Wednesday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 03 Jun 2020 – 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Psalm 103 ~ a church leader’s life must be above reproach

Wednesday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 03 Jun 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Lord God, let the grace of the Holy Spirit come upon us, so that we may hold fast to your will with fidelity and show it forth in a holy life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

I am writing so that you will know how people must conduct themselves in the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

__________

A Reading from the Pastoral Epistles: 1 Timothy 3:1-16 (NLT)

Leaders in the Church

This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach. He must not be a heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money. He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him. For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

A church leader must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall. Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.

In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money. They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience. Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well. Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

The Truths of Our Faith

I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith:

Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit.
He was seen by angels and announced to the nations.
He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.
__________

Morning Prayer: (excerpts Psalm 103)

Heavenly Father: We wholeheartedly bless your Holy Name –
just as parents are kind to their children, you are kind to all who worship you.

+ You surround us with with loving-kindness.

+ You fill our lives with good things.

+ You give justice to all who are treated unfairly.

+ You are merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it.

+ You never bear a grudge or remain angry.

+ Your loving-kindness is from everlasting to everlasting.

+ Your salvation is to children’s children of those who are faithful and obey you.

Heavenly Father: We wholeheartedly bless your Holy Name –
we give you thanks and praise through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
__________

Good, Good Father – by HOUSEFIRES II

__________

Closing: 1 Timothy 3:15 (NLT)

The household of God… is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Categories: Life around the World, Life in America, Life in Christ, Life in Our Family

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

%d bloggers like this: