posted 4 Jan 2012, 04:55 by Mark Broomhead
Lord open our mouths so we can tell you how great you are. 
Yours are the hands that made the universe.

Master of the universe, Designer of everything you are amazing.
The living word that always has been, forever with you, Stooped down to earth and became one of us - so that we could know your blinding light, your infectious love. And now full to bursting we can't help but sing. Blessed be our God Father son and holy spirit.
Blessed forever!

I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul!

He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness,

As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jewelled tiara.

For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms,

So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.

Regarding Zion, I can't keep my mouth shut, regarding Jerusalem, I can't hold my tongue,

Until her righteousness blazes down like the sun and her salvation flames up like a torch.

Foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory.

You'll get a brand-new name straight from the mouth of God.

You'll be a stunning crown in the palm of God's hand, a jewelled gold cup held high in the hand of your God.

Glory to God; father, Son and holy Spirit,
yesterday, today and Tomorrow

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

For those who lived in a land of deep shadows— light! sunbursts of light!

You repopulated the nation, you expanded its joy.

Oh, they're so glad in your presence! Festival joy!

The joy of a great celebration, sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.

For a child has been born—for us!  the gift of a son—for us!

He'll take over the running of the world.

His names will be: Amazing Counsellor, Strong God,

Eternal Father,  Prince of Wholeness.

His ruling authority will grow, and there'll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.

He'll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom.

He'll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going

With fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always.

The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies will do all this.

Colossians 3:12-4:1

The Message (MSG)

 12-14So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

 15-17Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

 18Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.

 19Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don't take advantage of them.

 20Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.

 21Parents, don't come down too hard on your children or you'll crush their spirits.

 22-25Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work.

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

When he comes, may our lord find us waiting ready

Thank you God