Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021: Psalm 73:21-28; Proverbs 29; John 7:25-36 ~ Jesus requires our trust.

Wednesday, 15 Sep 2021:

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

Opening:

O God, because without you we are not able to please you,
mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct
and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever. Amen.

“Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple,
“You know me, and you know where I come from.
But I have not come of my own accord.
He who sent me is true, and him you do not know.
I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”
(John 7:28-29)

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Psalms: Psalm 73 – Sons of Korah

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OT Reading: Proverbs 29 (ESV)

29:1 He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck,
will suddenly be broken beyond healing.

2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice,
but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

3 He who loves wisdom makes his father glad,
but a companion of prostitutes squanders his wealth.

4 By justice a king builds up the land,
but he who exacts gifts tears it down.

5 A man who flatters his neighbor
spreads a net for his feet.

6 An evil man is ensnared in his transgression,
but a righteous man sings and rejoices.

7 A righteous man knows the rights of the poor;
a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

8 Scoffers set a city aflame,
but the wise turn away wrath.

9 If a wise man has an argument with a fool,
the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.

10 Bloodthirsty men hate one who is blameless
and seek the life of the upright.

11 A fool gives full vent to his spirit,
but a wise man quietly holds it back.

12 If a ruler listens to falsehood,
all his officials will be wicked.

13 The poor man and the oppressor meet together;
the Lord gives light to the eyes of both.

14 If a king faithfully judges the poor,
his throne will be established forever.

15 The rod and reproof give wisdom,
but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

16 When the wicked increase, transgression increases,
but the righteous will look upon their downfall.

17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest;
he will give delight to your heart.

18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint,
but blessed is he who keeps the law.

19 By mere words a servant is not disciplined,
for though he understands, he will not respond.

20 Do you see a man who is hasty in his words?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.

21 Whoever pampers his servant from childhood
will in the end find him his heir.

22 A man of wrath stirs up strife,
and one given to anger causes much transgression.

23 One’s pride will bring him low,
but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.

24 The partner of a thief hates his own life;
he hears the curse, but discloses nothing.

25 The fear of man lays a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

26 Many seek the face of a ruler,
but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.

27 An unjust man is an abomination to the righteous,
but one whose way is straight is an abomination to the wicked.

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Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad

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NT Reading: John 7:25-36 (ESV)

Can This Be the Christ?

7:25 Some of the people of Jerusalem therefore said, “Is not this the man whom they seek to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, and they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Christ? But we know where this man comes from, and when the Christ appears, no one will know where he comes from.” So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.” So they were seeking to arrest him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many of the people believed in him. They said, “When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

Officers Sent to Arrest Jesus

The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering these things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him. Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. You will seek me and you will not find me. Where I am you cannot come.” The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What does he mean by saying, ‘You will seek me and you will not find me,’ and, ‘Where I am you cannot come’?”

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I Will Trust – Red Rocks Worship

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Prayer:

+ Increase, O God, the spirit of neighborliness among us, that in peril we may uphold one another, in suffering tend to one another, and in homelessness,  loneliness, or exile befriend one another. Grant us brave and enduring hearts that we may strengthen one another, until the disciplines and testing of these days are ended, and you again give peace in our time; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

+ O God, without whose beauty and goodness our souls are unfed, without whose truth our reason withers: Consecrate our lives to your will, giving us such purity of heart, such depth of faith, and such steadfastness of purpose, that in time we may come to think your own thoughts after you; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

+ Christ as a light, illumine and guide us. Christ as a shield, overshadow us. Christ under us; Christ over us; Christ beside us on our left and our right. This day be within and without us, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom we speak; in the mouth of each who speaks to us. This day be within and without us, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside us on our left and our right.

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Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with us, wherever He may send us.
May He guide us through the wilderness, protect us through the storm.
May He bring us home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown us.
May He bring us home rejoicing once again into our doors.

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



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