Daily Scripture

Saturday, October 17, 2020 – A Leap of Faith from “The Upper Room”

The scripture for today is Hebrews 11:1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Recently I visited an art display entitled “A Leap of Faith.” It featured a pitch-dark staircase which would light up only

after someone had the courage to mount the first step.

This artwork reminds me of taking that first step with God even when we do not see the whole staircase, trusting

that it will lead us to our desired destination. Often we underestimate the importance of every step we take in paving

the way to a complete and fulfilling Christian journey.

Hebrews 11 describes how people such as Abraham, Moses, and Rahab took that leap of faith. We, too, can grow

stronger from difficult situations by stepping into them in faith rather than running away from them. Thereby we gain

experience that will help us to navigate our way with courage and joy as we journey with God.

Have a blessed day!

 

Friday, October 16, 2020 – Psalm 12

Our passage for today was shared with our prayer vigil this morning and it seems to speak the way many feel in

this time of social isolation. The psalmist writes:

1 Help, O Lord, for there is no longer anyone who is godly;
the faithful have disappeared from humankind.
2 They utter lies to each other;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.

3 May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
4 those who say, “With our tongues we will prevail;
our lips are our own—who is our master?”

5 “Because the poor are despoiled, because the needy groan,
I will now rise up,” says the Lord;
“I will place them in the safety for which they long.”
6 The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure,
silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.

7 You, O Lord, will protect us;
you will guard us from this generation forever.
8 On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among humankind.

Despite the sentiments displayed here in this Psalm, I hope you will find hope for the future of living with Christ

at the center of your life and I pray you will have a great day! Take care and God bless.

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020 – Prayer of St. Francis

This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it! Today I’d like to share a prayer of St. Francis

who scholars say did not write the poem, but whose life expressed the aspirations in it.

          Lord, make us an instrument of your peace,
             Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
                    Where there is injury, pardon;
                      Where there is doubt, faith;
                    Where there is despair, hope;
                    Where there is darkness, light;
                      Where there is sadness, joy;

                            O Divine Master,
               Grant that we may not so much seek
                   To be consoled as to console;
               To be understood as to understand;
                        To be loved as to love.

                For it is in giving that we receive;
            It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
       And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

                                      Amen

 

Monday, October 12, 2020 – Prayer Requests and Announcements

Good morning from Mount Pleasant on a cloudy Monday October 12.

We had another great worship service yesterday. It was so good to be able to gather again in our sanctuary and

under our shelter. About 16 people participated live with our service.

Prayer concerns lifted up include Jerry and Lynne Cates, Jim Hodgin, James Dixon, Betsy Andrews, and Britt Norwood.

We continue to be in prayer for Glenna Harris’ nephew and wife, Pastor Jason and Cathy Guyer as well as Steve

O’Dell’s mom, Alice O’Dell, who are all sick with COVID-19. We ask for prayers of condolence for the family of Dorothy

Rasmussen and the family of Bob O’Dell. We also ask that you pray for Sheryl Galin’s mom, Ann Holton, Lynne Cates’

nephew, Cody Gossett, and Margaret Sturdivant’s aunt, Edna Weston.

Opportunities for this week include our Bible Study on Tuesday at noon and Sunday School on Sunday at 10:00 am.

These gatherings occur via Zoom and anyone can participate. If you need the details as to how to join these groups,

please call the church office and we will get you the information.

I hope you will be able to participate in some or all of these opportunities and I pray you will have a great day! Take

care and God bless.