Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting, Short

Beyond Noisy Words – Augustine

You, who fill heaven and earth, Always busy, always quiet, Who are present everywhere and everywhere are fully present, You who are not absent when far away, Who with your whole being fill Yet go beyond all things, You who teach the hearts of the faithful without the din of words, Teach us,  We pray. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.…

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Love, Preaching & Reflecting

Light Us Up – Thomas a Kempis

O Jesus, Light us up Bright inside! Drive darkness, From the depths of our hearts! Teach us: To know what is worth knowing, To love what is worth loving, To praise what is worth praising, To hate what should be reviled, To Prize what is precious, And above all, To seek and do your holy will. Amen. – Thomas a…

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Listening, Preaching & Reflecting

From Pride To Humility

Father, take us to the place where we are saved from pride and arrogance and Christ’s humility is everything, where we lift up clean hands and pure hearts to You. Take us to the place where we no longer shrink in fear from the mountains before us but look upon them with joy, where we see clearly and our decisions…

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Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting

Prayer To Hear – St Benedict

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, intelligence to understand you, patience to wait for you, eyes to see you, a heart to know you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. – St Benedict 480-547AD

Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting, Short

To Meditate On The Word – St Jerome

Lord, You have given us Your Word for a light to shine upon our path; grant us so to meditate on that Word, and to follow its teaching, that we may find in it the light that shines more and more until the perfect day; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   – St Jerome 342 – 420AD

Pastors, Preaching & Reflecting

Before I Speak

O Lord, I place myself in Your hands. I may l be tempted on this day in which I am blessed to speak to others to do so in my own strength, as though I have any word to say, and wisdom to offer, anything of my own. Forgive me now, Lord, and forgive me then, and turn me quickly to…

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Ancient, Preaching & Reflecting

Look Upon Us – St Augustine

Look upon us, O Lord, and let all the darkness of our souls vanish before the beams of your brightness. Fill us with holy love, and open to us the treasures of your wisdom. All our desire is known to you, So perfect what you have begun, and what your Spirit has awakened us to ask. We seek your face, turn your face unto…

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Pastors, Preaching & Reflecting

Luther’s Preaching Prayer

Lord God, I want to preach so that you are glorified. I want to speak of you, praise you, praise your name. Although I probably cannot make it turn out well, won’t you make it turn out well – Martin Luther (1483-1565AD) Found in “Luther The Preacher”

Pastors, Preaching & Reflecting

Awaken Us To Hear

Awaken us, Holy Spirit, To your love, Open our hearts To your indwelling. Awaken us, Lord Jesus, To your life, Open our minds To your abiding. Awaken us, Lord, To your purpose, Open our wills To your guiding. Amen. – Rick Zweck