Sunday, September 11, 2016

For What Purpose Is Religion?

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
Thou shalt arise, and Zion view
with an unclouded face;
for now her time is come, thy own
appointed day of grace.
Her ruins by thy saints
with pity are surveyed;
they grieve to see her lofty spires
in dust and rubbish laid.
 —Psalm 102:13-14
Suggested tune: St. Louis (86.86.66.86)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Has this house, which is called by my Name, become a den of robbers in your sight?
—Jeremiah 7:11
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Have I chosen this place for myself, that you might worship me, in order that you might be more licentious than if there was no religion? For what purpose is religion? Is it not that people may by this bridle restrain themselves, that they may not be libertines? For surely the worship and fear of God are the directors of equity and justice. Now, would it not be better to have no temple and no sacrifices, than that people should take more liberty to sin by using their ceremonies as an excuse? Away then with your ceremonies: conscience shows that it is a wretched thing to oppress or injure a neighbor.
 —John Calvin's expansion of Jer. 7:11
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
Thank you, God, for making me part of the body of Christ. May I be transformed into his Image, setting aside my own greed and those desires which hurt others, and taking on the yoke of Christ...
 
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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