Monthly Archives: July 2015

David’s confession, unity in the Spirit and the Bread of Life

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Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 2 August 2015
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Ordinary Time
Year B
Colour: Green

Really, how you spend your time with Christ is up to you. There are no real rules. What matters is that you are spending time with Christ. (Marshall Shelley)

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 27 July – 2 August  2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a. David takes Bathsheba, pregnant with his child, into his household as one of his wives when news of Uriah’s death/murder arrives. The Lord sends Nathan to rebuke David and to announce a curse upon him and his family. David acknowledges his sin.

Psalm 51:1-12. A psalm sometimes described as David’s confession after the confrontation with Nathan.

Ephesians 4:1-16. The abundant giftedness of the members of the body of Christ is designed by God to build up its unity under Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

John 6:24-35. Jesus announces to the crowd that crossed the sea to catch up with him, “I am the bread of life.”

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Focus: your love…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Focus: your creative energy…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Focus: Your future…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Your financial resources…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God.  Your time…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Your focus…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: “When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died…”  Each day spend a minute picturing Christ giving His life for you and give Him praise.

Confession: Christ has given His life for you, what is He asking you to give to him?  This is a process: each day bring more of your life to God. Your worship…

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week: praying that the world may see Christ lifted up from the earth (His death on the cross) and be drawn by the sacrificial love of God.  Each day pray for a different aspect of life: the lonely, those abandoned by love, people that are embittered, the abused etc. Who will you pray for today?

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: “I will go Lord, where you lead me…”

 

 Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

 

Questions and prayers to explore readings:  

(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

As you read remember the three basic questions:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a. David takes Bathsheba, pregnant with his child, into his household as one of his wives when news of Uriah’s death/murder arrives. The Lord sends Nathan to rebuke David and to announce a curse upon him and his family. David acknowledges his sin.

Prayer in Times of Violence and Fear

Almighty, all-merciful God,
through Christ Jesus you have taught us to love one another,
to love our neighbors as ourselves,
and even to love our enemies.
In times of violence and fear,
let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts,
so that we may not be overcome with evil
but overcome evil with good.
Help us to see each person in light of the love and grace
you have shown us in Christ.
Put away the nightmares of terror
and awaken us to the dawning of your new creation.
Establish among us a future where peace reigns,
justice is done with mercy, and all are reconciled.
We ask these things in the name
and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

~ From a collection of Prayers for Times of National and International Crisis and Tragedy,

Psalm 51:1-12. A psalm sometimes described as David’s confession after the confrontation with Nathan.

 

Prayer (based on Psalm 51)

God of Compassion,
We turn toward you now. We rend our hearts.
Forgive our pride and forgive our insecurities.
Forgive our self-absorption and forgive our self-destruction.
Forgive our doubts and forgive our confidence.
Forgive our longing for attention and forgive our desire to hide.
Forgive each step we take away from you.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God. And renew a right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence. Do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of my salvation, and grant a willing spirit to sustain me.”

~ posted by Joanna Harader on Spacious Faith.

 

Prayer of Petition (inspired by Psalm 51:12)

Restore to us the joy of your salvation, Lord.
May refugees be restored to safety.
May flooded land be restored to fertile ground.
May broken hearts be restored to wholeness.
May fearful lives be restored to peaceful rest.
May compassion fatigue be restored to hopeful perseverance.
Restore to us the joy of your salvation, Lord.
Grant in us a willing spirit to sustain us.
Amen.

~ posted on the Monthly Prayers page of the Christian Aid website.

 

Ephesians 4:1-16. The abundant giftedness of the members of the body of Christ is designed by God to build up its unity under Jesus Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

Prayer for Unity
(John 17:23, Romans 15:5, Ephesians 4:3, 13, Colossians 3:14)

Father of all who live in the Spirit,
you have brought unity through your Son Jesus Christ:
help all who profess his name to show in their lives,
in their worship, and their evangelism
that oneness which springs from the truth
as it is found in Jesus,
and fill your church with the desire
both to seek and find that unity
throughout the world; in his name. Amen.

