Invitation — Psalm 48:14
"For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end."
Bible Song — Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains —
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip —
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you —
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm —
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
Bible Reading — Ecclesiastes 12:1, 6-7
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, "I find no pleasure in them."...
Remember him — before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Read again slowly ... find a word or phrase that catches your eye or moves your heart ... slowly repeat it ... pray your thoughts, desires, needs, and feelings from your meditation ... enjoy the presence of your Lord and Savior.
- for deep gratitude for the cross of Jesus Christ
- for those living in poverty and suffering injustice
- for those who are unemployed or underemployed
Prayer — HC 89/90
Alpha and Omega, one way or another, I will die; everyone dies, but so few live. Help me to find the life that comes in dying to my self. What a waste to wait until the end of my living to begin to find your life. Let me come alive and experience your joy now, your life flowing into every kind of good. Amen.
Blessing — Matthew 5:10
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."