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Mission Devotional - December 31, 2015

O God, as we come to the end of another year, help us to look back on all that has happened - both to us and in us - only as it is helpful to looking forward to all that you long to do in us and through us in the year to come. Thank you that you long to do a new thing. Help us to be totally open to whatever that may be. For your Kingdom and your glory we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 30, 2015

O Lord our God, may something new be born in us this day, as well as this season - this season where we celebrate your birth into this cold and cruel world. This season where we rejoice over your amazing arrival to live among us; to give us light and life and hope and peace. We pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 29, 2015

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and good will. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the worship of the wise men. Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with...

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Mission Devotional - December 28, 2015

Most High, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart, and give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity, wisdom and understanding, Lord, that I may carry out your holy and true command. Amen. - St. Francis of Assisi...

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Mission Devotional - December 27, 2015

Come, Lord Jesus! You are my righteousness. You are my goodness, the cause and the reason for goodness. You are my life and the light of life. You are my love and all my loving. You are the most noble language I can ever utter, my words and all their meaning, my wisdom, my truth, and the better part of myself. Amen. ("Preparing for Jesus" by Walter Wangerin, Jr.)...

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Mission Devotional - December 26, 2015

Lord Jesus Christ, Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born into our world. Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come, thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings....

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Mission Devotional - December 25, 2015

Almighty God, who came to us long ago in the birth of Jesus Christ, be born in us anew today by the power of your Holy Spirit. We offer our lives as home to you and ask for grace and strength to live as your faithful, joyful children always. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants" by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck)...

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Mission Devotional - December 24, 2015

O Lord, the time has almost come. Just a few more hours and we will once again celebrate your coming into this dark and broken world. Soon the light will dawn, our hearts will be enlarged, and our joy will be increased. We wait, O Lord, in silence and wonder and hope for your arrival among us and within us. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen. ("Watch and Wait" by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - December 23, 2015

Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day. We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom. We whose hearts are heavy seek the j...

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Mission Devotional - December 22, 2015

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, shall come to thee, O Israel....

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Mission Devotional - December 21, 2015

O Lord God, whose chosen dwelling is the heart of the lowly; we give thee thanks that thou didst reveal thyself in the holy child Jesus, thereby sanctifying all childhood in him. We beseech thee to make us humble in faith and love, that we may know the joy of the Gospel that is hidden from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes. Amen. - "The Book of Common Worship"...

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Mission Devotional - December 20, 2015

O Holy Spirit of God, visit now this soul of mine, and tarry within it until eventide. Pervade all my imaginations. Suggest all my decisions. Lodge in my will's most inward citadel and order all my doings. Be with me in silence and in my speech, in my haste and in my leisure, in company and in solitude, in the freshness of the morning and in the weariness of the evening; a...

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Mission Devotional - December 19, 2015

O God, anchor our souls in the hope that your promises are all true. Helps us to find peace and comfort in the faithfulness of your character, in spite of our circumstances. Hold us fast when the storms of life are blowing us around so much that we are afraid that at any moment we might crash upon the rocks of life. Be our strength and our shield, O God, our shelter from t...

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Mission Devotional - December 18, 2915

Enliven us, O God, with a great hope. The hope of your coming. The hope of your redemption. The hope of your healing. The hope of freedom. May we be agents of this hope in your world. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 17, 2015

O God, you offer us a refuge amidst the trials of life. May our waiting prepare us to see glimpses of your face, even as we long for the full appearance of your goodness throughout all the earth. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God" by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)...

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Mission Devotional - December 16, 2015

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about ...

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Mission Devotional - December 15, 2015

O God, at times life can get so hard and overwhelming that it's all we can do to try to find hope in our own hearts from day to day. But you, O God, want so much more for (and from) us. You not only want us to find our hope in you, but you want us to offer hope to those in our lives and in our world. Give us the strength and the courage to do just that during this Advent s...

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Mission Devotional - December 14, 2015

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)...

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Mission Devotional - December 13, 2015

Lord Jesus, help us, during this season, to navigate the ground between the now and the not yet. In so many ways it is the space we are given to live in. And if we are going to thrive and flourish, rather than just survive and endure, we must begin to find your joy in the present moment and in our present circumstances. Joy that gives us confidence in your care for us, as ...

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Mission Devotional - December 12, 2015

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. Amen. (Luke 1:46-50, ESV)...

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Mission Devotional - December 11, 2015

You offer us a refuge amidst the trials of life. May our waiting prepare us to see glimpses of your face, even as we long for the full appearance of your goodness throughout all the earth. Amen. ("A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God" by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, and John S. Mogabgab)...

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Mission Devotional - December 10, 2015

Today, O Lord, I yield myself to you. May your will be my delight today. May your way have perfect sway in me. May your love be the pattern of my living....

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Mission Devotional - December 7, 2015

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:20-22)...

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Mission Devotional - December 6, 2015

Lord, help me to be watchful for your presence in my life and your movement in my world. Help me to not get distracted by the obligations, demands, and activities of this day, but help me to be attentive and alert to you and your greater purposes for my life. Amen. ("Watch and Wait" by Jim Branch)...

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Mission Devotional - December 5, 2015

Lord Jesus, sometimes we find you in the most surprising places and circumstances - places that are full of grief or angst or frustration or pain or confusion. These tend to be the places where you most often show up. And sometimes it is only after the fact that we are able to notice that, indeed, we have been visited by You. Help us to see you this day, Lord Jesus. When y...

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Mission Devotional - December 4, 2015

Lord Jesus, it is so easy in this life to become distracted and forget what is most important, in light of the things that are most urgent. Help us to give you first place in our hearts and souls and lives today. Lord Jesus, be our first and truest affection this day. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 3, 2015

O Lord, our God, when the seas are rough and the winds are strong and we wonder how much longer we can hold on, help us to be aware of your presence and your peace, and to focus on you rather than on the storms. In the name of your Son, Jesus, we pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - December 2, 2015

O God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. You have been here and I knew it not. I have been blind to Your presence. Open my eyes that I may behold You in and around me. For Christ's sake, Amen. ("The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer)...

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Mission Devotional - December 1, 2015

Continue to have mercy upon me, O Lord, to stir me from the doldrums of sin, to deliver me from my selfish involvements, to forgive me my sins and failures, to shore up the weak places in my life. Help me to feel something of Your loving acceptance and to reflect to others the joy of being Your son and servant. Amen. ("Psalms/Now" by Leslie Brandt)...

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