~ written by Michael Saward.  Posted on The Jubilate Group website.

 

John 6:24-35. Jesus announces to the crowd that crossed the sea to catch up with him, “I am the bread of life.”

 

Gospel Reflection (inspired by John 6:24-35)

Our bellies are full
We are refreshed
Our minds are no longer dulled
By that gnawing ache of hunger
And yet  …we long
There was more that took place on that day
Than just the loaves
…and fishes
what happened was good
…in the way creation was pronounced good
and yet        …we hunger for more
not just the food
that eased our hunger
but there was power in the words that were spoken
power that opened our minds
power that challenged us
and made us see
…a hunger        we had not known
…(Jesus Said)
a hunger from deep within
which now that it has become loosed-
will not be bound again
until it is fed
…(I am)   and nourished
as only God   …(the Bread)
as the Creator of all
…(of life)   ….can do

~ written by Dan Bollerud, and posted on Pastor Dan’s Grace Notes. 

Failure, Nurture and Nourishment

JEEP TRACK NEWLANDS FOREST

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 26 July
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
(Ordinary Time)
Year B
Colour: Green

“Take time to be quiet.” (Zig Ziglar)

Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 20 – 26 July 2015

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Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

2 Samuel 11:1-15.  A king like all the nations, even one “after God’s own heart,” may be thoroughly corrupt. Today we read the saga of King David’s failure to lead his troops into battle, his adultery with Bathsheba, his failure to compensate Uriah for adulterating his wife, and his order to have Uriah placed on the frontlines and abandoned to slaughter.

Psalm 14.  A cry for deliverance from corruption all around and a recognition that only God, and no mere mortal, can provide what is needed.

Ephesians 3:14-21. The lectionary leaves out the preceding verses that make sense of this passage (verses 1-13). The reason that the writer bends the knee before the Father is the revelation of the mystery that God will use the church as the means to make one new humanity out of the two (Gentile and Jew). That is why he prays that they may be “filled with all the fullness of God” — that they may live out the fullness of the calling to which they have been called.

John 6:1-21. John’s version of the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus walking on the water to meet the disciples as they row in vain against wind and waves.

 

Monday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God.  Suggestion: Colour

Confession: What barriers are preventing you from serving God in this world? Each day bring your life to God asking to be set free so that you can respond to his call on your life.  Today’s focus being set free from: Blaming others.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own devotional aids.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Peace (Shalom)

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: birth

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Prejudice.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Care and love.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: variety

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Anger.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Transformation.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

 Thursday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: nature

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: Guilt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Justice.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Friday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: Energy

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: bitterness, unforgiveness.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Equity and fairness.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: Love

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: being overwhelmed and paralyzed.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Mercy and Grace.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

Sunday:

Adoration Focus: Each day focus on a small miracle that will lead you into praising God. Suggestion: God with you

Confession: See Monday’s confession.  Today’s focus: being set free from: hurt.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: Visualise God’s loving reign in our world today and pray that his will may be done in some specific way to express His Kingdom. Today’s focus: Worship and honouring God.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: Lord, set me free that I may respond to your call upon my life and serve you in the day ahead.

 

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

 

Questions and prayers to explore readings:  

(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

As you read remember the three basic questions:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

 2 Samuel 11:1-15.  A king like all the nations, even one “after God’s own heart,” may be thoroughly corrupt. Today we read the saga of King David’s failure to lead his troops into battle, his adultery with Bathsheba, his failure to compensate Uriah for adulterating his wife, and his order to have Uriah placed on the frontlines and abandoned to slaughter.

Prayer (2 Samuel)

David loved Jonathon
yet he wore the uniform of Jonathon’s killer.
David danced for joy in the streets
while Michal bore witness to his drunken excess.
David’s power and status grew
as did his scorn of the blind and the lame.
David wanted to build a temple
thus proving his devotion.
David built a legacy of broken lives
thus proving his culpability.
We are David,
mourning the loss of our love and our innocence.
We are David,
guilty of exploiting those entrusted to our care.
We are David,
unexpected hero and unrepentant scoundrel.
We are David,
we belong to God.  

