Advent 2018 – Day Twenty-One – Sing
Today’s song is Sing by the Carpenters
Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Songs were on my mind as I selected the reading for today but rather than choose Mary’s song of Joy, which followed yesterdays passage, I have instead selected another Psalm for today. A psalm that reflects the joy of song but speaks for the whole of God’s people.
The psalm calls us to ensure that our eyes, hearts, and hopes are fixed on the right thing, God himself.
It is a psalm that helps us identify that God is for all, every person on earth can come to know God and praise him for who he is.
This psalm is a song, a prayer and a promise all contained within its short verses. It is our prayer that his Kingdom will come to all corners of the earth. It is also a challenge that through his blessing of us we will be part of the process by which his blessing reaches the ends of the earth.
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus we also prepare ourselves for this great priviledge of serving him in all areas of our lives.
Prayers and Reflection
Hymn: Singing the Faith – – .Take my life and let it be.
“…May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us”.
Let us pray together.
Think of the saying in order to understand context and meaning,
Feel the meaning of the saying with and in your heart,
Pray, using the saying, for yourself or others. With only a name and without explaining the reasons or pre-defining any answers.
Listen for God’s voice in the quiet of your prayers.
Pray using your own prayers or one of those which have been prepared below.
Lord, we join with the psalmist in his prayer that all will know you and sing your praises. Amen
Lord we pray for our part in singing the great song of salvation, to all corners of the earth. May our voices ring loud and clear with your Good News, to the world around us, this Advent time. Amen.
You are a God of transformation, changing us each day to be more like you. As we are changed let our songs of praise resound in our lives, let the wonder of your music of creation make the earth tremble with joy.
We praise you that your Holy Spirit reaches everywhere making all things new. Through your Spirit give us that vision of hope of your Kingdom which has a place for everyone, the lonely, the lost, the persecuted, the oppressed, those we find hard to love, those we find easy to love, those who do not know you yet and those who know you well.
At this Advent time we pray with all of our hearts and souls a prayer of praise. Lord come and bind us together as a people of loving grace. Amen.