No 5: Here Are My Hands

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Thanksgiving Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.
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Here are my Hands aaron niequist so here are my hands they’re small, they’re small and here are my hands they’re small and trembling here are my arms they’re weak, they’re weak but here are my arms they’re weak but willing here are my eyes they burn with memories here are my eyes they’re teared and tired here are my feet they’re slow, they’re slow but here are my feet they’re stumbling to You now and God, i know there still is so much i just don’t know but God, i believe Your Kingdom can still be built in me so here is my heart here is my soul take me in part take me in whole, whole, whole i want to be whole, whole, whole here are my hands they’re small, they’re small and here are my hands they’re small and trembling here are my dreams they’re me protected here are my dreams so please be gentle now and God, i know there still is so much i just don’t know but God, i believe Your Kingdom can still be built on me so here is my heart here is my soul Your kingdom come my kingdom go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go
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Three Prayers (1) Loving God, here are my hands. What do you want me to create or build today? Who do you want me to serve? What activities should I keep my hands away from? May these small hands help build your kingdom. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (Colossians 3:23, 24 NIV) Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV) (2) Loving God, here is my voice. I commit to only speak words of life today. Words that build up and not tear down. Always speaking the truth, and always speaking it in Love. Please help me to be a voice for the voiceless today. Show me when to stay quiet. O God, may my voice make this world more like You've made it to be. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NIV) (3) Loving God, here is my heart. You know the deepest longings of my heart. I humbly hold them out before You. For Vocation in Daily Work Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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and God, i know there still is so much i just don’t know and God, i believe Your Kingdom can still be built on me so here is my heart here is my soul Your kingdom come my kingdom go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go May Your Kingdom grow, grow, grow May Your Kingdom grow, grow, grow Our Father
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Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee; Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love; At the impulse of Thy love. Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee, Take my intellect, and use Every power as Thou shalt choose, Every power as Thou shalt choose. Take my love; my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure-store. Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee, Ever, only, all for Thee.
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Almighty God, thank You for this day. Thank You that I was able to work today to earn a living, and through Your Spirit, to make the world a little more like You've made it to be. Thank You. The scriptures say... "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all He created." (James 1:16-18 NIV)
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Doxology Praise God from whom all nature flows Praise God all creatures here below Praise God above ye heavenly hosts Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen. Holy Spirit, please guide me now as I pray. (1) God, bring to mind a moment today where You really used me, where you spoke and I listened, where I was able to serve someone and be your hands and feet. God, where did I feel most alive and full of Your Spirit today? (Space) Doxology (reprise) Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
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(2) Loving God, would You bring to mind a moment today where I fell short, where I sinned against You or someone else. Maybe it was something I did when no one was looking...something I said that was hurtful...something I thought...maybe I said something that was absolutely true but the energy powering it was ugly. Father, please bring my sin to my mind. (Space) Lord God, I have sinned against You; I have done evil in Your sight. I am sorry and repent. Have mercy on me according to Your love. Wash away my wrongdoing and cleanse me from our sin. Renew a right spirit within me and restore me to the joy of Your salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Nothing But The Blood By Robert Lowry What can wash away my sin Nothing but the blood of Jesus What can make me whole again Nothing but the blood of Jesus Oh precious is the flow That makes me white as snow No other fount I know Nothing but the blood of Jesus (space) Oh precious is the flow That makes me white as snow No other fount I know Nothing but the blood of Jesus
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(3) And now, Gracious God, because I have been forgiven so much, would You bring to mind one person that I need to forgive today? Did someone say, do, or not do something that was hurtful to me today, and I need to forgive them? Or maybe it’s a system or culture or rule that I deeply resent. Or a disappointment that follows me around. O God, who do I need to forgive today? (space) God, I forgive them. Help me to let it go. I release them, I let them off the hook by the power and grace of Your son, Jesus Christ. I'm letting it go, go, go... I'm letting it go, go, go... I'm letting it go, go, go...
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and God, i know there still is so much i just don’t know and God, i believe Your Kingdom can still be built on me so here is my heart here is my soul Your kingdom come my kingdom go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go i’m letting it go, go, go Our Father

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This two-part liturgy is all about recapturing the holy possibility of our commutes. On the way to work, Part ONE helps us to pray "God, here are my hands. What do You want to do through me today in my job? May my hands, voice, and heart help to bring Your Kingdom here on earth."

And on the way home from work, Part TWO helps us reflect on the day, confess our sins, forgive those who have wronged us, and let it all go.

Carried by piano, string quartet, and some pounding floor toms, "Here are my Hands" invites us to turn our cars, bikes, or trains into rolling sanctuaries that launch us into God's good work in our jobs and lives.

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released July 10, 2013

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A New Liturgy New York, New York

A New Liturgy is our attempt to create holy space wherever we find ourselves. A moveable, sonic sanctuary. Released quarterly, each Liturgy is a 25 minute journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion.

We are passionate about exploring deeper and more diverse ways to honestly engage with God and each other.
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