 ~ written by Katherine Hawker, on Liturgy Outside

 

Psalm 14.  A cry for deliverance from corruption all around and a recognition that only God, and no mere mortal, can provide what is needed.

Prayer  (inspired by Psalm 14)

The foolish say, ‘there is no God.’
We come, trusting in Jesus,

the face, the voice, the presence of the God who loves us.
The scoffers of our age ask, ‘why do you seek after God?’
We come, in this time,

because God’s grace has spilled over in our lives.
The hopeless around us think, ‘no one cares about me.’
We come, in this time, to this place,
because Jesus has found us and brought us home.

~ written by Thom Shuman, and posted on Lectionary Liturgies.

 

Ephesians 3:14-21. The lectionary leaves out the preceding verses that make sense of this passage (verses 1-13). The reason that the writer bends the knee before the Father is the revelation of the mystery that God will use the church as the means to make one new humanity out of the two (Gentile and Jew). That is why he prays that they may be “filled with all the fullness of God” — that they may live out the fullness of the calling to which they have been called.

 

Prayer  (based on Ephesians 3:16-21, The Message)

I ask God to strengthen you by the power of the Spirit—
not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—
that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in.

And I ask God that
with both feet planted firmly on love
you’ll be able to take in with all Christians
the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love.

Reach out and experience the breadth!
Test its length!
Plumb the depths!
Rise to the heights!
Live full lives—full in the fullness of God.

God can do anything, you know—
far more than you could ever imagine or guess
or request in your wildest dreams!
Not by pushing us around
but by working within us,
through the power of God’s Spirit.

All glory to the God of Creation!
All glory to the Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
And all glory to the Spirit of God, at work among us and within us!
Go in the love of God!

Amen.

 

John 6:1-21. John’s version of the feeding of the 5000 and Jesus walking on the water to meet the disciples as they row in vain against wind and waves.

Prayer   (inspired by Matthew 14:15-21, Mark 6:35-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-15)

 

Five loaves and two fish are never enough until you start giving it away.

Dear God,

Remind me to
share
whatever
is in my basket
today.
You will do the rest.
Amen.

~ written by Rev. Karla Miller, and posted on A Place for Prayer

              

Hospitality and Reconciliation

HOSPITALITY

Yearly Rhythm

Sunday 19th July
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
(Ordinary Time)
Year B
Colour: Green

“And so the meaning of our lives is not dependent upon what we make of it but of what he is making of us.”
Emily P Freeman

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Daily Rhythm

Making worship part of the everyday

Devotional Diary 13 – 19 July 2015

DOWNLOAD THE DEVOTIONAL DIARY AND COMMENTS AS A PDF HERE!

Readings for this week with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org:

2 Samuel 7: 1-14a.  David tells Nathan his intentions to build a permanent house for the God of Israel, and Nathan initially approves. That night, God tells Nathan that David is not to build a house for God, but that God will build a house (dynasty) for David.

Psalm 89:20-37. A poetic, musical version of God’s promise/covenant to establish David’s throne.

Ephesians 2:11-22.  God intends to enact reconciliation through the church by bringing divided humanity (Jews and Gentiles) into one new humanity in Jesus Christ.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. Another “story within a story,” but this week’s reading skips the “inner story.” The story of the disciples’ return from their mission (last week) and continuation in ministry with Jesus is “interrupted” by the feeding of the 5000.

Monday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your past.

The Word:  See readings above or use your own devotional aid.

Seeking the Kingdom

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones.   Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers: (Use this section to list people you need to pray for or situations of personal concern that you need to bring before God in prayer)

            Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Tuesday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day. Today’s Focus: Your present.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal Prayers:

            Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Wednesday: 

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your future.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Thursday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your family.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones.  Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Friday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care.  Today’s Focus: Your friends.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

           Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Saturday:

Adoration Focus: “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your country.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Sunday:

Adoration Focus:  “Praise Him, praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime, Praise Him, Praise Him, praise him till the break of day.”  Each day praise God for something specific. Carry that praise in your heart through the day.   Reflect on how that changes your day.

