Rejoice With All Your Heart

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Rejoice and exult with all your heart.
(Zephaniah 3:14)

Dear God,

Sometimes we scurry so hard after joy that we forget what it feels like.
Sometimes we work so hard for peace that we neglect the peace that
is sitting with us in our chair.
Sometimes we hope so much for hope that we miss the hopeful signs
that are right underfoot.
Give us this day a song. . .
one we sing in harmony with heaven and nature.
Let the song recollect joy. . . be peace itself.
Let the song express a little more hope than we feel.
You grant us joy and peace and hope;
these are not our own accomplishments.
Let this day find us rejoicing about You.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

~ Donna Schaper, in Stir Up Your Power

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Let All Creation Sing For Joy

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Let all creation sing for joy
In the places of brokeness
God is bringing salvation.

Let all creation sing for joy
In the depths of darkness
God is bringing light.

Let all creation sing for joy
In the midst of death
God is giving birth to life.

Let all creation sing for joy
For the Lord who loves justice
Is coming to renew all that is broken.

Let all creation sing for joy
All you who follow the Way
God’s righteousness is springing up

Let all creation sing for joy
God’s world is breaking into ours
In healing, in generosity, and freedom. Amen

~ Christine Sine

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A Celebration Blessing

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Now is the time
to free the heart,
Let all intentions and worries stop,
Free the joy inside the self,
Awaken to the wonder
of your life.

Open your eyes and see the friends
Whose hearts recognize your face as kin,
Those whose kindness watchful and near,
Encourage you to live everything here.

See the gifts the years have given,
Things your effort could never earn,
The health to enjoy who you want to be
And the mind to mirror mystery.

~ John O’ Donahue

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Joy Is Now In Every Place

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Joy is now in every place,
Christmas lightens every face;
now be with us, in your grace,
O hear us, bless us, holy Jesus.

May the star that shone that night,
making your poor stable bright,
fill our hearts with love and light,
O hear us, bless us, holy Jesus.

Through the New Year let it stay,
leading us upon your way,
making Christmas every day,
O hear us, bless us, holy Jesus.

Now and ever may we find
your good news to fill our minds:
peace and love to humankind,
O hear us, bless us, holy Jesus.

(Author unknown)

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The Magnificat Of Mary

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One of the most beautiful songs of joy we have is Mary’s magnificat
sung when the angel visited her to tell her she would become the mother
of our Lord Jesus. We honor her today. May her joy be in you.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my savior,
for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
You, the Almighty, have done great things for me
and holy is your name,
You have mercy on those who fear you,
from generation to generation.

You have shown strength with your arm
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
casting down the mighty from their thrones
and lifting up the lowly.

You have filled the hungry with good things
and the rich you have sent away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel,
to remember the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our forebears,
to Abraham and his children forever.