Posts Tagged 'Ordinary 32'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 25:13

Friday, November 4, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

Matthew 25:13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

Would I recognize Christ standing in front of me today? This question haunts me, because unless Christ looked like the person in the picture that hung on my Sunday school wall, I doubt I would. Consider for a moment our world if all of us treated each other as though we were God incarnate.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us in our daily walk with you to remember that we are joined in our walk by a host of others in the world also struggling to walk faithfully. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Amos 5:23-24

Thursday, November 3, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

Amos 5:23-24Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Worship and praise obviously have a place in our ongoing relationship with God, but this passage reminds us that our faith should make us different. To the point of these verses, our faith should cause us to be seekers and doers of justice.

Prayer: God of Justice, help us act in ways that are pleasing to you and helpful to the larger community of our brothers and sisters. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-13

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

From the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-13Wisdom is radiant and unfading, and she is easily discerned by those who love her, and is found by those who seek her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her.

I have never been part of a tradition that utilizes the apocrypha, but I have Roman Catholic friends who would be familiar with this passage. I was drawn to the idea in this passage that finding wisdom can be as simple as seeking it.

Prayer: God of our beginning and our end, help us be better seekers of your will. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 78:1-4

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

Psalm 78:1-4Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

While November 2012 seems a long way off, the race for President has already begun. Election season is a time when arrows are flung and promises abound. It is a time when it is easy to forget that regardless of the outcome, God will still be ultimately in charge, as has been the case from the beginning of time.

Prayer: God of Promise, you have remained steadfast throughout time. Help us remember you will be with us for all of our tomorrows. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Joshua 24:14-15

Monday, October 31, 2011 – Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, Year A

This week the lectionary offers numerous scriptures including: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25; Psalm 78:1-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13. Alternate selections include the apocryphal Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 and Amos 5:18-24 or Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 and Psalm 70.

Joshua 24:14-15“Now therefore revere the LORD, and serve him with sincerity and in faithfulness…Now if you are unwilling to serve the LORD, choose this whom you will…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

I have friends who post the last of this verse at their front door. I always have a sense of comfort as I knock on their doors. If you are like me, you try to serve God at all times but often feel as though your efforts have fallen short

Prayer: Patient God, we come before you as imperfect beings with generally good intentions. Bless and give strength to our households so that we might serve you more completely. AMEN.

Thought & Prayer for Proper 27 & Ordinary 32, 2010 – Psalm 98:1a, 4

For the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost, the lectionary offers the following passages: Haggai 1:15b-2-9; Psalm 145:1-5, 17-21 or Psalm 98; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 and Luke 20:27-38. Alternate passages include Job 19:23-27a and Psalm 17:1-9.

Psalm 98:1a, 4O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things…Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises.

This passage reminds me a common scene that has been shared among several Broadway musicals I have seen. One person begins to sing, and during their solo, they get a new outlook on life. This changes their song, often to one of hope and optimism. Their change transforms the cast who then join the soloist on stage and joyfully sing this new song.

Prayer: Gracious God, help us shine your light toward others so that they might join us in a new song of life. AMEN.

Proper 27/Ordinary 32 – Mark 12:42-44

From Mark 12:42-44 – A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny. Then [Jesus] called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

This has been an interesting week in the scriptures where we are challenged to a radical trust in God – placing God first, especially in our most vulnerable moments. May each of us find the strength to stand firm in our trust of you if we are called to such trials.


Gracious God, you are our strength. Help us sense your unending presence in our lives so that we might be the faithful disciples you would have us be. AMEN.

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