Daily Devotions - Wednesday, 3 June 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

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Call to Prayer

St Paul said, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5 : 22)

Prayer

Spirit divine,

attend our prayers

and make this house Your home.

Descend with all Your gracious powers,

come now, great Spirit, come.

Amen 

(Hymn 583)

Introduction

St Paul names generosity as one of the fruits of the Spirit.

We all know people who are generous – generous with their time, generous with their wisdom, generous with their hospitality, generous in their attitude as well as generous with their money.

And we all know people who are just the opposite, tight and mean spirited in every aspect of life.

And, like you, I know which I prefer.

Generosity is not just a human quality however, it is a godly quality.

It is well with those who deal generously, said the Psalmist – and as you will hear, generosity was one of the hallmarks of the early church.

And as you listen you might well wonder if generosity is one of the hallmarks of Cramond Kirk?

Acts 2 : 43 – 47

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles.

All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.

Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Prayer

Present from the very beginning,

moving over the waters of creation,

bringing order out of chaos,

light out of darkness,

generous,

life giving,

Spirit of God.

 

As once at his baptism

Your Spirit descended upon Jesus like a dove,

descend upon us we pray,

settle our anxious minds,

still our wandering thoughts

and calm our fearful hearts.

 

Forgive us when we close our hearts and minds

to Your presence and promise.

 

Forgive us when, instead of the risky way of the cross,

we choose safe and comfortable paths to follow.

 

Come to us anew

that today in the things we do

and the people we meet

we will be as the generous person of Christ.

 

Spirit of power,

give strength to all who carry heavy burdens

of responsibility and decision making.

 

Spirit of compassion,

bless those who are caring for people who are sick

or reaching out to people in their need.

 

Spirit of comfort,

draw near to all who are sad, lonely and afraid.

 

Spirit of life,

renew in us

and all for whom we pray

the fullness of life that is Your gift

through the generous love of our Saviour Christ

in whose name we pray

 

Our Father

Which art in heaven

Hallowed be Thy name

Thy kingdom come

Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom

The power and the glory

For ever

Amen

 

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with us all.

Amen