Welcome to Hope Truth Love. This sight has been designed to encourage Christian living, to Challenge our assumptions on what it means to follow Christ, and to inspire the reader to take steps that bring us closer to the living God. Our first step, always, is prayer; so I've included three pages of prayers I've written for opening services in church. Hopefully, by praying and reading, you may draw closer to our Lord. Ask Him to open you up to the possibilities that He has in store for you, understanding all the while that those possibilities include joining hands with all Christians in all nations through the Holy Spirit. God's will is to bring us all together by His love and grace. Pray these things and before you know it, you will be walking in the Spirit, steping out in faith and growing into the perfect reflection of Jesus that God has in store for you.
Opening - Father God, you reign above us and before us. You are our Tower of Strength, our God of Glory and mercy. Lord, Hear our prayer.
We gather today to seek your face. To hear your word and To be held in your hands. To feel your presence. To praise and to worship you. Your word tell us that you alone are worthy to be worshiped - so may we be of one accord – one voice – one Spirit – and may we join with all the followers of your son, Jesus, this morning as we lift holy hands – and sing your praises. Lift us up Lord. Let us know you are near. May the power of your Spirit be released among us. For through the Holy Spirit we are healed, made whole, find truth, and declare good news to the world. Open our minds and ready us to receive what you have to give to us this day. Thank you Lord for giving us the opportunity to worship you freely and in truth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen
Opening - Claude Houde wrote “The greatness of God is endless, infinite, immeasurable and limitless. Each dawn bursts forth with His promises, His power and His forgiveness. Each new morning announces the beauty of potential and new beginnings, filled with words of life and resurrection and “let's start over together,” calling us to allow Him to write His vision and plan of hope on the tablets of our hearts.”
Pray - Lord, you are a God of redemption, a God who renews, a God who takes our lives, even after we've gone our own way, and pours out upon us a grace so full – a mercy so complete – and a salvation so great. You turn us around, renew our spirits, give us life, you O’ Lord have taken our shame and dealt with it, and we will praise your name – for the price you paid on that cross. You Jesus are mighty - for on our behalf, you conquered death, defeated sin, and now sit triumphantly at the right hand of God. Interceding on our behalf. And as if this weren’t enough, you’ve empowered us with your Holy Spirit that no matter where we go – no matter what we do, you are with us always. May we now lift our voices to your heavens above - in Jesus we pray, amen.
Pastoral – David Wilkerson wrote “Some Bible teachers claim it is unbelief for us to ask God for the same request over and over. No—that is wrong and it has weakened the faith of multitudes. God commands us to ask, seek, fast—and cry out in effectual, earnest supplication.”
Pray Lord, You’ve healed, driven out evil spirits, raised the dead and you continue to cure all kinds of diseases. You are an awesome God. You are the author of life and in you is the power to heal. So, in your name Jesus, unleash the power of your blood upon the one who needs to feel your touch this morning. In your name, reach down into the darkness – into those hidden places - and bring that fire that both illuminates and eliminates. Lift those who cry out for your love and comfort - from those lonely paralyzing places – lift us from those false shadows of defeat. May your spirit burn bright within – defeating the evil one in the Victory that has already been won upon the Cross. May there be no eclipse upon the glory that is yours in our lives. Heal us, comfort us and set us free – that we would bring forth great glory to your name in our lives and through your Kingdom. In Jesus – Amen.
Offertory – Lord, The evidence of your love is all around us — but we are often blind to it. We admit Lord that we get swallowed up in the activities of our lives - That we lose sight of your ever-present reality that lifts us up and keeps us breathing. May we take our attention off of ourselves for a moment and reflect upon the immense need that exists for a redeemer King in the lives of those not yet saved. Our giving is a way we announce to ourselves and to the world that ultimate importance is not in our scheming, but in your purposes. Receive these gifts as our way of applauding your power and love. Amen.
Lord God, you are mighty. You lead us through deserts and over troubled waters, but you always deliver your people to safety. And so as we’ve been delivered by your Son, may your peace rest upon us. All Glory to you.
Open our eyes – that we would see the Glory of your creation.
Lift our Voices – that even the angels will take note.
Open our ears – that we may hear each other praise you in unison as we are made one in Christ.
May you reign forever. And as Christ is in you and you are in Christ, may we be in Christ so that the world may see the Glory of your ways through us.
Lord God. We lift our hearts to you. Open the doors to your heavens above. Swing wide the gate to your city. For we are knocking hard! Pour forth your river of gladness. Like the oil upon Aarons beard. The dew from Mount Zion. May your blessing meet our prayers today. May angels come and fill these empty seats - sit beside us. There is power in the house. There is victory in the house. We’re looking for a miracle Lord. We’re expecting the impossible. We’re ready to feel the intangible and we know you administer from the invisible. We’re not here to fight for a victory God. We are here to fight from a position of Victory – won on the cross – against sin and death and the devil himself.
As Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, an animal that represented peace, he knew things were about to take an almost unbearable turn for the worse – one that would lead to brokenness and humiliation, at least for a while. But because he was driven by love and absolute faith in his calling, he kept going.
Hear the words of the Lord: Mark, Chapter 11
On this day of great rejoicing, Lord Jesus, when we welcome You as our King and our Savior, we also cry Hosanna! Blessed are You who come in God’s name to save us. May you enter triumphantly into our hearts and into our lives. Hosanna! Strengthen our faith on this Palm Sunday as you enter your temple, the church – and into this body of believers. And as you enter, may you look around at everything – and take note of the things that need to be overturned – for in you Jesus, we have our victory – our hope and the promise of a future spent with you. Praise your name. Amen.
Praise the Lord! All glory belongs to you. May your unfailing love reach into the deepest recesses of our souls. Meet us Lord where we need to be met. Call us to that place where you want us to be. Challenge us who need to be challenged. Comfort us who need to be comforted. Let us know you are here Lord. Fill us with your Holy Spirit - and as we praise you this morning may we come to know you even more deeply. Don’t let us leave this place without a true encounter with your power, your truth, and your spirit. We are here to be ministered to and to be set free in boldness and renewed conviction to do your will – on earth as it is in heaven. And now Lord, prepare our hearts to worship you. In Jesus we pray. Amen
From Psalm 28
The Lord is the strength of his people, a fortress of salvation for his anointed one. Save your people and bless your inheritance; be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Please stand and let us pray to our Lord.
Father, we are your people, chosen by you. And you are our shepherd. As we gather together in this place, help us to listen, to understand and to reflect upon your glory. Make us aware that we are meeting not simply with one another, but with you. Let your presence be real to each of us. Roll away the stones that keep us from truly experiencing your redeeming love. As we pray, may it be just like we are speaking with you. As we listen, help us to concentrate, so that we really hear your word.
Lord today and every day, we worship YOU. We thank You that after we fell away from You into sin, You did not leave us all alone, but You came to us in the person of Jesus Christ, who lived, died, and was resurrected for our salvation. May we likewise rise to meet you in Spirit and in Truth. Receive this our worship in the strong and holy name of Jesus.
2 Corinthians 8:7
“But just as you excel in everything---in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us---see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”