Archive for September, 2009

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Psalm 8:1-2

From Psalm 8:1-2 – O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

“…out of the mouths of babes…” This passage in which a fortification against foes is built by some of the least among us, reminds us that in God, all is possible.

Prayer:

God of mystery, continue to work through each of us so that we might do amazing things for your kingdom. AMEN.

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Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Psalm 26:11-12

From Psalm 26:11-12 – But as for me, I walk in my integrity; redeem me, and be gracious to me. My foot stands on level ground; in the great congregation I will bless the LORD.

When I read this scripture, I thought of helping someone stand up who has fallen. I take their forearm in my hand, then I plant my feet firmly and evenly on the ground so I won’t slip as they rise up. Similarly, God’s spirit provides a sort of level ground for us so that we can walk truthfully and honestly.

Prayer:

Almighty God, give us strength to meet the challenges of this day. AMEN.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Job 1:1, 2:4

Our scriptures for this week include Job 1:1, 2:1-10; Psalm 26; Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12 and Mark 10:2-16. Alternate passages include Genesis 2:18-24 and Psalm 8.

From Job 1:1, 2:4 – There was once a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. That man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil…Then Satan answered the LORD, “Skin for skin! All that people have they will give to save their lives.

According to Satan’s world view, we are self-centered to a fault, yet in my world, I see people giving of themselves for others every day. God calls us to sacrificial love for one another, and when I look at how my family, friends and coworkers act toward one another, sacrificial love is the rule, not the exception.

Prayer:

Steadfast God, help us be strong people of faith who are always aware of your presence with us. AMEN.

Picture for Proper 22/Ordinary 27 – Genesis 2:19a

So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air…

Ever since this picture was emailed to me, I have wanted to post it. Enjoy!

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 – Mark 9:41

From Mark 9:41 – For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

The passages this week have given us direction on how to interact with one another as people of faith – passing a bit of our spirit to others, praying for one another, being vulnerable to one another. Today’s passage reminds us that living into this responsibility can begin with the simplest of interactions – giving someone a glass of water.

Prayer:

Loving and steadfast God, help us remember that reflecting your presence in us can be accomplished with simple acts of kindness. AMEN.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 – James 5:15-16

From James 5:15-16 – The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise up them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.

In reading this passage today, I am struck that as people of faith we have to allow ourselves to be vulnerable to each other…able to confess our shortcomings to one another as well as to pray with one another.

Prayer:

Almighty God, give us the confidence to be vulnerable to one another. AMEN.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 -James 5:14

From James 5:14 – Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.

The Church Health Center has been led by this scripture for over 22 years now. It calls the church to task in providing for our sick brothers and sisters through both spiritual means (prayer) and physical means (anointing) – healing people in body and spirit using both our bodies and our spirits.

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us be fully present for the people who will come before us today. May we be a healing presence for each of them. AMEN.


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