Worship for Wandering Worshipers
For Sunday, August 25, 2013
We are sorry that you will miss worship this weekend! This is a short devotional you can do, wherever this weekend has taken you. We hope this will help you to stay connected to your Christus family of faith, even while you are away. Our prayers and blessings go with you!
How to use this devotional:
Pick a leader or leaders to read the “Leader” portion. Everyone else will read the “People” portion. A hymn is included for those of you who like to sing. If that’s not your thing, you can read the verses together, or move to the next part of the devotional. Feel free to add prayers and other readings that will make this more meaningful for you as a family. Above all, have fun and praise God!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Leader: We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Confession and Forgiveness
Leader: Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.
Leader: Gracious God,
People: We are not perfect people. There have been times this past week when we have messed up and hurt others or ourselves or both. Help us to do better. Help us to remember how much you love us, even though we aren’t always deserving of that love. Forgive us and make us new, so we can share your love with the world. Amen.
Leader: God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.
Prayer of the Day
Leader: Let us pray, Gracious Lord, it is not always clear what the right thing to do is. Give us discerning minds and hearts, so that we will be open to the prompting of your Holy Spirit. Help us to know when to act, and when to refrain from acting. In all things, guide us with your love and grace. All this we ask in Jesus’ name:
If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. 12 Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.
13 If you refrain from trampling the sabbath, from pursuing your own interests on my holy day; if you call the sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, serving your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs; 14 then you shall take delight in the Lord, and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth; I will feed you with the heritage of your ancestor Jacob, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
10 Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. 11And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. 12When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, ‘Woman, you are set free from your ailment.’ 13When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. 14But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, ‘There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.’ 15But the Lord answered him and said, ‘You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? 16And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?’ 17When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
Some Questions to Ponder
1. The woman in the gospel reading doesn’t ask Jesus for help, he just sees her need and heals her. Have you ever experienced a time when it felt like Jesus responded to your need, whether for healing or otherwise, before you had even asked? What was that like for you?
2. Although Jesus broke the rules regarding the Sabbath to heal the woman, her response was to immediately begin praising God. Have you ever encountered a situation where breaking the rules was, or felt like, the right, most ethical thing to do? How did it turn out?
“There is a Balm in Gilead”
(Here is a link to the music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN9JALQRMb0)
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.
Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus and say, “He died for all.”
Don’t ever be discouraged, for Jesus is your friend;
And if you lack for knowledge, he’ll ne’er refuse to lend.
African American Spiritual
Highs and Lows: Everyone share one thing from the past day or so they’d call a “high point” and one thing they’d call a “low point”.
Prayers – prayers can be led by the Leader or all present can offer up a brief prayer or everyone can pray silently to themselves.
· Pray about the highs and lows that were named
· Weekend activity (e.g., camping, a tournament, etc.)
· Safe travels home
The Lord’s Prayer
All: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us: and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
Leader: The Lord bless us and keep us, the Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us, the Lord look upon us with favor, and give us peace.
Leader: Go in peace, serve the Lord! People: Thanks be to God!