Invitation — Psalm 133:1
"How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!"
Bible Song — Psalm 131
My heart is not proud, Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed myself
and quieted my ambitions.
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
Israel, put your hope in the Lord
both now and forevermore.
Bible Reading — Romans 8:1, 12-17
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation — but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Become aware of God's loving presence and read again ... what in God's Word has caught your heart's attention? Is there a command to be obeyed, a comfort to be savored? Talk to God about the Scripture you've just read ... yield yourself to God and enjoy his presence.
- for a deeper understanding of the gospel
- for the full experience of our adoption as God's children
- for vibrant prayer lives
Prayer — WC 20
Thank you, almighty God, that we are free in Christ Jesus — free from the pointing finger of condemnation, from the curse of the law, the bullying of sin, the sting of death, free from fear. But more than that — freed to love you, to willingly yield our lives to you, to know you, and to cry from our hearts, "Abba, Father." Amen.
Blessing — Ephesians 3:16-17
"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith."