Sunday Moments

March, 29 2020

Song of the Day: Give Us Clean Hands/Jesus, Lover of My Soul

from Calumet Live Sessions with Kailina Mills and Ben Durham

Give Us Clean Hands

We bow our hearts, we bend our knees, O Spirit, come make us humble.
We turn our eyes from evil things, O Lord, we cast down our idols.
Give us clean hands, give us pure hearts; Let us not lift our souls to another (2X)
O God let us be a generation that seeks, that seeks your face, O God of Jacob. (2X)
Charlie Hall © 2000 songs CCLI # 383771

Jesus Lover of My Soul

Jesus, lover of my soul.
Jesus, I will never let you go.
You've taken me, from the miry clay,
You've set my feet upon a rock and now I know.
I love you, I need you. Though my world may fall,
I'll never let you go. My Savior, my closest Friend,
I will worship you until the very end.
Daniel Grul, John Ezzy, Steve McPherson
© 1992 Hillsongs Australia CCLI License No. 383771

Prayer of the Day*

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ and serve you in righteousness all our days, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Out of the depths
I cry to you, O Lord;
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you were to keep watch over sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
Yet with you is forgiveness,
in order that you may be feared.
I wait for you, O Lord; my soul waits;
in your word is my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those who keep watch for the morning,
more than those who keep watch for the morning. O Israel, wait for the Lord, for with the Lord there is steadfast love;
with the Lord there is plenteous redemption.
For the Lord shall redeem Israel
from all their sins. 

Thought for the Day

“Do what you do when you pray” is often spoken by Calumet staff and chaplains when 200+ campers are ready to begin the day together with a prayer in the beautiful Outdoor Chapel or to end the day together with a prayer at vespers either in our beloved Luther Hall or on the sandy beach in front of Johnson Dining Hall. Campers do what they do…they may bow their heads, close their eyes, grab the hand next to them, or clasp their own hands together in a posture of prayer. They may giggle or they may cry. Prayer is a vital part of our outdoor ministry setting providing opportunities and practice to pray naturally and confidently.

Today’s reading from Psalm 130 is a confident prayer for help. I know you are all praying for help during these challenging days. I am praying for sure, but not quite as eloquently or confidently as today’s psalmist.

We can certainly relate to the psalmist’s depths of despair as he too cries out to the Lord. What I notice today is that he cries out confidently. Almost demanding. He says, “Hear me” and “Listen to me.” He recognizes his own sinfulness, but thankful that the Lord does not keep a record of any sins! The psalmist reminds Israel and us that we are forgiven! And because of what the Lord has done, the psalmist states we like Israel should reverently obey the Lord in response. How great is that?

The psalmist waits eagerly for the Lord’s help and trusts the Lord. The psalmist has hope. More hope than the watchmen who walked the walls of ancient cities, looking and probably fearing an attack from the enemy. Yet relief came for those watchmen when the morning arrived and the city was safe.

The psalmist cries out to all of Israel and to us to trust in the Lord. Why? Because the Lord’s love is constant and steadfast.

I tell you now that more of my personal prayers will begin with a deeper cry to the Lord…a confident cry… and I will now hopefully remember to thank the Lord for the gift of forgiveness. Like the psalmist I too will wait eagerly for help to come in this world wide medical challenge. God’s tender love and steadfast mercy will bring us through this darkness.

As you pray this week, I invite you to pray boldly. Pray with confidence. Pray with candor. Pray with thankfulness for what God has done. And if that is too much to ask, understandably so, in these difficult days, that’s ok. However you pray, God is listening. God’s love is steadfast and for all people. Keep on praying! Trust in the Lord. Breathe. Do what you do when you pray.

~Judy Smith, Family & Adult Director


(Based on Psalm 130, Romans 8)

We are a people loved by God.
We will live as signs of this love.
We are a people blessed with hope.
We will live in light of this hope.
May the love of God, the grace of Christ,
and the courage of the Spirit, strengthen our faith
and set us loose to share God’s love with all.
Amen and amen!
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