Mission Devotional - August 6, 2016

Opening Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you drank the cup that was before you. Give us the courage and the strength to do the same. Amen.

Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46

Journal: What is the cup that God has given to you to drink lately? What does it look like to drink it? Will you?

Reflection: After firmly holding the cups of our lives and lifting them up as signs of hope for others, we have to drink them. Drinking our cups means fully appropriating and internalizing what each of us has acknowledged as our life, with all its unique sorrows and joys.

How do we drink our cups? We drink them as we listen in the silence to the truth of our lives, as we speak in trust with friends about ways we want to grow, and as we act in deeds of service. Drinking our cups is following freely and courageously God's call and staying faithfully on the path that is ours. Thus, our life becomes the cup of salvation. When we have emptied them to the bottom, God will fill them with "water" for eternal life. (Bread for the Journey by Henri Nouwen)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Tom & Juanita Matthews serve in Tanzania & Kenya. Tom is a translation consultant to Bible translation teams from multiple people groups. Some of the groups are minimally reached for Christ and some are dominated by Islam. Pray today for God-glorifying relationships between Tom and the translation teams and within the translation teams themselves.

FISH is a food distribution ministry which is sponsored by many churches and food banks in the Knoxville city area. CSPC stocks the food pantry once a year, takes calls for food and also distributes the food once per month. CSPC members Keith and Shelley Percic are the CSPC contacts for this ministry. Pray today about how you and your family can help with FISH.

Closing Prayer: Lord, you are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. (Psalm 16:5-6)