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Prayers for Dr. Tim Martindale

Tim Martindale is a prince among men! The reaction of everyone who knows him in Waco is, “he is our friend!” This man has walked with my family, and many Waco families in life and in death. I personally consider him one of my pastors too. A living icon of Christ.  We love him, and we will pray for him. The Lord is with you, Tim!

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From KWTX.

“Dr. Tim Martindale, who is on medical staff at both Ascension Providence and Baylor Scott & White hospitals but runs his clinic independently as Martindale Family Medicine Clinic, tested positive for the virus Tuesday morning.

Martindale is currently fighting the virus at his home.

He says he has “moderate symptoms and is hopeful.”

His family is asking friends and colleagues to refrain from texting or otherwise contacting him while he recovers.

He falls in the high risk category because he’s 62 and had heart surgery in 2017.

Martindale told KWTX he started to exhibit symptoms at around 6 p.m. Sunday, more than 48 hours after seeing his last patient on Friday afternoon at his clinic.

He has not seen patients at the hospitals in more than two weeks.

Martindale says none of his patients is considered high risk because he did not develop symptoms until more than 48 hours after he last saw them.”

Let us pray,

God, we pray for those who are now suffering from this disease: we beseech you, O Lord, to visit them, encourage them, and heal them according to your great lovingkindness.

Lord, Have mercy.

As you once listened to the cry of the Canaanite woman, we beseech you to hear our voice, for every country hit hard by this disease, and specially: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and many other places in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Lord, Have mercy.

And we pray Lord for the families, friends, and medical personnel who care for the sick, and for those who are being monitored. And, at this hour, for your servant Tim Martindale.

Be our Rock of Ages!

Please bless all scientists, researchers, public health officials and governments who seek and prescribe treatments, and for those who are working toward a vaccine.

Be their wisdom!

 And for all of us, Lord, guide us so that this may be a time of reflection and good will to work to eradicate the diseases that threaten our bodies, and the hate that threatens our souls.

Lord, Have mercy.

O God our help in ages past, the God who heals and comforts; our Maker, and the Maker of wonders; the one who alone is worthy to be praised: incline your ear to us, and grant, in your mercy, the prayers of your people.

Amen.

Tuesday Morning and Evening Prayers

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Elliston Chapel at Baylor University

Morning Prayers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Opening Verse (to meditate briefly and prepare your heart for prayer)

Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to Your holy hill.  (Psalm 43:3)

Call to Worship

Come, let us sing to the Lord :

let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Song,   As the Deer  

(link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZv3jzOTE70)

Reflection

“There is nothing more worthwhile than to pray to God and to converse with him, for prayer unites us with God as    his companions. As our bodily eyes are illuminated by seeing the light, so in contemplating God our soul is   illuminated by him. Of course, the prayer I have in mind is no matter of routine, it is deliberate and earnest. It is not tied down to a fixed timetable; rather it is a state which endures by night and day.”

St John Chrysostom (Homily 6 on Prayer)

The Gospel

“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40)

Benediction

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3: 20-21)

 

Evening Prayers

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Opening Verse

Jesus said, “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

(Matthew 11:28)

Call to Worship

Psalm 118

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Let God’s people say: “His love endures forever.”

Let those who reverence God say: “His love endures forever.”

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place.

The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation.

 

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;

The Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.

You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Traditional Confession and The Jesus Prayer

Gracious God, I acknowledge my need of you today.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I have not loved you with all my heart, mind, and strength.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I have not loved my neighbors as I love myself.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I have not done those things which I ought to have done.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

 

And I have done those things which I ought not to have done.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I have spoken in haste, in anger, in condemnation, in judgment.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I have harbored unhealthy thoughts and passions and worries.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

Gracious, God, I acknowledge our sin… my need of you.

Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.

I receive now your great mercy and rest in your eternal love.

Amen.

Words of Assurance: Romans 5:1; 8:1

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith,

we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Psalm of Trust: Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her; she will not fall.

Nations are in an uproar, kingdoms fall;

he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

Be still, and know that I am God.

Prayer: Intercessions for Those Beyond our Community

For those who do not have what they need today… I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

For those who live in fear today… I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

For those who have been forgotten today… I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

For those who work for peace and justice today… I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

For those who are called to heal today… I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

For those burdened to lead today…. I pray to you Lord. (silent prayers)

In the name of the one who loves us all… I pray to you Lord, amen.

Benediction

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10

 

 

El Es Señor / He is Lord

In preparation for Easter, please allow me to share this song I wrote of a group of churches participating in music camp in El Salvador a few years ago. You can find it in GIA’s bilingual hymnal.

En preparación para el domingo de Resurrección, permítanme compartir este canto que escribí hace unos años para un grupo de iglesias en El Salvador que participaban en un campamento music.

Introduction and ideas on how to sing it / Ideas de como cantarlo:

Monday Morning and Evening Prayers

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Morning Prayers

Opening Verse (to meditate briefly and prepare your heart for prayer)

 God is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit. Those who take refuge in God will not know condemnation. Psalm 34: 18, 22

Call to Worship 

Come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand. (Ps. 95: 6-7)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Song of Affirmation – Be Thou My Visionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CMclLT_Hjg

Be Thou my vision O Lord of my heart,

naught be all else to thee save that thou art.

Thou my best thought by day or by night.

Waking or sleeping Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom and Thou my true word.

I ever with Thee and Thou with me Lord.

