Day 181 | Wednesday, 16 September 2020 See you at noon!
A Beginning: (Psalm 19:1-4)
“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. Praise the name of the LORD!”
“God of love, we confess that our silence is noisy, our minds filled with distracting chatter, our thoughts focused on problems and our lives bombarded with temptations. How hard we find it to be still and rest in your holy and healing presence. God of love teach us in this day the words to pray and the silences to keep. Quiet the tempests within us that we may hear you. In Jesus' name. Amen”
A Prayer of Confession: Generosity
“Holy God, your love is like a gentle wind that is forever guiding us along. Yet how often we turn away from your support and attempt to push ahead in our own way. We prefer our plans and miss seeing how we might cooperate with your guidance. We believe that it is by our own efforts that we accomplish the deed or possess the reward. We miss the spirit of joyful thanksgiving in our drivenness. We live without gratitude and languish in isolation. Holy God keep our sails turned toward you. In your guidance, in the example of your Son, we move toward joy, wholeness and community. Amen.”
An Affirmation of Faith: The Lord Will Guide Us
(Genesis 12:1; Exodus 13:21; Joshua 3:3-4; Psalm 23:1-3; Isaiah 42:16; John 16:13)
“We affirm that the LORD guided Abram, saying, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you."
We believe that the LORD went in front of Israel in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night.
We affirm that Joshua commanded the people, "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place. Follow it, so that you may know the way you should go, for you have not passed this way before."
We believe that the LORD is our shepherd, we shall not want. He makes us lie down in green pastures; he leads us beside still waters; he restores our souls. He leads us in right paths for his name's sake.
We affirm that by the prophet, God said, "I will lead the blind by a road they do not know, by paths they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them."
We believe Jesus when he promises the Spirit of truth, saying that he will guide us into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to us the things that are to come.”
A Blessing: Selections from Joshua
“Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed. The LORD your God is indeed God in heaven above and on earth below. Sanctify yourselves, therefore, for the place where you stand is holy.”
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