Centering Prayer & Devotional – 7/14/21

Centering Prayer * St. James' Episcopal Church

The Welcoming Prayer for Healing – Centering Prayer (Please gently become aware of your interior state, and repeat this prayer.)

God, I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment.

God, I know it is for my healing.

God, I welcome all thoughts, and emotions.

God, I let go of my desire for control. God, I let go of my desire for approval.

God, I let go of my desire to change people.

God, I open myself to your love.

God, I open myself to your healing grace.

Now we will slowly breathe in through our nose, and then slowly breathe out through our mouths as we repeat one word, “Amen”, 3 times, while we refocus ourselves in our New Supernatural Reality Jesus: Amen. Amen. Amen.

Confession:

Merciful God, we confess that we have often failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray, and free us for joyful obedience; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bible Reading & Devotional:

DAILY MEDITATION: EXODUS 2:1-15

Moses fled . . . and stayed in the land of Midian. (Exodus 2:15)

Every superhero has an origin story. Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became Spiderman. Steve Rogers was injected with a secret serum and morphed into Captain America. And Moses? Well, he was a killer and fugitive from justice when God called him to lead his people out of slavery.

That’s not exactly an auspicious start for one of the Bible’s greatest heroes, is it? We might even wonder why this part of Moses’ story was included in the Bible. Wouldn’t it have been better to gloss over the bad stuff and focus only on the good things he did?

Not in the least. In fact, the Bible is quite clear-eyed about Moses’ weaknesses as well as his strengths. We read how he faced down Pharaoh and led the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt, but we also read about how many excuses he used to try to get out of his calling (Exodus 3:11–4:17). We read how he received the Ten Commandments from God, but we also read how he flew into a rage when he saw the people committing idolatry (32:15-28).

It’s not just Moses either. With the exception of the Virgin Mary and, of course, Jesus, virtually every hero or heroine in the Bible is shown to be a combination of strengths and weaknesses, of sin and righteousness. And that’s exactly the way it should be.

Why? Because the Bible is the story of how God called ordinary people—sinners just like us—to fulfill his plan of salvation. It’s the story of God pouring out his grace on everyday people to help them accomplish great things in his name.

For the next month, we’re going to be reading about Moses and his heroic exploits. As you read, be sure to remember where he came from and some of the ways he fell short of his calling. Remember that Moses was just like you—an imperfect person who cooperated with God’s grace—and that means you can become just like him—a servant who helps build the kingdom here on earth.

“Lord, teach me to welcome your grace so that I can do great things for you just as Moses did.”

Conclude with 5 Minutes of Silent Prayer

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.

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