Daily Devotions with Pastor Karen

 

Sunday Edition, 3/22/2020


"EXAMPLE & ENCOURAGEMENT" THEORY #3

 

Good morning! I miss you all especially today! How I have taken for granted our ability to gather for worship on Sunday morning!

 

Today, let's check in. What have been your "hi's" this week? What have been your "low's". Just click "reply all" and share it with your church family.

 

Because it's Sunday, I've planned a more extended devotional/worship for you. So, get ready to take a few moments (go refill your coffee cup if need be)...think of your church family, think of the whole Christian church in their homes gathering online with their faith communities, think of our world....

 

God is with us wherever we are. God wants our thanks and praise. So, let's worship God....

 

Prayer of Confession


Gracious God, have mercy on us. In your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, that we have done and things we have failed to do. Turn us again to you, and uphold us by your Spirit, so that we may live and serve you in newness of life.

 

Promise of Forgiveness

 

In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. Amen.

 

Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-UmemwpAvA

 

Bible Reading: Luke 15:11-24

Jesus told this story: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. "A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. "When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, 'At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant."' So the son returned home to his father.

 

church heart

 

This theory states that we simply don't or can't love God or our neighbor as we should. And that's true to our lived experience, isn't it? We turn away or ignore God, until we are in need. And not only do we find it difficult to love our enemies, we even find it difficult to love those we claim to love the most: our family and friends.

 

So God enters into this world in the person of Jesus, whose life points to the depth of God's love for all creation. God is love. Parables like the Prodigal Son teach us about this depth of God's love for sinners like you and me. [In next days we'll see how the Father shows us what love is.] Jesus doesn't just come into the world to tell us that God is love; he comes to show us how to love, and inspires us to do so.

 

Pray: Teach us what love is. Help us remember and care for the poor, the stranger, the widowed, the orphan. In Jesus' name, Amen.

 

Act: Look for opportunities to help someone else this week. And if you would, share that with your church family, email us by clicking "reply all." OR post it on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/GethsemaneBrookfield/

 

Remember, we can only do small things, but with great love. [Quoting Mother Teresa}

 

On the journey with you,

Pastor Karen

 

And now, a personal message from me....

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