First ran on Friday September 16, 2016

“God among us, we gather in the name of your Son to learn love for one another. Keep our feet from evil paths. Turn our minds to your wisdom and our hearts to the grace revealed in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.” – Prayer of the Day, for Sunday

As I age, I find myself becoming more interested in the prayer of the day that is said before the choir anthem and the readings. Even though these prayers are not long winded, they are potent in condensing plenty of information.

There are some tough texts that we will be reading this week. We will read about justice, a Christian approach to politics, and even talking about the use of money in relation to faith. As individuals and a community, we are to advocate for justice. We are to pray for all those in power, especially if we disagree with their political beliefs. Our use of money can affect our relationships with each other, with our neighbors, and with God. These subject matters have heft to them, and it might be hard for us to process all of what is said.

That is why I think the prayer of the day helps us to understand that we gather in the name of Jesus to learn love for one another. We are a community of covenant, which means that God has connected us to one another in ways deeper than regular kinship or friendship. This relationship we all share can be hard sometimes, but the good news is that God helps us through the process and does not abandon us when we mess up. God helps us because God loves each one of us.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Paul