Archive for May, 2013

Daily Devotion for the Church Health Center – Luke 7:2-5

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Proper 4/Ordinary 9, Year C

Luke 7:2-5A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.”

In ancient Rome, centurions commanded about 100 men, and they received their leadership position based on their skill and strength displayed on the battlefield as infantrymen. We are reminded this morning that we can learn from the faith of many, even the most unlikely among us.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to see the light of faith in each person we meet today. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Galatians 1:10

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Proper 4/Ordinary 9, Year C

Galatians 1:10Am I now seeking human approval, or God’s approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Paul is imploring the Galatians to continue following the teachings of Jesus as he taught them. This passage reminds us that doing what is right…following your faith genuinely…is often difficult.

Prayer: Loving God, help us to be mindful of your will in all we do. Amen.

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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 – Proper 4/Ordinary 9, Year C

Galatians 1:1-2Paul an apostle – sent neither by human commission nor from human authorities, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead – and all the members of God’s family who are with me, To the churches of Galatia…

Paul was clear of his calling, and he made sure the Galatians knew it. While we may not be able to affirm this as clearly as Paul does in his letter with everyone we meet in a day, it challenges us to let people know of our calling through our actions toward them.

Prayer: Loving God, help us be a light for you to everyone we meet today. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 96:1-3

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – Proper 4 – Ordinary 9, Year C

Great acts of faith are found in the passages for this coming Sunday. The lectionary selections include 1 Kings 18:20-39, Psalm 96, Galatians 1:1-12 and Luke 7:1-10. An alternative passage is 1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43.

Psalm 96:1-3O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.

We are reminded by this passage that being a person of faith is not a passive activity. We are to witness to God’s activity in our life on a daily basis, “singing” to all the earth.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us to be better witnesses to your active presence in our lives each day. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – John 16:12-13

Friday, May 24, 2013 – Trinity Sunday, Year C

John 16:12-13“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.”

I enjoy guided tours. Guides provide the nuance, the subtlety, the stories behind the stories, the secrets you otherwise would not know. With the Holy Spirit as your life-guide, enjoy digging deeply into the mystery that is life.

Prayer: Gracious God, keep us attuned to your Holy Spirit this and every day. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 8:3-6, 8

Thursday, May 23, 2013 – Trinity Sunday, Year C

Psalm 8:3-6, 8When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet…the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

This passage reminds us that we are the caretakers of God’s creation. While we may differ in our opinions on global warming or pipelines carrying oil from Canada, we can’t deny our responsibility to care for our planet.

Prayer: Creator God, we ask a special blessing this day for the birds of air and the creatures of the sea. Grant us wisdom as we seek to care for your creation. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Chuch Health Center – Romans 5:3-5

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 – Trinity Sunday, Year C

Romans 5:3-5And not only that, be we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Whenever I pray over a prayer shawl, I ask that the person receiving it see it as a tangible reminder of God’s unending presence in their life. While prayer shawls may not reduce pain levels, remaining connected to God in the midst of suffering can instill hope, as this passage reminds us.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you this day for your healing presence in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 8:1-2

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – Trinity Sunday, Year C

Psalm 8:1-2O 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.

If God can create a fortification out of the mouths of babes and infants, imagine what God can do through you. Better yet, imagine what God is already doing through us as we work together as people of faith.

Prayer: Almighty God, bless our individual and collective actions this day to your glory. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Proverbs 8:1-4

Monday, May 20, 2013 – Trinity Sunday, Year C

The first Sunday following Pentecost is known as Trinity Sunday. Scriptures for this week include: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5:1-5 and John 16:12-15.

Proverbs 8:1-4Does not wisdom call, and does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights, beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries out: “To you, O people, I call, and my cry is to all that live.”

Our week begins with a plea that we seek wisdom. As you begin your journey toward Trinity Sunday, pray for the knowledge, the understanding, the perception and the good judgment that comes with wisdom.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us be seekers of wisdom this and every day. Amen.

Picture for Trinity Sunday, 2013

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I noticed the three petals within three petals of this amaryllis in my neighbor’s yard.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013 – Pentecost Sunday, Year C

Acts 2:16-18 – [Onlookers are commenting on the different languages being spoken in their midst and thinking that the people are drunk. Peter rises to correct them saying:] “No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.’”

Dr. Morris once said, “The Church Health Center is a testament to what can be done when everyone does their part.” Working together as the Spirit leads us individually and communally, we have changed thousands of lives since first opening in 1987.

Prayer: Almighty God, for all your wonderful works, we thank you. Continue to use us so that we can keep building your kingdom on earth. Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Acts 2:1-4

Thursday, May 16, 2013 – Pentecost Sunday, Year C

Acts 2:1-4When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

In my personal experience the Holy Spirit has been more subtle than it was on the day of Pentecost. With that said, I never cease to be awed by the Holy Spirit’s power to move individuals and their communities of faith beyond their preconceived limits of service.

Prayer: Loving God, help us sense your Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Amen.


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