Proper 18 (23) 2016 – Jeremiah 18:5-6

Monday, August 29, 2016

The lectionary selections for this coming Sunday include: Jeremiah 18:1-11 and Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18, Deuteronomy 30:15-20 and Psalm 1, Philemon 1:1-21, and Luke 14:25-33.

Jeremiah 18:5-6Then the word of the LORD came to me: Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the LORD. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

While God is disappointed with his people in this chapter, I love the image of God reworking us.  God is never finished with us nor does God lose faith in us.

Creator God, mold us into the people you want us to be.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Hebrews 13:3

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hebrews 13:3Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. 

Every Sunday at my church we share an affirmation of community where we vow that “we will begin to feel at least a bit of the pain of those we consider our enemies.”  Our passage today instructs us to be empathetic toward our neighbors.

Loving God, help us to be more sensitive to pain and hardship of others.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Hebrews 13:1-2

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Hebrews 13:1-2 – Let mutual love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

What makes me happiest about Church Health is our collective ability to show hospitality to all who walk through our many doors.  While our individual faith practices might differ greatly, we share an abundant love for our brothers and sisters.

Loving God, help us to make each person we meet today feel welcomed while they are in our midst.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:13-14

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Luke 14:13-14“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.  And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Jesus clearly admonishes us to help one another.  In today’s passage, Jesus asks us to pay special attention to those who are the weakest and most vulnerable.

Loving God, help us to be mindful of those less fortunate than we are.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:11

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Luke 14:11“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Living faithfully is not simply about believing a particular set of tenets.  Paul tells us in Romans 12 that our faith should change us inwardly.  Our passage today reminds us that part of that change is in how we relate to one another.

God of peace, help us to reach out to our brothers and sisters in ways that honor our faith in you.  Amen.

Proper 17 (22) 2016 – Luke 14:8-9

Monday, August 22, 2016

The lectionary selections for this week include: Jeremiah 2:4-13 and Psalm 81:1, 10-16Sirach 10:12-18 or Proverbs 25:6-7 and Psalm 112, Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16, Luke 14:1, 7-14.

Luke 14:8-9“When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place.”

I think that a part of our faith practice is keeping ourselves and our egos in proper perspective.  To be sure, this can be difficult.  For me, it helps to remember that we are brothers and sisters given life by one God.

Creator God, keep us humble as we work to serve one another today.  Amen.

Proper 16 (21) 2016 – Luke 13:14

Friday, August 19, 2016

Luke 13:14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the Sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the Sabbath day.”

Time and time again, Jesus demonstrated radical care for those less fortunate.  As people of faith, we are challenged to place our brothers and sisters needs first even when that goes against societal and religious norms.

Creator God, strengthen us so that we may serve one another boldly.  Amen.

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