Category Archives: Worship Idea

Praying Psalm 16:1


The commute into work:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
The tense day at the office:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Or the hazardous day in the factory:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
The commute home:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Before falling asleep:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Waking up, maybe traveling for business today, long flight:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
In a foreign land:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Driving on roads that have road signs that are not in your language:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
A full day in a factory with 2 hours sleep and jet lagged:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Bad weather, snow and ice covered roads and have to drive:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Another terrorist attack, a bit too close to home:
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 
Surely there is something in your life today, say it with me…
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1 

Letting Go


Here are a few things we should let go of:

M: Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. – Psalm 37:8 
C:  We let go of anger; Lord, fill and bless us with Your love.
M: You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you. – Psalm 69:5 
C:  We let go of guilt; Lord, fill and bless us with forgiveness.

M: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. – Philippians 2:3-4 
C:  We let go of selfishness; Lord, fill and bless us with a humble heart.
M:  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? – Matthew 6:25 
C:  We let go of worries and fear; Lord, fill and bless us with trust and faith.
All:  Bless and keep us steadfast, Lord.

A Prayer based on Isaiah 58:8-14


There is a beautiful prayer in Isaiah 58 but it’s a bit hidden in a bevy of “if-then” statements. Read the prayer below then hunt for it in scripture if interested.

    May your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing quickly appear.
    May your righteousness go before you, and the glory of the Lord be your rear guard.
    May you call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: “Here am I.”
    May your light rise in the darkness, and your night become like the noonday.
    May the Lord guide you always; he will satisfy your needs and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
    And may you find your joy in the Lord.

I’ll Begin


I think my brother nailed it with this one…

I’LL BEGIN

I’ll BEGIN the hour in silence
I’ll begin with God so near
For in this realm of solitude
God is surely here

I’LL BEGIN the day with meditation
I’ll begin the day with prayer
For there is beauty, praise, and wonder
When his presence is truly there

I’LL BEGIN the month with worship
I’ll begin with depth and length
For outside of three dimensions
The joy of the Lord is my strength

I’LL BEGIN the year with singing
I’ll begin the year with glee
And I’ll bask in his presence
In each year of jubilee

In the Beginning 


In the beginning…..
In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.  – John 1:1

One trained in Hebrew and Greek might say that the following is also accurate:
In the beginning was the logos, 
and the logos was with God, 
and the logos was God.

As a writer, I like:
In the beginning was the story, 
and the story was with God, 
and the story was God.

But as a passionate believer, I also propose:
In the beginning was the love, 
and the love was with God, 
and the love was God.

Or, since “God is light” (1 John 1:5), we could also beautifully say:
In the beginning was the light, 
and the light was with God, 
and the light was God.

Isn’t this one of the most precious verses in scripture?  I think so.  It bears repeating.
In the beginning was the Word, 
and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.  – John 1:1

In the end there will also be the word 
And this word will be with God
And this word will be God

The Wasserkirche Butterfly


There is a church in Zurich Switzerland called the Wasserkirche.  Even if you don’t speak German, you can probably guess that this translates to “Water Church.”  It is an interesting name to an equally interesting place.

This church started construction in the 10th century but was not completed until 1486.  At some point in it’s spotted history it actually was a place for cult gatherings.  In fact, during the Reformation it was seen as a “house of idolatry.”  In 1634 it was converted into a public library.  Finally in 1940 it was renovated and converted back into a place for Christian worship; back to it’s roots.

Today, an enormous butterfly hangs from it’s rafters.  What an odd item to adorn a church sanctuary.  Or is it?

Several years ago I wrote a poem called “The Butterfly” because to me it symbolized transformation.  The metamorphosis that occurs when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly is nothing short of miraculous.  It shows God’s amazing power to transform.  So this church has been totally transformed.   It has gone full circle from a place of worship, to a place of idolatry, to a place of learning and finally back to a place of Christian worship.  The butterfly is a symbol of this amazing transformation that only a great God can bring.

Jesus is Lord


Jesus is Lord!  There, I proclaimed it.  

Let’s be clear, I didn’t just write it, read it or say it, I proclaimed it. Monstrous difference.

This proclamation that Jesus is Lord means more than we often give it credit for.

  • It means that I’m not in charge of running my life anymore 
  • It’s a proclamation that there is a sovereign, all powerful, all knowing King over me
  • It’s a proclamation that I’m not the owner of my life 
  • There is One who sustains life who is bigger than me
  • It’s a proclamation that I need someone to run my life 
  • I need someone to surrender my life to
  • I need someone to bow before and worship
  • I need someone to acknowledge as Lord
  • I need someone to guide my life.
  • I need someone to look up to.

Proclaim it with me.
“Jesus is Lord.”

Indeed.

Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.