Sunday Prayer 41

the sun, moon, and stars,
spoken into space,
still sing the ancient melody,
of God’s great grace and power.

the rising sun and midnight gloaming
echo the divine power,
arching the back and breathing the breath
into every living thing.

and now,
that same power and grace
takes time and space upon itself,
inhabits human flesh and bone,
arches its back and breathes breath
like every living thing.

Messiah, alive and kicking,
baby King singing infant songs
into the night of Bethlehem-town,
by my King in my world today.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 40

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25)

God, my God,
You are my total treasure
in this life and the next.

Earth’s joys are great:
bright beauty, love’s pleasures,
good gifts, and sweetest songs.

But these pale compared to
the promised joys of heaven:
no more fears, no more pain,
the old order gone, and all made new.

Still, the greatest of all joys
is found in You:
You at the center, You as the light,
You and Your banquet,
You face to face.

What other gift than You could ever
satisfy so completely our deepest desires?
Be praised today,
God, my God.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 39

Exiles returning, rebuilding
the temple and their lives;
recapturing the lost identity
as the chosen people of God.
Standing as one, they repent
of wrong and remember their story:
Abraham’s covenant, Joseph’s provision,
enslavement in Egypt, Moses’ miracle deliverance,
Joshua’s victorious campaigns, and so much more.
Memory marks sin’s losses and gracious gifts.

Lord, for us, too, would You
bring us home, rebuild our lives,
recapture our identity in You
as Your chosen people.
Remind us of Your gracious gifts
and sin’s losses in salvation’s story.
Weave us wild ones
into Your kingdom come,
ever closer, ever clearer,
for Your glory.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 38

You are holy, holy, holy, Lord,
the God of strength and righteousness.
Isaiah the prophet fell down before You,
undone by his sin in Your presence.
So, too, we fall before You in humbled awe,
taking Simon Peter’s words into our mouths:
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful.”

Sodom and Gomorrah fell down before You,
unmade by their in in Your presence.
No one can stand before You of their own accord,
not even with a righteous bargainer interceding,
Apart from the reckoning of righteousness by faith,
we trip, stumble, and fall in Your presence.

Thank You, Jesus, for being both holy, holy, holy,
and our righteous bargainer, eternally
interceding for us before the Father.
So, again, we fall down before You
in humble awe and amazed gratitude
for the unearned favor and undeserved gift
given through You.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]

Sunday Prayer 37

Lord, my God,
King of all nations and of my heart,
who rules from the heights of Amman to the plains of Kansas
whose power shaped the Swiss Alps and the Land of a Thousand Hills,

Come, my King,
and take Your rightful place as the Regent of my soul.
May my days center on Your ways,
ringed round with Your grace and truth,
and guarded by Your angelic hosts.

Come, my King,
and let my knee bow and my tongue confess, “Jesus is Lord!”
For You are my Savior,
Life-giver, Soul-deliverer,
Right Redeemer, and Hope-filled Healer.

You, my King,
there is no other king
but You, my King,
Jesus.

[This is part of a series of prayers for Sunday worship preparation that begins here.]