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We pray for blessings

We pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering


All the while, You hear each spoken need

Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things



'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near

What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise


We pray for wisdom

Your voice to hear

We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near

We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough


All the while, You hear each desperate plea

And long that we'd have faith to believe



When friends betray us

When darkness seems to win

We know that pain reminds this heart

That this is not our home

It’s not our home




What if my greatest disappointments

Or the aching of this life

Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy

What if trials of this life

The rain, the storms, the hardest nights

Are your mercies in disguise


Isaiah 6 (NRSV)

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” And he said, “Go and say to this people:

‘Keep listening, but do not comprehend;

keep looking, but do not understand.’

Make the mind of this people dull,

    and stop their ears,

    and shut their eyes,

so that they may not look with their eyes,

    and listen with their ears,

and comprehend with their minds,

    and turn and be healed.”

Then I said, “How long, O Lord?” And he said:

“Until cities lie waste

    without inhabitant,

and houses without people,

    and the land is utterly desolate;

until the Lord sends everyone far away,

    and vast is the emptiness in the midst of the land.

Even if a tenth part remain in it,

    it will be burned again,

like a terebinth or an oak

    whose stump remains standing

    when it is felled.”

The holy seed is its stump.



There's a ghost

There's a ghost inside of me

Not like those drips in old bed sheets

Saying "trick or treat"



Oh, this ghost is different

Not one that leaves me scared to death

But one that puts my fear to rest



Oh, holiness keep haunting me

Oh, you're my hope, you're my peace

Ironic in a way

I'm no longer afraid

And the ghost is to blame


There's a ghost

There's a ghost inside of me

Not something from some campfire story

Where I'm terrified to sleep



This ghost is quite the opposite

He came just like a welcomed friend

And I was comforted




I'm not afraid

I'm not afraid

No longer afraid

Lead me through the darkness

Lead me through the unknown

Oh, lead me holy ghost (4x)






It's the song of the redeemed

Rising from the African plain

It's the song of the forgiven

Drowning out the Amazon rain


The song of Asian believers

Filled with God's holy fire

It's every tribe, every tongue, every nation

A love song born of a grateful choir



It's all God's people singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns

It’s all God’s children singing

Glory, glory, hallelujah

He reigns, He reigns


Let it rise above the four winds

Caught up in the heavenly sound

Let praises echo from the towers of cathedrals

To the faithful gathered underground


Of all the songs sung from the dawn of creation

Some were meant to persist

Of all the bells rung from a thousand steeples

None rings truer than this




And all the powers of darkness

Tremble at what they've just heard

'Cause all the powers of darkness

Can't drown out a single word




Go forth into the world

with compassion and justice in your heart.

Give voice to the silent and give strength to the weak

Hear one another, see one another,

care for one another, and love one another.

It's all that easy and it's all that hard.


Thanks to Olivia Wakefield (piano), Lauren Dencker (guitar), and Heather Gast for today's music.

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