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Week of June 7, 2020

by Rev. Matthew Johnson on June 07, 2020

Opening Prayer
Almighty and everlasting God, in whom we live, move and have our being, you created us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they find rest in you. Grant us such devotion of heart and strength of purpose that no selfish thought or deed may hinder us from knowing your will, and no weakness from doing it. In your light may we see life clearly and in your service may we find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1965 Book of Worship, Alt.)

Psalm 8 (NRSV)
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Jeremiah 22:3-5 (NRSV)
Thus says the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word, and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O King of Judah sitting on the throne of David—you, and your servants, and your people who enter these gates. Thus says the Lord: Act with justice and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor anyone who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place. For if you will indeed obey this word, then through the gates of this house shall enter kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their servants, and their people.

 Questions for Reflection
In the passage above, God gives Jeremiah two directives in succession, each beginning with “This says the Lord.” In your reading, why are the two linked? 

What difference would it have made had Jeremiah done the second but not the first? 

Remember a moment from your own life when you were faced with speaking a difficult truth in what could have been an unreceptive place. What did you risk? What was the outcome? 

Where might God be calling you to speak, and what is it that your faith is compelling you to say?

Concluding Prayer
God of grace and glory, we thank you that you judge us not by the perfection of our actions, but by our readiness to live boldly by faith. Help us, individually and collectively, to trust you and follow where you lead, that Christ May be glorified in all the Earth. Amen. (Ruth Duck) 

The Lord bless us and keep us; the Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us; the Lord turn his face toward us and give us peace.


Tags: prayer, reflection, restless