Relay for Life
We have a little more than 2 weeks to go before this year’s “Virtual” Relay for Life. There is still plenty of time if you would like to become a team member or donate. I have included instructions on how to become a team member or make a donation. We currently have 5 team members: Rachael Garrison, Jean Halme, Carol Millington, Marilyn and myself and have raised just over $500.
While most of our focus the past few months has been on COVID-19, it’s long term impact pales in comparison to cancer. The American Cancer Society projected that in 2019 there would be 1,762,450 new cancer cases and 606,880 cancer deaths in the United States. The good news, if there is any, is that the overall cancer death rate dropped continuously from 1991 to 2016 by a total of 27%. Even though this year’s event will be “Virtual”, there is nothing “Virtual” about cancer. We all have family and friends who have been or are being ravaged by cancer. This is our opportunity to honor those people and to do our part in the fight against cancer.
So How Can You help?
You Can Become a Team Member. To do so on line, go to our team page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/RoundLakeUMC and click on join. Alternatively, and perhaps even easier, is to call the ACS at (800) 227-2345, and tell the representative you would like to join our team - Round Lake United Methodist Church. They will be glad to sign you up. Once a team member, you will have your own link which you can share with your family and friends when you offer them the opportunity to support you, our team and the American Cancer Society.
You Can Donate. To donate, you can do an internet search for Relay for Life, Saratoga County, NY. This will take you to the ACS site. Then click on Donate and search for our team, Round Lake United Methodist Church. You can also to search for a team member by name. Alternatively, you can go directly to our team page at http://main.acsevents.org/goto/RoundLakeUMC. ; From that site you can donate on behalf of the team or on behalf of an individual team member. If you want to donate by check or with cash, just contact me and I will help you out. Finally, you can always call ACS at (800) 227-2345 to donate.
The fight against cancer can’t be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled
Please consider making a donation. Every dollar helps in the fight against cancer.
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Happy Sunday to you all!
May 3, 2020 – 4th Sunday of Easter
Before beginning this service, gather a piece of bread or bread-like food and a cup of juice or other liquid that you have available.
Call to Worship
Awaken from your slumber,
and bring your fears and anxieties
into the presence of the Lord our God.
Hear the call of our Shepherd,
and allow His voice
to lead from selfish ambition
to the feast of grace.
May the light of Christ
shine into the hidden darkness of our lives
and restore us for the service of the Lord.
Come let us worship God.
God Is Good, All the Time (Don Moen)
In your gentleness,
In your power,
In your lowliness,
strip from us our selfish pride which only destroys us.
In your greatness,
lift us up that we might aspire to greater things.
As a shepherd,
call us to be your servants.
As a King,
call us to be your royal priesthood.
who is our shepherd and our King;
who was crucified and is now risen from the dead;
who comforts and empowers;
O great One in Three, Holy Trinity,
this hour, set us free to worship.
John 10:1-10 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
10 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Psalm 23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Acts 2:42-47 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44 All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45 they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.
1 Peter 2:19-25 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
19 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us (attr. to Dorothy Thrupp, William Bradbury)
1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need thy tender care; in thy pleasant pastures feed us, for our use thy folds prepare. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast bought us, thine we are. 2. We are thine, thou dost befriend us, be the guardian of our way; keep thy flock, from sin defend us, seek us when we go astray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Hear, O hear us when we pray. 3. Thou hast promised to receive us, poor and sinful though we be; thou hast mercy to relieve us, grace to cleanse and power to free. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! We will early turn to thee. 4. Early let us seek thy favor, early let us do thy will; blessed Lord and only Savior, with thy love our bosoms fill. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still. Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus! Thou hast loved us, love us still.
Let us pray:
O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need. Shepherding God, we need you in our time of anxiety. We need you in our time of economic uncertainty. We need you in a time of a globe-trotting disease. We need you to bind our wounds,
and pour your healing ointment on our heads. We need the briars, and brambles, and burrs
pulled out of our fleece and skin. Precious God, you guide us with your voice. Help us to listen and follow no matter where your voice leads. Help us to trust you. Almighty God, protect us from the hired hands
that do not really care for us
and have neglected or abused us in the past.
we pray for vulnerable people all over this world,
people without power
who live in places of terror and violence, fear and oppression.
