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Tomorrow we will be having fun in worship with “Unwrapping the Gifts of God”. Ever child will get a gift in church. The Men’s prayer breakfast unwrapped a little history on Saturday as David Smith (from OPMH) shared the stories of Presbyterians in the American Revolution. AND we are gathering food for Mount Vernon Day to service. You can donate food anytime Sunday through Friday noon of next week. It’s a good time to be Presbyterian.
Today’s lesson on Thursday, September 16th is Mark 9:30-37 where Jesus offers the second of his passion prediction and a teaching on greatness in the Kingdom of God. In his passion prediction Jesus makes the point that it is “human hands” who give Jesus over to be killed, not just a few Jewish leaders. We are reminded by Jesus that we all at some time have betrayed or denied Jesus. Secondly, this passage reminds us that greatness in God’s kingdom is about compassion, service and caring for others. Jesus will act this out later in the washing of the disciples feet in the Gospel of John, but here he gives them a preview of his teaching.
Wednesday’s devotion is from 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 “Gifts of the Spirit”. In this passage Paul is trying to help the people at Corinth to stop arguing and bickering over whose gift is best- wisdom, prophecy, healing, speaking in tongues… And his point is that all gifts are gifts of the Holy Spirit. All gifts are from God. All gifts should be used to build up the body of Christ. So this Sunday as we explore the Spiritual gifts God has given to each of us, the bottom line will be that we gratefully receive each gift and use these God given gifts to glorify God.
Today’s devotion is Psalm 24 “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness therein” (Psalm 24:1) I am struck by the combination of Psalms 22, 23, 24. In these three Psalm we learn that God is with us in tragedy (Psalm 22); God is with us through the ups and downs of life (Psalm 23); and God created all that is including us (Psalm 24). Whether we are in the sacred spaces of creation or seated in the sacred houses of worship we are in the presence of God.
This week our devotional theme is “Unwrapping the Gifts of God” and our first scripture lesson is Exodus 4:10-15. God has just called Moses to go back to Egypt to free the Israelites. Moses is understandably reluctant since he has just escaped from Egypt himself. Moses comes up with many excuses for why God should call someone else. The last excuse is that he is not eloquent. God’s exasperated response is to give him a partner and promise that God will put the words in both of their mouths. It is a good lesson for us when we hesitate to use the gifts God has given us to know that God will bring the right people to help us and that God will give us the right words to say.
Today’s devotion for Thursday, September 9th is Matthew 16:13-20 “Who do you say that I am?” Keep in mind this interaction takes place in the final third of Matthews Gospel after the disciples had been following Jesus for quite a while. Jesus starts by asking an informational question “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” And the disciples give a factual answer. Then the conversation turns personal and relational “Who do you say the I am?”. And the answer is personal and relational “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Peter’s answer helps us realize that true faith is not objective but relational. It’s not about what people say but rather about who we are in relationship to God through Jesus Christ.
Today’s devotion is from Isaiah 50:4,5 “The Lord has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word”. These words from Isaiah are particularly important to teachers, preachers and prophets. We are not merely sharing knowledge but the good teacher is one who builds up his or her students with the word they teach. The good teacher is one who is a good listener and a co-learner. The good teacher is on who is ultimately obedient to God. We are blessed to have such teachers at Heritage and we will be recognized in the worship service this Sunday.
Today’s devotion focuses on the text for this weeks sermon Mark 7:24-30 “Jesus and the Syrophoenician woman”. It take place outside Israel in Tyre. The woman asks for healing for her daughter. At first Jesus surprises us by saying what his disciples were thinking: “It is not right to take the children’s food and feed it to the dogs” (Mark 7:27) And yet when the woman responds: “Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs”, Jesus grants healing to her daughter. And even more important, in this exchange, Jesus demonstrates the value, worth and intelligence of the foreign woman. By allowing her to teach him, Jesus, as the master teacher, helps his disciples understand the value and worth of all people in the kingdom of God. Perhaps, next time we take the small piece of bread at the communion table, we might remember this foreign woman and give thanks.
