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Mission Devotional - October 31, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Opening Prayer: Slow me down, O Lord, so that I don't miss what you are doing within and around me. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 131:1-3 Journal: What impact do hurry and busyness have on your life? Why? Reflection: "When we are noisy and when we are hurried, we are incapable of intimacy - deep, personal, complex relationships. … Like childre...

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Mission Devotional - October 30, 2017

Monday, October 30, 2017 Opening Prayer: Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your unfailing love remember me, for you are good, O Lord. (Psalm 25:6-7) Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 Journal: What is the truest thing about you today? How does God's love define you? Reflectio...

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Mission Devotional - October 29, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017 Opening Prayer: Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given to me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more. - St. Ignat...

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Mission Devotional - October 28, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, Creator of all things, please remind me again today that I am not the center of the universe, you are. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-2 Journal: What does it look like in your life today to make God the point (the center) rather than yourself? Reflection: The Psalms were not prayed by people trying to understand themsel...

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Mission Devotional - October 27, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017 Opening Prayer: O voice of God, speak into my heart and soul and life this day. Break and strike and shake and twist and strip me bare, that I might be more and more the person and the lover you desire me to be. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 29:1-11 Journal: Which word from the Psalm best describes what God's voice is doing in your life these days? Why...

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Mission Devotional - October 26, 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is! (Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr) Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-5 Journal: Do you truly believe that God has a grand design for you? Do you believe he made you with divine intention and purpose? What did he make you for? Reflection: O G...

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Mission Devotional - October 25, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Opening Prayer: Holy God, you promised the renewing presence of your Holy Spirit, and today I ask you to fill me again. Renew my life, deepen in me a humble repentance for my sins, and empower me to pursue a holy life. May your beauty in my life be obvious to all. Amen. (Seeking God's Face by Philip Reinders) Scripture: Luke 3:15-18 Journal: ...

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Mission Devotional - October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord Jesus, I look at you, and my eyes are fixed on your eyes. Your eyes penetrate the eternal mystery of the divine and see the glory of God. They are also the eyes that saw Simon, Andrew, Nathanael, and Levi, the eyes that saw the woman with the hemorrhage, the widow of Nain, the blind, the lame, the lepers, and the hungry cro...

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Mission Devotional - October 23, 2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, O God, that you delight in me and invite me to delight in you. How different my life would be if I actually did that each day. Help me, O Lord, to believe that it is true and to experience the reality of your delight today, that I may, in turn, pass that along to everyone that crosses my path. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 62...

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Mission Devotional - October 22, 2017

Sunday, October 22, 2017 Opening Prayer: O my God, teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you unless you show yourself to me. Let me seek you in my desire, and desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you, let me love you when I find you. - St. Anselm of Canterbury Scripture: Matthew 6:31-33 Journal: What are you seeking firs...

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Mission Devotional - October 21, 2017

Saturday, October 21, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, heal me and make me whole, cleanse me and make me new inside, free me from all forms of comparison, and from trying to manage others' perceptions of me. Make me all yours. Amen. Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6 Journal: What are your logs these days? How do they keep you from seeing clearly? Reflection: Jesus: Do you want to kn...

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Mission Devotional - October 20, 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 Opening Prayer: Grow your new life in me this day, O Lord, that I might be filled to overflowing with all the fullness of God. Amen. Scripture: Mark 2:18-22 Journal: What is your current spiritual practice? How well does it fit what God is doing in your soul? Where are you trying to put new wine in old wineskins? Reflection: All too often I fin...

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Mission Devotional - October 19, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Opening Prayer: Have mercy on us, O Lord, according to your unfailing love; that we might have mercy on those in our lives and in our world. Amen. Scripture: Mark 3:1-6 Journal: Where does accusation live within you? What effect does it have on your heart and soul? What would it look like to have mercy instead? Reflection: Looking for a reas...

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Mission Devotional - October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the Bread of Life. Help us this day to feed on you, that we may have something to offer those who come across our paths. Amen. Scripture: Luke 10:10-17 Journal: Where, or to whom, is God calling you to give yourself? Where and how is he saying, "you give them something to eat?" Will you? Ref...

