Daily Lectionary with Prayers
and Reflections on Scripture and World
Invitation to the Offering The offering you made last week empowered ministry within our congregation and in response to the needs of our community. It also helped support the work of ministries beyond the local church that reach people who are in desperate need to feel the touch of love and reconciliation. Together we’ve supported the Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, which supports and encourages dialogue between United Methodists and other Wesleyan traditions, as well as conversations with other Christian denominations and in bridge-building dialogue with those outside our Christian tradition. This ministry happens thanks to the generous support of United Methodists like you. I invite you once again to give generously as we worship God through the sharing of our gifts, tithes and offerings.
Learn more about the work of the Office of Christian Unity & Interreligious Relationships at www.gccuic-umc.org
March 9, 2014 – First Sunday in Lent Generous God, as we remember Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, we acknowledge the temptation that pursues so many of us: to measure our worth, our power and our security by what we have. As we offer these gifts to you this morning, we pray that you might deliver us from the temptation of building our lives around what belongs to us. Continually lead us to the conviction that what matters is that we belong to you. We pray in the name of our Savior and Redeemer. Amen. (Matthew 4:1-11)
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
Knowing love, showing love, Reflection on 1 John 3:16-18
We know that God loved us because of what Christ has done for us. God's love came to us before we had done anything to deserve it. Because God loved us, we are supposed to help those in need.
Because God loved us. Not in order to get God to love us. That's already happened.
And love is not just that warm emotion. The love in this letter is acted out in deed.