Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Forgiving God, in a world filled with so much pain, we confess that we often shut our eyes to keep
from seeing things as they truly are. Grant us the strength to face the reality of our world, and give us
the courage to bring Your light to those who walk in darkness. Open our eyes to our own
misunderstandings, our own failures, and our own faults, God, lead us in the footsteps of Jesus, who
reveals Your glory through His life, His teachings, and His love. Help us see others as You see them.
In the holy Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
Are you someone who is willing to listen to the advice and counsel of others? Scripture says,
“Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14)
It seems that the original intent of this passage was to express the need for national leaders to receive wise counsel. The New Living Translation states, “Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers.”If there was ever a time when our leaders needed to listen to wise counsel, it is today.
Yet, the need for wise counsel is not only for political leaders. The need is also applicable to us all. There is none of us who doesn’t need someone who can come along by our side and help guide us. I know that I certainly do. Sometimes I get a particular thought in my head and become blinded to other possibilities. Sometimes I am able to see only one part of the problem and not the big picture. Sometimes I become so stubborn concerning my own opinion that I am tempted to resist what I know is the truth. It is at those times that I need wise counsel.
I seek wise counsel constantly. I talk over many things with my godly wife. I often go to spiritual leaders within our church and ask them their opinion about important issues concerning our ministry. At least once a month, I sit down with our deacons and discuss with them many of the details of our church. I also converse with other pastors whom I know and respect. I do all of this because I want to hear the opinions and perspectives of others. I invite them to talk openly and freely with me and to even disagree with me when they think that I am wrong. After all, what good would someone’s counsel be if they only tell us what we want to hear? The Bible says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Do you have some close friends with whom you can talk to and express your thoughts and feelings? Is there someone whom you can ‘bounce off’the issues of life? You should. The Bible tells us, “where there is no counsel, people fall; but there is safety in the multitude of counselors.”
- Courtesy Pastor Terry
Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, whom we know and confess as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Blessed are You, and blessed be Your holy name. As You have granted us grace to confess You faithfully, so we would pray You to grant us grace that we may serve You faithfully and display in everyday life the goodness of Him who delivered us from our sins and death to everlasting life.
Hear us on behalf of Your Church, that everywhere the name of Christ is raised there may be gathered a people who desire to know You and live as Your children by Baptism and faith. Bless every pastor and church worker and those whom we elect to serve us in our Synod and districts. Prosper all missionaries in their witness and all those preparing for church work vocations. Raise up people of virtue and steadfast faith to serve You as pastors, teachers and workers in Your kingdom for a new generation.
Guard Your people against the assaults of the devil, the injustice of the world, the violence and hate of those who despise You and who do not value life as a gift and blessing. Hear us as we pray for our president, our governor, our mayor and all elected and appointed leaders. Hear us also on behalf of the nations and peoples of the world, that there may be people of goodwill who will pursue peace and work for the common good.
Make us steadfast in the apostles’ doctrine, fellowship, in the breaking of the bread and prayer, lest we surrender the steadfast confession once handed down to us by the saints. Make us faithful in the confession of the Holy Trinity, that in the mystery of the one God and three persons, all people may come to rejoice in Your saving grace and goodness.
Rejoicing in our baptismal hope, lead us to know the blessing of a clear conscience through confession and absolution and to receive for our blessing and for our good the blessed food of Your Son’s holy body and precious blood. Turn us through daily repentance, that we may be restored from error and rescued in every temptation.
Give to Your servants all that we need for this body and life, especially the healing, strength, comfort and peace for the sick, the suffering, the sorrowing and the dying [especially recalling before You this day Your servants ________________]. You know better than we all their needs, but we pray You to teach us to pray so that our hearts may not be undone by anxiety and fear but rejoice in Your grace sufficient for our every need.
Accept the worship of our hands and voices through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and receive now the tithes and offerings we bring as signs of our gratitude and symbols of our trust. We give You only what You have first given us, that by this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving we may show forth our faith in You and our confidence that You will give us all things needful for this life and deliver us to eternal life; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, the blessed and eternal Trinity, now and forevermore. Amen.