November – 2016

Nov 6

Haggai 2.1-5 (NRSV)
…the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai, saying: Speak now…and say, ‘Take courage…all you people of the land…for I am with you, says the LORD of hosts, according to the promise that I made you when you came out of Egypt. My spirit abides among you; do not fear.’

The Wit of Winston Churchill
“I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.”

Luke 20.27, 34, 37-38
Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus [to challenge him about belief in life beyond death]. Jesus said to them, “The fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham [and Sarah and Hagar], the God of Isaac [and Rebecca], and the God of Jacob [and Leah and Rachel]. Now God isn’t worshiped by the dead, but by the living. To God, all are alive.”

Nov 13

Isaiah 12.2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for GOD is my strength and my might…

The Wisdom of Anais Nin
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

The Wisdom of Rabindranath Tagore
“Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them.”

Luke 21.16-19
“You will be betrayed even by [those dearest to you]; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.”

Nov 20 – Reign of Christ Sunday

The Wisdom of Karl Barth
“Grace must find expression in life, otherwise it is not grace.”

The Wisdom of Corrie Ten Boom
“There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still.”

Luke 23.33, 35-43
When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He helped others; let him help himself if he is God’s anointed leader, the chosen one!”

The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are a messiah, a warrior king, then save yourself!”

There was also a mocking inscription over him, “This is the Jewish king.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “You and I have been condemned justly, for we are getting punished for our crimes, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your glory.” Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Nov 23 – Wednesday Night/Thanksgiving Service

The Wisdom of Albert Schweitzer
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Philippians 4.4-9 (ETR)
Always be filled with joy in the Lord. I will say it again. Be filled with joy. Let everyone see that you are gentle and kind… Don’t worry about anything, but pray and ask God for everything you need, always giving thanks for what you have…God’s peace will stand guard over all your thoughts and feelings. [Divine] peace can do this far better than our human minds.

Brothers and sisters, continue to think about what is good and worthy of praise. Think about what is true and honorable and right and pure and beautiful and respected. And do what you learned and received from me—what I told you and what you saw me do. And the God who gives peace will be with you.

Nov 27 – Advent 1

From Psalm 122 (ETR)
Pray for peace…’May those who love you find peace. May there be peace within your walls. May there be safety in your great buildings. For the good of my family and neighbors, I pray that there will be peace here.’

Wisdom of Corrie Ten Boom
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

Matthew 24.36, 42
“No one knows when that day or time will be..So always be ready. You don’t know the day your Lord will come.”

 

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