Sunday, July 31, 2022

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, July 31, 2022

Colossians 3:1-11 (NIV) read by Mark Beingessner

Colossians 3:1-11

Loving Divine Family,

You have called us to gather from all directions at your Beautiful Gate. You address us in your courts and reveal that we are all equal and that we are all your image-bearers. You call us to practice obedience, observe and relish in your blessings, and give thanks. You warn us that focusing on ways of this world will result in telling lies to cover our disobedience as we pursue folly instead of your wisdom.

Thank you, loving Yahweh, for a new way of being that brings us back to your Ancient path. We take our eyes off our surroundings and enemies and set our thoughts and affections on you, Giver of Life. Anger, rage, jealousy, malice, and sexual immorality are sometimes a part of our everyday life. We hear the invitation to turn to you when these thoughts, feelings, and behaviours appear. Remove them as we receive and put on your love.

I seek to practice obedience to you today, Loving LORD, and thank you for…

Be our guide as each day we seek to get rid of the practices of the old way. Celebrate with us as we seek your new way. Clothe us with your new robes of grace, mercy, and love, so we may practice your perfect ways anew each day.

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
Psalm 49:1-12
Ecclesiastes 1:12-14, 2:18-23
Luke 12:13-21

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