Monday, January 25, 2016

Welcome

CALL TO PRAYER
Speak or think these words until God is at the center of your mind.
You have granted great victory by the hand of your servant. Am I now to die of thirst?
—Judges 15:18

DAILY SCRIPTURE
Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit..
—Romans 15:7-9a, 13

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
To strengthen his message of welcome, Paul uses the example of Christ. For he, having received not just one or two of us, but all of us together, has connected us. Thus we should cherish one another if we would indeed continue in Christ's bosom, for only in the unity of the church can we confirm our calling. Therefore, let us never separate ourselves from those whom the Lord has bound together in one body.
—John Calvin's Commentary on Rom. 15:7 (alt.)

HYMN OF THE DAY
(Suggested tune: Bethany [Nearer, My God, to Thee] 10.10.12.10)

My soul clings to the dust;
my life uphold
according to your word.
My ways I've told,
and you have answered me;
your statutes teach to me.
The way help me to see
of your commands.
—Psalm 119:25-27

TODAY'S PRAYER
Let this prayer help guide the personal prayers that follow.
Imperfect as I am, you have welcomed me, Lord, into your family. Help me not only to welcome others in your Name, but to seek out those from whom I am separated, just as you actively overcame the boundaries that separated humanity from God... 

YOUR OWN PRAYERS
(Spoken aloud or silently)

LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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