A Season of Transition, a Season of Prayer — Please join us each day at 11:30 a.m. in offering a personal but collective prayer for our congregation. Today’s focus for prayer is Pete Peery, our new Interim Pastor, that he may be led by the Holy Spirit in his service to MPPC.
Scripture: Luke 6:39-49
Key Verses: Luke 6:46-49 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? 47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. 48 That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. 49 But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.”
Reflection: Today I picked up the old red hymnal and flipped right to hymn #101. My younger brother would be the first to request “This is my Fathers World,” hymn #101, every Sunday. The song takes me back to the third pew of First Presbyterian Church, sharing a hymnal with my brother and sister. It was something we did every Sunday morning followed by a big Sunday dinner. (Which was in the oven cooking while we were at church?!!!) Christian faith was the norm and Sunday worship was a part of everyone’s schedule.
We live in a different world. Sunday is for many things but faith is still formed through intentional immersion into a community of people who live out their Christian faith. This passage provides an opportunity for us to consider how rituals and our participation in worship relate to the formation of character. All we do is an act of worship but it is in the context of corporate worship that the gathered community of faith gives back to God the adoration God deserves. In worship, our confession, singing, listening and praying do the work of faith formation. Worship helps create a bold, courageous character that occasionally produces good fruit and weathers the storms of life. Who we are as a body of Christ is formed by our corporate worship. Together, we are empowered to live a life that will glorify God.
Prayer: God of hope and promise, today I seek to live out what I believe. May the songs, scripture and stories of your people continue to speak to me throughout this day, reminding me that I am never alone in this world or in my faith. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].