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Reflection Summer 2018 – 26th August

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Song
117 This is Amazing Grace

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty
and so much stronger
The king of glory, the king above all kings
Who shakes the whole earth
with holy thunder
Who leaves us breathless
in awe and wonder
The king of glory, the king above all kings

CHORUS
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That you would take my place
That you would bear my cross
You would lay down your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for
All that you’ve done for me

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The king of glory, the king above all kings
Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The king of glory, the king above all kings
CHORUS

BRIDGE
/// Worthy is the lamb who was slain
Worthy is the king
who conquered the grave ///
Worthy is the lamb who was slain

CHORUS

Pray
Reflect on things for which you can give thanks to God and talk to him.

Reading
Psalm 121
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains –
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip –
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you –
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm –
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and for evermore.

Psalm 121 is the second Psalm of Psalms that pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem sang on the ascent to the city. Jerusalem is a city on top of a hill that is surrounded by higher mountains. At the time of approaching the city and beginning to climb, the pilgrims sang the psalms from 120 to 134. Each psalm has an important theme about faith.

Psalm 121 reflects on the security we have with God. When the pilgrims climbed the hill to Jerusalem the view was of the surrounding mountains that were still higher. It is an image of God’s protection. It is important to recognise the protection of God if we want to leave Mésec and Quedar (Psalm 120, last week), What security do we have? The protection of the creator of heaven and earth is much more than we can have from other sources.

Allow time to reflect on the images of the psalm and how you have seen the protection of God in your life when you walk towards him.

Luke 12.22-34
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life[a]? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
27 ‘Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you – you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 ‘Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This word of Jesus is linked to Psalm 121. We have to deal with the issue of possessions if we really want to walk towards God and his city. Look at the love of Jesus in how he deals with our concerns (for example, verses 25 and 32).

What would it mean to take verse 31 seriously?

Verse 33 does not mean to live in poverty, but to live out verse 34. By identifying wealth, we can sell and provide correctly.

Give time to fill yourself with the vision in this way to walk in the world and note what actions you can take to live it.

Prayer
Take time to pray.
Use the Lord’s Prayer, not only to repeat, but to give shape to your prayers. Each phrase can illuminate ideas and be expanded to what draws your attention.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Praise (including the character of God)
The kingdom of God (including the news of the world last week)
The needs of each day (including food, health …)
forgiveness
Relationships with others
The Whatsapp of the church

Song
70 Be Thou my vision

1 Be Thou my vision,
O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me,
save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought,
by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping,
Thy presence my light.

2. Be Thou my wisdom,
and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee
and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father
and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling,
and I with Thee one.

3. Riches I heed not,
nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance,
now and always;
Thou and Thou only,
first in my heart;
High King of Heaven,
my Treasure Thou art.

4.High King of Heaven,
my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys,
O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart,
whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.