This Is Amazing Grace
 
 Who breaks the power
 of sin and darkness
 Whose love is mighty
 and so much stronger
 The King of Glory,
 the King above all kings
 
 Who shakes the whole earth
 with holy thunder
 Who leaves us breathless
 in awe and wonder
 The King of Glory,
 the King above all kings
 
 This is amazing grace
 This is unfailing love
 That You would take my place
 That You would bear my cross
 You would lay down Your Life
 That I would be set free
 Jesus I sing for
 all that You've done for me
 
 Who brings our chaos
 back into order
 Who makes the orphan
 A son and daughter
 The King of Glory,
 the King above all kings
 Who rules the nations
 with truth and justice
 Shines like the sun in
 all of its brilliance
 The King of Glory,
 the King above all kings
 
 Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
 Worthy is the King
 who conquered the grave
 Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
 Worthy is the King
 who conquered the grave
Your Love Never Fails
 
 Nothing can separate,
 even if I ran away
 Your love never fails
 I know I still make mistakes,
 but You have new mercy
 for me everyday
 Your love never fails
 
 You stay the same through the ages,
 Your love never changes
 There may be pain in the night,
 but joy comes in the morning
 And when the oceans rage,
 I don't have to be afraid
 Because I know that You love me,
 and Your love never fails
 
 The wind is strong
 and the water's deep
 but I'm not alone here
 in these open seas
 Cause Your love never fails
 The chasm was far too wide,
 I never thought
 I'd reach the other side
 But Your love never fails

 You make all things
 work together for my good
LECTIO
This morning we are exploring a moment in the life of Elijah and learning how to encounter God’s presence in the earth shaking moments of our lives.

Today we are participating in a Sabbath Lectio
 
Ruth Haley Barton says that “keeping the Sabbath, honors the body’s need for rest, the spirits need for replenishment, and the soul’s need to delight itself in God for God’s sake.” 

Lord, I bring my body before You for rest and restoration. I lift my Spirit to You for replenishment and refreshment, and I still my soul to wait in Your presence, on this day of rest.
 
Pause and Pray
 
On this Sabbath, I return to Elijah’s story, reflecting on how God met both his spiritual and physical needs:
 
1 Kings 19:6-7 
Elijah looked down around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again. Them the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”
 
Where in my life do I need God’s physical provision - sustenance, energy or strength today?
 
Father, I invite You, Jehovah-Jireh - God who provides - to give me what I need.
 
Pause and Pray
 
Where in my life do I need to invite the spiritual refreshment of the Holy Spirit today?
 
Holy Spirit, I invite You to fill me, again.
 
What ‘Journey’ is ahead of me that I need to be sustained for? What awaits me in the coming days?
 
Jesus, I invite You to provide refreshment today. Prepare me to follow You in the journey ahead.
 
Pause and Pray
 
I pause and ground these prayers by praying for someone I know who also needs God’s provision, refreshment or direction today…
 
Pause and Pray
 
I pray a prayer of gathering and releasing by preacher and Poet Ted Loder:
 
‘Oh God, gather me now to be
with you as you are with me.
 
Soothe my tiredness;
Quiet my fretfulness;
Curb my aimlessness;
Relieve my compulsiveness;
Let me be easy for a moment.
 
O lord, release me
From the fears and guilts
which grip me so tightly;
Form the expectations and opinions
Which I so tightly grip,
That I may be open
To receiving what you give,
To risking something genuinely new,
To learn something refreshingly different.
 
O God, gather me to be with you
As you are with me.
 
As I prepare to take this time of prayer into the coming Sabbath Day, I breathe slowly, and repeat the words of Psalm 119, making them my prayer:
 
Psalm 119:41
‘Let your love, God, shape my life’
 
Pause and Pray
 
Sabbath Blessing
May this day bring sabbath rest
to my heart and my home.
May God’s image in me be restored,
and my imagination in
God be re-storied.
May the gravity of material things
be lightened, and the
relativity of time slow down.
May I know grace to
embrace my own finite
Smallness in the arms of
God’s infinite greatness.
May God’s Word feed me
and his Spirit lead me
into the week and
into the life to come.
AMEN