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Peace

Lord, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you pardoned all their sin. You withdrew all your wrath; you turned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation towards us. Will you be angry with us for ever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not revive us again, so that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your steadfast love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation. Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and will make a path for his steps. (Psalm 85, NRSV)

God will bring peace in His time. Let us all pray this psalm so that God’s time would make more sense to us.

Let your peace come o Lord!

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Don’t forget Worship!

Summer is upon us!

Finally, maybe the weather will get warmer and stay warmer so we can turn the heat off, and get outside and enjoy the sun and the wonderful scents of campfires and cookouts!

And now is the time when the kids are out of school and we will be going every which way.

As you go this summer, make sure that you don’t forget about time to worship. We need to spend time with God, and commune with the church.

Now, this does not always have to be done at St. John’s here in Little Suamico. There are many fine churches around the world that you can join for worship on a Sunday morning. I encourage you to find a congregation close to you if you are traveling where you can visit. And if you do, bring me back a bulletin, so I can see how they do their bulletin and let me know your thoughts on the worship there.

Or if you are camping out, or just can’t find someplace, you can worship around a fire, or in your hotel room. There are many resources out there for you and many for your smartphone.

So here are some links for you to apps for your phones to keep you connected to God this summer and always.

Luther’s Small Catechism:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/luthers-small-catechism/id1114077769
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.augsburgfortress.smallcatechism

Bible:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id282935706?mt=8
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bible/id378075859
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.faithcomesbyhearing.android.bibleis
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sirma.mobile.bible.android&hl=en
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Comes-By-Hearing-Bible-is/dp/B004KNAS7I

Prayer:
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prayermate-christian-prayer-app/id434815549?mt=8
Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/echo-prayer/id880759027?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cloversites.echo
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.geero.prayermate

These are also only a few. Let me know if you have others you use.

 

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Prayer together

So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. (Acts 1:6-14, NRSV)

After Jesus ascended, they returned to Jerusalem, and they were together devoting themselves to prayer.

They prayed as a group, devoting themselves to praying together as a community.

We need to hold each other up in prayer. That is what God has called us to do. In loving our brothers and sisters, we need to lift them to our Father in heaven.

The cord of 3 strands is so much stronger, tightly woven for all of us.

So let us gather together for pray and hold each other up!

 

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Jesus prays…

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. (John 17:1-11, NRSV)

On the night before He is arrested, put on trial and crucified Jesus takes the time to pray for the disciples, and those disciples that are yet to come.

On the night before He was wrongly sentenced to death He had you on His mind.

Jesus asked God, not on His behalf but on behalf of those whom God has given Him.

So know that Jesus prayed for you…

 

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Worship Life

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42-47, NRSV)

They were all together and devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, breaking of bread, meaning eating together, and prayers.

They took care of each other, as they were devoted to God and community.

And God showed others what was happening and added to their numbers daily.

This is worship life.

And for the follower of Christ, this is life.

 

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Answer to prayer

170320Now Abraham was old, well advanced in years; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his house, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh and I will make you swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, but will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac.” Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to the city of Nahor. He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water; it was toward evening, the time when women go out to draw water. And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I shall say, ‘Please offer your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder. The girl was very fair to look upon, a virgin, whom no man had known. She went down to the spring, filled her jar, and came up. Then the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me sip a little water from your jar.” “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well to draw, and she drew for all his camels. The man gazed at her in silence to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful. When the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold nose-ring weighing a half shekel, and two bracelets for her arms weighing ten gold shekels, and said, “Tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your father’s house for us to spend the night?” She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” She added, “We have plenty of straw and fodder and a place to spend the night.” The man bowed his head and worshiped the LORD and said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the LORD has led me on the way to the house of my master’s kin.” (Genesis 24:1-4, 10-27, NRSV)

Rebekah was an answer to prayer.

Abraham was old and wanting his son to marry in the people of Israel, so he sent his servant to find Isaac a wife.

And the servant prayed and God provided.

Rebekah is an answer to prayer. So pray and know that God will answer you.

 

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Pray with Salt

170208Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should. Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:2-6, NRSV)

Be always in prayer, so that what you say to others maybe seasoned with salt and gracious to all.

A knee-jerk reaction may be good or it may set the conversation off in the wrong direction. So if we are always consulting God on what to do and say, then our words will be gracious and seasoned correctly so that God’s love shines through.

So allow God to speak through you by always asking Him what you should say.

 

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