The Worship Quote of the Week for (09/05/2000):

Vision of Reality
Sooner or later, students of biblical worship will study Isaiah's amazing
vision as recorded in Isaiah 6:1-11. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE is a prayer based
on Isaiah's vision and call. If you have an extra moment, please read the
scripture first.

A VISION OF REALITY: A prayer after Isaiah 6:1-11

Teach me, my Father, through Isaiah's vision.
Let me see, upon that inward eye,
the throne, the temple, the seraphim,
the Lord
and with this vision, let me also see
behind the scaffolding of human language
to the knowledge of God.

I know, my Father, that the nearer I come,
the more I share Isaiah's self-knowledge-
"Woe is me, woe is me."
Still let me come: until I hear like him
the Lord's voice-your voice, my Father-
saying, "Whom shall I send?"

How can I answer you, Lord?
If I say "Send me," then
who am I?
What first hand vision have I to share?

Yet how can I not say "Send me"?
My generation needs to hear.
The fire still burns: so touch me
-tongue and mouth and heart and mind-
from the secret places of the Spirit's glow.
Open my eyes to a new vision of your holiness;
open my mind and understanding;
open my mouth to be your messenger;
O Lord of Hosts,
O God my Father,
here am I: send me.

1978 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188.
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Hope Publishing Company, 380 S. Main Place, Carol Stream, IL 60188
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Inter-Varsity Press, 1978. [For each of 60 selections, the format is a brief
scripture followed by a related quote from another author - then
Dudley-Smith's prayer. The author says, "This collection of readings and
prayers is designed to help busy Christians to begin the day with God.]

Have a great week,

Chip Stam
Director, Institute for Christian Worship
School of Church Music and Worship
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Louisville, Kentucky