Mission Devotional - February 13, 2016

Opening Prayer: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against You this day, in thought word and deed; by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole hearts; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in Your will, and walk in Your ways, to the glory of Your Name. Amen. - The Book of Common Prayer

Scripture: Hosea 14:1-9

Journal: What does the word iniquity mean to you? Where have you stumbled recently because of your iniquity? Will you take it to him and have all your iniquity taken away?

Reflection: My beginning advice to you is this: Always read the Scriptures with a heart ready to repent. Receive the storm that repentance brings. Let the holy winds toss you to and fro. You will be awakened to new depths as you wrestle with the life forces within. What seems like violence at first will lead you gently into the eye of God where all is calm and quiet, like the eye of a hurricane. When you finally surrender and stop fighting the winds, you will be carried into the eye of God. There, you will rest in peace and learn to see like God. (A Tree Full of Angels by Macrina Wiederkehr)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

H. & L. serve in Asia by providing strategic leadership for colleagues serving in several major urban centers in Asia. Their role involves encouraging and coaching these co-workers in their ministries, as well as networking with others to make sure they have the resources and training that they need for their respective ministries. Pray today for new workers to come to their area to serve. Not only are there many opportunities in the cities where there are currently workers, but there are several other cities where they would like to start work.

Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries (KnoxCAM) is an outreach ministry directed by Dr. Jill Lagerberg. It uses the talents of singers, instrumentalists, dancers and handbell ringers. They minister primarily to prisons and the inner city. They perform up to 10 concerts each year, telling stories of God's unfailing mercy and providence through fully integrated music dramas. Pray today for KnoxCAM as they continue to share the gospel through the arts.

Closing Prayer: O God, I surrender to you the habits and sins that, like frost, chill my soul and cause your life-giving energy to cease its flow in me. Uproot me from the weed patches of evil wherein I have chosen to sink my roots. Plant me instead in your field of righteousness. (Norman Shawchuck from A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God)