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PENTECOST NOVENA – DAY ONE

The Burning Bush – Ex 3: 2-5

Hymn: Awake is the Call (Lyrics)

Awake is the call of the One who is wakefulness
Waken me, O God, into your wakefulness
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

1. Those who are thirsty, let them come to me
/Those who have faith in me drink abundantly/ 2x
There shall flow living water out from believing hearts
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

2. Those who are lonely, let them come to me
/Those who are without friends, come and be with me/ 2x
You shall find me at your side, leading you to life and love
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

3. You who are precious in the eyes of God
/You who are dearly loved by our God Most High/ 2x
He shall set you like a light in the kingdom of His Son
/Every fiber of my being awake, awake to God’s call/ 2x

Opening Prayer

The Spirit of God is hovering over the universe, forming, creating, and giving life and energy.

You are the God of eternal wakefulness, and we are in your presence.

We are here with humility and reverence, aware of your infinite power and love.

We offer our prayers for all of humanity, the universal church,
our congregation, the provinces/regions, communities, each of us the members of our congregation, our lay collaborators and partners in mission, our families, and Mother Earth.

We ask you to fill our hearts with your life-giving breath to guide us. We are unworthy yet grateful for your boundless mercy.

May Your presence be with us always so that we may never be separated from You or humanity in need.

Please lead us towards the Father and the Son, and help us to serve and glorify the Holy Triune God. Amen.

Introduction from Scripture

“There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the flame of fire out of a bush: he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. Then Moses said, I must turn aside and look at his great sight and see why the bush is not burned up”. (Ex. 3: 2-3). “Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground” (Ex. 3: 5).

God repeatedly calls Moses, “Moses! Moses!”

Moses responds to His call and comes forward.

Today, each of us is called by Him. The burning bush is a promise that love can transform even the despised and weak within us into something beautiful.

Moment of Silent Prayer

From this reading, let’s meditate on God’s call to each one of us.

 

Reflection

As we approach Pentecost, let’s meditate on God’s promise to each of us and seek the guidance of the Spirit to fulfill our Global mission.

God is present and working in all situations we face. We trust and allow God to guide us to freedom. This will enable us to be compassionate with one another and move beyond boundaries towards the Holy Ground of our Global Mission. Let’s ask:

  • Am I standing on Holy Ground? Is there anything holding me back from recognizing this truth? (Pause)
  • What are the ‘sandals’ that I must remove to fully embrace God’s will and answer His call? (Pause)
  • Do I believe that God is working within me like a blazing fire, transforming me into the person I am called to be? How do I experience this? (Pause)

Moment of Sharing

Based on today’s theme, how does the Holy Spirit inspire us to live our call to mission more intensely?

 

Closing Prayer

God, Holy Spirit, sustainer of the universe,
You are the God of assurance and strength.
The Good News we listened to has created
ripples of Your grace in our souls.

We believe You bring new life and transform us
into people who listen, observe, care,
and move toward those in need, the deprived, and the lonely.

May the Father’s ever-watchful and unsleeping eyes,
Jesus’s burning heart, and Your presence, O Holy Spirit, remain with us.
We give thanks, praise, glory, and honor to You, O Holy Triune God,
for Your unconditional acceptance of us, Your children. Amen.