Devotional September 27, 2015

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Week of September 27, 2015

 

Monday:  Each week during our series you will be invited to get into a rhythm of loving and serving our city.  The first two weeks of our series was about loving our nurturing community with the heart of Jesus.  These next two weeks are about seeing our social community with the eyes of Jesus.

 

Read Luke 7:36-50

Questions for Reflection and Application

How did the Pharisee see the woman?  How did Jesus see her?

Is your vision more like the Pharisee’s or Jesus’?

Prayer Focus

Pray to see others as Jesus sees them.

 

Tuesday:  The anointing at Bethany is perceived differently by Jesus and the others who were there.

 

Read Mark 14:3-9

Questions for Reflection and Application

How did some who were at the house view the actions of the woman?  How did Jesus view her actions?

Is your view more like the people or Jesus?

Prayer Focus

Pray to view others actions as Jesus views them.

 

Wednesday: Judas objects to Mary’s costly service.  Jesus sees her actions in a much different light.

 

Read John 12:1-8

Questions for Reflection and Application

How did Judas perceive the actions of Mary?  How did Jesus interpret her actions?

Is your perception more like Judas’ or Jesus’?

Prayer Focus

Pray to perceive others as Jesus does

 

Thursday:  Jesus startles the Pharisees with his choice of dinner companions

 

Read Matthew 9:9-13

Questions for Reflection and Application

How did the Pharisees judge Jesus’ dinner companions?  How did Jesus judge them?

Are your dinner companions be approved by these Pharisees?  By Jesus?

Prayer Focus

Pray to expand your “table” to include the people with whom Jesus eats.

 

Friday:  Jesus does not view others the way the world views them.  In today’s reading he touches the “untouchable.”

 

Read Mark 1:40-45

Questions for Reflection and Application

Who are the “untouchables” in our social community?

How can you see them as Jesus sees them?

Prayer Focus

Pray for those who are not treated as equally valuable in our society.  Pray for those who see them that way.  Pray that you might see them as Jesus does.

 

 

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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