Watchword for the Week
And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus alone. Matthew 17:8
From the distractions of our lives we gather to see Jesus.
From the busyness of business we pause to adjust our focus.
We come into the presence of God,
Knowing our need for God’s leading in our lives.
God is ruler;
let the peoples tremble!
God sits enthroned upon the cherubim;
let the earth quake!
God is great in Zion;
God is exalted over all the peoples.
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Holy is God!
Mighty Ruler, lover of justice, you have established equity;
you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Extol the Sovereign our God;
worship at God’s footstool. Holy is God!
Moses and Aaron were among God’s priests,
Samuel also was among those who called on God’s name.
They cried to God,
and God answered them.
God spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
they kept God’s decrees, and the statutes that God gave them.
O Sovereign our God, you answered them;
you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
Extol the Sovereign our God,
and worship at God’s holy mountain; for the Sovereign our God is holy.
Confession of Sin
If we confess our sins God is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In full assurance of faith, let us confess our sins to our gracious God.
Forgive us Holy God, for we have sinned and fallen short of your intended will for us. Too often we diminish the power of your love and the ways through which you seek to bring us back to you. This causes us to live an undisciplined and unfocused life which does not bear witness to you. Forgive us when we allow the distractions of this world to hold a more powerful influence on us than your will. It is at these times and we misalign our priorities and find ourselves in places that we should not go. Forgive us when the darkness of our lives keeps us from seeing the light of your redemption, and the new life promised for us both today and in the world yet to come.
The good news in Christ is that when we face ourselves and God with the awareness of our need, we are given grace to grow, and courage to continue the journey. Friends, believe the good news of the Gospel.
In Jesus Christ we are forgiven! 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.
This is a time for the reading of a scripture passage. If you have a copy of the Moravian Daily Texts take time to read today’s texts now, but don’t rush over them as a task to be completed. These are the words that God would have you to cherish for this day. These are words that could transform your life if you allow them to. So read slowly and deliberately. Pause at words or phrases that happen to catch your spirit, for these are places where God might be speaking to you. When you have finished with your reading of scriptures, take time to pray for the needs that you present today, for the needs of those you love, and for the needs of a hurting world. May your time of prayer help you to clarify where God would want you to focus your energy. When you are ready continue with this prayer as follows:
Let us pray together:
Creator of all humanity, we call you Holy, and seek to worship you all the days of our lives. We pray that the ways of your heavenly kingdom may be made real in the world that surrounds us. May the bread that we need for today be made available for us and all who are hungry; and may you forgive us, just as we are able to forgive those who have sinned against us. In the time of moral testing, may we listen first for your voice calling to us, instead of the call of the world. This world, and all that is in it, always has been and always will be yours, help us to lose ourselves to you and your kingdom. Help us to find who we truly are as we walk in your light. Amen.
Gracious God, lead us to the mountain top where we can see you clearly.
May our encounter with you transform our lives into your likeness.
May we in turn see the world through your loving eyes.
May we forgive as we have been forgiven, and may we share grace just as we have received it.
We go from here in the love of God, the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
Thanks be to God. Amen.