Week Three — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A Short Life of Christ in Luke — Luke 6: 35, 36

Note: This week our life of Christ in Luke study continues.  In chapters 5 and 6 Jesus calls followers, and from the followers he selects 12 to be apostles.  He had prayed before he made this momentous appointment.  In chapter 6 he calls together followers and disciples and preaches to them.  This is Luke’s record of the Sermon on the Mount.  Our lesson comes from that text.

Adult PM Bible Study – A – G – A – P – E – Luke 6: 27-36

See also: Deuteronomy 6: 4, 5; Amos 5: 15; Matthew 22: 36-39; Romans 13:9; I John 4: 7; James 2:8

A – Aggressive – v. 27 – The love of Christ’s disciples is an aggressive love. Agape love is a love in deed.

G – Godly love vs. 35, 36 – The love of Christ’s disciples is a God-like love. Agape love is the kind of love God shows to us.

A – Ask v. 30 — Many are the favors that will be asked of you.  You are to exceed these in love.  Agape love is given even before the other asks.

P – Proactive v. 32-34 – Yours is not a slow or procrastinated love.  It is a love that acts even before it is required.

E – Edict of altruism v. 31 – Yours is to be a love that does to others what you want to see happening to you. Agape love considers the best for the other.

Exemplary story: Most days Johnny would play video games, when he arrived home after school. This week he was acting different.  On the third day that he hurried out the door to visit a neighbor, his mother became curious.  Johnny was back within an hour.  He went straight to his room to make an entry on a notepad.  His mother had become curious, and she asked what he was writing.  Johnny said, “Mom, I’m making an entry in my “unto others” list for Sunday School.  Miss Mead, our teacher, said we should keep track of the good things we do unto others for one week.  Today I helped our neighbor, Mrs. Watson, get her trash to the curb for pickup.” Johnny had gotten the point of the lesson to do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

Sunday

Luke 6: 27, 28 But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Prayer: Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, may the love of Christ toward others be within our hearts.

Thought for today:  Jesus loved even his enemies.

Monday

Luke 6: 29, 30 If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also.  If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.  Give to everyone who asks you, an if anyone asks what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may our lives be a blessing to others.

Thought for the day:  Blessings are gifts to the giver and the recipient.

Tuesday

Luke 6: 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for demonstrating to us the life of the golden rule.

Thought for the day:  Have you decided to make today a golden rule day?

Wednesday

Luke 6: 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even sinners love those who love them.

Prayer:  Lord God, when we were unlovable you loved us still.

Thought for the day:  Love transform the unloved.

Thursday

Luke 6: 33, 34 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even ‘sinners do that.”  And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that o you?  Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we learn your economy of giving.

Thought for the day:  The greatest philanthropist was Jesus of Nazareth.

Friday

Luke 6: 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

Prayer:  Lord God, we are humbled by your kindness to all.

Thought for the day:  When you meet someone with the love of God in their heart, you have met a saint.

Saturday

Luke 6: 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give praise and honor to you for your tremendous mercy.

Thought for the day: God’s mercy is never out of stock or expired. 

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A Snapshot to Remember — Sunday Communion Meditation — I Corinthians 11: 23-25

Question: Why would a bride’s wedding picture appear on the obituary page.

Answer:  In her pre-planning the deceased had chosen the wedding picture as the way she wanted to be remembered by children, family, and friends.

As I reflected on her choice of pictures for her obituary, I thought of Jesus’s choice to institute the Lord’s Super during the Passover. By choosing this moment Jesus wanted to share a picture of a joyful time of dining together as a group at moment before he was betrayed and crucified.  Our invitation to remember is also an invitation to share the joy of his presence over a simple meal.

Listen to these words from the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11: 23-25

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank you for the loaf and cup as reminders of your great sacrifice.  Likewise, we thank you for the invitation to come into your presence and to find the joy of dining with you. We pray your blessing on this communion celebration today.  Amen.

 

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — A Short Life of Christ in Luke — Luke 4: 19, 20

Note: Last week we studied Zachariah’s prophesy that John would be a great prophet.  Chapters 1 to 4 set the stage for the ministry of Jesus in Galilee.  John preaches, Jesus is baptized, Jesus is tempted, and Jesus begins his ministry.  This week we study the beginning of the preaching ministry in Galilee.

