Proper 25/Ordinary 30, 2014 – Psalm 90:16-17

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Psalm 90:16-17Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.  Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands — O prosper the work of our hands!

Faith is expressed in many ways: by praying to God, by singing our praises to God, by visiting the sick and those who are shut in, and by getting our hands dirty doing faith work.

Almighty God, bless our hands, bless our lives to your service.  Amen.

Proper 25/Ordinary 30, 2014 – Deuteronomy 34:11-12

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Deuteronomy 34:11-12Moses was unequaled for all the signs and wonders that the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants and his entire land, and for all the mighty deeds and all the terrifying displays of power that Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.

The writer of Deuteronomy wanted to make sure there was no confusion as to where Moses stood among the prophets.  We can learn from this that we should recognize and honor those among us whose faith-led actions serve as a beacon of hope for us and others.

Prayer: Gracious God, we give thanks to you this day for those people around us whose faith moves us to bolder action.  Amen.

Proper 25/Ordinary 30, 2014 – Deuteronomy 34:4-5

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wonderful scriptures are offered to us this week in the lectionary.  Those passages include: Deuteronomy 34:1-12 and Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17, Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18 and Psalm 1, 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8 and Matthew 22:34-46.

Deuteronomy 34:4-5The LORD said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants'; I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.”  Then Moses, the servant of the LORD, died there in the land of Moab, at the Lord’s command.

I have read this passage numerous times, and I have always felt bad for Moses that he didn’t get to enter the land for which he had worked so hard to deliver his people.  And yet, Moses got to see that his life work was not in vain…that his faith journey was going to bear fruit.  What a glorious gift from God.

Everlasting God, thank you for those times when we can see that our faith work helped others.  Amen.

Proper 24/Ordinary 29, 2014 – Matthew 22:19-21

Friday, October 17, 2014

Matthew 22:19-21Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought Jesus a denarius.  Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?”  They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

As we close the week, we are again reminded that God’s desire is for us to live our lives in ways that genuinely reflect our faith: being prayerful, serving others, helping those less fortunate, to name a few.

Loving God, help us this and every day to do your will.  Amen.

Proper 24/Ordinary 29, 2014 – 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1 Thessalonians 1:6-7And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

Today the Church Health Center and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will host the 13th Annual Faith & Health: Making the Connection Conference.  We will be exploring issues of mental health and how the faith community can move the needle on reducing stigma and encouraging those in need to seek treatment.

Gracious and merciful God, bless all of us in Memphis and around the world who are trying to imitate you by bringing healing to our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Proper 24/Ordinary 29, 2014 – Psalm 96:2-3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Psalm 96:2-3Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

Each of us has a private faith life – talking with God through prayer and meditation.  But we are reminded of our public faith life this morning – acknowledging the mighty acts of God that we see and not just telling them but declaring them to others.

Everlasting God, help us to raise our voices as we witness to your many works in this world.  Amen.

Proper 24/Ordinary 29, 2014 – 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1 Thessalonians 1:1-3Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.  We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the Church Health Center, we have the privilege of witnessing one another’s amazing works of faith on a daily basis.  We need to be sure we take time to thank God for one another.

Loving God, thank you for surrounding us with amazing people of faith.  Amen.

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