Friday, September 25, 2015

Celebrate Only the Mercy of God

CALL TO PRAYER
Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man! 
—Luke 5:8

PSALM
O earth, you must now tremble at
the presence of the Lord.
Yes, you must tremble now before
the face of Jacob's God,
the face of Jacob's God.
—Psalm 114:7
Suggested tune (Lobt Gott, Ihr Christen):
TEXT OF THE DAY
if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor.
—Genesis 33:10
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Scarcely one in a hundred is convinced, that whatever is good flows from the gratuitous favor of God; and yet by nature this sense is engraven upon our minds, but we obliterate it by our ingratitude. It has appeared already, how laborious was the life of Jacob: nevertheless, though he had suffered the greatest annoyances, he celebrates only the mercy of God.
—John Calvin
MORNING PRAYER
Thank you for providing for me, O God, through the miracles of your hand, through the gifts of nature, and through the labor of my neighbor. In all things may I never fail to acknowledge your grace, and in all people may I never fail to see your Image. Amen.


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