Day 133 | Thursday, 30 July 2020
COVID-19 update – 228 in county 102 in battalion 3
Exercise Group #3
An Affirmation of Love – 3
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Colossians 3:12-15; John 15:1, 4, 10, 12)
“We believe love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or Arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“We affirm, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, that we should clothe our-selves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
We affirm our desire to bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, to forgive each other, just as the Lord has forgiven us. Above all, we affirm our intention to clothe ourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony; and to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
“We believe that Christ is the true vine, and God the Father the vine-grower. We desire to abide in Christ as he abides in us. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can we unless we abide in him. If we keep his commandments, we will abide in his love. We believe that this is his commandment, that we love one another as Jesus has loved us.”
A Prayer for Grace
“O loving and gracious God, we come before you, recognizing both your holiness and our waywardness. If we were less acquainted with your love and grace, we might think that, in our unworthiness, there is no way we can approach you. We might think that we have erred too frequently, rebelled too willingly, ignored you too easily to ever be invited back into your presence.
“We now look at our erring and rebelling and ignoring with regret and sorrow.
We praise you that go you far beyond merely matching our repentance with your grace. According to your word, where sin abounds, your grace much more abounds. Because of your abounding grace we are in your presence now and will leave this place renewed and empowered to serve you in the world.
“We praise your name for the depth of your love and the breadth of your grace, and acknowledge this as your free gift to us, through Jesus Christ who loved us and gave himself for us. Amen.”
Quotation: “No wound is so trivial that the love of God is not concerned with it. No pain is so deep, so long-standing, that the love of God cannot reach it. Every shock, every wound, every anger and grief is not only encompassed by that love but is also held and transformed by that love.” -Flora Wuellner
Today: Birthday blessings to Andrea Disbro and Herb Cook (maintenance)