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Lay It Down, Believe
Father, thank You this morning for The Word that brought nourishment to our soul and strength to our bones on yesterday. May we be reminded daily as we seek You early every morning. Thank You Father for continually reminding us that there is no need for us to be cast down, heavy laden or disheveled at the things of this world -- a world that You have overcome.
As You set Yourself against the proud and haughty, we thank You for Your continuous grace unto... the humble. Keep us humble and give us strength to resist the devil and the cares of this world that attempt to place undue pressure on us daily causing doubt and wanderings of the mind – the what ifs.
We cast our cares and burdens on You asking that You will sustain us. May we hold on to Your Word that says You will never allow the righteous to be moved, made to slip, fall or fail. Thank You for Your presence that is continually with us and Your peace that You so freely give. We are at rest in You, Lord; we shall wait patiently upon You, not fret, let or heart be troubled or be afraid. Our hope is in You Lord as we wait expectantly for You. You are the Help of our countenance and our God. We shall praise You. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. Psalm 42:11
This Week at
St. Peter UCC
February 1-7, 2016
"The Light of The Lord"
The scriptures this week include Exodus 34:24-35, Psalm 99 and Luke 9:28-36. The resounding theme of this week's readings is coming into the presence of God the Creator, whether as a prophet or as the Son of God and the Light of God that shines upon the person from their interaction with the Lord Almighty.
This week's reading in Exodus Moses is coming down from Mount Sinai with the 10 Commandments after being in the presence of God. Because of his being in the presence of God, Moses' appearance was changed. When he came back down the mountain with the stone tablets the people were in awe/fear of him. Moses would go in a tent with the Commandments where he would remove a veil that he wore in the presence of the people. His skin shown bright and his hair was changed in color. When Moses spoke to the people they listened.
In Luke this week, Jesus takes several of the disciples with him up a mountain to a desolate place to be alone and to pray to his Father. The disciples stayed off in the distance and as usual were missing the great things that always seemed to happen while they were otherwise preoccupied. During this time Jesus was joined by Moses and Elijah and while with them they discussed what was soon to come to pass for Jesus. When the disciples looked up and saw three figures talking and not just Jesus alone they came running up the hill. The were almost blinded by the appearance of Jesus as his skin and countenance sparkled like diamonds in the sun. When they arrived at the spot were Jesus had been talking he was by himself. The disciples were excited and wanted to erect three tents, one for Moses, one for Elijah and one for Jesus but Jesus scoffed them. About that time they were all enveloped in a cloud so thick that they could not see each other and out of the cloud came a booming voice, the voice of God saying "this is my Son." The disciples were told to tell no one as they would not understand what had happened.