Invitation — Lamentations 3:25-26
"The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord."
Bible Song — Psalm 46:8-11
Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Bible Reading — Luke 7:11-17
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out — the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, "Don't cry."
Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, "Young man, I say to you, get up!" The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.
They were all filled with awe and praised God. "A great prophet has appeared among us," they said. "God has come to help his people." This news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding country.
Remind yourself you are in God's presence and read again ... notice how God might be speaking to you through his Word — dwell on a word or phrase that jumps out at you ... let your heart respond to God in prayer ... take refreshment in God's presence.
- for the wonder, beauty, and complexity of creation
- for the care of creation
- for environmental concerns
Prayer — CD 3/4.12
Surprising God, the Bible is filled with your mighty acts, sometimes leaving me wishing for more of the same today. In doing so, I often miss your most regular miracle, the renewal of a human heart, a marvelous, powerful work — resurrection and new creation. Fill me with awe and praise every time I gather with other Christians, each one of us walking miracles of your supernatural work. Amen.
Blessing — Psalm 33:22
"May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you."