Daily Devotions - Friday, 7 August 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Friday, 7 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 Friday, 7 August 2020.

Prayer

Send out Your gospel, gracious Lord,

Yours was the blood for sinners shed.

Your voice still pleads in human hearts.

Let all the world to you be led.         

Amen

(Hymn 680)

Introduction                                                                                                                                                       

For the last 20+ years Keith and Ida Waddell have served the Church of Scotland in Zambia, Keith as a teacher, Ida as a nurse.

Supported by funding from the Department for International Development (DfID), Keith and Ida have worked tirelessly to alleviate poverty and improve the health and education levels, especially for women and girls, in some of the poorest and most remote parts of Zambia.

Keith and Ida are worried the recent UK government decision to merge DfID with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will undermine the life-changing work being done and they are appalled by the Prime Minister’s comment that Zambia was a less relevant recipient of UK Aid.

Keith and Ida believe tackling the effects of climate change, poverty, gender and human rights abuses must be the aid budget’s sole focus and it should not be tied to Britain’s industrial, political or military interests.

Keith and Ida have written to the British High Commissioner in Lusaka to express their concern.

They ask us to remember them in our prayers – and to express our concern in whatever way we feel appropriate.

Amos 5 : 18 – 24

Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake.

Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?

I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon.

Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Prayer

Living and loving God,

life is Your gift

and abundant life Your promise.

 

You sent Your Son into the world

that all might live through him.

 

Filled with Your Spirit,

the first disciples spread the gospel

of Your truth and love.

 

May that same Spirit

fill Your church

and your people today.

 

Help us overcome the evils of poverty and disease

and show us who have so much

what we must do

and how our lives need to change

to help those who have so little

live full and happy lives.

 

We pray Your blessing  

on Keith and Ida Waddell

and on Jenny Featherstone,

another Church of Scotland mission

partner serving in Zambia.

 

Encourage them to speak truth to power,

sustain them with Your presence

and help them meet every challenge with determination

and every opportunity with grace,

through 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