posted 20 Jul 2011, 03:32 by Mark Broomhead
Our God is here, his spirit is with us
we lift up our Hearts to the lord our god

For you are my god, I earnestly seek you,
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you
i will praise you as long as i live

Hallowed the name, name above all
name of the one a crown to befall
hallowed the scars of infinite worth
purging from us the darkness of earth
hallowed the place, the place where you died
where water and blood fell like tears from your side
hallowed the face upon which i gaze
shining of fire the ancient of days.

Psalm 119:105-128

The Message (MSG)

 105-112 By your words I can see where I'm going; 
      they throw a beam of light on my dark path. 
   I've committed myself and I'll never turn back 
      from living by your righteous order. 
   Everything's falling apart on me, God
      put me together again with your Word. 
   Festoon me with your finest sayings, God
      teach me your holy rules. 
   My life is as close as my own hands, 
      but I don't forget what you have revealed. 
   The wicked do their best to throw me off track, 
      but I don't swerve an inch from your course. 
   I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever— 
      what a gift! And how happy it makes me! 
   I concentrate on doing exactly what you say— 
      I always have and always will.

 113-120 I hate the two-faced, 
      but I love your clear-cut revelation. 
   You're my place of quiet retreat; 
      I wait for your Word to renew me. 
   Get out of my life, evildoers, 
      so I can keep my God's commands. 
   Take my side as you promised; I'll live then for sure. 
      Don't disappoint all my grand hopes. 
   Stick with me and I'll be all right; 
      I'll give total allegiance to your definitions of life. 
   Expose all who drift away from your sayings; 
      their casual idolatry is lethal. 
   You reject earth's wicked as so much rubbish; 
      therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say. 
   I shiver in awe before you; 
      your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.

 121-128 I stood up for justice and the right; 
      don't leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. 
   Take the side of your servant, good God; 
      don't let the godless take advantage of me. 
   I can't keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you 
      to keep your promise to set everything right. 
   Let your love dictate how you deal with me; 
      teach me from your textbook on life. 
   I'm your servant—help me understand what that means, 
      the inner meaning of your instructions. 
   It's time to act, God
      they've made a shambles of your revelation! 
   Yea-Saying God, I love what you command, 
      I love it better than gold and gemstones; 
   Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me, 
      I despise every deceitful detour.

o God save us from ourselves
from our double standards and divided hearts
and give us light and life in jesus christ our lord
Glory to God; father, Son and holy Spirit,
yesterday, today and Tomorrow

Romans 15:14-21

The Message (MSG)

 14-16Personally, I've been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don't take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It's not criticism. I'm simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God's Holy Spirit.

 17-21Looking back over what has been accomplished and what I have observed, I must say I am most pleased—in the context of Jesus, I'd even say proud, but only in that context. I have no interest in giving you a chatty account of my adventures, only the wondrously powerful and transformingly present words and deeds of Christ in me that triggered a believing response among the outsiders. In such ways I have trailblazed a preaching of the Message of Jesus all the way from Jerusalem far into northwestern Greece. This has all been pioneer work, bringing the Message only into those places where Jesus was not yet known and worshiped. My text has been, 

   Those who were never told of him— 
      they'll see him! 
   Those who've never heard of him— 
      they'll get the message!

We offer our prayers for:

The day, its tasks and opportunities 

The world and its needs

The mission of God


May the God of hope fill us up with joy, fill us up with peace, so that our believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!
Let us bless the lord - thanks be to god!