The text this week is Proverbs 21:13 and others that show God’s heart for the poor and afflicted and the blessing of generosity toward them. The worship theme will be “A Compassionate and Gracious God.” The visual theme will be wheat and other grains, given generously, as in Proverbs 11:26.
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Exodus 34:5-6 Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord. 6And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,
Psalm 103:8-13 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
Invitation to Prayer
Isaiah 63:7 I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that the Lord has granted us, and the great goodness to the house of Israel that he has granted them according to his compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
(This week for our prayer time I’d like to ask you to think of a time when you saw God’s compassion at work in your life in a notable way. I’ll invite the congregation to share those stories and then, at the end of our time, we’ll have an opportunity to speak thanks to God for his work among us.)
Love Like This
Great is Thy Faithfulness
Scripture for Meditation
Psalm 57:1-3 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. 2I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3He will send from heaven and save me; he will put to shame him who tramples on me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!