O Beauty, so ancient and so new! Late have we loved you, though you were always with us. Call still to our heart, burst still on our deafness and scatter even yet our blindness. Still let our hearts pant for you, still let our soul hunger for you and touch us even yet with the gift of your peace. Amen.Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Holy God of the morning: still our minds.
Holy God of creation: create through us new life and vitality today.
Holy God of whispering gentle breeze: come to us in sighs too deep for words.
Holy God of crashing thunder: break into our lives and into our complacency.
Holy God of sun and warmth: encourage us to reach out with love.
Holy God of the evening: fill the fading light of this day with your awesome presence that we might worship you, honour you, glorify you, bless you, praise and adore you as we take our rest. Amen.
“[The Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
John 12:20-33 (Passion Sunday)
“…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain, but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (v. 24)
Matthew 1:18-25 (Joseph of Nazareth)
“Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” (v. 20)
“I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD.” (v. 17)
“I am going to restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob, and have compassion on his dwellings; the city shall be rebuilt upon its mound, and the citadel set on its rightful site.” (v. 18)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” (v. 3)
“He who scattered Israel will gather him, and will keep him as a shepherd a flock.” (v. 10)
"The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah." (v. 31)
Psalm 66:1-20proverbs 11:24-26