Daily Devotions - Tuesday, 29 September

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 

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Call to Prayer

Let all the peoples praise You, said the Psalmist, let all the peoples praise You. The earth has yielded its increase, God, our God, has blessed us.  (Psalm 67 : 5 & 6)

Welcome to Daily Devotions from Cramond Kirk on Tuesday, 29 September 2020.

Prayer

Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

All I have needed thy hand hath provided.

 

Summer and winter, and seed-time and harvest,

Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.  

Introduction

As Russell said yesterday, it is definitely colder in the morning, the leaves are changing colour and falling – indeed autumn is here.

What do you enjoy about autumn?

In Sri Lanka they really have one long summer in terms of temperatures so it is good to be back in a land with four distinct seasons. Spring, summer, autumn, winter. Apart from the cooling temperatures, autumn is one of my favourite seasons alongside spring – rich colours of tree and flower, wonderful fruit and the celebrations of harvest. The key word for me at harvest is thanksgiving.

As we prepare to mark harvesting of sea and land and flowers in Scotland, one good way to value something is to consider its absence. It may seem a strange thought but it is a biblical concept. Do you remember Moses and the plagues or that multi-coloured dreamcoat wearer Joseph and the seven years of famine? God encouraged people to change their minds by removing something of great value, which they had not truly valued or recognised. Here is a description from Genesis 47 - 

Genesis 47 : 13

The Famine in Egypt

Now there was no food in all the land, for the famine was very severe. The land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.

Do you recall God reconnects Joseph with his brothers and father through this famine.

Doreen Newport wrote a super children’s hymn in CH4 which invites us to consider the creation from a similar  imaginative angle,

Think of a world without any flowers,
think of a wood without any trees,
think of a sky without any sunshine,
think of the air without any breeze.
We thank you, Lord, for flowers and trees and sunshine,
we thank you, Lord, and praise your holy name.

Prayer

Creator God,

we thank you for the riches of your creation;

for the majesty and marvel of the physical universe;

for the vast immensities of space and for our planet within it.

We are so richly blessed and we are pleased to

thank you, Maker of all.

 

For walking on cool autumn mornings,

our breath visible in clouds,

leaf laden paths

when the signs of fruitfulness abound,

we thank You.

 

Forgive our moments of thoughtless ingratitude,

forgive us if we have behaved irresponsibly.

Awaken us afresh,

awaken our hearts and minds and spirits

to the wonder that is the world,

God-given and pleasing to our senses.

 

We pray together saying

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

 

May the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing

so that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Alleluia! Amen