Monday, July 04, 2016

Freedom

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Although you suffered wicked folk
o'er us to cruelly reign;
and we through fire and water walked
with ev'ry grief and pain,
you in your gracious goodness brought
out of the worst the best,
deliv'ring us into a place
 to live in peaceful rest.
 —Psalm 66:11-12
Suggested tune: Vox Dilecti (CMD)


SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
For freedom Christ has set us free; so stand firm, and do not again submit to legal bondage.
—Galatians 5:1 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
This freedom was procured for us by Christ on the cross, and the fruit and possession of it are bestowed upon us through the Gospel. Well does Paul, then, warn the Galatians not to be placed again under the yoke of bondage—that is, not to allow a snare to be laid for their consciences. For if others lay upon our shoulders an unjust burden, it may be borne; but if they endeavor to bring our consciences into bondage, we must resist valiantly, even to death. If anyone is permitted to bind our consciences, we shall be deprived of an invaluable blessing, and an insult will at the same time be offered to Christ, the Author of our freedom.
 —John Calvin (alt.) 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Eternal God, bless our nation. Give us, of whatever race or tongue, peace and prosperity, sound government and just laws, simplicity and justice in our relationship with each other, and a spirit of service to all the world; through Jesus Christ...
 —Church of Scotland (alt.)
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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