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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Online Ministry 1021 - 1027 2019

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

God of faithful surprises, throughout the ages you have made known your love and power in unexpected ways and places. May we daily perceive the joy and wonder of your abiding presence and offer our lives in gratitude for our redemption. Amen.

   

Psalm 65

65:1 Praise is due to you, O God, in Zion; and to you shall vows be performed,
65:2 O you who answer prayer! To you all flesh shall come.
65:3 When deeds of iniquity overwhelm us, you forgive our transgressions.
65:4 Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, your holy temple.
65:5 By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas.
65:6 By your strength you established the mountains; you are girded with might.
65:7 You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.
65:8 Those who live at earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the morning and the evening shout for joy.
65:9 You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, for so you have prepared it.
65:10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.
65:11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness.
65:12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,
65:13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
  

DAILY READINGS

Monday, October 21, 2019: Psalm 129; Jeremiah 38:14-28; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
OR Psalm 57; 1 Samuel 25:2-22; 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Psalm 129; Jeremiah 39:1-18; James 5:7-12
OR Psalm 57; 1 Samuel 25:23-35; James 5:7-12
Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Psalm 129; Jeremiah 50:1-7, 17-20; Luke 22:39-46
OR Psalm 57; 1 Samuel 25:36-42; Luke 22:39-46
Thursday, October 24, 2019: Psalm 65; Joel 1:1-20; 2 Timothy 3:1-9
OR Psalm 84:1-7; Jeremiah 9:1-16; 2 Timothy 3:1-9
Friday, October 25, 2019: Psalm 65; Joel 2:1-11; 2 Timothy 3:10-15
OR Psalm 84:1-7; Jeremiah 9:17-26; 2 Timothy 3:10-15
Saturday, October 26, 2019: Psalm 65; Joel 2:12-22; Luke 1:46-55
OR Psalm 84:1-7; Jeremiah 14:1-6; Luke 1:46-55
Sunday, October 27, 2019: Proper 25 (30)
    

ABUNDANT HEALTH

Reversing Automatic Habits
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2 (NIV)
   
Diets, quit-smoking plans, and other self-help efforts based on willpower eventually fail. The entire time you are forcing yourself to change, you are under tension because your old thought patterns are unconsciously telling you to keep doing what you’ve always done. We get tired of doing what feels “unnatural” and soon quit exercising, or start smoking again, or return to our bad habits and destructive ways of relating to others.
   
The good news is that God can change your mental autopilot far faster than you can. He specializes in renewing your mind. That new mind-set will change the way you feel, which will change the way you act.
—Pastor Rick Warren
  

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Whatever challenges we face, O God, we have also known your many blessings—threshing floors full of grain, vats overflowing with wine and oil. Accept our gifts as tokens of our thankfulness, that they may be used to prophesy in your spirit and to share your bounty with those in need. Amen.

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