February 15, 2009

Liturgy Reflection & Benediction 02.15.09

Liturgy
Gentle, yet powerful.
Lowly, yet almighty.
Shepherd, yet King.

In your gentleness, guide us.
In your power, strengthen us.
In your lowliness, strip from us our selfish pride which only destroys us.
In your greatness, lift us up that we might aspire to greater things.
As a shepherd, call us to be your servants.
As a King, call us to be your royal priesthood.

O God, who is our shepherd and our King;
O Christ, who was crucified and is now risen from the dead;
O Spirit, who comforts and empowers;
O great One in Three, Holy Trinity, this hour, set us free to honor you. Amen.

Reflection
What daily disciplines are a part of your rhythm of life?

How can you be more spiritually deliberate about your friendships?

Where and when do you pray?

Do these disciplines connect your heart to God through Christ?

Benediction
Lord we go from here refreshed and full of your Spirit,
knowing that you will be with us in all we do in the week to come and always.

Let us go forth into our city aware of the vast world that surrounds us.
Aware of the fragility of the nature you gave us to witness,
aware of the different cultures that interest us,
aware of who you are and where you are needed,
and aware of our own importance within Your world.
Amen.

Go in peace and live the church.

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