God, Our Help and Home

John 14:2 by Mark Lawrence

In John 14, Jesus promises to go and prepare a place for us, a place for many to dwell with God in peace. His promise is echoed throughout the scriptures.

The following liturgy draws together several of those scriptures, weaving them between verses of the classic hymn O God, Our Help in Ages Past (United Methodist Hymnal #117, verse 1, 2, 3, 6).

I pray this offering will encourage you to draw close to God. May you dwell in the house of our Lord, now and forever. – Lisa <><

To live in the world without belonging to the world summarizes the essence of the spiritual life. The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear, in which the powers of hatred and violence rule, but the house of love, where God resides. - Henri Nouwen, Behold the Beauty of the Lord

Canticle: God, Our Help and Home
ONE SPEAKING: John 14:1-3 (NRSV)
Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

ALL SPEAKING: Psalm 84:1-2 (NIV)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

ALL, SOME OR ONE SINGING
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.

Under the shadow of thy throne,
still may we dwell secure;
sufficient is thine arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

ONE SPEAKING: Matthew 7:24-25 (NRSV)
Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”

ALL SPEAKING: Psalm 27:4-5 (NIV)
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.

ALL, SOME OR ONE SINGING
Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received her frame,
from everlasting, thou art God,
to endless years the same.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come;
be thou our guide while life shall last,
and our eternal home.

Compilation © 2011 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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2 thoughts on “God, Our Help and Home

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I serve a UCC congregation in Columbus, OH — I’d like to use your title, “God, our hope and home” and some of your litany for our November Healing Prayer Circle — I always like to give credit — it helps us realize how wide and diverse the church of Christ is.

    Thanks — and God Bless, EW

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