Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What do I know of lament?

What do I know of lament?

Of what do I understand of suffering?

How do we call witness to a loving God in the face of another’s pain?

Where is mercy when injustice runs rampant?

What does grace mean when you are oppressed
Is it just for the privileged to be blessed?

Oh what do I know of lament?

The earth cries out from the burden of pollution

The waters rail against toxic waste

The bodies of our children pile up in decay

Sickness and cancer abounds
How can we deny the pain all around?

What do I know of lament?

Hatred and love of self is on the rise

“Isms” give places to divide

Waistlines and wallets fatten

As poverty and hopelessness devour
Trust is twisted as other’s abuse power

What do I know of lament?

 Church’s wounding those all around

The truth of Jesus buried beneath the ache

Cities and countries gobbled up by quakes

Flood waters wreaking devastation
The groaning of all creation

What do we know of lament?

In honest appraisal let us asses,

 All artifice stripped so we can enter in,

In all our ugliness, hurt and pain.

Let us wail and repent
Give voice to our lament

Who knows of lament?

He does…
The one who formed all, waits to hear our cries

The one enthroned above who longs to respond

The one who bent down low to come along side

His arms aching to hold and comfort as we stop pretending its ok.
Jesus the son dying to make the only way

Psalm 22:1-5
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,

    by night, but I find no rest.[b]
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.[c]
 In you our ancestors put their trust;

    they trusted and you delivered them.
 To you they cried out and were saved;

    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Good Friday prayer

Good Friday Service Prayer

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you for this time to gather and reflect on your promises of redemption ,the hope of reconciliation and gift of eternal life all fulfilled by your son’s bloodshed.

We thank you for the specific point in time that you chose for Jesus to die on the cross and rise again, help us tonight, Holy spirit to  understand that, that one act was not just an Historical moment but is truly an eternal one covering the expanse of all time and space.

Come remind us to lay down all our sins, fears and pride at the cross, where you ,dear Jesus, took them upon yourself, your own flesh and laid them to rest in your broken body.

Teach us how in receiving and believing we are marked by the blood of the Passover lamb,just as Jesus was put to death but overcame the grave. We are now marked to pass from death to life, to worship the lamb into all eternity declaring

“Holy,holy holy is the lamb who was slain, who was and is and is to come.”

Lord give us revelation about where we have denied you and where you want to bring new life this season.

Holy Spirit tonight give us a new perspective, one from the fathers view. Teach us to see what the father see’s and do what the father does and love like the father loves, even as Jesus did, being obedient even unto death. Teach us what your kingdom come your will be done  on Earth as it is in heaven looks like.

Tonight Lord awaken our hearts to worship you in spirit and in truth for your glory and honor.


Friday, April 27, 2018



Romans 12:10 (MSG) Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

Idols lifted high
My rights, my wants the cry.

Self-esteem and Pride rising
While honor and respect is declining.

To give up ones seat
Now equated with cowardice and retreat.

The call to holiness resounding,
The time for biblical grounding,
Arising up from hearts surrendered,
His honor and glory being remembered.

To honor the one and only son,
To relinquish control and be undone,
To lift another higher,
Becomes a gospel magnifier.

Submitting to leaders and authority
Posturing to give others priority
This brings honor to the father

Let us lay all else at the altar.
Lord God don’t let us falter,
Let us not follow the impostor,
But whole heatedly bring glory to your name,
 And cease and desist in groping for fame.

While we await the day we will be lifted high
Joining the great witness in the sky
Let us with holy wisdom understand
We in Christ are already seated at his right hand.

John 5:220-23 (MSG) The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father, for it was  the Father’s decision to put the Son in the place of honor.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Christ in us Hope of Glory

Christ in us Hope of Glory

Beauty forming
Light swirling deep with in
Luminous seeds germinating
Boldness emerging
Teaching others to breathe
Praying in faith
Sharing in truth
Building each other up
Loving to realness 
Worshiping into eternity
Sacrificing of Pride
Walking in obedience
Identity in Christ taking root
Reaching out in unity
Transforming our world
From glory to glory
Christ in us.

Colossians 1:26-29 (TheMSG)  "This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Holy God, Abba Father


God is holy and to be held in awe and reverence, honored and lifted high. On our own we cannot approach him and yet in his compassion he  sent his son after us, spilling his own blood so that we could have a transfusion and have part in the fathers DNA. Jesus is our only access point. In believing and receiving this gift we are now brought into fellowship with the father and have access to our Holy God. As we rely on the Holy Spirit in surrender he reveals truths and continually directs us to the father’s heart.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Go …and get messy, Stop…and let God

Go … and get messy

Dare to get close
Trips to McDonalds
Hurts and needs exposed
Tender life darkened with shadows
Bringing kids home this I know,
I’ll take this precious cargo
Stop…and let God

Go…and get messy

Prayers cried out to keep her safe
Day after day
Called to pray
Holy Spirit dropping down a name
He’s making a way
But I really want to do this
Stop…and let God

Go ...and get messy

Connections being made
Options being weighed
Others gather in the crusade
Losing vision, hope delayed
Ready to go and do it myself
Stop…and let God

Go … and get messy

Talk with and Walk beside
Material goods and encouragement to provide
Wanting to guide
Start doling out advice
Time to move aside
His bigger plan has mystified

James 2:18-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dear Heavenly Father


Dear Heavenly Father
You are the creator, the one and only I AM, the beginning and the end. Thank you Father for sending your son to bring us back into your family. Thank you Jesus for being willing to give it all up and lay your rights down so that we, in all our selfishness and pride, could be reunited with our father. Thank you that you don’t hold our accounts against us, that we can walk in forgiveness simply in saying yes to your gift of life,turning away from sin and  believing in your son’s sufficiency to cover our debts. Help us to walk more fully in your truth , Holy spirit help us to see the lies we have believed, where we have made agreements with the enemy and denied Our fathers words. Lord open our hearts up, the tight spaces that have difficulty in receiving your love and pouring it back out. Lord we invite you to come and overwhelm us with your presence. We surrender our fear that we are not enough and that you are not enough, and we say come and have your way. We are a broken people grafted into the body, being made whole by your blood and your spirit. We are children of God, beloved of the savior. Help us at RCC to know with a deep knowing our identity in you. Lord, stir up our desires to want more understanding of your word, your love and your desire for us to go  set others free and make disciples. Forgive us for elevating things, people and ideas, above the knowledge of you.
Teach us to be humble before you yet so intimately connected that we can see, taste and touch your goodness, carrying your aroma wherever we go.
Thank you that you declare we are your children and you are our God.
We say yes and Amen .