posted 10 Dec 2011, 09:12 by Mark Broomhead

Lord open our mouths so we might praise you. 

Show us your blinding light that we may know your power.

Amazing mind-blowing God. In your tenderness your mighty revolution is coming, the revolution that will chase fear and injustice back to Hell. As we live for you open our eyes to see you in the unexpected, strengthen our hands and our hearts to follow you, that all will see how amazing you really are. Our God Father, Son and Life giving spirit. Amen

Psalm 24

 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, 
   the world, and all who live in it; 
2 for he founded it on the seas 
   and established it on the waters.

 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? 
   Who may stand in his holy place? 
4 Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, 
   who do not put their trust in an idol 
   or swear by a false god.

 5 They will receive blessing from the LORD 
   and vindication from God their Saviour. 
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, 
   who seek your face, God of Jacob.

 7 Lift up your heads, you gates; 
   be lifted up, you ancient doors, 
   that the King of glory may come in. 
8 Who is this King of glory? 
   The LORD strong and mighty, 
   the LORD mighty in battle. 
9 Lift up your heads, you gates; 
   lift them up, you ancient doors, 
   that the King of glory may come in. 
10 Who is he, this King of glory? 
   The LORD Almighty— 
   he is the King of glory

We’ve made it through the night and another day is ahead, let us approach our God together.

Thank you for today, may your blinding light set us on fire starting with our hearts, that we might know your love and others may experience it though us. Amen

Canticle - A Song of the wilderness

Wilderness and desert will sing joyously, the badlands will celebrate and flower—God's resplendent glory, fully on display. God awesome, God majestic.

Energise the limp hands, strengthen the rubbery knees.
Tell fearful souls, "Courage! Take heart!
God is here, right here, on his way to put things right
And redress all wrongs. 
He's on his way! He'll save you!"Blind eyes will be opened, deaf ears unstopped,

Lame men and women will leap like deer, the voiceless break into song.

Springs of water will burst out in the wilderness, streams flow in the desert.

Hot sands will become a cool oasis, thirsty ground a splashing fountain.

Even lowly jackals will have water to drink, and barren grasslands flourish richly.God’s children will make their way home to Zion, unfading halos of joy encircling their heads,

Welcomed home with gifts of joy and gladness as all sorrows and sighs scurry into the night.

Isaiah 12

My Strength and Song
 1 And you will say in that day, 
   "I thank you, God.
You were angry 
   but your anger wasn't forever.
You withdrew your anger 
   and moved in and comforted me.

 2"Yes, indeed—God is my salvation. 
   I trust, I won't be afraid.
God—yes God!—is my strength and song, 
   best of all, my salvation!"

 3-4Joyfully you'll pull up buckets of water 
   from the wells of salvation.
And as you do it, you'll say, 
   "Give thanks to God.
Call out his name. 
   Ask him anything!
Shout to the nations, tell them what he's done, 
   spread the news of his great reputation!

 5-6"Sing praise-songs to God. He's done it all! 
   Let the whole earth know what he's done!
Raise the roof! Sing your hearts out, O Zion! 
   The Greatest lives among you: The Holy of Israel."

Luke 1:57-66

The Birth of John
 57-58When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.

 59-60On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: "No. He is to be called John."

 61-62"But," they said, "no one in your family is named that." They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.

 63-64Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, "His name is to be John." That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah's mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!

 65-66A deep, reverential fear settled over the neighbourhood

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, and in all that Judean hill country people talked about nothing else. Every

Master join us with your power. Fill us so that the Old School ways are replaced by your revolution. Help us with the speed of lightning Let your thunder shake us to the core so we may become who you made us to be. 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

Make us ready for the revolution.

Our God is Great