Daily Devotions - Friday, 25 September 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Friday, 25 September 2020

(The video version is available by clicking HERE )

Call to Prayer

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast.

For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.   (Ephesians 2 : 8 - 10)

Prayer

God of life,

we come now in praise and thanksgiving

that you died on the cross for our sins

and rose from the dead, conquering death.

We give thanks that love won.

Be with us now as we come in praise and thanksgiving today.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen

Bible Reading

Introduction : See what a Morning

We continue our journey looking at our favourite hymns. It seems only right that as this is my last daily devotion, I share another family favourite. You will have seen just moments ago Richard, William and Lily dancing away as “See what a Morning” played in the background. It is a hymn which may not be well known to many in Cramond but is one filled with words of hope.

It is written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend and is a song filled with the imagery of Resurrection, of hope and triumph over death. It is not a peaceful song to fall asleep to but one filled with the feeling of the immediacy of the Easter morning experience and how that morning changed history forever. The Easter story is one filled with hope. This Easter we were unable to celebrate together due to Covid yet we remembered and celebrated how God ended the greatest lockdown ever and as the hymn says “Death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered”;

So listen once again to the Word of God.

Matthew 28 : 1 - 11

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb.

And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it.

His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow.

For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.

He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.

Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him.

Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Prayer

You, O God, love us from the moment of our conception.

You know us and you love us in the womb.

You love us and you call us from before the moment of our first breath

and you love us when we first see the light of day.

As a parent loves their child before they ever see them

and then embraces them gently from the moment of their birth, 

so you love us and we thank you.

Help us dear God to love one another in this way....

 

You love us, O God, from the time of our naming.

You love us in our growing and hold us as we take our first steps.

You love us and walk beside us 

as we explore the world with eager hands and eyes.

As a parent loves their child as they see them grow and develop 

so you love us and we thank you.

Help us dear God to love one another in this way....  

 

You love us, O God, as we mature and seek our way.

You love as we become aware of the world around us.

You love us as we smile and play. 

You even love us when we say no and when we begin to stray.

As a parent loves their child as they see them become proud and tall, 

so you love us even when we sin and fall.

Help us dear God to love one another in this way....   

 

We thank you God for loving us when we are unloving, 

for caring for us when we are uncaring

and for calling to us when we go far away.

Help us dear God to love one another in this way... 

 

Lord, hear our prayers of love this day for those around us, 

for those we have held before you in our time of sharing 

and for those we have thought of in our moments of caring: 

SILENCE

We ask all these things in the name of Christ Jesus 

who is our Lord and saviour 

Amen