Day 128 | Ssaturday, 25 July 2020
Day 128 | Saturday, 25 July 2020
Exercise – Group #1 and Group #2
An Affirmation on The Faithfulness of God
“(Psalm 25:10; 36:5; 89:1-2, 5; 91:4; 92:2; 100:5; 115:1; 117:2)”
“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. For we believe that the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
“We believe that all the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. We believe God's steadfast love extends to the heavens, the LORD'S faithfulness to the clouds. We believe the Most High will cover us with his pinions, and under his wings we will find refuge; the faithfulness of the Almighty is a shield and buckler.
“We will sing of your steadfast love, O LORD, forever; with our mouths we will proclaim your faithfulness to all generations. We declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. For we believe it is good to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.
“So, let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. For we believe that great is God's steadfast love toward us, and that the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!”
Prayer of Amazement
“Gracious God, we are surprised, startled, amazed.
“We are surprised, Creator God, that you even bothered to create, that you had thought of a world or of a people. We are surprised by the delight you take in detail, by the subtle signs of your care that bespeak a love so amazing, so divine.
“And God, we are startled, because you have not rejected your people. Despite the hard hearts and stiff necks of your covenant community, you have continued to come after those called by your name, eager to show your steadfast love, longing so much to know and be known that you took on flesh that we might see you face to face. We are startled when we see you, because you challenge all of our false assumptions.
“Lord, in your grace break down the fortresses of our misconceptions. Help us to see, once and for all, what it is you see: people cleansed and made holy by the love of Jesus Christ. Unearned, undeserved, unrighteous, except by the Word you have spoken, a Word that came and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, from whose fullness we have received, grace upon grace.
“And so it is that we stand amazed. Amazed that you create, amazed that you call, amazed that you care. We thank you for that care, and so lift up to you this day (name your concerns here ...).
“Gracious God, may we be daily surprised in your creation, hourly startled by the depths of your love and mercy, and every moment amazed by your care.
For we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.”
“God is. We are. In spite of our fumbles and because of God's grace, we are not daunted by the troubles of this age, nor are we fearful of what is to come. We do not bless God for our wealth, our health or for our feeble wisdom. We bless God that God is, that we are and that his promise and love shall be with us when time itself shall be no more.” -Peter Gomes
Today: prayers for those who are unemployed.
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Rev. Douglas Knopp, Pastor Emeritus