Silence and Centering – Pause for 5 minutes of Silence
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:1
Confession: Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. You alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
FIRST READING: Numbers 6:22-27
22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you should bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 “May the Lord bless you and keep you.
25 May the Lord show you his kindness
and have mercy on you.
26 May the Lord watch over you
and give you peace.”’
27 “So Aaron and his sons will bless the Israelites with my name, and I will bless them.”
SECOND READING: Mark 4:21-25
21 Then Jesus said to them, “Do you hide a lamp under a bowl or under a bed? No! You put the lamp on a lampstand. 22 Everything that is hidden will be made clear and every secret thing will be made known. 23 Let those with ears use them and listen!
24 “Think carefully about what you hear. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you, but God will give you even more. 25 Those who have understanding will be given more. But those who do not have understanding, even what they have will be taken away from them.”
After all the reflections on the Trinity of this week, you may be feeling a little confused and overwhelmed. This is a good thing because we need to remember that God is always way beyond our ability to understand. As soon as we think we have God ‘nailed down’ we have stopped worshipping God! In the light of this, Jesus’ words in today’s reading are rather comforting. On the one hand Jesus encourages us to let our light shine. This means that we can let our knowledge of God and our love for God shine through our lives. But Jesus also encourages us to continue listening and seeking deeper understanding.
This is encouraging because it teaches us that we always have more to learn, and that an attitude of humility will always lead us into a deeper understanding of God and God’s ways. It’s also encouraging because it shows us that we don’t have to know it all in order to let our lights shine. God is always going to be a mystery to us – that’s as it should be. So, as we let our lights shine we don’t have to convince or persuade others, and we don’t have to know all the answers.
Rather, we can simply allow others to see the mysterious, glorious, Triune God at work in our lives. How can you let your light shine, while also opening yourself to new understandings of God today?
DO: One great way to dive into the mystery of God, to learn more about God, and to allow God’s light to shine through us, is to practice praise as a habit in our daily lives. Praise reveals God to us, leading us deeper in our understanding of God, and also allows God to reveal God’s Self through us to others.
PRAY: I praise you, O God for your glory and mystery.
Conclude with 3 Minutes of Silence