Worship Before Serving (12 May 2019)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Shout praises to the Lord! Everyone who serves him, come and praise his name. Let the name of the Lord be praised now and forever. From dawn until sunset the name of the Lord deserves to be praised. The Lord is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens.

(Psalm 113.1-4)

Reflect:

People who serve God are also called to worship God. In fact we are called to worship God and then serve. If we get these the wrong way round then we can easily serve out of our own strength and with all the wrong motives. True service, with good intentions and motives, overflows from love for God. Worship strengthens us to serve. Worship leads us to love God and others.

Respond: 

Take time to worship God today. This may be especially important if you are one of the many people who will be serving at a church today. Being with God needs to come before serving God.

Midday Meditation:

‘True service rests contented in hiddenness. It does not fear the lights and blare of attention, but it does not seek them either. Since it is living out of a new Centre of reference, the divine nod of approval is completely sufficient.’

(Richard J. Foster Celebration of Discipline)

Evening Reflection:

May the God of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Son of peace
bring peace to this house
May the Spirit of peace
bring peace to this house
this night and all nights 

(A Celtic Prayer)
 

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