Archive for September, 2015

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 2015 – Mark 10:13-14

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 

Mark 10:13-14 – People were bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them.  But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.” 

You don’t have to be Biblical scholar to know that children are important to God.  Our preschool here at Church Health is named Perea, because it was in the region of Perea, the territory beyond the Jordan River, where Jesus spoke these familiar words.

Loving God, keep us mindful of how important children are to you.  Bless them, and help us be blessings to them.  Amen.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 2015 – Psalm 8:3-5

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Psalm 8:3-5 – When 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?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.  

There was a blood moon over the weekend which has provided beautifully unique views of God’s heavens.  Take time today to marvel at God’s creation around you, and be reminded that part of our role is to be the caretakers of this creation.

Creator God, help us to understand your creation and our intimate connections to it so that we can preserve that which you have made.  Amen.

Proper 22/Ordinary 27 2015 – Psalm 26:1

Monday, September 28, 2015 

A rich collection of scriptures are offered for our consideration this week.  Remaining faithful to God during times of hardship is a major theme of the scriptures.  We are also reminded of how precious children are to God.  Passages include: Job 1:1, 2:1-10 and Psalm 26, Genesis 2:18-24 and Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12, and Mark 10:2-16. 

Psalm 26:1 – Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. 

I don’t know about you, but trusting the Lord without wavering has been a challenge in my life from time to time.  But even though I have pressed the pause button on my conversation with God at times in my life, I have always returned finding the ongoing connection to God healing.

Almighty God, give us the courage to trust you even when it is hard to sense your presence in our lives.  Amen.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 2015 – Mark 9:49-50

Friday, September 25, 2015

Mark 9:49-50“For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good; but if salt has lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

We advise people to watch their salt intake everyday at the Church Health Center.  In the right proportions, salt makes a significant difference in taste.  For instance, just compare salted to unsalted butter.  Our faith should make us noticeably different to those around us.

Awesome God, mold us into the distinctive people you want us to be.  Amen.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 2015 – James 5:15-16

Thursday, September 24, 2015

James 5:15-16The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise 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.

As people of faith, we are to be advocates for one another.  We are to live together in ways that allow us to unburden our souls to one another and to accept the prayers offered on our behalf.

Loving God, help us to be faithful, healing presences to one another.  Amen.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 2015 – James 5:14

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 

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 celebrated its 28th anniversary on September 1, and this passage has pointed us to the core of our mission that entire time.  Our mission is to engage congregations in healing ministries, from helping them to create substantive health ministries for their people to having them support our ministry through contributions and volunteers.

Creator God, continue to pour your blessings upon the Church Health Center and all ministries that seek to heal your people.  Amen.

Proper 21/Ordinary 26 2015 – James 5:13

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 

James 5:13 – Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 

For people of faith, this passage clearly sets an expectation that we are to offer prayer and praise as an integral part of our overall practice of faith.  In my experience, the prayer warriors around me are also the people who are first to give God the glory.

Almighty God, work within us so that our faith is always growing deeper.  Hear our prayers and hear our praises.  Amen.

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