Devotional October 4, 2015

Week of October 4, 2015

Each week during our new series you will be invited to get into a rhythm of loving and serving our city.  This week’s reading invites us to view hospitality as an act of love and service.

Monday: Jesus and Zacchaeus  

Read Luke 19: 1-4
Questions for Reflection and Application
In what way might Zacchaeus be different than many other outcasts of Jesus’ day? 
In what ways can someone feel like an outsider, even if s/he is privileged in other aspects of her/his life?

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Holy Spirit will grant you clarity to see the outcast who is right before you.

Tuesday: Jesus sees Zacchaeus

Read Luke 19: 5-6                        
Questions for Reflection and Application
How is it that Jesus sees Zacchaeus? In seeking to become like Christ, how might we work to better see the 
Zacchaeuses among us?
What is one tangible way you can be intentional about “seeing” someone needs to know s/he is a child of God?

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Holy Spirit might allow you to see with the eyes of Jesus. 

Wednesday: Jesus invites himself to Zacchaeus’ house

Read Luke 19: 5-6
Questions for Reflection and Application
What is the meaning of Jesus going to Zacchaeus’ house?
What is the significance of Jesus choosing to receive hospitality from an outsider?

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Spirit will humble us that we might receive hospitality from one another.

Thursday:  Be hospitable without complaint 

Read 1 Peter 4: 8-9
Questions for Reflection and Application
How are love and hospitality a part of God’s commands?
Knowing this, what does it mean if we do not make room for others to be hospitable?

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Spirit will empower us to receive hospitality from those who are different from us.

Friday:  There are many ways to express hospitality

Read Acts 28: 1-2
Questions for Reflection and Application
How might hospitality look different in other cultures or places in society?
How might inviting new people to practice/share, change our congregation? How might this be an opportunity to grow in the diverse love of God? 

Prayer Focus
Pray that the Holy Spirit would open our church to new ways of receiving and sharing hospitality.


Social Community Litany
God in the Spirit revealed in Jesus Christ, calls us by grace
to be renewed in the image of our Creator, 
that we may be one in divine love for the world

Today is the day God  cries with the masses of starving people, despises growing disparity between rich and poor, demands justice for workers in the marketplace.
And so shall we.

United Methodist Social Creed
We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.
We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.
We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.
We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.
We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.
We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world.  Amen.

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