Promises from Scripture
We are going to still ourselves now, and focus on some promises from God’s word that relax us, evoke prayer within us and prepare us for the day. At the end of this time we will join with megs and the ancient tradition of celebrating our God through singing.
Holy Spirit, breath of life – Light candle – play track ‘Cocoa Soul’ by Oka. Album ‘Elements’. Itunes.
(Read really slowly. Allow space between sentences.)
The candle is a symbol of the Holy Spirit’s presence with us, right here. Find a comfortable position where you can breathe deeply, relax, you can write, draw or just sit and close your eyes.
Ancient and pure, moving and mysteriously present – like this flickering flame, is your Spirit Lord.
Your spirit was moving over the earth in the very beginning..before light had even opened her eyes.
The first words of our creation story read …
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Gen 1:2
Ancient and pure…
The Lord God formed Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Gen 2:7
Take 3 deep breaths…
I invite you to breathe in deeply as each phrase of this verse from Job is read and repeat these words within yourself..
‘The spirit of God has made me; (pause)
the breath of the Almighty gives me life (pause)
I too have been taken from clay.” (pause)Job 33:4
Jesus said: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you.” REPEAT
“Now remain in my love…if you obey my commands you will remain in my love…I have told you this so your joy may be complete.”
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
“If you love me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him or knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be and is in you.”
Repeat last line.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Jesus, resurrected said “Peace be with you, as the Father has sent me, I am sending you. With that he breathed on them and said …receive the Holy Spirit.”