2020 05 10 Worship Thoughts
WHAT TO DO
Listen to your favorite worship song.
Read the Biblical Text and Thoughts
Sit in silence and Meditate on the words
Journal what you hear from the Holy Spirit
Read the prayer and add to it as the Holy Spirit Leads
Deuteronomy 11:1 (NIV84)
1Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.
Deuteronomy 11:8 (NIV84)
8Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,
Deuteronomy 11:13 (NIV84)
13So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—
Deuteronomy 11:16 (NIV84)
16Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.
Deuteronomy 11:22 (NIV84)
22If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways and to hold fast to him—
THOUGHTS – Love and Obey
I have been spending some time in Deuteronomy. Today (as I write this) I was reflecting on Deuteronomy 11.
A bit of context – Chapter 11 comes right after Moses had to go and ask God for a second set of tablets (Chapter 10). He – Moses – threw them down when he came down from the mountain and saw the people of Israel worshiping a calf – symbol for another god.
What comes after Chapter 11 in Chapter 12 – God is outlining ways to worship Him.
So right in between these two chapters (10 and 12) is recorded the words about loving and obeying God. The passages listed above are almost like a responsive reading. These verses are key, with background information filled in to support and encourage the reader / hearer to heed the words.
Recorded in Deuteronomy 6:5 a reference to loving God with heart and soul. The reminder came in Deuteronomy 11 after the failure of the people to worship God – instead they chose a calf.
Bottom-line – love God all your with heart and soul and obey his commands. This is such an important issue for the Hebrew people and us today. Jesus referred to in it Matthew, harkening back to Deuteronomy 6:5.
Matthew 22:34–40 (NIV84)
34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38This is the first and greatest commandment.
39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV84)
5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
In this time of COVID-19 don’t lose sight of loving God. I have heard some people say, why is God causing the pandemic? Don’t go down that path. Remember the words of Paul recorded in Romans 8:22.
Romans 8:22 (NIV84)
22We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
The creation we inhabit has been affected by the disobedience of Adam and Eve and “it” too is groaning to be made new.
LORD – In this time of COVID-19, let us love you with all our heart, mind, and soul. Let us not fall into the trap of blaming You for this pandemic, just like we can not and should not blame you for other natural disasters. While we look forward to the new heaven and new earth, let us remember we are called to bring the message of Jesus to our families, city, state, world – YOUR CREATION in these days. AMEN.
UPDATE ON GATHERING TOGETHER
We, the church, have been diligent in protecting the most vulnerable. That protection has resulted in us not meeting due to the high risk of “potentially” affecting people negatively (causing someone to get COVID-19).
Based on the Governor of Colorado’s announcement during the week of April 20 in his SAFER AT HOME announcement we will continue to suspend gathering as a church through and including May 31.
It is my hope that in June we will be able to gather again in person. As I shared in the May 03 Worship Thoughts it will look and feel much different.
As we hear from the Governor of Colorado, our Free Methodist Church Leaders (The River Conference, Free Methodist Church USA), and local health officials we will react and outline the appropriate course of “un-suspending.” Until then, stay home (except for what is necessary) and be safe.
PLEASE CONTINUE TO MAIL YOUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS
We have been doing well with meeting most of our obligation in terms of ministry distributions (tithes to the Conference, utilities, insurance, and pastoral leadership).
In April, our ministry partner, The River Conference, provided us with financial support that was allocated to make sure that expenses related to pastoral leadership is maintained. For that gift and support, we thank our brothers and sisters in The River Conference.