Adult PM Bible Study – Luke 4: 16 – 30 – F – A – V – O – R  

See also: Luke 4:3; Isaiah 61: 1-3; Matthew 13:57; Leviticus 25:10 Psalm 2:2; I Samuel 16: 12, 13

F – Fulfilled – v. 21 God kept his promise by sending the Son

A – Anointed – v. 18 – Jesus who speaks is anointed by the Holy Spirit

V –Vicissitude – v. 18, 19 – Jesus would bring radical change to the persons in need – the poor, the captive, the blind, the oppressed.  He would proclaim the year of Jubilee when all was restored.

O – Omission – v. 23, 24 – The people were eager to hear Jesus until they came to realize he would not act as a magician and preform miracles on cue for them.

R – Rage – vs. 28, 29 – Their willingness to listen turned to rage, when they realized that Jesus could not be manipulated to do their bidding.  He was no jinni in a bottle.

Exemplary story:  James, a young pastor just out of college, was enjoying his first ministry.  He had gone to a mid-sized church to replace a pastor who had stayed just one year.  After arriving at the church, he learned that the last three pastors had stayed only one year.  Not one to be easily discouraged James did his best to make a good impression.  All seemed to be going well.  After about five months on the job, James noticed an unusual expense on the treasurer’s report, a bus ticket to Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was shortly thereafter that he asked one of the elders how they though he was doing.  The elder replied, “James, we are really impressed with your ministry.  We have a tradition of celebrating our pastor’s first year of ministry.  In your case, we were so impressed we were thinking we would celebrate a bit early, by giving you a six-month anniversary gift.”  Suddenly James knew what had become of the last three pastors. 

Sunday

Luke 4: 16, 17 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom.  And he stood up to read.  The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.  Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may the pages of scripture lead us to a clear vision of you and your ministry.

Thought for the day:  Reading scriptures carefully is like polishing a mirror.

Monday

Luke 4: 18, 19 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we hear, may we proclaim, and may we uphold the message of justice for all.

Thought for the day:  The people of God are the ushers for the year of the Lord’s favor.

Tuesday

Luke 4: 20, 21 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, Son of God, thank you for fulfilling your ministry of mercy and justice.

Thought for the day:  Jesus never stopped believing that justice was achievable.

Wednesday

Luke 4: 22, 23 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips “Isn’t this Joseph’s son? They asked.  Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.’”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, in the midst of naysayers help us to maintain our focus upon you.

Thought for the day:  Fault finders overlook the beauty of many gemstones.

Thursday

Luke 4: 24, 25 I tell you the truth, he continued, “No prophet is accepted in his hometown.  I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may our lives and hearts be ready for the miraculous work of your Spirit.

Thought for the day:  Many choose to miss their blessings.

Friday

Luke 4: 26, 27 Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zaraphath in the region of Sidon.  And there were may in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleaned – only Naaman the Syrian.

Prayer:  Merciful God, if we have overlooked your miracles may you forgive our foolish ways.

Thought for the day:  God has never run out of blessings for his children.

Saturday

Luke 4: 28, 29 All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this.  They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brown of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.

Prayer:  Almighty God, Our Heavenly Father, may we ever be ready to receive your prophetic word in our generation.

Thought for the day:  Passwords open doors of opportunity.

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Invitation Tracing – A Sunday Communion Meditation – Revelation 3: 20

I have my printed Guilford Health Department Testing Invitation ready for my appointment.

After a new mandatory testing announcement was made at school, I had to scramble to find a testing site that would take me.  A search led me to the an open testing site.  The county Health Department accepted my request for an appointment.  They issued an appointment invitation, and they entered my data in their database.  Now both parties will know if I have honored my invitation.

As believers we have an invitation to share the Lord’s Supper.  Listen to these words from Revelation 3:20:

Here I am.  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

 Our invitation is entered into the Lord’s database.  Both parties will know if you and I have honored the invitation.  I plan to honor my invitation and keep my appointment.  How about you?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you have opened your table to us this day.  As we take the loaf and cup, we remember the great sacrifice you made on Calvary to bring us into fellowship with you. Amen.

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week One — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — The Life of Christ in Luke — Luke 1: 78,79

Note: As we closed the old year, we made a study of Noah as a restart leader.  Today’s lesson focuses on another restart leader, John the Baptist.  The study of restart leaders may be resumed later.  Beginning this week, we transition into a study of the life of Christ in Luke.

