Come all you weary

posted 11 Jul 2011, 12:54 by Mark Broomhead
Lord give me the words to praise you, and the ears to hear you.

  God makes everything come out right; 

      he puts victims back on their feet. 

   He showed Moses how he went about his work, 

      opened up his plans to all Israel. 

   God is sheer mercy and grace; 

      not easily angered, he's rich in love. 

   He doesn't endlessly nag and scold, 

      nor hold grudges forever. 

   He doesn't treat us as our sins deserve, 

      nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. 

   As high as heaven is over the earth, 

      so strong is his love to those who fear him. 

   And as far as sunrise is from sunset, 

      he has separated us from our sins. 

   As parents feel for their children, 

      God feels for those who fear him. 

   He knows us inside and out, 

      keeps in mind that we're made of mud. 

   Men and women don't live very long; 

      like wildflowers they spring up and blossom, 

   But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly, 

      leaving nothing to show they were here. 

   God's love, though, is ever and always, 

      eternally present to all who fear him, 

   Making everything right for them and their children 

      as they follow his Covenant ways 

      and remember to do whatever he said.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Amen.

Romans 11

25-29I want to lay all this out on the table as clearly as I can, friends. This is complicated. It would be easy to misinterpret what's going on and arrogantly assume that you're royalty and they're just rabble, out on their ears for good. But that's not it at all. This hardness on the part of insider Israel toward God is temporary. Its effect is to open things up to all the outsiders so that we end up with a full house. Before it's all over, there will be a complete Israel. As it is written, 

   A champion will stride down from the mountain of Zion; 
      he'll clean house in Jacob. 
   And this is my commitment to my people: 
      removal of their sins.
From your point of view as you hear and embrace the good news of the Message, it looks like the Jews are God's enemies. But looked at from the long-range perspective of God's overall purpose, they remain God's oldest friends. God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded.

 30-32There was a time not so long ago when you were on the outs with God. But then the Jews slammed the door on him and things opened up for you. Now they are on the outs. But with the door held wide open for you, they have a way back in. In one way or another, God makes sure that we all experience what it means to be outside so that he can personally open the door and welcome us back in.

 33-36Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It's way over our heads. We'll never figure it out. 

   Is there anyone around who can explain God? 
   Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? 
   Anyone who has done him such a huge favor 
      that God has to ask his advice? 

   Everything comes from him; 
   Everything happens through him; 
   Everything ends up in him. 
   Always glory! Always praise! 
      Yes. Yes. Yes.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; 
      he came and set his people free. 
   He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives, 
      and in the very house of David his servant, 
   Just as he promised long ago 
      through the preaching of his holy prophets: 
   Deliverance from our enemies 
      and every hateful hand; 
   Mercy to our fathers, 
      as he remembers to do what he said he'd do, 
   What he swore to our father Abraham— 
      a clean rescue from the enemy camp, 
   So we can worship him without a care in the world, 
      made holy before him as long as we live. 

   And you, my child, "Prophet of the Highest," 
      will go ahead of the Master to prepare his ways, 
   Present the offer of salvation to his people, 
      the forgiveness of their sins. 
   Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, 
      God's Sunrise will break in upon us, 
   Shining on those in the darkness, 
      those sitting in the shadow of death, 
   Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, 
      down the path of peace.

Glory to God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Amen.


We offer our prayers for:

The day, its tasks and opportunities 

The world and its needs

The mission of God

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.


May the Lord God Bless us and keep us this day

Thanks be to God