Posts Tagged 'Proper 18'

The Church Health Center Turns 27 This Week – Matthew 18:19-20

Wednesday, September 4, 2014

Matthew 18:19-20“Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

The Church Health Center opened this week in 1987 with a handful of employees.  27 years later, you can attribute our success to good, faithful people at all levels of the organization gathering daily in common support of its mission…and God’s constant presence in our collective effort.

Gracious God, thank you for the ministry of the Church Health Center and for your constant presence in all of our lives.  Amen.

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Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 149:1-3

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 – Proper 18 & Ordinary 23, Year A

Psalm 149:1-3Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. Let Israel be glad in its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

My outward expressions of Christian faith tend to be subdued. But my job offers me opportunities to participate in other settings where the worship experiences include many opportunities for joyful praise. I generally leave such services blessed to have been in the presence of so many people who through outstretched hands and shouts of “Praise God” and “Amen” were able to create a new song in my heart.

Prayer: Glorious God, we praise you in many languages and in many styles. My all our voices be pleasing to you today and every day. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Exodus 12:3, 6-7, 13

Monday, August 29, 2011 – Proper 18 & Ordinary 23, Year A

The lectionary passages for this week include Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14 and Matthew 18:15-20. Alternate passages include Ezekiel 33:7-11 and Psalm 119:33-40.

The LORD is speaking to Moses and Aaron in Exodus 12:3, 6-7, 13Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; when I see blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

I have friends who post Joshua 24:15b outside their front door. It reads, “…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” It is a visible way of telling all who are about to enter that people of faith live here. Thinking of these two passages got me thinking about the other ways we mark ourselves as people of faith. Our faith should change us in both remarkable and visible ways.

Prayer: Gracious God, may our faith shine a light on each person who comes before us this day. AMEN.

Proper 18/Ordinary 23 – Mark 7:32-33, 35

From Mark 7:32-33, 35 – They brought to [Jesus] a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue…And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released and he spoke plainly.

I was sitting in a restaurant the other day, and a woman with a cleft palate was talking loudly on the phone in the booth next to me. I was annoyed at her thinking she should talk more softly in public since she had a speech impediment. It wasn’t until I read this passage that I realized that maybe she had a hearing problem, too.

Prayer:

Understanding God, help us be more patient with one another. Help us consider what it might be like to walk one another’s shoes. AMEN.

Proper 18/Ordinary 23 – James 2:15-17

From James 2:15-17 – If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

The passage today reminds us that we are called to a faith that should transform us (Romans 12) and keep us mindful of the needs of those around us (Matthew 25). We are admonished to be healing presences to those around us.

Prayer:

Steadfast God, open our eyes so that we can see the help our neighbors need. AMEN.

Proper 18/Ordinary 23 – Psalm 146:8

From Psalm 146:8 – The LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous.

When I help a frail person walk, I often hold their arm and place one hand behind their back for the additional support it provides. The scripture this morning gives me an image of God doing the same thing for me.

Prayer:

Loving God, thank you for the steadfast and supportive presence you give each of us. AMEN.

Proper 18/Ordinary 23 – Isaiah 35:3-6a

From Isaiah 35:4-6a – Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come to save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongues of the speechless sing for joy.

How are faith and health connected? In this scripture, the presence of God is linked to physical healing – the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame leap and the mute sing.

Prayer:

Almighty God, may those who come before us this day sense your presence in us so that we might be a source of healing for them. AMEN.


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