Adult PM Bible Study – E – Q – U – I – P – Luke 1: 67-80

See also: Isaiah 40:3, 4; Matthew 24: 44; Exodus 19: 9-11; Ezekiel 14: 6, 7; I Peter 4: 7; Romans 13: 11

E – Emergency – vs. 68, 69 – The Lord shall visit his people, ready or not. 

Q – Quandary – v. 79  — The people are in spiritual darkness.  How many of us can say that we are spiritual darkness at this hour and in need of guidance?

U – Upend – vs. 74, 75 – Social stability and tradition are comforting to many.  They feel secure with the familiar.  The Lord wants people to know that when he comes things are going to change.

I – Illumination – v. 78 – No dark place is too dark for the light of the Lord.  The light of the Lord will guide us.

P – Prophet – v. 76 – To give fair warning to the people God is sending a prophet, and that prophet was John the baptizer.  How many fair warnings must God give before people will believe that it is time to change, time to get ready to meet their Creator and Lord? 

Exemplary story:  The subway system in New York city is a wonderful transportation medium.  You purchase a ticket, get on the right train line, and arrive at your destination.  Listening for your stop is critical to your success.  If you miss your stop, drama happens.  You could have to ride the entire loop or start over from the terminal to get to the place you intended to go.  Those who wait for the Lord can avoid the drama of unreadiness to meet the Lord when he returns.

Sunday

Luke 1: 67, 68 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people.”

Prayer:  Lord God, thank you for remembering your people in their hour of tribulation.

Thought for the day:  There is nothing wrong with God’s memory.

Monday

Luke 1: 69, 70 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago),

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, again and again we are reminded that you keep your promises.

Thought for the day:  Promise keeping reduces paperwork.

Tuesday

Luke 1: 71 Salvation from our enemies and from the had of all who hate us.

Prayer:  O God, may we find security in your love.

Thought for the day:  Hatchlings find safety under the hen’s wings.

Wednesday

Luke 1: 72, 73 To show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham

Prayer:  Lord God, today we would honor our covenants with you.

Thought for the day: Covenants are not one-way agreements.

Thursday

Luke 1: 74, 75 to rescue us form the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear I holiness and righteousness before him all our days

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may our service and worship be pleasing in your sight.

Thought for the day:  Better to sing off-key than to sing off-character.

Friday

Luke 1: 76, 77 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,

Prayer:  Lord God, through the centuries we still hear the clarion call of John to live upright before God and humanity.

Thought for the day:  Those who presented themselves to John in repentance had a righteous concern about their reputation.

Saturday

Luke 1: 78, 79  because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death to guide our feet into the path of peace.

 Prayer:  Lord God, the more we look into your word, the more light we see in darkness.

Thought for the day:  The Bible offers dusk-to-dawn street lighting.

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Save some Waiting — A Sunday Communion Meditation — Romans 13: 11, 12

Rather than waiting until December 25 to do a gift exchange, the niece announced that there would be a meal and a gift exchange on December 13.  That would take advantage of my presence in town for a funeral.

Rather than waiting until the meal had ended a three-year-old boy waived his arms over his plate in pantomime of eating.  Then he asked to be excused to open presents.

Rather than waiting to open his goody bag carefully the three-year-old ripped the bag apart.  He spied the cookies inside, and he handed the remains to his father as he headed for another package to open.

Finally, the father stopped the boy.  He said, “No more.  You’ll have to wait until Christmas day to open the rest of the presents.”

Maybe you feel like your patience and your ability to wait have run out during the pandemic.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that if we wait, our waiting will soon be over.  Listen to Romans 13: 11-12:

And do this, understanding the present time.  The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.  So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, at your table as we take this loaf and cup, we remember your death until you shall come again.  Bless this sacred meal this day as we look for your return.  Amen.

 

Eucharistic Parousia

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Week Fifty-two Plus — Verse By Verse Devotional Series — Restart Leadership — Noah — Genesis 8: 20, 21

Note:  This week we look at a lesson Noah.  Noah was one of several restart leaders in the Bible.  These leaders guided the people of God after disaster and spiritual failure. Others include Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Josiah, Asa, Ezra and Nehemiah, and Jesus, Noah was tasked with offering leadership after the destruction of the old world.