Protect them, God;
we feel so powerless ourselves to help them.
Encourage and empower us to work
for peace and freedom from fear in our own contexts.
God of grace,
we pray for those whose lives have been turned upside down
by various disasters: floods, fire, disease and drought-driven famine.
Bring them courage and hope;
through their pain, may they remain connected to you in prayer.
Shepherding God, thank you for your Son
who laid down his life for those who follow him
and for those who are not in the fold yet.
We pray for those say there is no God;
may we through the living of our own lives
demonstrate the joy and peace of a Spirit-centered existence.
Lord we pray for those who don’t know the Good Shepherd,
whose life circumstances have kept them from knowing him.
We pray that by our actions, our behavior,
and our reaching out into the community,
they may come to know you.
Help us to discern needs and work to fulfill them.
God of community,
we pray for our own congregation;
may we be a source of hope for our neighborhood.
Strengthen and unify our congregation
and show us how we can be the disciples you envision us to be.
Return the sick to health and well-being
and relieve the suffering of those who have lost loved ones,
are unable to find meaningful employment
and fear the challenges of old age.
(Lift up those who are on your heart)
Loving God, renew us, guide us with your love
and renew us with your peace.
Guide us, Great Shepherd,
into your paths of right relationships.
In Jesus’ name we pray, as he taught us to pray:
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,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of Confession
Master, Savior, Shepherd, Messiah –
we know you by many names, Lord. Your presence fills our lives –
all that we are and all that we have comes from you; all that you do declares your love for us. You guide us in right paths, you lead us in the ways of righteousness,
but we have allowed our anger, our rage, our greed, and at times even
hate, to direct our paths.
We have overreacted, we have taken more than our share, we have
despised others that seem to have it all.
And when trouble comes, when adversity plagues us, we wonder where you are; we even wonder who you are.
How quickly we forget that you are always with us. Forgive us, God, for not following your ways.
Forgive us for not remembering that we are your sheep,
and you are our shepherd.
Forgive us when we have not listened for your voice and
instead have acted in the ways of the world.
Dispel our gloom and despair. Change our garments of darkness into robes of dazzling light. Spread your table before us, and feed us from your hand. Guide us back to your path, to loving you and loving our neighbors.
Help us to unclench our fists and lend out our hands in hope and healing,
forgiveness and love.
In the name of Christ our Shepherd we pray.
Words of Assurance
Even in the darkest valley, though death’s shadow may threaten us, we need not fear, for the Lord is with us. The Good Shepherd knows the sheep, and lays down his life for the sheep
so that the sheep may live.
We are part of the flock; we are part of Christ’s body.
In Christ we find wholeness and restoration.
Go forth and share this Good News.
Your Grace Is Enough (Matt Maher, sung by Chris Tomlin) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtnE_e1LylY
Community – a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common; a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals (Oxford Dictionary, https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/community). We live, work and socialize in a community, or sometimes, more than one community. When we gather as a church body, we do so as a community. In our scripture readings this morning, we read about early communities of faith that grew up after the death and resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
In John 10, Jesus himself speaks of the community that follows him. This passage is probably one of the more familiar ones where Jesus compares his followers to sheep. In order to keep sheep safe at night, the shepherd would corral them in a pen, usually made of piles of rocks. He would then lay across the opening, making sure that no one or nothing enters that doesn’t belong there. Because of his tender and constant care, the sheep learn his voice; whenever he calls them, they come. They have a singular focus and don’t respond to strangers, to those who are seeking to harm them. Because Jesus is the gatekeeper – the one who lays in the opening – those inside learn his voice and don’t respond to others looking to snatch them away. This community of sheep – us – is safe from harm as long as we focus on Christ’s voice and aren’t deterred by other people or things that seek to do us harm. The beautiful words of Psalm 23 share with us and remind us what it’s like to live on the inside, to be sheep under the watchful eye of our shepherd Jesus Christ.
