Daily Devotions - Thursday, 24 September 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Thursday, 24 September

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Call to Prayer

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, said the Psalmist.

Worship the Lord, with gladness, come into his presence with singing. (Psalm 100 : 1 & 2)

 

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Thursday, 24 September 2020.

Prayer

Sing to the Lord, of heaven and earth,

whom angels serve and saints adore,

the Father, Son and Spirit blest,

to whom be praise for evermore.

Amen

(Hymn 184)

Introduction

Hymns are the theme of our daily devotions this week and having picked a traditional hymn ‘Immortal, Invisible’ as my first choice, today a contemporary hymn, Bernadette Farrell’s ‘Longing for Light’.

Like many of the best hymns, this hymn is really a prayer which has been put to music.

And as a prayer, it touches upon many of the deep themes of human life – our longing for peace and for hope in an often troubled world, our longing that the world’s hungry people can be properly fed and the world’s many refugees and homeless people will find shelter and homes, our longing for God’s kingdom of justice and truth and love to come.

And running through the hymn the powerful Biblical image of light and the heartfelt petition that in our often darkened world, Christ be our light, shining in our hearts and shining brightly in the church.

First published in 1993, it is as beautiful a hymn as it is a prayer :

 

Longing for light, we wait in darkness.

Longing for truth, we turn to you.

Make us your own, your holy people,

light for the world to see.

Chorus -

Christ be our light!

Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness.

Christ, be our light!

Shine in your Church gathered today.

Longing for peace, our world is troubled.

Longing for hope, many despair.

Your word alone has power to save us.

Make us your living voice

Chorus

Longing for food, many are hungry.

Longing for water, many still thirst.

Make us your bread, broken for others,

shared until all are fed.

Chorus

Longing for shelter, many are homeless.

Longing for warmth, many are cold.

Make us your building, sheltering others

Walls made of living stone

Chorus

Many the gifts, many the people,

many the hearts that yearn to belong.

Let us be servants to one another,

making your kingdom come.

Chorus

 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.  

Amen