Reflections for Monday June 22, 2020
Everlasting God, encourage and guide us as we continue to find ways to you. May your Holy Spirit guide us with wisdom in all whom we encounter, the situations that arise. We give you thanks for the gift of grace which is so richly given through your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Read Psalm 108
Psalm 108 was referred to as the warrior’s morning song by Charles Spurgeon a Baptist preacher who lived in the 1800’s. The psalm starts off with adoration of God as if strengthening the reader for the conflicts of the day. Parts of the psalm appear in other psalms. The first five verses are like Psalm 57: 7-11. From verse six to thirteen of Psalm 108 is almost identical to Psalm 60: 5-12. Psalm 108 is a prime example of how we can use scripture for prayers and praise. You can feel David’s joy and thankfulness for God in the opening verses. O God my heart is steadfast, I will sing and give praise. What a wonderful way to greet God every morning. David’s praise is not only person but extends to all nations and creation.
David prays for God’s hand in facing his enemies of Moab, Edom and Philistia and exalts God’s name and asks him for the victory. David’s forthrightness with God in wanting to rid the land of his enemies is a reminder to us to pray with praise asking for the desires of our heart. What would be your prayer today? Lord rid the land of all hatred and injustice to every one of God’s Creatures, rid our hearts of all unkind feelings and thoughts. In God’s ways we will gain the victory as we pursue to be holy and exalt our Lord God. Lord reign in our world so your will be done. Amen.
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Read Job 27
Job responds back to Zophar, Eliphaz, and Bildad proclaiming his innocence and how he will continue to not say anything wicked or tell lies about God. The righteous anger Job displays is one that challenges his friends to listen carefully when someone speaks. How many times have we not given a listening ear when someone is falsely charged? It is apparent in our society that charges can be made in the public for all to criticize. Do we know the motives, thoughts and actions another person has taken? Job leaves us a lesson to not be hypocritical when we hear of the actions of others but to call upon the Lord for patient understanding. Lord may we put on ears to hear your guidance in all circumstances and with all people.
Remember always that God is the judge of all, we do not know the heart of others as our Father does. Job warns us of the problems that arise when we choose to do wicked things. The children of the wicked will not be satisfied with just bread, clothing, silver, houses, and wealth in the flash of an eye all will be gone. Reflecting on the lessons learned in the past few months, those items are not what are important but rather the relationships we have with God, family, and friends. Lord may we be quick to listen and slow to speak with God’s guidance. Amen.
Read 2 Peter 1
Peter writes to remind us to hold the course on our faith pilgrimage, be aware of persecution and false teachers. Peter emphasizes knowledge a good reminder for us to know the scriptures applying them to our lives. Jesus has given us everything to lead a Godly life through our knowledge of him. In our faith we need to add goodness and find the examples Jesus lead in his life. With faith and goodness, knowledge will grow so that we as followers of Christ may be self controlled able to persevere to live with the qualities of God. Persistent striving for these qualities will help us to be productive and effective in our knowledge of Christ. May it be so with God’s help.
Our goals as Christians is to be welcomed into the eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ. Peter wants us always to be established in the truth. Peter reminds of his firsthand experience of God’s might power of majesty when he heard God’s voice on the mountain of transfiguration “This is my Son, whom I love and am well pleased.” Peter reminds us to listen with discerning ears to the prophet’s words, more importantly to God’s voice through the Holy Spirit. As I listen to the news and reports in the news, I strive to listen carefully to the message, is it in accordance with God’s holy word. May the Holy Spirit grant us discernment to know his truth and live it, Amen.
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Holy God, you have given us your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and an example of Godly life. Give us the grace to thankfully receive Jesus’s gift, and to always strive ourselves to live a holy life. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
Everlasting God, we pray for your guidance in the Church, throughout the world, and all who call themselves Christians. May go forward in unity and strength. Help us to respect the beliefs of others even if we do not share them, to celebrate the commonalities and to accept our differences. Guide us all in our ministries as we live each day. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
Creator God, we pray for people in parts of the world facing difficulties, whether through disaster, poverty, disease, war or the present pandemic. We pray for your peace on earth, and goodwill between all people. Guide doctors and research scientists to find an affordable cure for Covid-19. We pray for our precious world; help us to be good stewards so future the generations may enjoy the wonder of your creation. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
Gracious God, we pray for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit and for those who care for them. We pray for the sick; for those who mourn; for those without faith, hope or love. We lift their names to you in a moment of silence. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
Merciful God, we remember before God those who have died and those who are bereaved by their passing. We give back to you, Lord, those whom you gave to us. Your son taught us that life is eternal and that love cannot die. You have conquered death, open our eyes to see more clearly. Draw us closer to you, so that we may know we are nearer to our loved ones, who are with you. Lord, in your Mercy: Hear our Prayer
Faithful God in the week that lies before us may we reflect your love in our families, our church and our community. May your love through us inspire others to have a true desire to be drawn into a relationship with your Lord Jesus. We ask these things through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
The prayer quads are an intercessory prayer ministry. We presently have 4 active quads (4 people in each) plus a co-ordinator. The leaders of each quad meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month to pray and to be updated on the status of the prayer requests. This is a ministry that demands confidentiality. We receive prayer requests not only from within our parish, but from people all over the world. People and their needs are lifted in prayer on a daily basis, sometimes it is for something happening that day or could be for several months if someone is very ill. There is no request too small or too big to take to our Lord. If you feel called to serve in this ministry or have a prayer request to give us, we would be grateful.
Sunday Prayer Ministry
Immediately following the 10:00 am Sunday Service, 2 people are always available in the chapel for anyone who would like personal prayer ministry. This ministry is strictly confidential and is available to all.