A Devotion for Churches and Pastors…Posted: April 8, 2013
…For the Week of Appointment Making | The Nashville Area of The United Methodist Church
Incline your ear, O God, and hear me. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; Save your servant who trusts in you, O God. Teach us, O Holy One, that through all our days we might be found faithful and in that faithfulness, our souls might find rest in You. Amen.
Read PSALM 62
Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin that clings so closely, and let us run the race with perseverance, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
READING FOR REFLECTION
Spirituality is about seeing. It’s not about earning or achieving. It’s about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don’t need to push the river, because you are in it. The life is lived within, and we learn how to say yes to that life.
– from Everything Belongs by Richard Rhor
Giving need not be confined to money or material gifts, but I would like more people to give their hands to serve and their hearts to love – to recognize the poor in their own homes, towns, and countries, and to reach out to them with love and compassion.
– from My Life With the Poor Mother Teresa
SILENT MEDITATION AND PERSONAL PRAYERS FOR THE CHURCH AND THE CONFERENCE
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Breathe on me breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what thou dost love,
And do what thou wouldst do.
– Edwin Hatch (1835-1889)
HYMN PSALM 62
My soul finds rest in God alone, the rock of my salvation.
A fortress strong against my foes, and I will not be shaken,
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse, and lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness, I’ll look to Him who hears me.
O praise Him hallelujah, my delight and my reward,
Everlasting, never failing, my Redeemer, my God.
He came singing love, He lived singing love, He died singing love. He rose in silence. If the song is to continue, we must do the singing.
– adaptation from a poem by Vin Walkup