Tag Archives: Temptation

Temptations

Lord, we hunger.
“Turn the stones into bread”
Lord, we want easy answers.
“Isn’t it written…”
Lord, we want power.
“I will give you all of this if you bow down to me…”
God calls us to care for creation
not to reshape it for our own purpose.
God calls us to follow Christ
even when we don’t understand everything.
God calls us to lay down our desire for power
and take up the Cross.
 
Then we will be filled.
No more hunger.
Then we will find peace.
No more searching.
Then we will bow before the one true God.  Amen.
Nathan Decker, Worshipswake.wordpress.com
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Lord Protect Us From the Storms

While teaching some students “Leading Prayer” at the Lay Servant Academy at Blackstone, one table group wrote this beautiful litany…

Lord protect us from the storms by Cathie Johnson, Audrey Lewis, Bob Goodwin, and Wanda Lee Smith.  (CC) 2016 worshipswake.wordpress.com

We hear the thunder sounds of the heavens being torn apart.

Lord protect us from the storms.

Anxiety rises as the weather advisories become a reality.

Lord protect us from the storms.

The rivers rise into the roads.

Lord protect us from the storms.

Rains and winds ravaged over the lost lives of many.

Lord protect us from the storms.

Heartache and pain now fill lives with sorrow and despair.

Lord protect us from the storms.

Give us hearts for those who need to share their needs.

Lord protect us from the storms.

We are buffeted from all sides with temptation.

Lord protect us from the storms.

We live in a fallen world.

Lord protect us from the storms.

You alone are our shelter.

Lord protect us from the storms.

Call to Worship based on the Lord’s Prayer

As we gather today, we call you
Our Father, who art in Heaven,
As we gather today, we lift up who you are and what you represent
hallowed be your name
As we gather today, We seek your ways, not our own
Your Kingdom come, your will be done…
As we gather today, we say sorry to you and one another
Forgive us as we forgive…
As we gather today, we need you.
Give us this day our daily bread,
Lead us away from temptation,
Deliver us from Evil.
As we gather today, we pray.
Amen.

Begin the Fast

In the old days people would go for days, weeks, without eating.

Jesus in the desert.  Peter on the rooftop.  Paul in prison.

                   There is a part of us that knows why:

In giving up we gain,

                   In letting go we receive,

                   In the practice we find the presence.

                   So during these 40 days, Lord, ignite our spirits.

Limit our busy and our stuffy

                                that we find you in the fasting.

 

(C) 2015 Nathan Decker, Worship’s Wake