Thursday Announcements for October 29, 2020
FATHER MARK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS
Walker Anderson October 29
Prayer Requests: The prayer request sheet is still just outside the office
in the church and is updated weekly. Anyone may still email your prayer
requests to me at email@example.com. If you do not have email, just
call the church and leave a message. Since, I am back in the office, the
requests must be received on by Wednesday at the latest, for them to be
included in the Sunday Bulletin for that week. If the request is received
after Wednesday, they will be added to the next Sunday Bulletin. We will
follow the same process and keep the names on for two weeks. Once the
prayer request is received, it is added to the prayer list and then I email
the names to have them added to the Prayer Chain and to the Daughters
of the King.
***Daily Devotion for Thursday October 29, 2020***
Don’t Be Led Astray
The 5 Steps – Pause * Listen * Think * Pray * Go
God’s words challenge you to live a life worthy of imitation.
Step into the challenge of these words today and be reminded that you
are called to shine light into darkness, and the light you shine points back
to the love of God.
Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “The legal experts and
the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. Therefore, you must take care to do
everything they say. But don’t do what they do. For they tie together heavy
packs that are impossible to carry. They put them on the shoulders of
others, but are unwilling to lift a finger to move them.”
Most parents have had moments where they think to themselves (while
speaking to their kids), “Do as I say, not as I do.” It is one thing to know all
the right things to do, and it is entirely something else to do them – and do
them for the right reasons.
Rules are one of those things that can lead you astray. When you become
too committed to following all the rules or checking the boxes, you are on
autopilot, perhaps not even thinking about why something is right or
wrong, faithful or not.
The Pharisees created rule upon rule to keep the Jews from breaking any
of the laws, as the Pharisees interpreted them. They became caught up in
following rules, so much so that they became a burden, even a weight of
expectation and control on others.
Jesus rejected this, even pointing out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees.
Maybe all the rules weigh you down as well. If so, it may be time to
examine whether any of them are making it impossible for you to live into
God, what is mine to carry in order to be faithful to you? Teach me to live
and love in ways that point to you, not to a handbook of rules. May I
always lead with the love of Christ.
You are the light of your community.
You are the salt of the neighborhood.
You carry God’s truth to the places you go.
Be confident that imitating Christ is your call, even imperfectly.
Be bold in lifting others up in a world that seeks to put them down.
Remember your brothers and sisters, and pray for them this day.
***For those of you that would like to access these devotionals daily, you can go on this website: www.d365.org
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Rev. Erin Rath
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