My heart and voice I raise,
To spread Messiah’s praise;
Messiah’s praise let all repeat:
The universal Lord,
By whose almighty Word
Creation rose in form complete. –Benjamin Rhodes
Lord I give you my heart. I give you my soul I want to praise you and may my praise be unending. It is nothing but gratefulness that fills my heart because you continue to be an awesome God and you surprise me always with benefits so your praise shall always be in my mouth.
Lord as we have started this year, there are many things that weigh on our minds as we remember how the past went. We remember our triumphs and setbacks and we wonder how this year would be in terms of the totality of our lives and experiences. Lord one thing that rings clearly in our ears and minds is hope. We hope and trust that you will take us through as we walk with You each day. Amen (1/6/18)
Light at Christmas
Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God- Hillsong
Lord we cannot pipe down at this time, we want to join the heavenly angels as they exult in your praise in heaven and remember your birth. O what a glorious time especially when we remember all that would happen after your birth and the victory you get us by going ahead to die for us and being resurrected. What a great moment to recall. Let the rejoicing continue.
Lord we have just started the period when it grows dark yet so early. Lord the darkness makes many so gloomy and reminds us of all the difficulties we have. In the midst of this we get Christmas and the light that the birth of Jesus sends our way. Lord may your light shine on us and all the blessings it brings during Christmas and beyond. Amen (12/24/17)
Deliver us from holiday stress
Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!-Warren D. Cornell & William Cooper
Lord who made the heavens and the earth I praise and adore you. Your name is above every other name and you sit above every principality and power. I worship You because you are my God and my Father and you have done and continue to do so much for me. Thank you, thank you my Lord.
Lord this is the season when we feel so much stress. There is so much to be done- people to be thought of, gifts to be bought and sent out or presented. There is planning and shopping to be done. Many a time in the midst of all this hustle and bustle, we feel so overwhelmed by all that we have to and also want to accomplish for ourselves and others. Sometimes an added stress is when we do not have the means to do all we want to during this Christmas/ holiday season. Lord help us, give us peace and calmness at this time and may we trust you the more and leave things more in your Hands. Amen. (12/22/17)
Letting God to be God
Your world is forever
Settled on the Earth
And your plan is for me is perfect and complete…
So I never have to be afraid
I can trust you God
Trust you sovereign God
No matter what may come my way
I can trust you God
Trust you sovereign God- William McDowell
O Lord my wonderful Savior I join the songwriter to declare that I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hands have made including myself. I see the skies and I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed. Then sings my grateful soul my Savior God to thee. Indeed how really great You are.
Lord a lot of times we have tried to play your role. We want to play God and do all sorts of things supposedly in your name. Sometimes we want to ‘fix’ things on your behalf when we clearly don’t know what you will. I am thankful that no one can take that path and succeed. Help us O Lord to leave you to be who you are and not try to portray you to who you are not. Amen (12/12/17)
Lord of compassion
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see. – John Newton
Lord of life, lord of mercy, lord of compassion who in this universe can compare to You? Truly there is no shore to your mercy so you have not given us anywhere near what we deserve whenever we have fallen short of your expectations. Who can be more accepting of people than You? Truly you Lord. May your great name be forever lifted up and praised.
Lord you are the lord of compassion. You had compassion on so many when you lived amongst us. You call on us to live according to your example. Lord stir in our hearts constantly the spirit of compassion that we may be able to go out and help others all the time as you would want us to do. Amen (12/7/17)
Each one with a story
Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all – Chris Tomlin
Lord of all life and Mighty Creator I come before you to praise You. My Lord and My Maker I worship you because you are who you are and you compare to no one else. I cannot adore and lift up your great name enough because you are goodness itself and you never change. May all my days of praise of you continue all throughout my life. Thank you Lord.
Lord I realize that as your children each one of us has our own story there are parts that may be known and some will never be known to anyone else. Lord many a time we judge people without knowing their actual story – their struggles and in the end cause so much pain to them. Lord help us all to be careful how we judge people that we may not know as we think we do. Help us to love them even in difficult circumstances. Amen (11/5/17)
Affirming our gratitude
To thee, O Lord, our hearts we raise
in hymns of adoration,
to thee bring sacrifice of praise
with shouts of exultation:
bright robes of gold the fields adorn,
the hills with joy are ringing,
the valleys stand so thick with corn
that even they are singing.- W. Chatterton Dix
Lord when you hear our loud shouts, when you hear our uproarious praises, when you see us jump up and dance, when you see us prostrate on the floor , when you see us with that quiet smile all we are saying to You our Lord God is thank you. You have our backs so much even when we are slow to realize it you don’t give up on us. Who is more merciful than You? Who is more kind than You? Who is more gracious than You? It is only because that is who you are and we are left to ponder. Thank You Lord.
Lord as we contemplate Thanksgiving and all that ensues we want to say thank you to you once again. This is on top of what we do daily. We are grateful for the opportunity for all of us regardless of our origins to be able to come together as a nation and express our gratitude to You, our Creator and the Giver of all things what you have done for us throughout the year. May you continue to remind us to be grateful to You for each passing moment and day. Amen (11/22/17)