In Acts 2, we read the story of Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the believers gathered in the Upper Room, and Peter’s speech to those who had gathered outside wondering what was going on upstairs. As a result of God working through Peter’s speech, thousands came to believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Redeemer, as Messiah. Here in the latter verses of the chapter, we read of those early converts coming together as a new community. They gathered to worship and praise God, to eat together, to pray together. They even sought to do good works amongst the people of Jerusalem by selling “their possessions and goods” and donating all the proceeds to any and all who were in need (v. 45). They witnessed to God’s love and mighty acts through their attitudes and behaviors, and, as a result, “the Lord added to their number those who were being saved” (v. 47).
In the passage from 1 Peter 2, we read of another community, this one on the outskirts of Israel in present-day Turkey. The books that bear Peter’s name were most likely written to non-Jewish (or Gentile) Christians, those that had given up the official religions of the Roman Empire and chose to follow Christ. There are many “directives” in both books, things these new believers should and must do in order to show others that they’ve become true followers of Christ. For instance, in the opening verses of 1 Peter 2, the author admonishes the readers: “So get rid of your feelings of hatred. Don’t just pretend to be good! Be done with dishonesty and jealousy and talking about others behind their backs. Now that you realize how kind the Lord has been to you, put away all evil, deception, envy, and fraud,” (TLB, Living Bible) and again in verse 11-12, “I beg you to keep away from the evil pleasures of this world; they are not for you, for they fight against your very souls. Be careful how you behave among your unsaved neighbors” (TLB). He even directed them, “For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution” (v. 13, NRSV).
Our passage this morning, verses 19-25, was written to those who were slaves, asking them to submit to the authority of their masters, no matter how they were treated. This passage has often been used to promote the idea of slavery, but this was not the author’s intent. As a Christian, as a follower and imitator of all that Jesus did and taught, Peter would have fought against the injustices of slavery and included them as equals in the church, the body of Christ. Similarly, Paul wrote of this same idea: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28, NRSV). This passage from 1 Peter, though, speaks more to the attitudes of those who were slaves: even while you fight for physical freedom, don’t give those in authority over you anything to complain about; don’t give them reason to treat you harshly. Why? Because we imitate Christ’s attitude and teachings, and when Christ was beaten and abused, he didn’t seek revenge, he didn’t threaten his abusers. Rather, Christ found strength in God to endure the suffering, knowing that his relationship with God would see him through. Even though we may not be slaves today, we can learn from this community that Peter is writing to: no matter how we are suffering or what difficulties we are going through – physically, mentally, spiritually – we need to put aside our personal need for revenge, for retaliation. Sometimes we get in that mindset of wanting to make sure that everyone else around us suffers just because we’re suffering – misery likes company, right? Or we have that “You’re going to get yours” attitude when someone wrongs us. But that’s not how Christ reacted when he was abused and beaten by the soldiers. Instead, we accept what we are going through. We don’t have to like it – chances are pretty good that we won’t – and we might not understand why we are going through whatever we facing, but, as Peter reminds us, when we imitate Christ and rely on God, entrust ourselves “to the one who judges justly;” God will bring us through.
There are many of us today who are facing all sorts of difficulties, whether it be physically, mentally or spiritually. Some of our concerns come as a result of our current societal situation of isolation and lockdown. Some of our worries and sufferings have been with us a while longer. We don’t always know why we have to go through some of the things that we come face to face with; most of the time we won’t ever truly know. However, we can look to our faithful God and what God has promised us in scripture. As Jesus-followers, Christians, we are the body of Christ; we are a community who follows and imitates what Jesus has done and taught us. We are like sheep and Jesus is our Shepherd; he will not let anything destroy us. Jesus tells us, “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties” (John 16:33, The Message); we will come face to face with all sorts of trials, temptations, persecutions, hardships, diseases, and rough times. But he also says, “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace… take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” We have that promise! Rely on that promise. No matter what we face, as the author of 1 Peter wrote, we trust in and rely on Almighty God; God is with us always and provides what we need when we need it. As the psalmist reminds us, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” We are God’s community of sheep and Jesus is our Great Shepherd, loving and caring for us beyond our comprehension; when worries, difficulties, and hardships come our way, Jesus is always with us no matter what, gathering us in his arms to help us through.
Come, Share the Lord (Bryan Jeffrey Leach)
Sharing Jesus’ Last Meal
We offer our entire being to the God of Creation, who made the sun and the moon to govern by day and by night and hung the stars in the sky. We offer our entire being to the great God who hollowed out the valleys and bulged up the mountains, who spat out the seven seas, and populated the world with glorious creatures. Blessed be the name of the Lord who created us and fashioned us from the dust and breathed into us the breath of life.
Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ who came to us in spite of our destructive ways. He healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. In the brief time that he was with us, Jesus sided with the oppressed, had compassion for those who suffer, and gave dignity to women and children. He taught us in word and deed about a God we had been
unable to understand.
In spite of his glory-revealing presence among us, we turned him into a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. Jesus was persecuted by certain religious leaders and betrayed by one of his own. He was lied about, tortured, and hung on a cross to die.
Yet, even on the day of his crucifixion, Jesus continued to teach those who would listen. When evil people came with his betrayer, Jesus did not respond with violence, choosing instead to remind us that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. When he was falsely accused and condemned to death, Jesus refused to do harm. And while hanging on the cross, he prayed: "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."
But we give you thanks that nothing ever was, or ever will be, able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Early on the morning of the third day Jesus laughed at death, shed his grave clothes, and walked among us alive! Forty days later, he ascended into heaven, where he is seated at the right hand of the God of our ancestors. Our eyes are turned toward the skies looking for the day when Jesus shall return to a kingdom without end, where the lion will lie down peaceably with the lamb, where sickness and disease are not known where the wicked will cease from troubling and we will study war no more!
On the night that Jesus was betrayed, he shared a meal with his disciples. He took bread from the table, gave thanks to God, (lift and break your bread) and gave it to his disciples saying: "Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
When the meal was over he took the cup, gave thanks, (lift your “wine”) and gave it to his disciples saying: "Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me."
Today, Jesus, we remember the bread and the cup. Today, we remember your life and your death. We remember your resurrection; we remember eternal life. As we receive these gifts in praise and thanksgiving we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again!
Holy God, pour out your Spirit upon these gifts of bread and wine; make them be for us the body and blood of Christ. Wonder-working God, pour out your Spirit upon us; as we offer ourselves to be God's presence in the world until Jesus returns in glory.
You may partake of your bread and “wine,” giving thanks to God: the body of Christ broken for you; the blood of Christ shed for you. Amen.
God Be with You till We Meet Again (Jeremiah Rankin, William Tomer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZHrtHdbdOE
Benediction and Blessing
Go now, and embrace the hope to which God has called us. Recognize Christ in friend and stranger, and as Christ has been gracious to you,
so be gracious to those in need. Trust in the Good Shepherd, and let us love, not just in words, but in truth and action. Believe in the name of Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
And may God give you a place of rest on rich pasture; May Christ Jesus be the shepherd king who binds your wounds; And may the Holy Spirit give you wisdom and reveal to you
the fullness of the one who fills all in all. In the name of Christ. Amen.
Call to Worship: by Rev MaryAnn Rennie, http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/, as found on https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Easter%204%20Year%20A
Opening Prayer: posted on My Redeemer Lives website, http://www.myredeemerlives.
com/prayers.html, as found on https://re-worship.blogspot.com/search/label/Easter%204%20Year%20A
Scriptures from biblegateway.com
Prayer: posted on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website, http://presbyterian.ca/
worship/ and by Rev. Abi, http://vicarofwadley.blogspot.ca/ , both as found on
Prayer of Confession and Words of Assurance: from The Abingdon Worship Annual, edited by Mary J. Scifres and B.J. Beu, Copyright © Abingdon Press. Posted on the Worship Elements page of the Ministry Matters website,
http://www.ministrymatters.com/ as found on https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2016/04/prayer-of-confession-for-easter-4c.html and by Rev. Mindi, http://rev-o-lution.org/ as found on https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/05/easter-4-confession-assurance.html
Sharing Jesus’ Last Meal: found on https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/a-new-great-thanksgiving-for-eastertide
Benediction and Blessing: ©2002 Nathan Nettleton, LaughingBird.net as found on
https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/11/commission-benediction-proper-29a_07.html and Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net as found on
Pictures found on pinterest.com
“Rainy days and Mondays always get me down…” So sang Karen Carpenter. How many of you woke up this morning singing that song? Or perhaps, “Rain, rain, go away” or “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man/woman is snoring.” Or even one of the many (MANY!!) songs about rain (for a 100+ list of songs about rain see http://realityspeaks.expertscolumn.com/article/100-greatest-rain-songs-songs-about-rain). For much of this week, it has not looked the greatest outside. It’s been rather gloomy and yucky; they’ve been the kind of days that you just want to crawl back in bed or lay on the couch all day.
