Saying Yes and Saying No - Ways to Practice - Worship

I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.
Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.


— Deuteronomy 30:19


Praying
Leader: Revealing Light, show our sightless feet clear paths of right and mercy.
People: Spirit of God, breathe on our hearts, make us your new creation.

Leader: Cleansing Fire, sear away our hesitancy about proclaiming your love.
People: Spirit of God, breathe on our hearts, make us your new creation.

Leader: Rushing Wind, whip away our wraps of violence and shame.
People: Spirit of God, breathe on our hearts, make us your new creation.

Leader: Peaceful Dove, wing us into the reign of God on earth.
People: Spirit of God, breathe on our hearts, make us your new creation.

All: Amen!

Sending
Send us out on your breath, O God! Uphold us; move us by the wind of your love. With your Spirit's energy, let us help you renew the face of the earth!

- Lani Wright
Cottage Grove, Oregon


I Bind Unto Myself Today
I bind unto myself today
the strong name of the Trinity,
by invocation of the same,
the Three-in-One, and One-in-Three.
I bind this day to me forever
by power of faith Christ's incarnation,
his baptism in the Jordan river,
death on the cross for my salvation,
his bursting from the spiced tomb,
his riding up the heavenly way,
his coming at the day of doom
I bind unto myself today.

I bind unto myself today
the virtues of the starlit heaven,
the glorious sun's life-giving ray,
the whiteness of the moon at even,
the flashing of the lightning free,
the whirling wind's tempestuous shocks,
the stable earth, the deep salt sea,
around the old eternal rocks.

I bind unto myself today
the power of God to hold and lead,
an eye to watch, the might to stay,
an ear to harken to my need;
the wisdom of my God to teach,
a hand to guide, a shield to ward;
the word of God to give me speech,
the heavenly host to be my guard.

Christ be with me,
Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

I bind unto myself the name,
of whom all nature hath creation,
eternal Maker, Spirit, Word.
Praise to the God of my salvation;
salvation is of Christ the Lord!

Text: attributed to St. Patrick, trans. Cecil F. Alexander


Hymns
Lord, Speak to Me, That I May Speak
" Lord, speak to me, that I may speak in living echoes of Thy tone..."
Text: Frances Ridley Havergal

Be Thou My Vision
" Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O ruler of all."
Text: Tr. Mary E Byrne

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley
" You must go and stand your trial, you have to stand it by yourself,
O, nobody else can stand it for you, you have to stand it by yourself."
Text: American spiritual




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