Silence and Centering – Pause for 5 minutes of Silence
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:1
Confession: Heavenly Father, we come to You with heads bowed and knees bent. We ask for Your forgiveness for all the said and unsaid sins in our hearts. We hide in shame. The guilt, we feel, is a weight we cannot bear. We carry it—add on to it—and fall down, spent. Lord, please forgive us, as we, personally, confess these to You. Thank You, God, for creating in us pure hearts and renewed, steadfast spirits. In the Name of Your righteous Son, Jesus Christ, we ask for these things. Amen.
FIRST READING: Psalm 20
May the LORD answer you in times of trouble.
May the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from his Temple
and support you from Mount Zion.
3 May he remember all your offerings
and accept all your sacrifices. Selah
4 May he give you what you want
and make all your plans succeed,
5 and we will shout for joy when you succeed,
and we will raise a flag in the name of our God.
May the LORD give you all that you ask for.
6 Now I know the LORD helps his appointed king.
He answers him from his holy heaven
and saves him with his strong right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, others in horses,
but we trust the LORD our God.
8 They are overwhelmed and defeated,
but we march forward and win.
9 LORD, save the king!
Answer us when we call for help.
SECOND READING: 1 Corinthians 2:1-10
Dear brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I did not come preaching God’s secret[a] with fancy words or a show of human wisdom. 2 I decided that while I was with you I would forget about everything except Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. 3 So when I came to you, I was weak and fearful and trembling. 4 My teaching and preaching were not with words of human wisdom that persuade people but with proof of the power that the Spirit gives. 5 This was so that your faith would be in God’s power and not in human wisdom.
6 However, I speak a wisdom to those who are mature. But this wisdom is not from this world or from the rulers of this world, who are losing their power. 7 I speak God’s secret wisdom, which he has kept hidden. Before the world began, God planned this wisdom for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this world understood it. If they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But as it is written in the Scriptures:
“No one has ever seen this,
and no one has ever heard about it.
No one has ever imagined
what God has prepared for those who love him.” Isaiah 64:4
10 But God has shown us these things through the Spirit.
The Spirit searches out all things, even the deep secrets of God.
In today’ reading, Paul gives us a wonderful glimpse into how he understood his ministry – and it gives a glimpse of our Triune God at work. Paul affirmed that he preached only one message – Christ crucified. This message was preached according to the wisdom of God, and through the power of God’s Spirit, who also reveals the truth of God to us. Jesus, the Father and the Spirit are all at work in Paul’s ministry.
This shows us how Paul always relied on God’s activity in his life, and how he constantly opened himself to the Trinity. As Paul shows us how God worked in his life, he also invites us to enjoy the same experience. In our lives, as we seek to serve God and others, the focus must always be Christ’s message and mission, the wisdom must always be from God, and the power must always be that of the Holy Spirit. As with Paul, the whole of our Triune God is active in our lives, and is at work through us to touch others with God’s grace and love. Where can you identify the three Persons of the Trinity at work in your life today?
DO: Like Paul, all believers are called to proclaim Christ. We do this when we allow our lives to reveal the sacrificial love of Christ, the humility to be guided by the wisdom of God, and the openness to be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit. Today, invite the Triune God to shine through your life.
PRAY: May your wisdom, grace and power flow through me, O God.
Conclude with 3 Minutes of Silence