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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, High and Holy, Meek and Lowly, Thou hast brought me to the valley of vision, where I live in the depths but see thee in the heights; hemmed in by mountains of sin I behold thy glory....

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me not to seek to be first today, whatever that may look like in my life. But help me to seek to be last, for then I will be great in your kingdom. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2016

Opening Prayer: You, O God, are our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. ...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2016

Opening Prayer: Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, ...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, your touch offers us healing and hope. Thank you that you long to touch us in some deep way this very day. Help us to be open and receptive to that. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you canceled my debt. All of it. Let me live my life in gratitude for all you have done for me, offering those in my world that same grace. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2016

Opening Prayer: Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, give me the ability to persist through tedium, to survive without the oxygen of recognition, praise, and stroking, and to do some good things every day which are seen only by You. (Sacred Space: the Prayer Book 2010 by Jesuit Communication Centre)...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, let our hearts be ready and waiting, open to receive the life that you alone can give. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, shut my mouth and open my ears this day, that I may hear you. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me that my life with you is so up and down. It is so easy for circumstances, or emotions, or opinions, or agendas, to knock me off center and send me reeling into the depths of doubt, darkness, and despair. How I long for stability. How I long for consistency. How I long to have my mind set on the things of God rather than the things of ...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2016

Opening Prayer: O gracious and loving God, you work everywhere reconciling, loving, and healing your people and your creation. In your Son and through the power of your Holy Spirit, you invite each of us to join you in your work. We, young and old, lay and ordained, ask you to form us more and more in your image and likeness, through our prayer and worship of you and throu...

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November 14 Devotional

The biblical word that most fully expresses this theological understanding of community is shalom, sometimes translated from the Hebrew as “peace.” Shalom is an all-encompassing word covering all the many relationships of life and expressing a vision of what the Israelites conceived of as the ideal of what life was intended by God to be. In describing shalom, comment...

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January 4 Devotional

I had rented a car at the airport and dived recklessly into rush-hour traffic in a city I knew not at all. I had glanced hastily at a map but (in my hurry and carelessness) had assumed that the way to my hotel and dinner with old friends would be more or less self-evident. Within a quarter of an hour I had no idea where I was. However, I knew I didn’t want to be there. O...

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April 18 Devotional

The key to this home, this heart of God, is prayer. Perhaps you have never prayed before except in anguish or terror. It may be that the only time the Divine Name has been on your lips has been in angry expletives. Never mind. I am here to tell you that the Father’s heart is open wide - you are welcome to come in....

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June 9 Devotional

There is a distinct difference between joy and happiness. Happiness is mostly circumstantial; when suffering comes, happiness hits the road. But joy is much deeper, more substantial. Joy is not dependent on conditions being favorable. In fact, joy is something that is able to endure the presence of pain and still abide. The word joy comes from the Greek word chara which me...

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July 31 Devotional

Lord God, thank you that you have invited us to your heavenly feast. May we accept that invitation with gratitude and humility, dress ourselves in our best wedding attire, and join in the great celebration. Amen. ...

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September 21 Devotional

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that one day you will make all things new. Thank you that one day you will do away with sorrow and suffering and pain, and you yourself will dwell with us in joy for all eternity. O how we long for that day. O how we yearn to be home. Come, Lord Jesus! Amen. ...

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Mission Devotional - November 11, 2015

I am sure that there is in me nothing that could attract the love of One as holy and as just as You are. Yet You have declared Your unchanging love for me in Christ Jesus. If nothing in me can win your love, nothing in the universe can prevent You from loving me. Your love is uncaused and undeserved. You are Yourself the reason for the love wherewith I am loved. ("Knowledg...

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Mission Devotional - January 1, 2016

Dear Lord, as I close the door on this old year, I ponder on the things I've done…on the things I've said and the joys I've had…then I wonder, have I lost or won? I've thought of the new friends I have made, and of the old ones staunch and true…the path of the old year was made easier Lord, because I have walked it with You....

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Mission Devotional - February 19, 2016

Lord, I am yours; I do yield myself up entirely to you, and I believe that you do take me. I leave myself with you. Work in me all the good pleasure of your will, and I will only lie still in your hands and trust you. Amen. ("The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life" by Hannah Whitall Smith)...

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Mission Devotional - April 5, 2016

We see in Simon's carrying the cross a picture of the work of the Church throughout all generations; she is the cross-bearer after Jesus. Mark then, Christian, Jesus does not suffer so as to exclude your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it. Christ exempts you from sin, but not from sorrow. Remember that, and expect to suffer....

