Saturday, May 28, 2016

Have Done with the Religion of Barter

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
For, lo! God comes to judge the earth—
then all the world shall see
his everlasting faithfulness,
his truth and equity.
 —Psalm 96:13
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; but only speak the word, and let my servant be healed.
—Luke 7:6-7
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
And so, dear brothers and sisters, deepen your convictions, if you are deluded by that notion of merit; deepen your convictions, if you see your own evil so clearly that you see little else. Come into the light, come into the liberty, rise to that great thought, ‘Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but by his mercy he saved us.’ Have done with the religion of barter, and come to the religion of undeserved grace. If you are going to stop on the commercial level, ‘the wages of sin is death’; rise to the higher ground: ‘the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’
 —Alexander Maclaren
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and your servant shall be made whole...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE 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.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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