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Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:44-45

Friday, February 17, 2017 

Matthew 5:44-45But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

Throughout the week, we have been exploring our care for one another.  Our concluding passage for this week reminds us that we are all in this world together…that we are all precious children of God.

Loving God, help us to recognize each person we meet today as our neighbor, as our brother or sister.  Amen.

Seventh Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Leviticus 19:9-10

Monday, February 13, 2017

We explore caring for one another in the passages for the seventh Sunday of Epiphany.  Our passages include: Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18; Psalm 119:33-40; 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23 and Matthew 5:38-48.

Leviticus 19:9-10When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.  You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God.

We are instructed to consider the needs of those less fortunate than we are.  We are further told that what “the poor and the alien” are to get from us is not simply that which misses our harvest buckets but some of the first fruits of our labor.

Gracious God, bless our work offered to others this day.  May all our efforts be our best efforts.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Matthew 5:23-24

Friday, February 10, 2017

Matthew 5:23-24So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.

Following God doesn’t exclude us from quarrelling with one another.  But as brothers and sisters united under God, we are asked to live in reconciling community with each other.  We are to be forgiving people.

Forgiving God, help us to be kinder and gentler to one another.  Help us to forgive each other as you forgive us.  Amen.

Sixth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – 1 Corinthians 3:8-9

Thursday, February 09, 2017

1 Corinthians 3:8-9 –  The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each.  For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

As we enter the last half of this week together, we are reminded that it is our collective work as people of faith that builds God’s Kingdom.  Each of us is precious to God, and each of us is vital to God’s purpose.

Almighty God, help us to build a community where our love for and actions toward one another reflect our love for you.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Psalm 112:5, 9

Thursday, February 2, 2017 

Psalm 112:5, 9 – It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice…They have distributed freely, they have given to the poor; their righteousness endures forever; their horn is exalted in honor.

The Bible is full of references similar to this one regarding the sharing of our material wealth.  Passages like this remind us that all we have is borrowed from God, and that we are to trust God in all our affairs so that we can deal generously with our neighbors.

Loving God, help us to place our trust in you more fully so that we can be more generous people.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Isaiah 58:11-12

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Isaiah 58:11-12The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.  Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of the streets to live in.

These verses bring us full circle.  As we care for one another, we also bring healing to our world.  Each of us becomes a “repairer of the breach” and a “restorer of the streets.”  Wonderful phrases.

Creator God, bless our individual efforts to bring healing to one another.  Multiply our efforts so that our world might also be healed.  Amen.

Fifth Sunday of Epiphany 2017 – Isaiah 58:8

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 

Isaiah 58:8Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the LORD shall be your rearguard.

This verse follows Isaiah’s admonition to “loose the bonds of injustice,” “share bread with the poor” and to “bring the homeless poor into your home.”  We find our healing through helping others heal.  We find our light by helping others’ light shine through.

Almighty God, we ask your blessings as we seek to do your will through the holy work of helping others.  Amen.

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