Yesterday we had our first study worship from Peter Judd’s book Christ’s Mission is our Mission. I found it remarkable that the Daily Bread for this same Sunday was written by Peter and the bulletin inspiration on the rear page was written by Peter. Our study time is based on the scripture from Luke 4:18-21 with additional references to the context and content of the entire chapter.
Every Monday I start my day with the discipline of meditation, study and prayer. My life schedule can be complicated and crazy busy, but I know that “this is what matters most.” I use many sources for inspiration and direction. Monday is always the day I use the Missionary Prayer to “show me someone this week that needs to hear the Good News, or be the hands of service for another.” My petition and prayer is always answered, and sometimes it is disruptive to my “planned agenda”, but I am always blessed working with and for the Lord.
Terence Gorski in his book Understanding the Twelve Steps and Recovering People indicates that it is helpful each day to think about GOD as an acronym for “Good Orderly Direction” and believe that God gives us the courage, strength and hope to manage each day believing that we are big enough and capable enough to handle life as it is given to us.
As we all prepare this week for the sacrament of Communion; I am mindful of my calling and anointing to “preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, preach deliverance to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind and set at liberty those who are bruised.” These are words relevant in 2013 in Santa Barbara and when matched with our Enduring Principles give meaning and purpose to my life….how about you? Sometimes I have to use this scripture to liberate and heal myself always knowing that the Holy Spirit is present as a guide and comforter.
I hope that the book, study time, and then story telling will bless us as a “Congregation in Mission” for the peaceable kingdom on our hill, and in our homes and communities.
Blessings and peace for your week. Denise