Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The New Creation Shall Rise

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
To thee, my God and Savior, I
by day and night address my cry;
vouchsafe my mournful voice to hear,
to my distress incline thine ear
 —Psalm 88:1-2
Suggested tune: Mendon (LM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
Creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
—Romans 8:21
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
A little while, and the mystery of this disordered world will be accomplished: our deliverance will be fulfilled, and the number of the elect be full. Then shall all be made perfect. They who are waiting in the rest beyond the grave; they who shall be quick on earth at his coming; they and we, if we be faithful, shall be clothed upon with life—with a spiritual body, with the glory of the resurrection; and the whole creation shall be delivered from the bondage of the fall. There shall be no more travailing in pain; no more tokens of sin on the creatures of God; no more death. Every scar shall be smoothed out, and every soil cleansed away at his coming and His kingdom, when the new creation shall rise out of the old, and the morning stars shall sing together, and all the children of God shall shout for joy.
—Henry Manning
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
As I look at a disordered world, O Creator, help me not despair at decay, but give me the assurance that in Christ you make all things new. Give me, therefore, a new voice to pray faithfully, new eyes to see creation as your beloved handiwork, and new ears to hear the cry of my neighbor...
 
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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