Monday, April 27, 2015

Devotional Themes from April 18 Saturday Evening Prayer Service

S i n g :    B l e s s   t h e   L o r d ,   M y   S o u l 

R e a d :    P s a l m   1 0 3

1  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, 
    bless his holy name. 
2  Bless the Lord, O my soul, 
    and do not forget all his benefits— 
3  who forgives all your iniquity, 
    who heals all your diseases, 
4  who redeems your life from the Pit, 
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 
5  who satisfies you with good as long as you live 
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

S i n g :    B l e s s   t h e   L o r d ,   M y   S o u l 

8  The Lord is merciful and gracious, 
     slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 
10  He does not deal with us according to our sins, 
      nor repay us according to our iniquities. 
11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, 
      so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 
12  as far as the east is from the west, 
      so far he removes our transgressions from us. 
13  As a father has compassion for his children, 
      so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him. 
14  For he knows how we were made; 
      he remembers that we are dust. 

S i n g :    B l e s s   t h e   L o r d ,   M y   S o u l

15  As for mortals, their days are like grass; 
      they flourish like a flower of the field; 
16  for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, 
      and its place knows it no more. 
17  But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting 
      on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 
18  to those who keep his covenant 
      and remember to do his commandments. 
1    Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, 
      bless his holy name. 

S i n g :    B l e s s   t h e   L o r d ,   M y   S o u l

L i s t e n :    D i s c i p l i n e                                           G e o r g e   H e r b e r t

Throw away thy rod, 
Throw away thy wrath; 
O my God, 
Take the gentle path. 

For my heart's desire 
Unto thine is bent; 
I aspire 
To a full consent. 

Not a word or look 
I affect to own. 
But by book, 
And thy book alone. 

Though I fail, I weep; 
Though I halt in pace, 
Yet I creep 
To the throne of grace. 

Then let wrath remove; 
Love will do the deed; 
For with love 
Stony hearts will bleed. 

Love is swift of foot; 
Love's a man of war. 
And can shoot. 
And can hit from far.

Who can 'scape his bow? 
That which wrought on thee, 
Brought thee low, 
Needs must work on me. 

Throw away the rod; 
Though man frailties hath, 
Thou art God. 
Throw away thy wrath. 

S c r i p t u r e :    f r o m   H o s e a   1 1                     J e r u s a l e m   B i b l e 

When Israel was a child I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. 
I myself taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in my arms; 
Yet they have not understood that I was the one looking after them. 
I led them with reins of kindness, with cords of love. 
I was like someone who lifts an infant close against his cheek; 
stooping down to him I gave him his food. 

L i s t e n :    L  O V E                                                     G e o r g e   H e r b e r t 

Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back, 
Guilty of dust and sin. 
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack 
From my first entrance in, 
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning 
If I lack'd anything.  

'A guest,' I answer'd, 'worthy to be here:' 
Love said, 'You shall be he.' 
'I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear, 
I cannot look on Thee.' 
Love took my hand and smiling did reply, 
'Who made the eyes but I?' 

'Truth, Lord; but I have marr'd them: let my shame 
Go where it doth deserve.' 
'And know you not,' says Love, 'Who bore the blame?’ 
'My dear, then I will serve.' 
'You must sit down,' says Love, 'and taste my meat.' 
So I did sit and eat. 

S i n g :    C o m e   a n d   F i n d   t h e   Q u i e t   C e n t e r                #2128 

T a k e   5   M i n u t e s   A l o n e   w i t h   G o d   i n   L i s t e n i n g   P r a y e r 

Hospitality: a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.                                       Emerson 

There is no hospitality like understanding.                                                                Vanna Bonta 

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and 
not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to 
be hospitable to one's good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We 
must be as courteous to a person as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.                                                                                                      Emerson 

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.                                                                          Heb. 13:2 

S c r i p t u r e :    E p h e s i a n s   6 : 1 - 4 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. 

P a r e n t i n g   a s   H o s p i t a l i t y   a d a p t e d   f r o m   H e n r i   N o u w e n 

Parenting means primarily the creation of a free and safe space where children can experience hospitality, safety and nurture. It is not about changing them, but about offering them space where they can make their own changes. It is not to bring them over to our side in all things, but to offer them freedom to choose their own way. It is not a place to intimidate them with all we know and all they don’t know. It is the opening of an opportunity for them to find God in their own way. 

The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness, not a fearful emptiness, but a friendly emptiness where children can enter and discover themselves as created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own language, dance their own dances; free also to leave and follow their own vocations. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to a child to adopt their parents’ choices and preferences, but the gift of a chance to find his own way in life, her own journey into the life of God. 

S i n g :    S t a y   W i t h   U s                                                               # 2 1 9 9 

G o   i n   P e a c e : 

The deep peace of the whispering pines be with you 
The deep peace of the shining stars be with you 
The deep peace of the quiet earth be with you 
The deep peace of the doe with her fawn be with you 
The hope and peace of the spring flowers be with you. 
The deep peace, eternal hope and boundless love of the Father 
in the gift of his Son Jesus Christ whom the Spirit raised from the dead 
be and abide with you this week and for all eternity. Amen.  

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