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Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Colossians 3:9-11

Colossians 3:9-11Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

Our faith transforms us in different ways, but that very faith draws us together, too. Faith connects us to one another, but is also connects to both our ancestors and to those who will come after us.

Prayer: Everlasting God, help us live lives that always speak to our faith in you. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Colossians 3:1-3

Colossians 3:1-3So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Paul speaks of our faith as transforming our lives, and that as people of faith we have a different set of priorities. Consider this day how your faith has changed you and those parts of your life where you are resisting this change?

Prayer: Steadfast God, bless our journey toward a fuller understanding of your will for us. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Ecclesiastes 2:18-19

Ecclesiastes 2:18-19 I hated all my toil in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to those who come after me – and who knows whether they will be wise or foolish? Yet they will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity.

We don’t serve God alone but in a web of relationships that extends from those who came before us to those who follow us. Part of our faith journey is trusting that our successors will listen for God’s voice as we have.

Prayer: Almighty God, grant that our ears might hear you speaking to us and that our hearts might better understand your will. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9

Psalm 107:4-5, 8-9Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them… Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.

This passage speaks of soul care. It reminds us that while taking care of physical needs, our spiritual needs are also buoyed up. Faith and health are intricately joined.

Prayer: Gracious God, give us this day our daily bread and help our spirits soar. AMEN.

Basic Hungers – An article on

Susan Palwick is a regular contributor to, and this is her latest article reflecting on her experiences as a volunteer chaplain.

Psalm 107:5…hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 13 & Ordinary 18, 2010 – Hosea 11:2, 8

This week we are reminded of the steadfast love of God, and we are asked to keep our lives focused on those priorities which please God and build up the kingdom. Lectionary selections for this week include: Hosea 11:1-11; Psalm 107:1-9, 43; Colossians 3:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21. Alternate selections include Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 and Psalm 49:1-12.

Hosea 11:2, 8The more I called them, the more they went from me; they kept sacrificing to the Baals, and offering incense to idols…How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me; my compassion grows warm and tender.

God is very disappointed in the people of Israel. In fact, God laments their infidelity, their sin, their worship of other gods, throughout Hosea. But here we once again see assurance of God’s steadfast love for us.

Prayer from Psalm 107:1: O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 12 & Ordinary 17, 2010 – Luke 11:9-10

Luke 11:9-10“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

After teaching the disciples to pray, Jesus assures the disciples that the journey of faith is a worthwhile one. God listens. God answers.

Prayer: Almighty God, thank you for your steadfast presence in our lives and the gentle nudges when we veer off course. AMEN.

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