Posts Tagged 'Proper 26'

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Matthew 23:1-3

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

Matthew 23:1-3Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.

Model Christ. Lead by example. Walk the walk. Or as a friend of mine said recently, “Walk the talk.” These are simple lines that flow from my fingers onto the computer screen. The bar is set high, but we follow a God of abundant grace whose love for us is steadfast.

Prayer: Gracious God, we want to follow you more nearly but we so often fall short. Thank you for your continued confidence in us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – 1 Thessalonians 2:13

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

1 Thessalonians 2:13We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.

There was a church here in Memphis that had an advertisement years ago…I can’t remember the name of the church or pastor, but I know he has passed away. One of his sermon lines in the ad was “God is working his purpose out!” This scripture reminds us that God is at work in each of us.

Prayer: Steadfast God, attune our ears and open our hearts so that we might clearly hear your directions for us. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 107:8, 35-37

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

Psalm 107:8, 35-37Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water. And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in; they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

We often speak of the neighborhood in which the Church Health Center is located as being something less than ideal. YET, with God’s leadership and lots of hard work on the part of many faithful people, an oasis of hope and healing has been created for God’s children.

Prayer: Gracious God, you have blessed us greatly. May we continue to do your will in all that we do. AMEN.

Daily Devotion from the Church Health Center – Psalm 107:1

Monday, October 24, 2011 – Proper 26 & Ordinary 31, Year A

The lectionary passages for this week include: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12. Alternate passages include Micah 3:5-12 and Psalm 43.

Psalm 107:1O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

This is a great verse with which to begin our week in service to God. It reminds us that God’s love for us is unwavering and unfaltering. God loves us more surely than we love ourselves.

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for being resolute in your love for us. Work in us this day to help further your Kingdom. AMEN.

Proper 26/Ordnary 31 – Mark 12:31

From Mark 12:31 – “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

When I was being convinced I needed a Facebook account, a co-worker compared the Facebook experience to the street on which I live. Much might be happening in individual homes, but few people on the block pay attention. It is a sad but true commentary that many of us live as islands within our neighborhoods. People of faith are called to radical hospitality, radical love for neighbors, not indifference.


Gracious God, help us be the neighbors you would have us be. AMEN.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 – Mark 12:28-30

From Mark 12:28-30 – One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that [Jesus] answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’”

Jesus is referring to a passage in Deuteronomy 6. Verses 6-9 in Deuteronomy tell us what we are to do with this commandment: Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. Bind them as a sign on your hand, fix them as an emblem on your forehead, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.


Almighty God, help us to be mindful of your never-ending presence in our lives. AMEN.

Proper 26/Ordinary 31 – Ruth 1:16

From Ruth 1:16 – But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God my God.

This is a wonderful verse on loyalty and friendship. I hope each of you has someone in your life who is your Ruth. If so, thank God for that person today. If not, pray that God sends someone to you.


Loving God, we give thanks today for special friends who love and support us at all times and stand by our sides during those times when adversity is in our lives. AMEN.

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