Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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First Week After Christmas, Wednesday, December 29, 2021

1 Corinthians 3:10-17
Using the gift God gave me, I laid the foundation of that house like an expert builder. Others are building on that foundation, but all people should be careful how they build on it. The foundation that has already been laid is Jesus Christ, and no one can lay down any other foundation. But if people build on that foundation, using gold, silver, jewels, wood, grass, or straw, their work will be clearly seen, because the Day of Judgment will make it visible. That Day will appear with fire, and the fire will test everyone’s work to show what sort of work it was. If the building that has been put on the foundation still stands, the builder will get a reward. But if the building is burned up, the builder will suffer loss. The builder will be saved, but it will be as one who escaped from a fire.

Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy and you are that temple. 
(New Century Version (NCV))

Loving Divine Family,

We enter your holy prayer space with your peace in our hearts. We see the condition of the world: ongoing challenges and anxiety due to the uncertainties of global pandemic, climate change, and depletion of natural resources and of all creation. Yet we know that you are not subject to these threats and that you are over all things. You had us in mind when you laid the foundation of the earth and prepared a place for us. Your foundation will never crumble.  

O Loving God, thank you for reminding us that we are your holy temple, and your holy home. You long to be so close to us that you choose to make your home in us. We carry your Holy Spirit within us. May we continue to create space for Life-giving Spirit.

I am firm upon your foundation today, LORD, and thank you for… 

We place at your feet all our trophies and accomplishments, household gods and hand-made idols, knowing that only you can sustain us. We place our hope and trust in you and praise you for your goodness.  knowing that only you can sustain us. We place our hope and trust in you and praise you for your goodness. 

With joy we praise you!

Amen!

Cherie and Donovan Mutschler

Other Lectionary Readings for Today:
1 Chronicles 28:1-10
Psalm 147:12-20

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