Daily Devotions - Saturday, 30 May 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Saturday, 30 May 2020 - #ThyKingdomCome

(The video version is available by clicking HERE )

The Church of Scotland has been part of the prayer initiative ‘Thy Kingdom Come 2020’ - a global call to Christians to come together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. This year Cramond Kirk is participating alongside churches of all denominations in North West Edinburgh. From 7 am – 12 noon today members of Cramond Kirk congregation have committed to praying and reading the Bible as we join countless other Christians around the world. We are grateful to everyone who has volunteered for a specific time slot. However, if you haven’t signed up,  please do still join in whenever you can and for however long you are able to.

One of the key themes for this year is prayer and care. As we pray for those we love, we are also encouraged to see how we can show God's love towards others through practical action.

Further details on ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and the prayer & care initiative are available at www.thykingdomcome.global

Call to Prayer

“Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19 : 11 - 13)

Prayer

Holy Spirit Come…

In the silence speak to us…

Holy Spirit Come…

Open our ears…

Holy Spirit Come…

So we too may hear your still small voice…

Amen

Bible Reading : Silence

Introduction

Silence……

It can be a blessing and a curse. It is often in the solitude and silence that we hear God. As we switch off our phones, radios, TVs. As we shut off all the noise of our daily lives and find a place to sit and just allow ourselves to be. It is, though, also in the silence that we release the curse of silence as we recognise how infrequently we allow ourselves to be still in our lives and listen to God.

Today in the Gospel of Mark we read how Jesus “In the morning, while it was still very dark, (he) got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”

Jesus sought out a place to be silent. He didn’t go to be alone though for he sought out the silence in order that he could be with his Father in Heaven.

However, silence can be hard. Life is busy and finding a space and time for silence can be difficult. You have a thousand thoughts like “what’s for dinner?”! But the beauty of silence is that it’s not God speaking through someone else, such as in a sermon or a Christian book, but God speaking directly to you. So listen anew to the Word of God.

Mark 1 : 35 – 39

In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 

And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 

When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 

He answered, “Let us go on to the neighbouring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 

And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.

Prayer

Today’s theme is silence so today you are invited to pray in silence.

To find a place in your home, outside and be silent. As St Augustine said;

We may pray most when we say least and we may pray least when we say most.’

So allow yourself time today to be still, to listen and to be with God.