Today we conclude our study of Acts: “Paul remained there (in Rome) earning his own living:and as was his custom to receive all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching them the facts about the Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 28:30-31. It is an anticlimactic end to the Luke-Acts story but it opens up the possibility that we modern day Christians can continue the story as we also “preach the kingdom of God and teach about Jesus Christ”. We will take a two week break and start back up studying Paul’s Letter to the Church at Rome on Wednesday, September 22nd.
Today, as we get ready for our Back to Church and Sunday School Sunday on September 12th, we are reading Psalm 122 “I was glad when they said, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’ ”. The Psalm was originally prayed by pilgrims coming up to Jerusalem and the Temple. Today it stands as a testimony to the peace God offers in God’s kingdom and the peace we pray for not only Jerusalem but also for our nation and our world.
Today we are exploring the lectionary Old Testament lesson, Isaiah 35:1-10. The lesson was written by Isaiah in order to give hope to people in exile. It is a message of hope for us today as our nation strives to move from a time of war to a time of peace; and a time of sickness to a time of health and healing. The prophet offers images of hope and a promise that God will restore creation and humanity to health, wholeness and shalom.
We had a great youth pool party at Sylvia’s home. It was a fun way to finish up the summer and get ready for the new fall year. Sunday School starts at 9 am on Sunday, September 12th. Looking forward to a new year together.
Today we are exploring Romans 3:21-26 “Since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are now justified by God’s Grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” We 21st century western Christians are task driven. Whether we admit it or not, we seem to be constantly trying to earn God’s favor through our works. This passage is a corrective to that approach. We can never fully justify ourselves before God but that’s ok. We are “justified by God’s Grace as a gift”. Now it’s not a free gift as Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us in his book “Cost of Discipleship”. It cost Jesus his life and it gives us a true and rewarding life. We give thanks to God for this gift by living for God every day with gratitude and praise. Join us Sunday at Heritage to further explore this in a trialogue sermon between the Apostles Paul and James and Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Today in our Wednesday Bible study of Acts we read Act 26:18 through Acts 27:44. It is the final argument by Paul at his trial before King Agrippa and the start of his journey to Roman. Of course Paul and the crew encounter a storm but this storm provides another opportunity for Paul to encounter an Angel of God and to witness to the crew of the Alexandria vessel on which he was sailing. It also provided Paul with an opportunity to have a communion meal with the 276 souls on board.
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We are excited to invite people to a workshop/concert by David LaMotte on October 30, at 5:00 PM. David is a singer/song writer and author who will be talking and singing about how we can change the world for the better one person at a time. If you are interested in going to the workshop/concert please contact Pastor Rob Erickson at 703-360-9546.
David LaMotte— Worldchanging 101 David LaMotte is a Rotary World Peace Fellow, the founder and director of PEG Partners, Inc., which supports Guatemalan schools and libraries, and the Clerk ...
Today we are reading Psalm 5:1-8 as our morning devotion. Psalm 5 is a morning prayer for people approaching the Temple and it is a reminder for us to come to God each day in devotion and prayer as we prepare to face the day. The creator of the universe invites you to join him in prayer. The creator of the universe will be there…will you?
Today, Monday August 23rd, we are exploring the Old Testament book of Lamentations 1:1-7. Lamentations is written as a series of acrostic poems to publicly lament the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Babylonians in 587 BCE. It is an important poem for us to consider today as our nation is in a period of lament for the COVID crisis, 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and the Afghanistan war. It is perhaps a reminder that rather than seek someone to blame, perhaps the best approach is to recognize our collective sadness and to confess that to God.
Today’s devotion is a preview of this week’s worship topic, putting on the whole armor of God. We are exploring how our faith prepares is for the many challenges of life. Even though the Letter to the Ephesians uses the language of outer armor to talk about-righteousness, peace, truth, faith and salvation; the passage is actually describing how we build up our interior resources to withstand the “slings and arrows of misfortune”. Join us Sunday as we continue the study of scripture that we have started in this devotion.
