goes up!
Surely something can be done
to help these parents and children.
Love will find a better way.
Won’t we give others
the same chance our forebears had
when they came to this country?
Speak to your servants, Lord,
that they will discern your guidance
in this matter. Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:30b-13:1-2
And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Hymn: Thy Word Is a Lamp
Ah, Father, another deadline
for a contest has passed.
Time goes by faster and faster.
Children think that waiting
for an hour is forever.
Older folks wonder
where the week went or the month.
Father we know you are with us
whether we are on earth or in heaven,
but sometimes we wish time
would turn back so we could
savor each moment here on earth.
Give us perspective, Father,
that we may embrace your vision
for our lifetime. Amen.
Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.”
Lord, some say that “cleanliness
is next to godliness.”
Yesterday we had the rugs cleaned
in our apartment.
My husband moved all the small things
off the floor onto the furniture
so the man could do the job.
It’s a relief to have dirt removed.
Lord, it reminds of the relief we feel
when we come to you,
confess our sins, and receive forgiveness.
You forgive when we ask, even when
we don’t know what we’re doing..
Thank you, Lord, for your loving mercy. Amen.
1 John 1: 9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Lord, people learn about you in various ways.
In school children are taught to read.
Now, some children can get by
using hand-held devices that read aloud for them.
Learning opens a whole new world.
You learned to read, Lord,
and read in the synagogue.
We have teachers and preachers
so that we can hear and understand
what you are saying to us today.
Give us understanding. Amen.
Luke 2: 46-47
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.
When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him.
O Lord God, on Sunday
sometimes as we sing the hymns
or during the sermon,
there is such a sense
of your presence among us,
that I look around and wonder
if others feel it.
We pray and know that you hear.
After the service we feel refreshed
and ready to tackle the week ahead.
You fill us with all good things.
Praise! Praise! Praise!
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Hymn: Surely the Presence of the Lord