Daily Devotions - Wednesday, 5 August 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

(The video version is available by clicking HERE )

Call to Prayer

Jesus said, Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  (Matthew 28 : 19 & 20a)

 

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

Prayer

Send out Your gospel, holy Lord.

Kindle in us love’s sacred flame,

love giving all with heart and mind

for Jesus’ sake, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

(Hymn 680)

 

The Reverend Dr John McCulloch is the Church of Scotland’s minister in St Andrew’s Jerusalem and he is also Cramond Kirk’s mission partner.

From his Bethlehem home John can see the Jordan hills rising in the distance over the saffron coloured earth and, in the early hours of morning, John likes to sit on the ancient stone terrace outside his kitchen watching the sun rise over the horizon.

It is a view he has come to appreciate even more during the weeks of lockdown as the normal hustle and bustle of early morning traffic and commerce have disappeared from Bethlehem’s streets.

At first challenged by the lockdown as his diary emptied, John says he has come to appreciate the wisdom in these words;

Finding our true selves means moving away from those parts of ourselves that are mainly concerned with proving ourselves to others.

And while John is looking forward to getting back to work, he says lockdown has made him more fully aware of his need to draw deeply from the wells of God’s grace who, through no merit of our own, accepts us as we are and calls us into service.

Luke 5 : 1 – 11

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.

He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break.

So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!”

For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.”

When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Prayer

Come, O God, our hope and our desire;

as once You came to live among us,

Your care and concern given face and voice in Jesus,

come among us again as we join in these daily devotions.

 

Forgive us if we have thought of You

as a relic from the past

and not as the living God.

 

Forgive us if we have heard stories of struggle

with no intention of hearing the burden or pain.

Forgive us if we have enjoyed the sun rising,

the sound of early morning bird song

but given no thought to their Creator.

 

As we give thanks for John McCulloch and his family,

we pray for the Church of Scotland’s mission partners,

Kate McDonald also serving in Israel/Palestine,

David Sinclair and his family in the Czech Republic,

Fiona Kendall and her family in Italy.

 

As they give face and voice

to the care and compassion of Christ,

encourage them to meet every opportunity with love

and face every challenge with grace.

 

God of all nations,

God of this nation,

help people of different backgrounds

respect and understand one another better,

appreciate each other’s gifts

and lead us to see in all people

our brothers and sisters

for whom Christ lived and died and rose again.

                 

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