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Mission Devotional - May 20, 2016

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord. His favours are always performed with the love of his heart. He does not send to us the cold meat and the broken pieces from the table of his luxury, but he dips our morsel in his own dish, and seasons our provisions with the spices of ...

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Mission Devotional - July 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, full of compassion, I commit myself to you, in whom I am, and live and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage and my rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thought beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, find peace in you, O God. Amen. - St. Augustine...

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Mission Devotional - August 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, allow me, this day, to be salt and light. Give me the grace and the wisdom to accentuate and illuminate you the way you desire me to. For your kingdom and your glory. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16 Journal: What does it mean to you to be salt and light this day? What habits, needs, or patterns tend to get in the way of that? Reflection: Bei...

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Mission Devotional - September 30, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, I guess we should be careful what we ask for, because we just might get it. We ask for a miraculous sign and you send a great fish to swallow us up and take us to the depths. What, O Lord, are you trying to accomplish in us in the whale's belly? May we be open and attentive to what you are up to deep within our souls, and in our lives, this day. A...

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Mission Devotional - October 18, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, forgive me for not having a place for struggle in my life and the lives of those around me. Forgive me for my tendency to jump right in and try to rescue people, instead of seeking your will and your direction for the situation. I know that by doing that there are times when I get in the way of what you are actually trying to accomplish. Forgive...

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters. Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed. Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us. Renew in us your spirit. Lord, free us and make us one. Amen. - Mother Teresa...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Almighty God, eternal Treasure of all good things, thou fillest all things with plenteousness; Thou clothest the lilies of the field, and feedest the young ravens that call upon thee: Thou art all-sufficient in thy self, and all-sufficient to us, let thy Providence be my store-house, thy dispensation of temporal things the limit of my labour, my own neces...

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2016

Opening Prayer: Disturb us, Lord, when we are too pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we dreamed too little, when we arrived safely because we sailed too close to the shore. Disturb us, Lord, when with the abundance of things we possess we have lost our thirst for the waters of life; having fallen in love with life, we have ceased to dream of ...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: O God, it is by your gift that evening follows day and that rest restores us after labor, while we rejoice to receive these blessings, make us mindful that they come from your gracious hand. Amen. - Saint Augustine...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord God, help us to know that your path leads through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, even when we do not see your footprints. Give us the courage and the faith to follow you today. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2016

Opening Prayer: "He who has ears let him hear." Those are your words to us today Jesus. Help us to be obedient to that call. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2016

Opening Prayer: Our Father, here I am, at your disposal, your child, to use me to continue your loving the world, by giving Jesus to me and through me, to each other and the world. Let us pray for each other as we allow Jesus to love in us and through us with the love with which His Father loves him. (Seeking the Heart of God by Mother Teresa)...

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Thou who art the only-begotten Son, teach us, we beseech Thee, to pray, "Our Father." We thank Thee, Lord, for these Living Blessed Words which Thou hast given us. We thank Thee for the millions who in them have learnt to know and worship the father, and for what they have been to us. Lord, it is as if we needed days and weeks in Thy school of prayer with...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant within me. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. - Psalm 27:4-5...

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2016

Opening Prayer: Gracious Father, it's nearly impossible for me to imagine there was a day when the emotion of shame did not exist. In their innocence, our first parents were absolutely free of any need to turn away from your gaze, or from the gaze of one another. There was no need to fear, cover up, hide, pose, pretend, get defensive, feel guilty, make excuses, blame the o...

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2016

Opening Prayer: O Jesus, speak to me during this time about the story you are telling, the story I was made for. Open my eyes, Lord, to the ways that story is being told - and lived - in the events and circumstances of this day. Show me how all that happens to me this day echoes your larger Story if only I will keep my heart focused on you. In your name I pray. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 3, 2016

Opening Prayer: Father, allow the soil of my soul to be a place that is fertile and receptive to all that you desire to plant in my heart. Tend it carefully and nurture all that has sprung up in me that is of you; that I may be a garden of your delight. Through Jesus. Amen....

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2016

Opening Prayer: From the desire for life to be easy and comfortable, O Lord, deliver me. From the temptation to live on the surface of things, O Lord, defend me. From the tendency to be lackadaisical and complacent in my life with you, O Lord, protect me. Give me a yearning, O Lord, for a deeper, richer, and fuller life with you. And then give me the courage and the streng...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most merciful God, order my day so that I may know what You want me to do, and then help me to do it. Let me not be elated by success or depressed by failure. I want only to take pleasure in what pleases You, and only to grieve at what displeases You. For the sake of Your love I would willingly forgo all temporal comforts. May all the joys in which You have...

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