Archive for October, 2011

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Joshua 24:14-15

Monday, October 31, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

This week the lectionary offers numerous scriptures including: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13. Alternate selections include the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 and Amos 5:18-24 or Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 and Psalm 70.

Joshua 24:14-15“Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him with sincerity and in faithfulness…Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this whom you will…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

I have friends who post the last of this verse at their front door. I always have a sense of comfort as I knock on their doors. If you are like me, you try to serve God at all times but often feel as though your efforts have fallen short

Prayer: Patient God, we come before you as imperfect beings with generally good intentions. Bless and give strength to our households so that we might serve you more completely. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 23:1-3

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

Matthew 23:1-3Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.

Model Christ. Lead by example. Walk the walk. Or as a friend of mine said recently, “Walk the talk.” These are simple lines that flow from my fingers onto the computer screen. The bar is set high, but we follow a God of abundant grace whose love for us is steadfast.

Prayer: Gracious God, we want to follow you more nearly but we so often fall short. Thank you for your continued confidence in us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

1 Thessalonians 2:13We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

There was a church here in Memphis that had an advertisement years ago…I can’t remember the name of the church or pastor, but I know he has passed away. One of his sermon lines in the ad was “God is working his purpose out!” This scripture reminds us that God is at work in each of us.

Prayer: Steadfast God, attune our ears and open our hearts so that we might clearly hear your directions for us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 107:8, 35-37

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

Psalm 107:8, 35-37Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in; they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

We often speak of the neighborhood in which the Church Health Center is located as being something less than ideal. YET, with God’s leadership and lots of hard work on the part of many faithful people, an oasis of hope and healing has been created for God’s children.

Prayer: Gracious God, you have blessed us greatly. May we continue to do your will in all that we do. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 107:1

Monday, October 24, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

The lectionary passages for this week include: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12. Alternate passages include Micah 3:5-12 and Psalm 43.

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

This is a great verse with which to begin our week in service to God. It reminds us that God’s love for us is unwavering and unfaltering. God loves us more surely than we love ourselves.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for being resolute in your love for us. Work in us this day to help further your Kingdom. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 22:39

Friday, October 21, 2011 – Proper 25 & Ordnary 30, Year A

Matthew 22:39“And the second commandment is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

I have lived on my street for over 20 years. Some of my neighbors have been here longer than I have. In reading this familiar verse, I am struck by the fact I barely know most of my neighbors. To be sure, I harbor no ill will toward any of them, but it is hard to love your neighbors, if you don’t make an effort to get to know them.

Prayer: God of Peace, it is easy for us to live under a veil of indifference toward our neighbor. Help open our hearts to one another. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 22:36-38

Thursday, October 20, 2011 – Proper 25 & Ordinary 30, Year A

Matthew 22:36-38“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus said to him, “’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.”

This is certainly one of the most recognized passages in the Bible. ‘Love God with every fiber of your being – 100%.’ I imagine that for most of us, our typical commitment percentage is less than that.

Prayer: Loving God, we give you in part what you ask for in full. Give us the strength to be the servants you want us to be. AMEN.

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