Sunday, August 07, 2016

Swords into Plowshares

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
How I rejoiced when to God's house,
"Go up!" they said to me.
Jerusalem, within thy gates
our feet shall standing be.
 —Psalm 122:1
Suggested tune: Winchester Old (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Many peoples shall come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
—Isaiah 2:3-4
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The nations have not yet so submitted to the Prince of Peace, as to beat their swords into plowshares, nor has war ceased. But very precious promises these are, which will be more and more fulfilled, for he who has promised is faithful. So let us stir up each other to attend the ordinances of God, that we may learn his holy ways, and walk in them, receiving the law from his hands, which, being written in our hearts by his Spirit, may show our interest in the peace of God.
 —Matthew Henry (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life...
 —after the style of Francis of Assisi
 
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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