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

August182014

Daily E-votion 8/18/2014

Forgive us when we forget to praise you, when we turn your love into legalism, your freedom into slavery, your promises and gifts into demands and duties. 

Forgive us when we forget we are your people and we make your Church an exclusive club; forgive us when we forget that Jesus is our contemporary and we lock him up in forms and customs, words and structures. 

Forgive us, merciful God.

~from Methodist induction service, Aotearoa, New Zealand (Prayers Encircling the World)

August152014

Daily E-votion 8/15/2014

Always be full of joy in the lord.
I say it again-rejoice!

Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do.
Remember the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything,
instead pray about everything.
Tell God what you need,
and thank him for all he has done.

If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,
which is far more wonderful
than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds
as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

August142014

Daily E-votion 8/14/2014

Ever-living God, we rejoice in Your constancy throughout all change. We sing praise to You for the newness of each morning, as well as for the faithfulness of night. We rejoice in the riches of nature and in the very fact of our existence today. You raise us above lowness of mind and sadness of spirit by enabling us to see our work and our rest, our joy and our sorrow, as parts of Your divine process.

Orders of Worship – Manchester College, Oxford

August132014

Daily E-votion 8/13/2014

Alone with none but Thee, my God,

I journeyed on my way:

What need I fear, when Thou art near,

O King of night and day?

More safe am I within Thy hand

Than if a host did round me stand.

The Child of God can fear no ill,

His chosen dread no foe:

We leave our fate to Thee, and wait

The bidding when we go.

‘Tis not from chance our comfort springs,

Thou art our trust, O King of Kings.

~St. Columba (521-897)

Saint Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity in present-day Scotland. He founded the abbey on Iona (http://iona.org.uk) which became a dominant religious institution in the region for centuries.

August122014

Daily E-votion 8/12/2014

For those who walk

through an enveloping darkness,

obscuring their vision

of a world that would accept

and love them

just as they are;

a darkness

that cannot simply be relieved

by exposure to light

or medication

several times a day;

a darkness

striving for a level of success

that will bring a cure,

where sadness

will be no more.

For those who walk

through the darkness

of depression, dear Lord,

we pray for healing,

wholeness, light,

and the warmth of your embrace.

(C) John Birch; facebook.com/faithandworship (prompted by the death of Robin Williams)

For more information about helping a loved one with depression, visit http://www.webmd.com/depression/getting-help-for-someone-you-think-is-depressed

August112014

Daily E-votion 8/11/2014

O God, our God:

Our hearts long to be at home with You.

Our minds hunger for more knowledge of You.

Our hands are full of needs to lay before You.

Come to us, we pray, in the midst of the hurry and busyness of our lives.

Let us hear Your voice in the sounds and silences that fill our days.

Let us see you in the faces of our human companions.

Let us sense your ministry to us in the love of the creatures You have given us for our delight.

Be in the yearning of our souls that, no matter what name we call You,

We can know You,

We can murmur  “I and Thou,”

“You and I”

and be perfectly content in Your presence.

Amen.

~Claralice Wolf; Bluffton, OH

August82014

Daily E-votion 8/8/2014

May the blessing of God go before you.

May God’s grace and peace abound.

May God’s spirit live within you,

May God’s love wrap you ‘round.

May God’s blessing remain with you always,

May you walk on holy ground.  Amen.

~Dawn Grace Peters; First Congregational Church of San Jose

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