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This is a beautiful day, after yesterday’s heat and humidity.  The storm last night has swept through here with a mighty wind, the air has cooled and now the sun is shining, bathing everything in beauty.

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Ever since my last post I have continued to reflect on our need to desire more of the Spirit.  The breath of the Spirit cleanses and prepares.  He blows through us and clears out the stale and replaces it with a new glow, a new strength and a renewed purpose.  As well God’s Spirit leaves new gifts, gifts that are meant for us as we take on the walk of loving God and world.

For that reason, I have chosen today to write an acrostic prayer based on a portion of the refrain from this morning’s closing hymn.  “With the Spirit’s gifts empower us for the work of ministry.”

 

 

This, O God, is the day you made—we praise you
Heaven and earth come together in your love—we praise you
Eternity is revealed in the gifts you give to your people, the church—we praise you.

Spirit of God, wind, power, blessing—come among us and fill us with love
Present to us the gifts that will give us purpose and power
Inspire us to serve God in whole new ways
Redirect our hearts until they are wholly submitted to you
Indicate the road we are to travel
Train us in spiritual matters
Spirit of God, wind, power, blessing—come among us and fill us with love.

God, creator of all, we lay our hearts before you
In trust and humility we trust you to work in us, making of us what you will
Fill us with a desire for more:  more love, more grace, more of the gifts of the Spirit, more power in service
Teach us to watch for you, to listen for your Word, to follow your way
Spirit of God, wind, power, blessing—come among us and fill us with gifts.

Evangelism gifts
Ministry gifts
Persuasive gifts
Open hearted gifts
Welcoming gifts
Empowering gifts
Reflective gifts

Until our hearts overflow and your joy spills forth in all we do
Spirit of God, wind, power, blessing—come among us and fill us to overflowing.                   Amen.

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