CHURCH SERVICE

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!

John 20:21-22
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

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OUR FUTURE

Dear Lord, here in our retirement home
things can change in an instant.
Someone can look perfectly fine
at dinner one minute,
and the next minute
they are on the floor
and the medics are arriving.
We are thankful, Lord,
that you are with us always
no matter what happens.
We look forward to being with you
more fully in heaven.  Amen.

Matthew 28:19
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

THIS LITTLE LIGHT

O Lord God, when I was a child
in the nursery class in Sunday School,
we sang, “This Little Light of Mine”
and held up our pointer finger.
My grandfather minister told the teacher
that children couldn’t understand
what that song was about.
It seemed perfectly clear to me then.
Sometimes children understand things
that adults can’t explain.
O Lord God, you understand us
as children and as adults.
Thank you for being with us
all our lives long.  Amen.

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them saying; “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Song:  “This Little Light of Mine

LIFE

Ah, Lord, yesterday was doctor and dentist day.
The body is wearing out.
When you walked on earth
you healed some people,
but said that that was not your main business.
When you headed for Jerusalem
you had something else in mind
that was more important.
You gave your life
so that we might have spiritual life.
Thank you, Lord.  Thank you for life.  Amen.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

A SUNNY DAY

A SUNNY DAY

Lord, the natural world
is a continuing source
of interest and inspiration.
After days of rain,
the wrens are happy
with water in the birdbath.
Water droplets line the leaves
of the daylily like a crystal necklace.
The sun goes in and out
among puffy clouds
that dot the deep blue sky.
The intricacies of nature
are a continuing source
of inspiration.
Thank you, Lord, for all the gifts
of your creation.  Amen.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

WAITING

O Holy God, we bow before you
and open ourselves to your presence within.
We wait expectantly.
We review our schedule for today:
doctor appointments, meetings,
reading, helping others, or shopping.
Guide us, O Holy God,
that we may do your will.
Kindness, consideration, rejoicing, sharing;
all are part of your plan
for growth in your kingdom.
Open our hearts and minds, O Holy God,
to experience your presence in new ways.
We await your guidance. Amen.

Psalm 16: 11
You show us the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Hymn:  Surely the Presence of the Lord

IMPORTANCE

O Father God, when we take
an overview of the world,
we wonder that you care
for each one of us:
the Pigmy in the jungle,
the hermit on the mountain top,
the rioters in the street,
and the housewife at the sink.
And Jesus healed one at a time.
It makes us feel that each one
in our retirement community
is important to you.
Father, surround us with your love.  Amen.

Matthew 10:29-31
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.  And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows,”