Today we are exploring the third trial of Paul. This time he is standing before a new governor, Festus and King Agrippa. Paul once again tells the story of his earlier persecution of the people of The Way and his Damascus road experience of the Risen Christ. At the same time Paul appeals to be tried before Caesar since he is a Roman citizen and since the Lord had commanded him to “witness also in Rome”. (Acts 23:11) Festus is willing to send Paul to Rome but he consults with Agrippa to know what charges to make against Paul to justify sending him to Caesar.
Today we are exploring Psalm 34:1-8 “ I will bless (or extol) the Lord at all times. It is an acrostic poem which meant that it was easily memorized because the first letter of each verse ordered in the Hebrew alphabet: verse 1 starts with “a-baracha” (extol); verse 2 “ba-Yahweh” (in Yahweh) and verse 3 starts with “gadal” which means “glorify”. The rest of the poem (also acrostic) is a witness to God’s presence and deliverance from fear in times of trouble. This poem was often on the lips of martyrs as they died for the faith. Verse eight, “O taste and see that the Lord is good” reminds us as Christian hearers of the Lord’s Supper.
Today’s devotion is from Isaiah 61:1-3a “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the oppressed, bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives and release to the prisoners”. Jesus took on the mantle of this calling in Luke 4:18 and Jesus invites us as his church to take this on as our calling today.
The Heritage youth did a great job leading worship at 10 am today. And then they came back at 2 pm to play volleyball. It is a joy to see them leading worship and sharing fun and fellowship with the congregation. Thanks to John Oliver for setting up the volleyball net.
Our devotion for today is Jesus’ famous “Love you enemies” statement from Luke 6:27-36. It is an impossible challenge and yet with God “all things are possible”. Jesus even gives us a training plan: “Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you”. Jesus is not saying for us to be a doormat or to be eternal victims. What he is saying is to respond to hatred with agape, selfless, God-filled love. He is challenging us to interrupt the cycle of violence and hate that seems to have captured our world. And to respond to life situations and challenges with the selfless love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Join us Sunday morning for worship with our youth as we further explore this passage.
Today our devotion is a familiar passage on love from 1 Corinthians 13. The passage is nestled between the Apostle Paul’s discussion of Spiritual Gifts “But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” (1Cor. 12:31) and “Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts”. (1Cor. 14:1) In other words, Paul is encouraging us to fully use the spiritual gifts God has given us but to always undergird those gift with “agape love”. Paul is not speaking about brotherly or neighborly love (Phileo) or romantic, sensual love (Eros) but rather the selfless, self giving love revealed in Jesus Christ.
Today we are studying Acts 23 & 24- Paul’s trial before the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem and Paul’s trial before the Governor of Judah, Felix. , in Caesarea. Before the Sanhedrin Paul’s strategy is divide and conquer pitching Pharisees against Saduccees on the topic of resurrection. This created such a division and conflict that the commander had to rescue Paul and send him to Caesarea after a plot was discovered to kill Paul. Before Felix Paul is charged by the Sanhedrin of 1) being an agitator; 2) being a member of a destructive sect; and 3) profaning the Temple. In Paul’s defense he makes the point that he has not argued or caused disturbance in Jerusalem, that he is a member of The Way and he has not profaned the Temple. In fact he went to the Temple to participate in a purification ritual and to give alms. His only confession is that he does believe in the resurrection of the dead. Next week we will find out Felix’s verdict.
Today’s scripture Psalm 107:1-16 is a testimony to God’s steadfast love: “They cried out to the Lord in their trouble and God delivered the from their distress” (v.6). This refrain is repeated in the story of the exodus and the exile and it is a reminder of the saving power of God. The follow up refrain is a refrain of thanksgiving: “Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind”. (v. 8 ) These are important words to remember as we find ourselves in the next wave of the pandemic. We too are crying out to God knowing that God’s steadfast love will be with us and will not fail us. Amen
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