Saturday, August 20, 2016

Faithful Pastors

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
My soul, give praise unto the Lord!
And spirit? Do the same!
Thus all the corners of my heart
will praise his holy Name!
 —Psalm 103:1
Suggested tune: Glasgow (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
—Jeremiah 3:15
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The church cannot continue without having faithful pastors to show the way of salvation. The well-being of the church is secured, when God raises up true and faithful teachers to proclaim his truth: but when the church is deprived of sound teachers, all things soon fall into ruin. For God, no doubt, intimates by this promise that he would not only be the deliverer of his people, so as to restore them from exile, but that he would be also their perpetual guardian after the people had returned to their own country. It follows, then, that the church of God is not only begotten by means of holy and godly pastors, but that its life is also cherished, nourished, and confirmed by them to the end. As it is not enough for civil order to be once set up, except the magistrates continue in their office, so nothing is more ruinous to the church than for God to take away faithful pastors. It cannot indeed be, that people will return to God, unless prophets be first sent—but God speaks here of a continued course of instruction, and of a well regulated government in the Church, as though he had said, I will not only give you prophets to lead you from your wanderings to me, and to restore you to the way of salvation, but I will also continually set over you sound and faithful teachers. But we must notice, that those who preside cannot rightly discharge their office unless they are endued with wisdom. God also intimates his paternal love, when he says, that good pastors would be dear to him.
—John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of word and sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord...
 —Book of Common Prayer
 
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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