Rain can mean different things to different people. For many of us during this time of isolation, the rain can certainly symbolize our feelings of sadness, depression, loneliness, and brokenness. As Christians, however, rain also brings healing, renewal, and rebirth. There are a few stories concerning rain in the Bible, the most well-known being that of Noah (Genesis 7) and the rains that fell for 40 days and 40 nights flooding the earth. Another story is found in 1 Kings 17-18 where the prophet Elijah warns and promises King Ahab that there will be no rain in the land (a 3-yr. drought) until he repents of the sins he has committed (he allowed his wife Jezebel to practice and spread a pagan religion throughout the kingdom). The story ends with Elijah defeating and killing the prophets of Baal, after which he prays to God to send rain. One story that many Sunday school children grew up singing is that of the wise man who built his house on the rock and the foolish man who built his on the sand (Matt. 7). As the song goes, “the rains came down and the floods came up” and the house on the rock stood firm.
Rain is something we need, even though we tend to grumble when it comes. It waters the earth so the plants, trees and flowers can grow. It fills our ponds and lakes, allowing the fish and amphibious creatures to live. It fills wells, rivers and reservoirs so we can have water for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. We need the rain, but oh so many times it’s hard to find the good in the rain. Most of us don’t usually go around “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1ZYhVpdXbQ). When we do find ourselves in that frame of mind, of not seeing the good of the rain (especially after three days of it), stop and thank God for it – even if you don’t completely mean it at that moment. Find something to be thankful for the rain about – thank you, God, for watering the earth; thank you, God, for giving the rain to wash away the winter salt from the roads; thank you, God, for the rain to fill the pool so I don’t have to. I think you’ll find that the more you do, the more your attitude will start to change. You still may not want to go out dancing in the rain, but you will find that there are reasons God gives us the rain.
Often, in Christian circles, we speak of “rain” as that all-powerful act of God that brings us mercy, grace, and love, and allows us to experience a renewal of our spirits, a refreshing of our relationship with God and with others. Below are three songs that help us to open ourselves up to God’s rain. In this time of uncertainty, of isolation, of the unknown, may we find and be thankful for the rain that God brings.
There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (Daniel Whittle, James McGranahan)
1 There shall be showers of blessing:
This is the promise of love;
There shall be seasons refreshing,
Sent from the Savior above.
Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy drops 'round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.
2 There shall be showers of blessing--
Precious reviving again;
Over the hills and the valleys,
Sound of abundance of rain.
3 There shall be showers of blessing:
Oh, that today they might fall,
Now as to God we're confessing,
Now as on Jesus we call! [Chorus]
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Rain (Leeland Mooring)
Rain, rain on me
Open the windows of Heaven
Rain, rain on me
Open the windows of Heaven
CHORUS 1 (x2)
Open up the heavens
Pouring out a blessing Lord,
we need refreshing
Till it overflows
REPEAT VERSE 1
REPEAT CHORUS 1 (x4)
It's raining (it's raining)
It's pouring (it's pouring)
Oh, I hear the sound of revival rain
I hear the sound, I hear the sound
BRIDGE 4 (x4)
I hear the sound of revival rain
I hear the sound, I hear the sound
REPEAT CHORUS (x4)
REPEAT BRIDGE 1
REPEAT BRIDGE 2
BRIDGE 5 (x2)
Rain, rain on me
Oh, open the windows of Heaven
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Holy Spirit, Rain Down (Russell Fragar)
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Oh, Comforter and Friend
How we need Your touch again
Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down
Let Your power fall
Let Your voice be heard
Come and change our hearts
As we stand on Your word
Holy Spirit, rain down
No eye has seen, no ear has heard
No mind can know what God has in store
So open up Heaven, open it wide
Over Your church and over our lives
Lord, please keep all of your children safe in these trying times. Give them your guidance and open their hearts to hear it, their eyes to see it, and their minds to understand it. We pray this Jesus' name, Amen
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