Morning Prayer: Monday of Holy Week

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Psalm: 51
Old Testament: Jeremiah 12:1-6
New Testament: Philippians 3:1-14

I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. (Phil 3:10-12)

Today, we find ourselves one day closer to the Cross of Calvary. Today Paul reminds us that we are called to enjoin our sufferings to Christ…not in the hopes that we might accomplish anything on our own….but in the hope that God will indeed heal us and make us whole.

This past week I heard a hymn composed by one of the parishoners at Bishop Cronyn church that speaks of that kind of struggle and hope. It is called “In Your Footsteps Lord” composed by Pat Sealy and put to music by Benjamin Dyck (also a member of the parish 🙂 )….

Pat was inspired to write this hymn after her battle with breast cancer. Through incredible strength, perseverance and Grace she was able to see the Gospel in a whole new way…..and it is in that Spirit that I share this hymn with you now.

In your footsteps Lord, Guide me through the wilderness
Temptation beckons me astray, and fears devour my rest

Chorus: I hear you my beloved child, come take me by the hand. We’ll be together hearts entwined, I’ll lead you to the promised land. I’ll lead you to the promised land.

In your footsteps Lord, Sustain me with your bread and wine.
O help me never to betray, to face my trials in time. Chorus

In your footsteps Lord, Support me while I take my cross,
The sword that pierces through my side, shows me my life is lost. Chorus

In your footsteps Lord, I feel the darkness of the tomb.
O heal the brokenness within, reborn within your womb. Chorus

In your footsteps Lord, move the limbs beneath the shroud,
and fill me with your living breath, to speak your name aloud. Chorus

In your footsteps Lord, move away the heavy stone.
And let the hope of Easter say, through grace we’re not alone. Chorus

In your footsteps Lord, give me strength to live each day.
And let me be a shepherd now, to show your Gracious way.

May this hymn inspire you and may the Spirit help you to know that we never walk alone. God bless all of you in this most holy week of the year. 🙂 +

Morning Prayer: April 4th

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Psalm: 89:1-19
Old Testament: Jeremiah 16:10-21
New Testament: Romans 7:1-12

What then should we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity in the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness (Romans 7:11-12)

As I read the excerpt from Romans, I am struck by the realism Paul displays here. He is very honest about the human propensity to twist morality in order to fit our own wants and needs.

The Law, and even the story of Grace through Jesus Christ is always open to human interpretation…there is no way to get around that. But it does beg the question of what “laws” of institution and doctrine have been warped to fit our own personal frameworks????

I should point out here that liberals are equally guilty of distorting the Gospel to fit their pedagogy. Where ultra-conservatives might argue that God is a righteous and zealous judge, ultra-libs will argue that God is ALL love and no judgement 😛

Both extremes blatantly ignore major themes of the Bible. On the one side, Pat Robertson has forgotten that God will not condemn innocents to death. On the other end of the spectrum, Rob Bell seems to completely ignore the judgments such as we have been reading in Jeremiah over the last two weeks.

My guess is that the answer lies somewhere in the middle……and I don’t pretend to put forth a solution in this blog entry. However, it is important to struglle with how we are faithful to the Scripture without over-emphasizing one aspect of it that will hijack the message of Jesus to repent, and to believe in the good news. The good news that Grace abounds far more than Sin could ever hope to. +

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