Archive for September, 2011

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Philippians 2:3-4

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, Year A

Philippians 2:3-4Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.

The earliest Christians lived in radical community with one another, sharing financial and agricultural wealth so that all could live. How such an intentional community would look today is difficult to envision, but what if we started doing something as simple as giving up one $3 cup of coffee each day and making that savings work for God?

Prayer: God of all, you ask us to simply love our neighbors as ourselves. In our decisions today and every day, keep us mindful of the interests and needs of others. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Chuch Health Center – Philippians 2:1-2

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 – Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, Year A

Philippians 2:1-2If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

I see Paul asking us, as people of faith, to work together. Despite the differences between us, Paul is beckoning us to focus on those things which unite us, caring for the sick and those less fortunate as two examples.

Prayer: Creator God, help us find the common threads between us so that we may build the kingdom here on Earth you would have. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 17:5-6

Monday, September 19, 2011 – Proper 21 & Ordinary 26, Year A

The lectionary selections for this week include Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13 and Matthew 21:23-32. Alternate passages include Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 and Psalm 25:1-9.

Exodus 17:5-6The LORD said to Moses, “Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.” Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel.

God provides. It is a simple sentence, yet it is one shrouded in much mystery. I imagine few of us will have such a dramatic example as that offered the Israelites in today’s scripture, but I do hope each of us will be able to sense God’s active presence in our lives.

Prayer: Provider God, help us to sense your presence in our lives. May we be instruments of your provisions to others in our work today. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Philippians 1:21

Friday, September 16, 2011 – Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, Year A

Philippians 1:21For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you.

Paul’s reason for living is to help his fellow believers as they grow in their understanding of God. We cannot live individually as if islands. We are born of one God, and we must care for each other as the family members we are.

Prayer: Gracious God, we have independent spirits, but you remind us of our dependence on you and on each other. Help us serve one another. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 145:8

Thursday, September 15, 2011 – Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, Year A

Psalm 145:8The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

Remember Jesus’ directive in scripture to forgive someone who has sinned against you not seven times but seventy seven times (Matthew 18:21-22)? We are asked to treat one another as God treats us – with mercy, patience and love.

Prayer: Loving God, your generosity toward us is often unmerited. Help us treat one another as the brothers and sisters we are and not as if we are strangers. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Jonah 4:9-11

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 – Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, Year A

Jonah 4:9-11But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals.

Jonah was angry at God for not bringing “calamity” on Nineveh. He was also angry at God for destroying the bush that was sheltering him. God shows his compassion for and his patience with all creation…from lilies of the field to each one of us.

Prayer: Patient God, we struggle to offer patience to each other. Help us model the patience you willingly offer us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 105:1-2

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 – Proper 20 & Ordinary 25, Year A

Psalm 105:1-2O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wonderful works.

I believe our actions should be an outward expression of our faith. This scripture reminds us that we should also TELL others how we see God active in the world.

Prayer: Ever-present God, we witness your creative presence each day. Help us share that witness with others. AMEN.

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