ďThe kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
seedÖĒ (Matthew 13:31)
The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure of great
value. Much will be sacrificed in order to possess it. Its worth is so obvious
that its presence is protected. In order to retain its purity the superfluous
is cast aside. Christ died that all may have life. God sends the Spirit so that
Godís truth may be known. When Jesus calls us to discipleship, he bids us to
forsake former ways.
Let us call on our God and give thanks. Let hearts rejoice as we
sing Godís praise.
Glory be to God in whose
covenant we find life. Let all the people tell of Godís wonderful works.
Let us open ourselves continually to Godís presence. Let us seek
the strength that God alone provides.
Surely the Spirit helps
us in our weakness. The Spirit searches our hearts and enlarges our prayers.
Who can separate us from the love of God? Will hardship, distress,
or peril overcome us?
Nothing can separate us
from Godís love. We can face all things, knowing Godís care.
of the Day
Meet us here, holy God, to
search our hearts and strengthen our spirits. Plant your Word among us that it
may spring up in nurturing, inviting ways for the sake of all your creatures.
May we find in these moments of worship the assurance we need to live
triumphantly in the face of loss, discouragement, and suffering. Lead us, by the teaching and example of Jesus
Christ, to trust you and your will for us. We believe that whatever happens,
you can bring some good from it. Show
us, O God, the good you intend. Amen.