Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 04 Jun 2020 – 1 Timothy 4:1-16, Psalm 104 ~ “Our hope is in the living God.”

Thursday of the 9th Week in Ordinary Time, 04 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.

“Our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.”

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A Reading from the Pastoral Epistles: 1 Timothy 4:1-16 (NLT)

Warnings against False Teachers

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them. Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.

Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. Keep a close watch on how you live and on your teaching. Stay true to what is right for the sake of your own salvation and the salvation of those who hear you.
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Morning Prayer: (excerpts Psalm 104)

O Lord my God: You are the Creator and Sustainer of all thing in heaven and on earth.

+ I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath!

You are robed with honor and with majesty and light! You bound the world together so that it would never fall apart.

You spoke, and at the sound of your shout the water collected into its vast ocean beds, and mountains rose and valleys sank to the levels you decreed. And then you set a boundary for the seas so that they would never again cover the earth. You send rain upon the mountains and fill the earth with fruit. The tender grass grows up at your command to feed the cattle, and there are fruit trees, vegetables, and grain for man to cultivate… and bread to give him strength.

+ I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath!

You assigned the moon to mark the months and the sun to mark the days. You send the night and darkness, when all the forest folk come out. Then the young lions roar for their food, but they are dependent on the Lord. At dawn they slink back into their dens to rest, and men go off to work until the evening shadows fall again. O Lord, what a variety you have made! And in wisdom you have made them all! The earth is full of your riches.

+ I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath!

May you be pleased by all my thoughts about you, for you are the source of all my joy -I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Creator, Sustainer (Psalm 104) – Yvonne Lyon] | Matt Searles

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Closing: 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NLT)

Train yourself to be godly. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.

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

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.

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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.
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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.
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Good, Good Father – by HOUSEFIRES II

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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.