Sunday, June 19, 2016

Do Not Fear

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Your waterfalls, like thunder, roar,
and deep to deep will call.
You waves have all rolled over me;
on me your breakers fall.
The Lord commands his steadfast love
to be with me each day;
by night his song will be with me;
to God, my Life, I'll pray.
 —Psalm 42:7-8
Suggested tune: Vox Dilecti (CMD)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Do not fear. Only believe, and she will be made whole.
—Luke 8:50 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Irreversible disasters have no place in Christian experience. There are no irrevocable losses to those who trust. There are no wounds that cannot be stanched, when we go to him who has the balm and the bandage. Although it is true that dead faces do not smile again upon us until we get beyond earth’s darkness, it is also true that bonds broken may be knit in a finer fashion, if faith instead of sense weaves them together; and that in the great future we shall find that the true healing of those that went before was not by deliverance from, but by passing through, the death that emancipates from the long disease of earthly life.

Brothers and sisters, if we trust Christ we may ‘hope perfectly.’ If we do not trust him our firmest hopes are as spiders’ webs that are swept away by a broom; and our deepest desires remain unfulfilled. ‘Only believe,’ then, on the one side, ‘Fear not,’ and on the other side ‘Hope ever.’
 —Alexander Maclaren
TODAY'S PRAYER
What is before us, we know not, whether we shall live or die; but this we know, that all things are ordered and sure. Everything is ordered with unerring wisdom and unbounded love, by thee, our God, who art love. Grant us in all things to see thy hand; through Jesus Christ...
 —Charles Simeon 

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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