The Creator of Sabbath

by Beth Richardson on July 13, 2012 · 4 comments

Hands All Together

Friday, July 13. Psalm 24 speaks of God’s arrival at the gates of the city. The psalmist asks, “Who is the King of Glory?” How will you answer this question? How can God be both the king of glory and the creator of Sabbath?

Share your thoughts with the Alive Now community.

Words from The Word: The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance, which is applied toward our redemption as God’s own people, resulting in the honor of God’s glory. -Ephesians 1:14, CEB

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the words of scripture from Mark 6:14-16.

Pray for: the people and countries of Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Spiritual Tools: Rest in the peace of this LovingKindness meditation.

Quote:

Gracious Lord, you are the beginning and ending of all things, my center and my circumference: root and fix me in you in such a way that my soul finds rest in its true home and never stops growing in grace, safe and secure in your loving embrace. Amen.

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From p. 23 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright (c) 2008 by Paul Wesley Chilcote. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission.

Prayer:
God of Sabbath, give me the joy and abandon to dance before you. Amen.


Art Credit: Hands, all together, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Molly July 13, 2012 at 5:25 am

I go with the psalm writer… The Lord Almighty, he is the King of glory. !!!!
And, the earth is the Lord’s because he made it. (and the sabbath).
Other things here that I have stopped to ponder…
The Holy Spirit is the down payment on our inheritance.
And Chilcote’s prayer. Lord, you are the beginning and the end, my center and my circumference…
Keep me in your loving embrace.
And all those who are participating in these readings.

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jms July 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

And He is Mighty, indeed!

The Lord…Strong and Mighty!

Thank you, Molly. Jane

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Joan July 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

I want to express appreciation for the prayer this week… Having lost a family member a week ago, it has been especially meaningful to pray that God is our beginning and ending. I’ve been using Ephesians as my text for lectio since December, especially being rooted and grounded in love, so “root and fix” me is a comforting, familiar image. Thank you for this prayer and for theses emails every morning. I’ve been able to read and ponder things from so many good writers as I start the day. I will be memoriaizing this prayer!

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Linda July 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

Psalm 24 reminds me of God’s awesome power and strength. He is the Alpha and Omega, the creator and giver of life.

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