PM Adult Bible Study – F – L – O – A – T – Genesis 8: 13 -22

See also: Genesis 5: 24; 6: 8, 9; Hebrews 11: 7; Ezekiel 14:14; Matthew 24: 38, 39; I Peter 3: 19,20; 2 Peter 3: 6, 7

F – Flood – v. 13 –  God sent a flood as a judgment on the people of the earth. Have we seen any plagues that are God’s judgment today?

L – Leaf – v. 11—The leaf in the dove’s beak was a sign that the world was ready once again to be inhabited by the family of Noah.

O – Out v. 16 – God commanded Noah, his family, and the creatures to leave the ark.  They were to go out of the womb of safety into the world God was giving them anew.

A – Altar v. 20 – Like other patriarchs Noah built an altar to God and offered a sacrifice to God.  The offering was a thanksgiving for salvation and dedication for a life to come.  We should build our altars to God’s glory today.

T – Testimony – v. 21 – God speaks to Noah and promises to bless him and his family.  God makes a covenant promise to continue to send the seasons, and God gives the sign of the rainbow.  To this day the earth has not been entirely submerged under water.

Exemplary story:  In Ezekiel 14:14 God names three righteous men whose pious prayers could have saved them in a time of judgement: Noah, Daniel, Job.  All three were men of great faith and prayer.  We all need a Noah or Daniel or Job to pray for us. Likewise, we need to strive to be like Noah, Daniel, and Job.

Sunday

Genesis 8: 13 Now it came abut in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first of the month, the water was dried up from the earth.  Then Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and behold, the surface of the ground was dried up.

Prayer:  Lord God, may you spare us in the day of judgment.

Thought for the day:  God’s judgment is just, and God has given us an advocate in Christ Jesus.

Monday

Genesis 8: 14 And I the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the moth, the earth was dry.

Prayer: Lord God, we praise you for answering the prayers of the upright for salvation.

Thought for the day:  God can destroy, and God can save.

Tuesday

Genesis 8: 15, 16 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your son’s wives with you.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, thank you for answering prayers for our loved ones.

Thought for the day:  Every family needs a Noah to pray for them.

Wednesday

Genesis 8: 17 Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you, birds and animals and every creeping thig that creeps on the earth, that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for your love for your creatures great and small.

Thought for the day:  For every living creature God has a purpose.

Thursday

Genesis 8: 18, 19 So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his son’s wives with him.  Every beast, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by their families from the ark.

Prayer:  Lord God, you bring joy to your creation.

Thought for the day:  God’s creatures find  joy in living for their maker.

Friday

Genesis 8: 20, 21 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  And the Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil form his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Prayer:  Lord God, we rejoice in your promises that give us confidence and hope.

Thought for the day:  God is the original and the ultimate promise keeper.

Saturday

Genesis 8: 22 While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the constant signs of your sustaining love for the world.

Thought for the day: Some may abandon God, but God does not abandon his creation.

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Seeing the Unbelievable — A Sunday Communion Meditation — Luke 2: 27-32

“I would give a nickel to see an ant eat a bale of hay.”

If my late father-in-law was told something unbelievable, he would reply with a saying, “I would give a nickel to see an ant eat a bale of hay.”

The year 2020 has been a year when many have been asked to see the unbelievable. Its unbelievable that we have been asked to do social distancing during a pandemic. Its unbelievable that we have been asked to social and family gatherings to promote health.

Many years ago a man named Simeon knew he was seeing the unbelievable when a baby was presented in the temple for dedication. The couple presenting the child were Joseph and Mary. The baby was Jesus.

Listen to Simeon’s words from Luke 2: 27 -32:

Now Lord, Thou dost let thy bondservant depart in peace according to thy word; for my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou has prepared i the presence of all the peoples, a light of revelation to the gentiles, and the glory of the thy people Israel.

Christmas helps us see the most unbelievable event in the world. It helps us see the incredible love of God in sending his son, Jesus.

Prayer: Lord God, as we share in this loaf and cup and remember the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary, we give thanks for your incredible love. Amen

Week Fifty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Nativity Tales — The Naming Game — Luke 1: 31, 32

Note: This week our “Nativity Tales” conclude with the lesson, “The Naming Game.”  The angel of God pointed the way to the name, and Joseph and Mary were in agreement when the child was named Jesus. 

