Posts Tagged 'Ordinary 21'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 16:15-18

Friday, August 19, 2011 – Proper 16 & Ordinary 21 Year A

Matthew 16:15-18Jesus said to his disciples, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

Abram became Abraham. Jacob became Israel. And now Simon becomes Peter (petra is Greek for rock). Transformational moments in the faith life of these leaders is marked by change…identity change…name change…responsibility change. Our faith should change us in such a way as to transform our identity, too.

Prayer: Almighty God, help us find our calling, and then help us live into that vision. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Romans 12:1

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 – Proper 16 & Ordinary 21, Year A

Romans 12:1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

I think Romans 12 is my favorite chapter, and this verse makes a clear connection between faith and health. Our bodies, not just our minds, are to be offered in service to God.

Prayer: Gracious God, be with us each and every day as we try to be your hands and feet here on earth. AMEN.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 – John 6:64-67

From John 6:64-67 – Jesus is speaking: “But among you there are some who do not believe…” And he said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?”

Decision points in life. That is what this passage made me think about today. Those times in life we come to a fork in the road and we can’t take both routes. Do we evaluate each route through the lens of our faith and choose accordingly?

Prayer:

Gracious God, help us remember you are our ever-present guide on the road of life. AMEN.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 – Ephesians 6:13

From Ephesians 6:13 – Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

This is the introduction to another of my favorite passages in the Bible. Paul admonishes us to put on truth, righteousness, peace faith salvation and the Spirit. He then tells us to pray.

Prayer:

Almighty God, clothe us in your armor so that we might be the people you would have us be. AMEN.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 – 1 Kings 8:41, 43a

Continuing with Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 8:41, 43a – Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name…then hear in heaven your dwelling place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel…

Solomon then turns his attention to all those who will come to know God beyond the people of Israel, including us! Many of us will have foreigners come before us this day. If the person is not a literal foreigner, than we will come into the presence of someone who feels as though they are a foreigner in their family, town or workplace. Consider their spoken and unspoken prayers today.

Prayer, once again:

Hear our prayer, O Lord,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.
Incline Thine ear to us,
And grant us Thy peace. AMEN.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 – 1 Kings 8:30

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. There are some very familiar passages tucked away in the lectionary readings for this week, so I hope you enjoy the exploration this week. The lectionary selections include: 1 Kings 8:(1,6,10-11), 22-30, 41-43; Psalm 84; Ephesians 6:10-20 and John 6:56-69. Alternate selections include Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18 and Psalm 34:15-22.

Solomon has just brought the ark of the covenant into the Temple, and he offers a prayer to God. We join the prayer as recorded in 1 Kings 8:30 – Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling place; heed and forgive.

‘Hear and give heed to the prayers of your people,’ Solomon asks God. Consider the number of people who will come before you today, and consider their spoken and unspoken prayers.

Prayer from an old and favorite tune by George Whelpton:

Hear our prayer, O Lord,
Hear our prayer, O Lord.
Incline Thine ear to us,
And grant us Thy peace. AMEN.

Proper 16/Ordinary 21 – 1 Kings 8:11b

I have enjoyed both of my visits to this wonderful house of the Lord.

…for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.


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