September22014

Daily E-votion 9/2/2014

O God, seeing as there is in Christ Jesus
an infinite fullness
of all that we can want or desire,
May we all receive from him,
grace upon grace;
grace to pardon our sins,
and subdue our iniquities;
to justify our persons
and to sanctify our souls;
and to complete that holy change,
that renewal of our hearts,
Which will enable us to be transformed
into the blessed image
in which you created us.
O make us all acceptable to be partakers
of the inheritance of your saints in light.
Amen.
~adapted from the original by John Wesley; Newbiggin-in-Teesdale Methodist Church, UK

August292014

Daily E-votion 8/29/2014

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A Prayer for Workers (for Labor Day Sunday)

Loving, Working God,

On this Sunday we ask your special blessing on all people who labor, either for pay or as volunteers, in jobs or at school, in the workplace or at home, in the U.S. and around the world.

We especially pray for your blessings on workers who do not have jobs and for those whose inadequate pay does not allow them to live the full life you intend for each of us.

Creator God, help us to build a new world in the midst of the old.

A world where all workers are valued.

A world where those who clean houses are also able to buy houses to live in.

A world where those who grow food can also afford to eat their fill.

A world where those who serve and care for others are, themselves, also served and cared for.

We pray for the coming of a world where all workers everywhere share in the abundance that you have given us.

We ask these things knowing that you give us the courage and strength to live out our faith in the workplace and the marketplace, as well as in the sanctuary.

Amen.

~ http://www.ucc.org/justice/worker-justice/labor-sunday/worship-resources.html

August282014

Daily E-votion 8/28/2014

It is when things go wrong, when the good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly. There is no such thing as belief without doubt or struggle.

~Source: Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle

August272014

Daily E-votion 8/27/2014

Bless to us, O Lord,
the earth on which we walk,
each mountain top,
sunlit sky.

Bless to us, O Lord,
the beauty that we see,
fragrant flower,
butterfly.

Bless to us, O Lord,
the peace within our heart
when filled with joy
or sorrow.

Bless to us, O Lord,
the journey that we make,
the footsteps that
we follow.

©John Birch, faithandworship.com

August262014

Daily E-votion 8/26/2014

OUR LITTLE LIVES

Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
The quietness in Your temple of silence again and again rebuffs us:
For some there is no discipline to hold them steady in the waiting,
And the minds reject the noiseless invasion of Your spirit.
For some there is no will to offer what is central in the thoughts—
The confusion is so manifest, there is no starting place to take hold.
For some the evils of the world tear down all concentrations
And scatter the focus of the high resolves.
We do not know how to do what we know to do.
We do not know how to be what we know to be.
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!
Pour out upon us whatever our spirits need of shock, of life, of release
That we may find strength for these days—
Courage and hope for tomorrow.
In confidence we rest in Your sustaining grace
Which makes possible triumph in defeat, gain in loss, and love in hate.
We rejoice this day to say:
Our little lives, our big problems—these we place upon Your altar!

~Howard Thurman

August252014

Daily E-votion 8/25/2014

O God of my Monday morning ritual
You prompt my meanderings
You inspire my thoughts
And you inspire the words to lead my sisters and brothers into a new week

We thank you for the Spirit’s inspiring
We praise you for protection and hope
And we beg your continuing love and joy and peace will fill us.
As we begin a new week
Take our days, our words, our walk
and do with us, what you will

And for each who feels fear - calm
And for each who has questions - peace
And for each who faces turmoil - resolution
And for each who is uncertain - vision
And for each who cannot see forward - hope

And in every second and every minute and every hour
Your presence to light and to guide
Amen

Julie Woods; http://revgalblogpals.org

August222014

Daily E-votion 8/22/2014

This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit of Jesus. Amen.

~www.beliefnet.com; Prayer for the Start of Day

August212014

Daily E-votion 8/21/2014

Lord, of all the things I have to do today…

     which is most important?

     will best help serve my neighbor?

     best mirror your strong love?

     best help me be the person

     you created me to be?

 And of all the same things, Lord…

     which is least important?

     least mindful of my neighbor?

     least faithful to your law of love?

     least apt to make of me

     the person I would choose to be?

Give me wisdom, Lord,

    and grace to choose wisely

       among all the things I have to do today…

~Austin Fleming; concordpastor.blogspot.com

August202014

Daily E-votion 8/20/2014

O Infinite Blessing,

a forest of your grace rises in me,

a sea of blessing caressing every shore,

a desert whose light and air are blessing,

a city in me, a million blessings living there.

In me your blessing is a spring

welling up to eternal life.

Like light I radiate your blessing today

on all whom I meet, friend and stranger,

this moment and the next, blessing,

blessing the ones I love and who are hard to love,

blessing those on the street and in traffic,

blessing peoples far away and foreign,

blessing those who suffer and those who toil.

Each moment today will be a moment of blessing,

asking of me only compassion

and an offering of good will for all living souls.

And if I should tire,

if I should doubt my calling or weary of my task,

I will rest in your blessing

like a spring welling up

until it overflows again,

flowing out from me,

out into the desert,

giving joy to thirsty creatures,

turning parched things green.

O Blessing One, O Cherishing Love, this day

may I shine with the light of your blessing.

~Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes; unfoldinglight.net

August192014

Daily E-votion 8/19/2014

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A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that greatness is to accept our insignificance, our human condition, and our earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness.

Jean Vanier; Community and Growth

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