HABITS FOR HOME

TEACH ME TO STOP AND LISTEN
 

Teach me to stop and listen,
Teach me to center down,
Teach me the use of silence,
Teach me where peace is found.

Teach me to hear your calling.
Teach me to search your word,
Teach me to hear in silence,
Things I have never heard.

ROMANS 12:1-2 CHANT
 
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:
(here’s what I want you to do, God helping you) Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it (place it where?) before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted (well-adjusted, well-adjusted – Don’t become so well-adjusted) to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out (inside out, inside out – You’ll be changed from the inside out). Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down (dragging you down, dragging you down, dragging you down) to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you (best in you, best in you, best in you – God brings out the best in you), develops well-formed maturity in you (and you, and you, and you).
 

 

OIKOS PRAYER
 
(Fingers interlocked together)
God, we pray for those we know best. Help us show your love and kindness to them today, so they may know you better.
 
(Finger tips touching)
We pray for those we see all the time. Help us show your love and kindness to them today, so they may see their need for you.
 
(Hands in cup shape)
We pray for those we do not always notice. Help us show your love and kindness to them today, so they may notice you in me. 
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
 

ONE: Dear God, We admit we have messed up! We have not honored You with our thoughts.

ALL: We have thought we were better than others, especially those we do not like.

ONE: We have let worry fill our minds and distract us from how we really should be living our lives.

ALL: We have had selfish thoughts. We have wanted what other people have and have not been thankful for what You have given us.

ONE: We admit we have messed up! We have not honored you with our time. We have used our time to follow the footsteps of the world instead of You. We have pushed You aside for other distractions in our life.

ALL: We have been lazy and have distracted ourselves with TVs, phones, tablets, and games. We have filled up our days with other stuff so there is not much time to even think about You. We make up all kinds of excuses to not obey You.

ONE: We have not honored You with our actions. We have hurt others and not apologized for the pain we caused them. We have noticed others being hurtful or mean to those around us and have done nothing to help those who are bullied.

ALL: We have tried to please others over You. We have yelled, lost our temper, and fought with others.

ONE: We admit we have messed up! We have not honored You with our words. We have been sassy, talked about others behind their backs, and used unkind words instead of Your Truth.

ALL: We have lied to impress others or to hide our own weakness.

ONE: We admit we have messed up! We have not honored you with our attitudes. We have let ourselves be annoyed and angry with our friends and family. We have had bad attitudes and have not considered how our bad attitude can hurt others. We have been stubborn, believing our way is always the right way. Let’s spend a minute silently telling God all the ways we have messed up.

SILENCE

ONE: There is good news: God has forgiven us and we have been made new! God will always love us. He cares, forgives, and heals us.

ALL: There is much to celebrate! Jesus died on the cross for our sins so we can be with Him forever and dedicate our lives to Him. We can tell God’s story and our story with others.

ONE: We have the choice to honor God and serve Him with our actions, thoughts, time, words, and attitudes.

ALL: Praise God! He has forgiven all our sins, because of His love for us! He gives us another chance, again and again. Hallelujah!