PM Adult Bible Study – T – I – T – L – E – Luke 1: 26 – 38

See: Isaiah 9: 6; 63: 16; John 1:14; Revelation 1:18; Zachariah 12:10; Galatians 4:5; Luke 2: 11.

T – Trust – v. 31 – Joseph and Mary were trusted with a name for the Son of God, the name Jesus. His name means Savior.  From birth to death Jesus lived to save the world, and he lives ever after to offer eternal life.

I – Incarnation – vs. 35, 36 — What was impossible was happening.  God came in the person of Jesus in the flesh.

T – Throne – v. 32 — Jesus was to be a forever king.  He was to be ruler of the world and the universe.  Today we ask: Have you let Jesus rule in your heart. One day you must face the king.

L – Lineage – vs. 27, 32 – God had promised that the king eternal would come from the lineage of David.  Through Mary and through Joseph the lineage of Jesus was traced to David and to Adam.

E – Endless reign – v. 33 – There would be no end of Jesus’ rule.  When Jesus rose from the grave, he arose with all power.   Those who do not bow the Jesus today must surely face him tomorrow. 

Exemplary story:  Names and nicknames are power tools for building or tearing down character.  We live up to our namesake or we attempt to live it down.  I related to a friend that her name meant “victorious one.”  She said, “I didn’t know.”  It brightened her day.  If you are a child of God, you have a glorious name.  Enjoy it. 

Sunday

Luke 1: 26, 27 In the sixth month, God set the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man name Joseph, a descendant of David.  The virgin’s name was Mary.

Prayer:  Lord God, we give thanks for all the messenger angels you have sent to give us guidance.

Thought for the day: If you carry the word of God, you could be someone’s angel today.

Monday

Luke 1: 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Prayer:  Lord God, may we so live that we find favor in your eyes.

Thought for the day:  Living a godly life is a lifestyle choice.

Tuesday

Luke 1: 29, 30 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.  But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. “

Prayer:  Lord God, when we are confused or in doubt remind us again with the words: “Do not be afraid.”

Thought for the day:  Someone said fear is false evidence appearing real. 

Wednesday

Luke 1: 31, 32 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David.

Prayer:  Most Holy God, we give honor and praise to you for sending your son, Jesus.

Thought for the day:  The name Jesus means Savior.

Thursday

Luke 1: 33, 34 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will ever end.”   “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

Prayer:  Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the eternal king, your son.

Thought for the day:  In God’s order you never have to wonder what a new administration will change. 

Friday

Luke 1: 35,36 The angel answered, “the Holy spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.  So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth our relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.  

Prayer:  Lord God, your miracles are wonderous indeed.

Thought for the day:  When you believe, you open the door to the miraculous.

Saturday

Luke 1: 37, 38 [The angel said,] for nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’ servant,” Mary answered.  “May it be to me as you have said.”  Then the angel left her.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, may we ever open our hearts to serve you in faith.

Thought for the day:  In every generation and every community God needs those who are ready to serve. 

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Advent Countdown Calendar — Sunday Communion Meditation — I Corinthias 11: 26

As she reached for a large gift bag, Dolly, the store owner, said, “This year you’re getting something fun.”

Inside was a 12-inch metallic bike sculpture.  On the rear of the bike was a little basket containing two wooden blocks with stenciled numbers.  The blocks could be turned about to indicate the days until Christmas.  It was an Advent calendar.

She was right about the fun of Advent calendars. I had admired the creative Advent calendars that appeared in her family’s shop over the years.  Now I was given a turn in the fun of joining in an Advent countdown.  As we tick off the numbers, every day brings us one day closer to our goal.

Perhaps you have not stopped to consider it, but every time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we are updating our Advent calendar.  We are counting off the weeks and days until Christ’s return for his followers.  In the meantime, we are remembering his great sacrifice of love to save the world. 

Listen to these words from I Corinthians 11: 26

For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim his death until he comes.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, on this day we come together again to receive the loaf and cup in memory of your great sacrifice to save the world.  We give thanks for your sacrifice on Calvary.  May your mercy and grace prepare us for that glorious day when you shall come again. 

Eucharistic Parousia

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