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Fourth Sunday of Advent 2015 – Micah 5:4-5

Friday, December 18, 2015 

Micah 5:4-5 – And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.  And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

We are nearing the end of this season of anticipation when we are asked to imagine God’s incarnate presence among us.  In these confusing and complicated times when many of God’s children do not feel safe, we are reminded in these verses that ultimately we are promised security and peace.

God of all of us, come dwell among us.  Bring us the peace that comes through your palpable presence in our lives.  Amen.

Proper 18/Ordinary 23 2015 – Proverbs 22:2

Monday, August 31, 2015

Our lectionary selections for this week will encourage us to consider how we should act toward one another.  The passages for this week include: Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23 and Psalm 125, Isaiah 35:4-7a and Psalm 146, James 2:1-10, (11-13), 14-17, and Mark 7:24-37.

Proverbs 22:2The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD is the maker of them all.

We begin our week of study together being reminded that as children of God, we are relatives of one another; we are brothers and sisters.

Almighty God, help us to recognize everyone around us as miracles of your ongoing creative presence.  Amen.

Proper 6/Ordinary 11 2015 – 1 Samuel 15:35

Monday, June 8, 2015

Samuel anoints David, we read of the mighty cedars of Lebanon and Jesus teaches about mustard seeds in the lectionary selections for this week which include: 1 Samuel 15:34 – 6:13 and Psalm 20, Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17, and Mark 4:26-34.

1 Samuel 15:35Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD was sorry that he had made Saul king over Israel.

The Israelites demanded a king.  God asked Samuel to warn them about the dangers of being king-led over being God-led, but the people persisted in their desire.  God’s pain over their decision mimics that of many parents of older children who eventually have to allow their children to grow by making their own mistakes.

Parent God, thank you for the free will you give us and for the love that continues even when we choose foolishly.  Amen.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 1:9a

Thursday, November 24, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year A

1 Corinthians 1:9aGod is faithful.

This passage is certainly short and simple, but isn’t it powerful? God is loyal, devoted and trustworthy. God is dependable and dedicated. God is true and authentic.

Prayer: Steadfast God, on this Thanksgiving Day, we pause to give thanks for the many blessings you have bestowed on us…blessings of family, friends and food, too. We give you thanks for your constant presence and we ask for you to continue nudging us into the people you would have us be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Corinthians 1:3-4

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 First Sunday of Advent, Year B

1 Corinthians 1:3-4Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus…

It is a scripture for Advent, but knowing that many are reading this before Thanksgiving, I felt it was an appropriate passage for this morning. “I give thanks to my God ALWAYS for you,” are Paul’s words. Today, take a moment and consider the people in your life for whom you are thankful.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for bringing faithful people in our lives. May we continue to see you reflected in their faces. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Isaiah 64:8

Monday, November 21, 2011 – First Sunday of Advent, Year B

Sunday will herald the beginning of Advent. Advent is a time of great anticipation both of Christ’s birth and Christ’s eventual return. For the first Sunday of Advent the lectionary texts include: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 and Mark 13:24-37.

Isaiah 64:8Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

I love the imagery of God as potter and us as clay. But unlike a potter spinning a pot, our role in the design is not passive. We listen for God and seek to live into the plan God has for us.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us to be better seekers of your will so that we might be the people you want us to be. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:34-36, 40

Thursday, November 17, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Matthew 25:34-36, 40Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

All of us are members of God’s family. God is mysteriously yet intricately woven into each of us so that by serving each other, we are also serving God.

Prayer: Ever-present God, keep us mindful that your children surround us. Help us act toward them as we would act toward you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ephesians 1:15-16

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

Ephesians 1:15-16I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers.

The Apostle Paul reminds us in this passage that in addition to giving thanks to God, we need to give thanks for each other. Take a moment today to remember those special people in your life whether they be family, friends, coworkers or maybe even strangers in whom you see God’s presence.

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for letting us see your light shining through people around us each day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Ezekiel 34:11-12

Monday, November 14, 2011 – Proper 29 & Ordinary 34, Year A

This coming Sunday is the last Sunday of the liturgical year. The lectionary selections for this week (Proper 29/Ordinary 34) include: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Ephesians 1:15-23 and Matthew 25:31-46. An alternative selection is Psalm 95:1-7a.

Ezekiel 34:11-12For thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

This is a trying time of year for me. As the temperature drops, my hands start to hurt more. With the shorter days, it is also always dark when I leave for home at the end of the work day. It is easy for me to feel frustrated, even sad, yet this scripture reminds me of God’s steadfast presence in my life as the watchful shepherd.

Prayer: Steadfast God, help us to feel your presence in both the light of day and the dark of night. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friday, November 11, 2011 – Proper 28 & Ordinary 33, Year A

1 Thessalonians 5:11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.

Earlier in the week, we were reminded that God is our dwelling place. We are all in this place together. My faith walk criss crosses with your faith walk. We should support, not hinder, one another.

Prayer: Loving God, though we may sing from different hymnals and read different writings, you are the One all of us seek. Help us to help each other. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – Proper 28 & Ordinary 33, Year A

1 Thessalonians 5:1-2Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

Will the Lord come as a thief in the night? Will the Lord return when least expected? Maybe so. We live in an “in between” time, and I think the scriptures this week are telling us that how we spend this time matters.

Prayer: Merciful God, help us find the part of our story that is authored by you. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Judges 4:1-3

Monday, November 7, 2011 – Proper 28 & Ordinary 33, Year A

The lectionary for this week offers several difficult passages including: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 and Matthew 25:14-30. Alternate passages include Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18 and Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12.

Judges 4:1-3The Israelites again did what was evil in the site of the LORD, after Ehud died. So the LORD sold them into the hand of King Jabin of Canaan, who reigned in Hazor; the commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-ha-goiim. Then the Israelites cried out to the LORD for help; for he had nine hundred chariots of iron, and had oppressed the Israelites cruelly for twenty years.

I must admit that I have a hard time visualizing a God who would send me, much less a whole nation, into slavery as punishment. With that said, I do believe that God is ultimately in control despite not understanding what the phrase “God is in control!” fully means.

Prayer: God of Mystery, your power astounds and humbles us. Help us to better sense your steadfast presence in our lives so that we might know your will more completely. AMEN.

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