DEVOTIONAL REFLECTIONS – For the week of October 26-Nov 1
We are in the season “after the Pentecost.” Our devotional reflections use Bible texts from Sunday worship and Wednesday worship. Sunday worships online alternate traditional and informal and use the Gospel and the Old Testament passages from the Revised Common Lectionary (a three-year reading pattern). Wednesday Worships are on the zoom application and include a thanksgiving for baptism and the receiving of Holy Communion. The Bible readings include a continuous reading of the book of Romans.
If you would like suggestions for daily readings, the Scriptures below will be used during the week of July 27 – August 2 for worship texts. Each day has a Scripture reading for you to look up in a Bible – maybe even two different translations if you have them. Also there is a thought or question for you to ponder. As you read, and re-read:
- consider God’s action in the text
- explore your response to the text
- shape an idea/concept/understanding for you to carry through the day
- pray – in your choice for method (silently, aloud, writing, etc)
Try to follow the above steps for each day and each text. If you miss a day or two or three, don’t fret. Just start from the current day. Each text can stand on its own. However, a regular practice will help you deepen in your awareness of God’s presence
THE READINGS (and a quick note about each or questions prompted by each)
MONDAY – Revelation 7:9-12
Link to Jesus coming into Jerusalem and being heralded by palm branches. Compare and Contrast
TUESDAY – Revelation 7:13-17
Recalls the cost and the reward for following Jesus. God’s tenderness and comfort as God wipes away each tear.
WEDNESDAY – Psalm 34:1-10, 22
Pick out some words and/or phrases in this Psalm that bring you joy and hope and reflect on why this is and what it means to you. The words that jumped out at me are: My soul makes its boast in the Lord, fears (whenever I see the word fear, I immediately go to Trust), radiant, saved, taste, those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
THURSDAY – 1 John 3:1-3
“See what love the Father Has given us, that we should be called children of God”. What does that mean to you? Think of words like unconditional, chosen, covenant.
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. This verse can be looked at from the point of view of our journey in faith, but let us think of it this week in terms of All Saints and all our loved ones who are with Him now.
FRIDAY – Matthew 5:1-12
Beatitudes are found at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount. It presents Jesus as teacher both warning and assuring of God’s grace.