Thou my great Father and I Thy true son.

Thou in me dwelling and I with Thee one.

Unison Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. AMEN. 

The Gospel: John 15: 4-5

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

For Reflection

O God… may I come into the presence of still waterand feel above me the day-blind stars waiting with their light. For a time may I rest in the grace of your world,and be free. (adapted) – Wendell Berry

Benediction

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

La gracia del Señor Jesucristo, el amor de Dios, y la comunión del Espíritu Santo, sean con todos vosotros. Amén. (2 Corintios 13;14)

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Elliston Chapel at Baylor University

Evening Prayers

Opening Verse (to meditate in silence and prepare your heart for prayer)

From Mark 6:31
Jesus said, “Come away with me to a quiet place and rest for a while.”

Call to Worship and Initial Prayer

Psalm 100

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.

Serve the LORD with gladness;

Come before Him with joyful singing.

Know that the LORD Himself is God;

It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;

We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise.

Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

For the LORD is good; His loving kindness is everlasting,

And His faithfulness is to all generations.

 

Open unto me – light for my darkness.

Open unto me – courage for my fear.

Open unto me – hope for my despair.

Open unto me – peace for my turmoil.

Open unto me – joy for my sorrow.

Open unto me – strength for my weakness.

Open unto me – wisdom for my confusion.

Open unto me – forgiveness for my sin.

Open unto me – tenderness for my toughness.

Open unto me – love for my hate.

Open unto me – Yourself for myself.

Lord, Lord – Open unto me.

-Howard Thurman

Prayer and Doxology

Praise be to you, Lord God of all creation.

For the gift of this day…

For the joy of this hour…

For the Holy Spirit that is present now…

I lift my heart in praise.

Receive my gratitude as I count my many blessings.

(singing)

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures, here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Litany of Confession

 Lord, I have taken my blessings for granted… forgive me my sin.

I have mistaken the finite for the Infinite… forgive me my sin.

I have settled for something less than whole… forgive me my sin.

I have celebrated what is less than beautiful… forgive me my sin.

I have lived in ways less than loving… forgive me my sin.

Forgive me, Lord, for I have sinned… (silent confession)

Words of Assurance: Psalm 34:18, 22

God is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Those who take refuge in God will not know condemnation.

Gospel Reading: John 15:4-5

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Prayer: Intercessions for a College Campus

God of all comfort, hear my prayers:

For those today whose lives have become too full…

and for those who need places of involvement.

For those who lack discipline to study…

and for those who lack permission to play.

For those whose faith is shaking…

and for those whose faith needs to be shaken.

For those who are sick, who are grieving, who are wounded, who are worried…

and for those who will walk beside them.

For those who need inspiration

and for those who need to be inspiring.

For the health of our community…

and for the wholeness of all your children in it….

      (Offer your own prayer requests now)

For all these I pray through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Benediction

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10

I am Crying Out to God / Al Señor Clamé

In this song I combine Psalms 120 and 121, the first two Psalms of Ascent. They are really two prayers, very poignant for the days we live: “I am crying out to God in my anguish, and He has heard my cry…” Verse two of the song makes a turn into hope, the prayer of Psalm 121: “I will lift my eyes to the mountains…”

En éste  salmo, combino salmos 120 y 121, los primeros Cantos Graduales en el Salterio. Realmente son dos oraciones muy profundas para los días que vivimos: “Al Señor clamé estando en angustia. y él me escuchó…” La segunda estrofa nos torna hacia la esperanza del salmo 121: “Alzaré los ojos a los montes…”

 

Para mas información sobre el himnario bilingüe, ver aquí (for info on bilingual hymnal).

Three Psalms of Lament and Hope

The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has posted some videos where I introduce settings from the Psalms of Ascent, and also one song of exile – very appropriate for the moment.

https://worship.calvin.edu/resources/resource-library/3-songs-of-lament-and-hope-3-cantos-de-lamento-y-esperanza?fbclid=IwAR0-uS7wkeKzih-K03p03thOsX8BD-B_wYoDYg1iHajHRq9kVje6sYhxBXc

I will be saying a little more on each song in the upcoming weeks.

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Courtesy of Bryce Reed

 

Midday Prayers

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O God, make speed to save us;

          O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;as it was in the beginning, is now, and       ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

PSALM 121

1      I will lift up my eyes unto the hills; *

from whence comes my help?

2      My help comes from the Lord, *

who has made heaven and earth.

3      He will not let your foot be moved, *

and he who keeps you will not sleep.

4      Behold, he who keeps Israel *

shall neither slumber nor sleep.

5      The Lordhimself is your keeper; *

the Lordis your defense upon your right hand,

6      So that the sun shall not burn you by day, *

neither the moon by night.

7      The Lordshall preserve you from all evil; *

indeed, it is he who shall keep your soul.

8      The Lordshall preserve your going out and your coming in, *

from this time forth for evermore.

Scriptures

Jesus said, “Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”

JOHN 12:31-32

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-18

Thank you, O Lord, for your Holy Word.

Silence (take time to meditate on Scriptures above)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.              

Prayers of Intercession  (pray for family, friends, community, nation, and world. Pray for all who suffer, and all who work to relieve their suffering)

Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the Cross, stretching out your loving arms: Grant that all the peoples of the earth may look to you and be saved; for your tender mercies’ sake. Amen.

Benediction

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

Amen. 2 CORINTHIANS 13:14