Confession: “Lord, I cast all my cares onto you…”  What care do you need to lift to God today?  Reflect on what God does for you when you lift up that specific care. Today’s Focus: Your world.

The Word:

Seeking the Kingdom:

Shared Focus: This week we pray for loved ones. Each day pray for a specific person as you are prompted.

Personal prayers:

            Dedication: “Let your Spirit rise within me.”

Weekly Rhythm

Joining our stories with the stories of God’s people.

Questions and prayers to explore readings:

(Notes in italics are with thanks to www.umcdiscipleship.org.)

 As you read remember the three basic questions:
What does the passage say?
What does the passage mean?
How does it apply to my life?

 2 Samuel 7: 1-14a.  David tells Nathan his intentions to build a permanent house for the God of Israel, and Nathan initially approves. That night, God tells Nathan that David is not to build a house for God, but that God will build a house (dynasty) for David.

Sometimes now is not the right moment for a good idea.  Can you think of an example of this?  What attitude does this kind of situation require from us?

Psalm 89:20-37. A poetic, musical version of God’s promise/covenant to establish David’s throne.

If this psalm were about you, how would it tell your story?


Prayer: The life of David

O God,
sustain us in the complexity of our humanity as you sustained David–
playing the harp of youth,
throwing stones at giant problems,
loving our friends beyond wisdom,
dancing worship,
mourning children,
breaking our hearts in psalms, and
longing for warmth in our old bones. Amen.

~ from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers
© 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress.
Posted on Thematic, Intercessory and Scripture Prayers for the RCL, Vanderbilt Divinity Library.

 

Prayer (based on Psalm 89)

Happy are we who hear the joyful call to worship,
for we walk in the light of God’s presence!
Let’s worship God together—
celebrating who he is and all that he has done!
For God is our strength and our protection,
the One in whom we trust.

~ by Christine Lindquist http://re-worship.blogspot.ca

Ephesians 2:11-22.  God intends to enact reconciliation through the church by bringing divided humanity (Jews and Gentiles) into one, new humanity in Jesus Christ.

Prayer to be a reconciler

God, we are aliens and sojourners in this world,
but you invite us to be your guests.
You lavishly offer us your hospitality
and lovingly welcome us into your family,
You invite us to share in the abundance of your kingdom.

God, you have shown us that providing hospitality to strangers
opens a doorway into the Kingdom of God.
Remind us that when we offer hospitality to others,
we are receiving Christ into our midst and so fulfilling the law of love.

We open our hearts to embrace the stranger, the friend, the rich, and the poor,
We open our lives to offer a generous heart toward all.

~ adapted from A Litany of Hospitality written by Christine Sine.   

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. Another “story within a story,” but this week’s reading skips the “inner story.” The story of the disciples’ return from their mission (last week) and continuation in ministry with Jesus is “interrupted” by the feeding of the 5000.

Jesus is interrupted, what guides him in his response? 

How does his mission continue in the face of demands and pressure? 

Prayer
“And he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd….” Mark 6:34

Compassionate God,
You have compassion enough for all.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Jesus, out of your compassion for us,
you invite us to come away with you
to a place of rest and quiet.
Help us to say yes and then
to be able to come away with you.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Lord, out of your compassion you care for
Those who are harassed, helpless, and
Lost. Sometimes we feel that way ourselves
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

Lord in your compassion teach us to follow you,
to trust you, to love you and to love as you love.
Lord in your compassion feed us who are hungry;
Physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Lord in your compassion heal us in the places we need healed.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

And Lord in your having compassion for us
Teach us to have compassion for others as you do.
Help us to show compassion in action the way you did.
And remind us when it is time to come away with you
for quiet and rest.
Lord in your mercy,
Have compassion for us.

~ written by Rev. Abi and posted on her Long and Winding Road blog.