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Mission Devotional - November 24, 2017

Friday, November 24, 2017

Opening Prayer: Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. (Psalm 98:1-3, ESV)

Scripture: Psalm 98:1-9

Journal: What does Psalm 98 teach you about prayer? How does Psalm 98 speak to your heart? How does it speak for your heart? How do we pray this prayer in community? How will we pray it in community today?

Reflection: Liturgy pulls our prayers out of the tiresome business of looking after ourselves and into the exhilarating enterprise of seeing and participating in what God is doing. We are drawn into a large generosity where everyone is getting and receiving, offering and praising. We are drawn to the place where people are being loved and where they love us. We are deepened into the practice of humanity in covenant with God that goes both beneath and beyond our self-defined religious desire. We are put beside people who help us and whom we can help. Liturgy breaks us out of the isolation of ego and emotion where we are cut off from the large winds and landscapes of grace. God wants us outside the walls that quarantine us in our ego-sickness; he pulls us into the great dance of grace in which we find ourselves moving rhythmically and joyfully with partner after partner. Selah - indeed! (Answering God by Eugene Peterson)

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

L and E serve in a Creative Access country. L is working to make evangelical literature available to the nations so that people can come to Christ. Pray today for L and E who recently returned to the U.S. that they may enjoy time with their family and new grandbabies! Pray also for their future plans to move to a different Asian country to reach youth who have defected from a closed country.

Logan and Melissa Keck are church planters with the Egleston Project in Boston. This project has planted Christ the King, JP/Roxbury. The Kecks ask that you pray for spiritual growth and leadership development for the many new believers and spiritually young believers in their congregation. Pray today that the Lord would draw people to himself and lead Logan, Melissa and their team to fruitful new relationships.

Closing Prayer: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Psalm 98:4-9, ESV)