Holy God, you are the maker and sustainer of all things. You teach us to be good stewards of your generosity, but we confess that we have been dishonest managers of your blessings. You teach us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but most of us are so isolated that we don’t know our neighbor’s name. You teach us that if ew are dishonest in small things, we will be dishonest in greater things, yet we treat your words as if only the big things really matter. We have heard your high and holy standards, and then lowered the bar so low that we can hardly even trip over it. We repent, and know that our only hope is for you to treat us with mercy and favor that we do not in any way deserve.
We are grateful for your patience with us.
We are grateful that you have blessed us in spite of our faithlessness.
We are grateful that you continue to work through us in spite of our selfishness.
We ask, O God, that you change our ways:
Open our minds to understand your purpose in the world around us.
Open our hearts to the hurting world around us.
Open our ears to the cry of the oppressed.
Open our eyes to see the path you would have us walk.
Open our lives that we may fallow you, no matter where you lead.
We place our lives and our futures in your mighty hands. We confess and praise and plead with you in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.
May you receive and extend the blessing of the Lord.
May you be faithful and trustworthy in all things.
And may you serve with full devotion the God of All things,
His hands and feet in a world of desperate need.
There is a new day coming, says the Lord. A day when I will make a new covenant with my people. I will put my insturctions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors or their relatives saying “You should know the Lord!” Everyone, from the least to the greatest, will already know me. And I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sin no more.
May the unending and unfailing Love of God recklessly pursue you all the days of your life,
that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
May you be consumed by the love of Christ:
full of transforming power,
giving grace to both the righteous and wicked.
And may you embrace the Holiness of God
believing His promises of peace and joy
placing your hope fully
in the one who demands all
but gives all
rewarding those who earnestly seek Him.
Your words bring us comfort, but they also bring us concern, because we know we stand before you guilty, in dirty rags, trying to hide our shame. We thank you that you don’t judge us based on what we do or what we know, but that you treat us with grace, inviting us to your holy feast, blind, crippled, and por alike.
Forgive us when we are consumed with our own image instead of embracing yours.
Forgive us when we treat other people as being somehow less than we are,
even though they too are created in your image.
Forgive us for thinking we have all the answers,
instead of trusting your limitless justice.
We ask for more faith – faith to believe your promises, though sometimes they seem far away.
We ask for more grace, that grace might flow from us
We ask for more love, that we could understand you more.
We ask, as you did, Jesus,
that this new day and new way of life would come,
and come soon –
that your will be done here,
just as it is in Heaven.
And it is in your name,
the name above all names,
that we offer this prayer.
May you humble yourself before the Almighty God,
listening to his voice,
accepting his counsel,
seeking his ways.
May you wait patiently on the Lord,
trusting his promises of
And may your identity be found in Christ
and Christ alone:
So for those of you who haven’t heard, my D90 is having issues. Specifically, it seems to be deleting my pictures on the camera with a mind of its own. Over the past week or so, I’ve shot a variety of pictures trying to determine if my camera has an issue, and today I sent it off to Nikon for repairs. Sigh. I’ll just have to shoot the D300 for a while, which really isn’t the worst thing one could say.
Anyway, a few shots from the random clickfest.