Thursday, December 01, 2016

The Unity of His Servants


CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
O God our Savior, all our hearts
to thy obedience turn;
that, quenched with our repenting tears,
thy wrath no more may burn.
 —Psalm 85:4
Suggested tune: Stracathro (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Romans 15:5-6
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
God is not truly glorified by us, unless the hearts of all agree in giving him praise, and their tongues also join in harmony. There is then no reason for any to boast that they will give glory to God after their own manner; for the unity of his servants is so much esteemed by God, that he will not have his glory sounded forth amidst discords and contentions. This one thought ought to be sufficient to check the wanton rage for contention and quarreling, which at this day too much possesses the minds of many.
—John Calvin
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
God of all hope and joy, open my heart in welcome, that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming may find in me a dwelling prepared for himself...
—NZ: Anglican (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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