Leader: Let me hear what God will speak, for the Lord will speak peace to his people,
to his faithful, to those who turn to the Lord in their hearts.
People: Surely salvation is at hand for those who fear the Lord, that glory may dwell in our land.
Leader: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
People: Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.
Leader: The Lord will give up what is good, and our land will yield its increase.
People: Righteousness will go before the Lord, and make God’s footsteps a way.
All: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen. Amen.
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart.
Great God of heaven, my treasure thou art.
Great God of Heaven, my victory won
May I reach Heaven's joys, O bright Heav'n's Sun
Heart of my own heart, whate'er befall
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all
CCLI Song # 30639 . Eleanor Henrietta Hull | Mary Elizabeth Byrne © Words: Public Domain, Music: Public Domain.
Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.
Good and gracious God,
Sometimes we get so caught up in planning the future and remembering the past that we miss opportunities in the here and now.
Rather than focusing on the realities of now, we concentrate on skewed memories
of what was or hopeful projections of what could be.
Call us to each moment.
Keep us aware of how the past informs them and remind us of how, when stitched together, in just the right way, they can create a better future.
With your encouragement, never let us gaze on the past or the future
so steadily that we lose the opportunity of following you in each moment.
Instead, inspire us to honor our past by carving out new and creative futures through the choices we make each day.
Call us to each moment.
Encourage, embolden and empower us to have the perseverance to follow you
even if following sometimes makes us feel uncomfortable, unsure, or unstable
simply because we are uncertain of where you are leading us.
Teach us to prize the journey and the time spent with you,
trusting you as we more fully embrace each moment… and follow. Amen
What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20
For more from this poet please visit: http://www.lynnungar.com
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Pastor Emily Denmark-McGee
What you may be going through now could be a catalyst for something better that you never could imagine on your own.
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Pray: Forgiving God, the first offering you ask for is the giving of ourselves, loving you and others boldly, refusing to let our fear of the storms around us keep us from taking risks. Forgive us for times when you have called us to leave our places of comfort, and we’ve ignored the call. Forgive us when our giving has not grown beyond our safety zone, but you blessed our gifts and us anyway. For those times when we dared to put our foot outside the boat and then sank up to our knees, thank you for not taking your hand away. For all this, we give thanks in the holy name of Jesus, our Savior. Amen. (Matthew 14:22-33)
I have what you need But you keep on searching
I've done all the work But you keep on working
When you're running on empty And you can't find the remedy
Just come to the well
You can spend your whole life Chasing what's missing
But that empty inside It just ain't gonna listen
When nothing can satisfy And the world leaves you high and dry
Just come to the well
And all who thirst will thirst no more
And all who search will find
What their souls long for
The world will try but it can never fill
(So) leave it all behind
And come to the well
So bring Me your heart No matter how broken
Just come as you are When your last prayer is spoken
Just rest in My arms a while You'll feel the change My child
When you come to the well
The world will try but it can never fill, So leave it all behind
And now that you're full Of love beyond measure
Your joy's gonna flow Like a stream in the desert
Soon all the world will see That living water is found in Me
'Cause you've come to the well
Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Further Readings for the Proper 14 (19) Tenth Sunday after Pentecost August 9, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
Psalm: Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b
2nd Reading: Romans 10:5-15
Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33