Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Almighty God, when we reflect on Your generosity – the sending of Your only Son and the sacrifice of His life for us – we are humbled and grateful. And yet, we give ear to this culture of abundance when it says that we need more and more of everything in order to be satisfied. We believe the lie that our happiness will be deeper if our possessions are greater. O Lord, remind us again that You have provided all we need. Deliver us from selfish accumulation, from envious thought, from tight-fisted giving. Bring us into Your joy, where it is more blessed to give than to receive, through Christ our Lord, Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
Scripture Reading — 1 Peter 2:7-10
Sometimes people can have totally different reactions to similar circumstances or events.
We used to know two elderly women who had similar experiences: both had suffered a significant decline in their health. But one was persistently joyful, while the other was chronically negative. Both were Christians, but only one was vibrant with life in Christ. The contrast between their perspectives has been so instructive to me that I have earnestly pleaded with God to keep me from stumbling and falling into immature cynicism.
In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases 1 Peter 2:8 this way: “They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.” Later the text says we are chosen to be “God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.”
Sometimes we meet people who worry that they are not chosen to be part of God’s spiritual house. They are afraid that they do not have salvation. This can be heartbreaking. But Peter urges people to grow up in God so that they can flourish and be completely confident of God’s goodness and love. We are all given this wonderful invitation to identify with Christ and his purpose. This invitation is to receive the Word and let Christ be our firm foundation.
Devotional By Julia Prins Vanderveen
Lord, protect us from stumbling and falling; keep us securely on the path to full, vibrant life in you. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.
Question to consider: Which word or phrase stands out to you. What might God be saying to you?)
The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Prayer: Conclude with Silence ( 2 Minutes)