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Mission Devotional - October 17, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Opening Prayer: Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. (Psalm 25:4-5, NIV) Scripture: Psalm 25:4-5 Journal: What is God showing you these days? How is he leading and guiding you? How are you growing in your ongoing conversation with him? ...

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Mission Devotional - October 16, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, may I be like a tree planted by the stream, rather than like chaff that is blown by the wind. May I meditate on you and your law in a way that gives my life the rootedness and the durability you want me to have, even in the midst of the storms. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 1:1-6 Journal: Which one best describes your life right...

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Mission Devotional - October 15, 2017

Sunday, October 15, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, show me the wonders of your great love; keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. For you are my God. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 17:7-8 Journal: Which of these three phrases is most relevant in your life and world these days: Show me the wonders of your great love, Keep me as the apple of your eye...

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Mission Devotional - October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, help me to not get so caught up in fretting and worrying today that it keeps me from delighting in you. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 37:1-8 Journal: Where in your life are you fretting? What effect is it having on you? How can you turn from fret to delight and trust? Reflection: spinning it is so easy for me to get lost insi...

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Mission Devotional - October 13, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017 Opening Prayer: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most...

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Mission Devotional - October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017 Opening Prayer: As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2) Scripture: Psalm 42:1-11 Journal: What is the state of your soul these days? What are your deepest longings? How are you longing for God? How do you offer that to...

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Mission Devotional - October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord God, thank you that you have made us stewards of your divine mysteries. May we always take that responsibility seriously. That the world might know the abundance of your grace. Through Christ. Amen. Scripture: Ephesians 3:1-6 Journal: How have you been a steward of God's grace recently? Reflection: the life of ministry ...

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Mission Devotional - October 10, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Opening Prayer: New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in your world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you and to devote each day to your Son, or Savior Jesus. We praise you with joy, loving God, for your grace is better than life itself. Once again you have sustained us through the darkness...

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Mission Devotional - October 9, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, our God, thank you that you are always doing a new thing within and among us, whether we can perceive it or not. Work your good work in us and through us, both this day and every day. Amen. Scripture: Isaiah 43:18-21 Journal: What new thing is God doing within or around you these days? Reflection: The life of faith is not...

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Mission Devotional - October 8, 2017

Sunday, October 8, 2017 Opening Prayer: Thank you, O Lord our God, for planting eternity in our hearts. Thank you for birthing the Divine Life in our souls. May it well up within us and pour forth from us to all who cross our paths today and every day. Amen. Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:11 Journal: How has he made everything beautiful in its time for you? How have you witn...

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Mission Devotional - October 7, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017 Opening Prayer: Satisfy us in the morning, O God, with your unfailing love, that we might sing for joy and be glad all our days. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 90:12-17 Journal: Who or what determines how you number, or arrange, your days? What would it look like to allow God to determine that? Reflection: Annie Dillard once wrote: "How we spend our d...

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Mission Devotional - October 6, 2017

Friday, October 6, 2017 Opening Prayer: O God, train us to pray with others who have prayed, and are praying: put our knees on the level with other bent knees; lift our hands in concert with other lifted hands; join our voices in lament and praise with other voices who weep and laugh. Thank you that the primary use of prayer is not for expressing ourselves, but in becomin...

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Mission Devotional - October 5, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, "Speak, for thy servant heareth." Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be f...

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Mission Devotional - October 4, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 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 - October 3, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your abundant grace. May I receive it this day, and may it well up within me and overflow from me to all who come across my path. Amen. Scripture: John 1:16 Journal: What is your sense of God's fullness in your life, heart, or soul? How does that fullness (or lack thereof) manifest itself in the way you ...

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Mission Devotional - October 2, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017 Opening Prayer: O Lord, as we spend time with you and your Word this day, let us hear the words of your Ancient Song; and let us listen closely for the Song of God that rises in our hearts. In Christ. Amen. Scripture: Psalm 98:1-9 Journal: What song have you been singing to the Lord these days? What kind of song is it? What is the default song of...

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Mission Devotional - October 1, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017 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...

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